At Exxon, CEO's promised turnaround sapped by chemicals, refining

ExxonMobil | January 28, 2020

At Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N), CEO Darren Woods’ plan to revive earnings at the largest U.S. oil and gas company is being sidetracked by the two businesses he knows best: chemicals and refining. Another year of poor profit could require Exxon to re-evaluate its bold spending plans or weaken its ability to weather the next oil-price downturn, say oil analysts. Exxon already must borrow or sell assets to help cover shareholder dividends. The world’s biggest publicly traded oil firm after Saudi Arabian Oil Co (2222.SE), Exxon was long considered one of the best-managed majors and most capable of coping with volatile prices due to its size. Those advantages have slipped in recent years, however, with the drop in once-steady earnings from chemicals. Its total shareholder returns of negative 13% in the five years through this month compare with a 25% gain at Chevron Corp (CVX.N) and 82% at BP Plc (BP.L), according to Refinitiv.

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The chemicals industry is a vital element in our global economic ecosystem. Nearly all manufactured products, 96%, are touched in some way by chemistry (e.g., touchscreens for mobile phones or lightweight composite materials for airplanes). As such, the chemicals industry plays a pivotal role in driving innovation to improve existing products and in helping develop and bring new products to market.

Spotlight

The chemicals industry is a vital element in our global economic ecosystem. Nearly all manufactured products, 96%, are touched in some way by chemistry (e.g., touchscreens for mobile phones or lightweight composite materials for airplanes). As such, the chemicals industry plays a pivotal role in driving innovation to improve existing products and in helping develop and bring new products to market.

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