Exxon profit doubles on overseas growth, higher prices

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Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) on Thursday reported a second-quarter profit that nearly doubled, as overseas oil and natural gas operations lifted the company’s bottom line.

Oil companies have capitalized on a rebound in prices by boosting production, particularly in the U.S. But Exxon said its output during the latest period slipped 1% to 3.9 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, and it booked a loss across its domestic operations.

International businesses offset weakness at home. Exxon said earnings from its gas and oil operations outside the U.S. climbed 69% compared to the year-ago period.

Exxon also benefited from higher commodity prices, according to CEO Darren Woods. An increase in realized oil and gas prices boosted upstream earnings by $890 million, accounting for the unit’s total gains year-over-year. The upstream business includes oil and gas production.

Downstream earnings, including retail, jumped $560 million to $1.4 billion.

On the refining side, Exxon’s sales of heating oils, kerosene and diesel were up, while chemicals sales declined amid higher plant maintenance costs. Refinery throughput improved 4.6%.

Exxon recorded overall net income of $3.35 billion, or 78 cents per share, up from $1.7 billion last year. The results fell short of Wall Street’s estimate of 84 cents.

Revenue came in at $62.88 billion, better than expectations for $61.92 billion.

Exxon shares fell 1.9% to $79.30 in recent trading. The stock is down 12% this year.