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Exxon Mobil, Chevron report losses on weak oil prices

Exxon Mobil and Chevron reported losses in the second quarter, as the weakened industry outlook amid the coronavirus crisis hammers petroleum companies (AFP Photo/Saul LOEB)
Exxon Mobil and Chevron reported losses in the second quarter, as the weakened industry outlook amid the coronavirus crisis hammers petroleum companies (AFP Photo/Saul LOEB)

(AFP)

Exxon Mobil and Chevron suffered losses in the latest quarter as the weakened economic outlook due to the coronavirus pandemic pressures the industry to double down on cost cuts.

Exxon Mobil on Friday reported a loss of $1.1 billion in the second quarter, and said it trimmed capital spending during the period and “identified significant potential for additional reductions.”

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Meanwhile, Chevron lost $8.3 billion in the same period, as it slashed the value of assets on expectations that commodity prices will stay down longer.

The figures incorporated a downgrade to the value of assets in Venezuela.

Weak economic conditions could weigh on Chevron’s results “into the third quarter,” warned Chief Executive Mike Wirth.

“The economic impact of the response to COVID-19 significantly reduced demand for our products and lowered commodity prices,” Wirth said.

“Given the uncertainties associated with economic recovery, and ample oil and gas supplies, we made a downward revision to our commodity price outlook which resulted in asset impairments and other charges.”

The losses come on the heels of similar reports Thursday from Royal Dutch Shell, Total and Eni and underscore the depressed state of affairs globally for a sector tied closely to the real economy.

During the quarter, Exxon Mobil’s revenues fell by more than 50 percent to $32.6 billion, while Chevron’s revenues fell by almost two-thirds to $13.5 billion.

Exxon Mobil shares fell 1.8 percent to $41.18 in pre-market trading, while Chevron dropped 3.0 percent to $83.70.

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