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ExxonMobil plans to double annual earnings by 2025

EBR Staff Writer Published 08 March 2018

ExxonMobil has set out its goal to double its annual earnings and cash flow from operations by 2025, through increased investments.

The firm aims to acheive double-digit rates of return in its three business segments including upstream, downstream and chemical.

ExxonMobil chairman and CEO Darren Woods said: “We’ve got the best portfolio of high-quality, high-return investment opportunities that we’ve seen in two decades.

“Our plan takes full advantage of the company’s unique strengths and financial capabilities, using innovation, technology and integration to drive long-term shareholder value and industry-leading returns.”

ExxonMobil said that the growth plans include steps that would increase profit by more than 100% to $31bn in 2025 at current crude oil prices. The firm reported an adjusted $15bn profit in 2017.

In the upstream segment, the company intends to undertake number of growth initiatives including low-cost-of-supply investments in US tight oil, deepwater and LNG.

Woods said: “We are in a solid position to maximize the value of the increased Permian production as it moves from the well head to our Gulf Coast refining and chemical operations, where we are focusing on manufacturing higher-demand, higher-value products.”

For downstream business, the firm intends to upgrade its product slate through strategic investments at refineries in Baytown and Beaumont in Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as well as in Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Antwerp, Belgium; Singapore, and Fawley in the U.K.

ExxonMobil expects the downstream margins to increase by 20% by 2025.

It also projects the manufacturing capacity in North America and Asia Pacific for chemical business by to increase about 40%. The plans for an increase in capacity will be achieved by launching 13 new facilities, including two steam crackers in the US.

Woods further said: “Our existing business and plans for growth are robust to a wide range of price environments, allowing us to maintain a growing dividend and a strong balance sheet while returning excess cash to our shareholders,” said Woods.