ExxonMobil Corporation, the American multinational and operator of Guyana’s Stabroek Block, showcased its resilience in the face of challenges, amassing a staggering US$19.5 billion in earnings for the first half of 2023. Despite a US$3.7 billion decline in profits during the second quarter, the oil giant remains confident in its strategic direction, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Darren Woods lauds the company’s two-fold earnings growth compared to 2018.
The company’s Q2 2023 performance saw a profit of US$7.9 billion, equivalent to US$1.94 per share, attributed to lower natural gas realizations and industry refining margins. Although it fell short of its Q1 2023 earnings of US$11.6 billion, ExxonMobil’s year-on-year comparison paints an even steeper decline, as it generated an additional US$10 billion in the same quarter last year, resulting in total earnings of US$17.9 billion.
Exxon’s cash flow from operations reached an impressive US$9.4 billion, with capital and exploration expenditures totaling US$6.2 billion for Q2 2023 and US$12.5 billion for H1 2023, aligning with the company’s annual guidance. The corporation further distributed $8.0 billion to shareholders in Q2, encompassing US$4.3 billion in share repurchases and US$3.7 billion in dividends.
CEO Darren Woods expressed satisfaction with the quarter’s performance, highlighting the significant progress made in reshaping the business portfolio, investing in advantageous projects, and driving greater efficiency. Additionally, he emphasized the company’s commitment to addressing the dual challenge of meeting global energy demands while reducing emissions.
ExxonMobil’s declaration of a third-quarter dividend of $US0.91 per share reinforces its dedication to creating sustained shareholder value. The payment is scheduled for September 11, 2023, to shareholders of record as of August 16, 2023.
In a world characterized by uncertainties, ExxonMobil’s financial prowess and strategic focus demonstrate its ability to navigate challenges, further solidifying its position as a formidable player in the energy industry.