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ExxonMobil to write down assets by up to $20 billion in Q4 2020

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ExxonMobil to write down assets by up to $20 billion in Q4 2020

EXXONMOBIL. A sign for an Exxon gas station stands in a Brooklyn neighborhood in New York City on October 28, 2016.

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This is the latest sign of how the industry-wide downturn has dragged down ExxonMobil

Exxon Mobil said on Monday, November 30, it will write down as much as $20 billion in assets as the oil giant slashes capital spending due to low oil prices amid the coronavirus pandemic.

ExxonMobil, which has reported losses the last 3 quarters, said it will account for a $17-billion to $20-billion write-down in the 4th quarter based on shifting assets from the United States, Canada, and Argentina out of its development plan.

To raise money, the company also plans to divest less strategic assets, depending on market conditions.

“Continued emphasis on high-grading the asset base – through exploration, divestment, and prioritization of advantaged development opportunities – will improve earnings power and cash generation, and rebuild balance sheet capacity to manage future commodity price cycles while working to maintain a reliable dividend,” said chief executive Darren Woods.

The announcement is the latest sign of how the industry-wide downturn has dragged down ExxonMobil, which was bumped from the prestigious Dow index earlier this year.

The company said last month it was cutting 15% of its global staff through 2022.

ExxonMobil plans a capital budget of between $16 billion and $19 billion in 2021, down from 2020’s expected level of $23 billion. It foresees spending between $20 billion and $25 billion annually through 2025.

Earlier on Monday, members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries failed to reach agreement on production limits and set plans to resume talks on Tuesday, December 1. – Rappler.com