ExxonMobil Sale: what will be sold?

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We think ExxonMobil has the potential to double its disposal target. A deep dive into the upstream portfolio reveals nearly US$50 billion of asset sales potential, spanning tail-end mature assets, non-core growth opportunities, lower-margin assets and needle-moving disposal wildcards.

What's inside this report?

ExxonMobil has fallen behind in the race to high-grade. Portfolio rationalisation is now a key focus and the Supermajor has announced plans to sell US$15 billion of assets out to 2021.

In this report, we take a closer look at ExxonMobil's disposal plans and ask:

  • Is the disposal programme ambitious enough?
  • Which assets will be put up for sale and at what price?

Why buy this report?

Get our take on the SuperMajor’s plans, including:

  • Why we think ExxonMobil could double its asset disposal target
  • How ExxonMobil’s portfolio rationalisation activity compares to its peers
  • Which assets will unlock the most value for the SuperMajor.

This report comes with datasets and charts, including this one, which demonstrates that ExxonMobil’s sales in upstream assets are well behind its peers.

ExxonMobil has fallen behind in the race to high-grade. The Supermajor assembled a best-in-class growth pipeline during the downturn but it has not tackled its legacy business with the same vigour. US$15 billion of assets are planned to be part of ExxonMobil's sale, extending out to 2021, bringing rationalisation activity more in line with peers. But we think the programme could go much deeper to boost resilience to lower prices. ExxonMobil could double its target based on our analysis.

Table of contents

  • Executive summary
  • ExxonMobil has fallen behind in the race to high-grade
    • Disposal option 1: Non-core country exits – US$6 billion
    • Disposal option 2: tail-end asset sales – US$12 billion
    • Disposal option 3: boosting upstream cash margins – US$11 billion
    • Disposal option 4: wildcards – US$19 billion
    • Disposal option 5: refining
  • Will ExxonMobil's high grading programme surprise on the upside?

Tables and charts

This report includes 16 images and tables including:

  • Upstream asset sales proceeds (14-18)*
  • Upstream asset sales proceeds per unit of production (14-18)*
  • No. of countries with commercial upstream assets vs upstream NPV,10
  • Combined value of assets with NPV,10 < US$300M
  • ExxonMobil's upstream portfolio: NPV,10 by country
  • Wood Mackenzie's assessment of ExxonMobil's upstream disposal candidates
  • Strategic fit of regions (bubble size proportional to NPV,10) – US$6 billion of country exits?
  • Non-core producing countries: cash flow forecast
  • Non-core producing countries: production forecast
  • Regional breakdown of ExxonMobil's upstream assets with an NPV,10 *Excludes regions we regard as non-core to avoid double counting
  • Upstream cash margins by company (real)
  • ExxonMobil's lowest post-capex cash margin regions (2025-2029)
  • NPV,10 of ExxonMobil's low margin US L48 assets by region
  • Production from ExxonMobil's low margin US L48 assets
  • Production from potential wildcard asset sales
  • Cash flow from potential wildcard asset sales

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