Who Would Have Thunk It?
In the second quarter this year, when oil prices were still rising, the oil giant made a profit of $11.68bn.
The new record represents a 58% rise on profits compared with the same period last year.
Profit for the first nine months of this year was $37.4bn, up 29% on the same period last year.
The $1.6bn sale of a natural gas transportation business in Germany helped boost profits.
Rex W Tillerson, chief executive of the company, said: “Exxon Mobil’s strong results demonstrate the continued success of our disciplined business approach.”
The profits could have been even higher, had it not been for falling oil prices and extreme weather.
Hurricanes Gustav and Ike affected the company’s Gulf Coast operations and resulted in an increase of $50m in pre-tax costs. Exxon estimates that the impact of both hurricanes will reduce fourth-quarter earnings by about $500m.
Massive profits have allowed Exxon to invest heavily in exploration. In the third quarter, capital and exploration project spending increased to $6.9bn, up 26% on the same period last year.
They have also allowed Exxon to distribute significant cash to shareholders – it paid out $2.1bn in dividends over the quarter.
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Published: 2008/10/30 13:20:39 GMT