Analysis: Majors Dominate Top 10 of Platts' Global Energy Company Rankings

Integrated oil and gas (IOG) companies continue to dominate the 10 top spots in the 2010 Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings, despite an unprecedented drop in natural gas demand and slump in oil prices that resulted in a more than one-third decline in 2009 profits.

Houston-based ExxonMobil Corporation reigned supreme at the top of the rankings for the sixth consecutive year, and despite being fifth in terms of asset value, came in second in terms of both revenues and profits. UK major BP came in second improving its position from fourth in the prior year's rankings due to a strong performance in 2009 relative to its peers and ahead of any impact from its disastrous oil spill in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. BP's revenues in 2009 dropped by a third but its profits fell by only a little more than one-fifth.

Chevron and Shell each saw their profits decline more than 50 percent which resulted in a drop in the rankings to ninth and tenth place from second and third, respectively. France's Total SA remained at fifth place while German electric utility E.On AG, the only non-IOG company in the top 10 ranking but a sizeable gas producer, soared to sixth place from 45th place thanks to an extraordinary 600% jump in profits.

The 2010 Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings, unveiled at a gala event Nov. 2 in Singapore, highlighted the continued leadership of the major oil and gas companies, the rapid advance of the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, China) and the resurgence of the global power sector.

The Platts 2010 rankings recognize the 2009 financial performance of publicly-held energy companies based on a combination of assets, revenues, profits and return on invested capital.

"Our 2010 rankings provide a relative picture of which regions and energy sectors proved most resilient to the cataclysmic financial events of the past couple years," said Larry Neal, president of Platts. "While the major oil and gas companies held their own, companies in the emerging markets surged forward both in the overall rankings and on our list of the fastest growing."

BRICs Surge Ahead

BRICs surged ahead with 11 companies in the global rankings' top 20 compared to just six the year before. Moreover, while BRICs still account for four of the top 10 companies, all are rising in the ranks. Russia's Gazprom Oao, jumped to third place from eighth last year and was also ranked as the world's most profitable listed energy company. Brazil's Petrobras claimed fourth place from sixth in the previous year's global ranking. PetroChina rose to seventh from ninth place, and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation jumped to No. 8 from 23rd place.

Platts also unveiled its annual list of the world's 50 fastest growing energy companies based on their three-year compound growth rate (CGR). Again the BRICs were the stars, taking five of the top ten spots and a total of 22 places.

Brazil's Ultrapar Participacoes SA, a storage and transfer company that ranked 148 overall, jumped three places to take the lead with a three-year CGR of 96%. Russia had two newcomers in the top ten fastest growing – RusHydro JSC which took second place with a three-year CGR of 77.8% and Moscow United Electric Power which came in sixth with 50% CGR.

Moving up to third from fifth place last year was independent power producer China Resources Power Holdings with a three-year CGR of 50.5% and joining the ranks of the fastest growing as well as the Top 250 list itself was Tata Power Company, India's largest integrated private power company, whose 39.7% three-year CGR put it 10th place. 


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