Exxon Profit Per Gallon

Game board with world map and oil derrick and barrels

Recently I was reading the Exxon Mobil magazine, proxy material and 10K documents. In 2010, there are these numerical connections between barrels of oil operations and corporate profits.

  • Exxon earned $14.85 for each barrel of oil in its upstream operations (exploration, extraction)
  • Exxon earned $1.50 for each barrel of oil in its downstream operations
  • Each barrel of crude equates to approximately 19 gallons of gasoline
  • Exxon’s 2010 profit was about $0.85/gallon of gasoline
    • (14.85+1.50)/19. Profit/barrel divided by number of gallons of gasoline in a barrel
  • The average price of a gallon of gasoline was $2.75

Exxon’s profit was almost one-third of the pump price of gasoline in 2010.

This company has excellent prospects for use in a portfolio. It’s dividend is rich (almost 8%) and well-covered. It has steady growth with the financial prowess to convert bursts of income associated with oil price jumps into capital expenditures—and back to income if the price falls dramatically.


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