Skip to comments.EXXON Quarterly Profit 5th Highest Ever (3-MONTH PROFIT: $8,400,000,000.00)
Posted on 04/27/2006 9:52:05 AM PDT by VU4G10
Exxon Mobil Corp., the world's largest oil company, reported Thursday the fifth highest quarterly profit for any public company in history, posting gains from higher oil prices that were likely to stoke the furor over outsized oil company earnings.
Despite the 7 percent gain in earnings to more than $8 billion in the first quarter, Exxon Mobil said its earnings came in below its record fourth-quarter because all three of its business _ exploration and production; refining; chemicals _ didn't perform as well.
The earnings report comes amid consumer outcry in the U.S. about soaring gasoline prices. The average retail price of gasoline in the U.S. is now $2.91 a gallon, or 68 cents higher than a year ago.
It also comes as Washington lawmakers are looking to appease consumers with various proposals to make big oil companies pay more taxes or provide consumers with some other relief.
In January, Exxon posted the highest quarterly profits of any public company in history: $10.71 billion for the fourth quarter of 2005 and $36.13 billion for the full year.
In the first quarter, net income rose to $8.4 billion, or $1.37 per share, from $7.86 billion, or $1.22 per share, a year ago. Excluding a gain on the sale of an interest in China's Sinopec, the company's year-ago profit was $7.4 billion, or $1.15 per share.
But analysts polled by Thomson Financial were looking for a higher profit of $1.47 per share for the latest quarter, and shares fell $1.02, or 1.6 percent, to $62.08 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
Howard Silverblatt, a senior index analyst for Standard & Poor's, said the latest profit figure still places Exxon fifth historically among quarterly earnings. Exxon also holds the first, second and fourth spots; Royal Dutch Shell PLC has the third spot.
The company said its average sale price for crude oil in the U.S. during the quarter was $55.99 per barrel compared to $42.70 a year ago. It sold natural gas in the U.S., on average, for $8.31 compared to $6.18 during the same period one year ago.
Earnings from exploration and production of oil and gas rose to $6.4 billion from $5 billion a year ago. Refining profits fell from $1.4 billion to $1.2 billion and profits from its chemical business fell to 949 million from $1.4 billion
Revenue grew to $88.98 billion from $82.05 billion a year earlier. Higher crude oil and natural gas prices and improved marketing margins were partly offset by lower chemical margins.
Placed in perspective, Exxon's revenue for the three-month period was still greater than the annual gross domestic product of some major oil producing nations, including the United Arab Emirates ($74.67 billion) and Kuwait ($55.31 billion), according to statistics maintained by the Central Intelligence Agency.
Exxon said it invested $4.8 billion in capital and exploration projects, a 41 percent increase from 2005.
"In the first quarter of 2006, the results of our continuing long-term investment program contributed to a 5 percent increase in production," Exxon chief executive said in a prepared statement.
Exxon also said it returned $7 billion to shareholders through dividends of $2 billion and buying back $5 billion worth of shares.
Here we go...
ok free enterprise at its best, kudos to exxon and my stock holdings and everybody elses.
Yesssssss! Watching my 401k and my Scottrade IRA keep going up and up. Great job Exxon.
Is this breaking news though??
18.4 BILLION DOLLARS!!!!................on Exxon Mobil ALONE!.......Who's gouging who?.........
So what were the companies in history that had higher profits? Let's close them down fast.
Is this breaking news though??
IT IS ON DRUDGE!
On sales of almost 90 Billion. Big deal.
This reminds me so much of when they reported Bill Gates's wealth level for the first time in the '90s -and shortly went after him in court.
breaking news: Oil Companies make lots of money! And water is actually wet!
Which is worse, getting around on a gallon of gas or listening to preening officials tell us we are undertaxed?
This is the new Amerika: Close them down and redistribute the wealth!!!!
Wait, they do that anyway through STOCK OWNERSHIP??
It just baffles me as to how stupid people actually are...
Mobil/Exxon has probably posted a 7% profit for years, if not decades. If their costs were not up as significantly as their operating profits then EVERYBODY would have a legit beef, but to quote an old Wendy's commercial "Where's the beef?"
As they say about kidney stones - "this too shall pass - all-be-it painfully, but it will pass"
Cuba gets it!
China gets it!
Venezuela gets it!
Why don't Congress get it?
If Cuba can drill off the Florida coast, why cant America?
Sales of $88.8B, Earnings of $8.4B... Return on Sales of 9.4%... not bad... but certainly not great, either.
Pap for the masses.
WOW!! great news.
Imagine if Exxon & Co. were allowed to explore for oil and build refineries. A new economy would open up, more people to get work and pay more taxes to the government and the subsidies to big oil could go away.
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