Exxon Mobil 10-K 2010
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
x ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009
¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from to
Commission File Number 1-2256
EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
5959 LAS COLINAS BOULEVARD, IRVING, TEXAS 75039-2298
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
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The aggregate market value of the voting stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant on June 30, 2009, the last business day of the registrants most recently completed second fiscal quarter, based on the closing price on that date of $69.91 on the New York Stock Exchange composite tape, was in excess of $335 billion.
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FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2009
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Item 1. Business.
Exxon Mobil Corporation was incorporated in the State of New Jersey in 1882. Divisions and affiliated companies of ExxonMobil operate or market products in the United States and most other countries of the world. Their principal business is energy, involving exploration for, and production of, crude oil and natural gas, manufacture of petroleum products and transportation and sale of crude oil, natural gas and petroleum products. ExxonMobil is a major manufacturer and marketer of commodity petrochemicals, including olefins, aromatics, polyethylene and polypropylene plastics and a wide variety of specialty products. ExxonMobil also has interests in electric power generation facilities. Affiliates of ExxonMobil conduct extensive research programs in support of these businesses.
Exxon Mobil Corporation has several divisions and hundreds of affiliates, many with names that include ExxonMobil, Exxon, Esso or Mobil. For convenience and simplicity, in this report the terms ExxonMobil, Exxon, Esso and Mobil, as well as terms like Corporation, Company, our, we and its, are sometimes used as abbreviated references to specific affiliates or groups of affiliates. The precise meaning depends on the context in question.
On December 13, 2009, ExxonMobil and XTO Energy Inc. entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger. Under the terms of the agreement, (i) each share of XTO Energy common stock will be converted into the right to receive 0.7098 shares of common stock of the Corporation (the Exchange Ratio) and (ii) all outstanding XTO Energy options will be converted into options to purchase shares of common stock of the Corporation, with the number of shares of XTO Energy common stock subject to the option, and the options exercise price, adjusted based on the Exchange Ratio. The transaction includes XTO Energy debt, which was approximately $10.5 billion at December 31, 2009. Consummation of the Merger is subject to regulatory clearance, XTO Energy stockholder approval, and other customary conditions.
Throughout ExxonMobils businesses, new and ongoing measures are taken to prevent and minimize the impact of our operations on air, water and ground. These include a significant investment in refining infrastructure and technology to manufacture clean fuels as well as projects to monitor and reduce nitrogen oxide, sulfur oxide, and greenhouse gas emissions and expenditures for asset retirement obligations. ExxonMobils 2009 worldwide environmental expenditures for all such preventative and remediation steps, including ExxonMobils share of equity company expenditures, were about $5.1 billion, of which $2.5 billion were capital expenditures and $2.6 billion were included in expenses. The total cost for such activities is expected to remain in this range in 2010 and 2011 (with capital expenditures approximately 45 percent of the total).
The energy and petrochemical industries are highly competitive. There is competition within the industries and also with other industries in supplying the energy, fuel and chemical needs of both industrial and individual consumers. The Corporation competes with other firms in the sale or purchase of needed goods and services in many national and international markets and employs all methods of competition which are lawful and appropriate for such purposes.
Operating data and industry segment information for the Corporation are contained in the Financial Section of this report under the following: Quarterly Information, Note 17: Disclosures about Segments and Related Information and Operating Summary. Information on oil and gas reserves is contained in the Oil and Gas Reserves part of the Supplemental Information on Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Activities portion of the Financial Section of this report.
ExxonMobil has a long-standing commitment to the development of proprietary technology. We have a wide array of research programs designed to meet the needs identified in each of our business
segments. Information on Company-sponsored research and development spending is contained in Note 3: Miscellaneous Financial Information of the Financial Section of this report. ExxonMobil held approximately 11 thousand active patents worldwide at the end of 2009. For technology licensed to third parties, revenues totaled approximately $88 million in 2009. Although technology is an important contributor to the overall operations and results of our Company, the profitability of each business segment is not dependent on any individual patent, trade secret, trademark, license, franchise or concession.
The number of regular employees was 80.7 thousand, 79.9 thousand and 80.8 thousand at years ended 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively. Regular employees are defined as active executive, management, professional, technical and wage employees who work full time or part time for the Corporation and are covered by the Corporations benefit plans and programs. Regular employees do not include employees of the company-operated retail sites (CORS). The number of CORS employees was 22.0 thousand, 24.8 thousand and 26.3 thousand at years ended 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively.
Information concerning the source and availability of raw materials used in the Corporations business, the extent of seasonality in the business, the possibility of renegotiation of profits or termination of contracts at the election of governments and risks attendant to foreign operations may be found in Item 1ARisk Factors and Item 2Properties in this report.
ExxonMobil maintains a website at exxonmobil.com. Our annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and any amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 are made available through our website as soon as reasonably practical after we electronically file or furnish the reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Also available on the Corporations website are the Companys Corporate Governance Guidelines and Code of Ethics and Business Conduct, as well as the charters of the audit, compensation and nominating committees of the Board of Directors. Information on our website is not incorporated into this report.
ExxonMobils financial and operating results are subject to a variety of risks inherent in the global oil, gas, and petrochemical businesses. Many of these risk factors are not within the Companys control and could adversely affect our business, our financial and operating results or our financial condition. We discuss some of these risks in more detail below.
Supply and Demand.
The oil, gas, and petrochemical businesses are fundamentally commodity businesses. This means ExxonMobils operations and earnings may be significantly affected by changes in oil, gas and petrochemical prices and by changes in margins on refined products. Oil, gas, petrochemical and product prices and margins in turn depend on local, regional and global events or conditions that affect supply and demand for the relevant commodity.
Economic conditions. The demand for energy and petrochemicals correlates closely with general economic growth rates. The occurrence of recessions or other periods of low or negative economic growth will typically have a direct adverse impact on our results. Other factors that affect general economic conditions in the world or in a major region, such as changes in population growth rates or periods of civil unrest, also impact the demand for energy and petrochemicals. Economic conditions that impair the functioning of financial markets and institutions also pose risks to ExxonMobil, including risks to the safety of our financial assets and to the ability of our partners and customers to fulfill their commitments to ExxonMobil.
Other demand-related factors. Other factors that may affect the demand for oil, gas and petrochemicals, and therefore impact our results, include technological improvements in energy efficiency; seasonal weather patterns, which affect the demand for energy associated with heating and cooling; increased competitiveness of alternative energy sources that have so far generally not been competitive with oil and gas without the benefit of government subsidies or mandates; and changes in technology or consumer preferences that alter fuel choices, such as toward alternative fueled vehicles.
Other supply-related factors. Commodity prices and margins also vary depending on a number of factors affecting supply. For example, increased supply from the development of new oil and gas supply sources and technologies to enhance recovery from existing sources tend to reduce commodity prices to the extent such supply increases are not offset by commensurate growth in demand. Similarly, increases in industry refining or petrochemical manufacturing capacity tend to reduce margins on the affected products. World oil, gas, and petrochemical supply levels can also be affected by factors that reduce available supplies, such as adherence by member countries to OPEC production quotas and the occurrence of wars, hostile actions, or natural disasters that may disrupt supplies. Technological change can also alter the relative costs for competitors to find, produce, and refine oil and gas and to manufacture petrochemicals.
Other market factors. ExxonMobils business results are also exposed to potential negative impacts due to changes in currency exchange rates, interest rates, inflation, and other local or regional market conditions. We generally do not use financial instruments to hedge market exposures.
Government and Political Factors.
ExxonMobils results can be adversely affected by political or regulatory developments affecting our operations.
Access limitations. A number of countries limit access to their oil and gas resources, or may place resources off-limits from development altogether. Restrictions on foreign investment in the oil and gas sector tend to increase in times of high commodity prices, when national governments may have less need of outside sources of private capital. Many countries also restrict the import or export of certain products based on point of origin.
Restrictions on doing business. As a U.S. company, ExxonMobil is subject to laws prohibiting U.S. companies from doing business in certain countries, or restricting the kind of business that may be conducted. Such restrictions may provide a competitive advantage to our non-U.S. competitors unless their own home countries impose comparable restrictions.
Lack of legal certainty. Some countries in which we do business lack well-developed legal systems, or have not yet adopted clear regulatory frameworks for oil and gas development. Lack of legal certainty exposes our operations to increased risk of adverse or unpredictable actions by government officials, and also makes it more difficult for us to enforce our contracts. In some cases these risks can be partially offset by agreements to arbitrate disputes in an international forum, but the adequacy of this remedy may still depend on the local legal system to enforce an award.
Regulatory and litigation risks. Even in countries with well-developed legal systems where ExxonMobil does business, we remain exposed to changes in law (including changes that result from international treaties and accords) that could adversely affect our results, such as increases in taxes or government royalty rates (including retroactive claims); price controls; changes in environmental regulations or other laws that increase our cost of compliance; adoption of regulations mandating the use of alternative fuels or uncompetitive fuel components; government actions to cancel contracts or renegotiate terms unilaterally; and expropriation. Legal remedies available to compensate us for
expropriation or other takings may be inadequate. We also may be adversely affected by the outcome of litigation or other legal proceedings, especially in countries such as the United States in which very large and unpredictable punitive damage awards may occur.
Security concerns. Successful operation of particular facilities or projects may be disrupted by civil unrest, acts of sabotage or terrorism, and other local security concerns. Such concerns may require us to incur greater costs for security or to shut down operations for a period of time.
Climate change and greenhouse gas restrictions. Due to concern over the risk of climate change, a number of countries have adopted, or are considering the adoption of, regulatory frameworks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These include adoption of cap and trade regimes, carbon taxes, increased efficiency standards, and incentives or mandates for renewable energy. These requirements could make our products more expensive and reduce demand for hydrocarbons, as well as shifting hydrocarbon demand toward relatively lower-carbon sources such as natural gas. Current and pending greenhouse gas regulations may also increase our compliance costs, such as for monitoring or sequestering emissions.
Government sponsorship of alternative energy. Many governments are providing tax advantages and other subsidies and mandates to make alternative energy sources more competitive against oil and gas. Governments are also promoting research into new technologies to reduce the cost and increase the scalability of alternative energy sources. We are conducting our own research efforts into alternative energy, such as through sponsorship of the Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford University and research into hydrogen fuel cells and fuel-producing algae. Our future results may depend in part on the success of our research efforts and on our ability to adapt and apply the strengths of our current business model to providing the competitive energy products of the future. See Management Effectiveness below.
In addition to external economic and political factors, our future business results also depend on our ability to manage successfully those factors that are at least in part within our control. The extent to which we manage these factors will impact our performance relative to competition.
Exploration and development program. Our ability to maintain and grow our oil and gas production depends on the success of our exploration and development efforts. Among other factors, we must continuously improve our ability to identify the most promising resource prospects and apply our project management expertise to bring discovered resources on line on schedule.
Project management. The success of ExxonMobils Upstream, Downstream, and Chemical businesses depends on complex, long-term, capital intensive projects. These projects in turn require a high degree of project management expertise to maximize efficiency. Specific factors that can affect the performance of major projects include our ability to: negotiate successfully with joint venturers, partners, governments, suppliers, customers, or others; model and optimize reservoir performance; develop markets for project outputs, whether through long-term contracts or the development of effective spot markets; manage changes in operating conditions and costs, including costs of third party equipment or services such as drilling rigs and shipping; prevent, to the extent possible, and respond effectively to unforeseen technical difficulties that could delay project startup or cause unscheduled project downtime; and influence the performance of project operators where ExxonMobil does not perform that role.
Operational efficiency. An important component of ExxonMobils competitive performance, especially given the commodity-based nature of many of our businesses, is our ability to operate
efficiently, including our ability to manage expenses and improve production yields on an ongoing basis. This requires continuous management focus, including technology improvements, cost control, productivity enhancements and regular reappraisal of our asset portfolio.
Research and development. To maintain our competitive position, especially in light of the technological nature of our businesses and the need for continuous efficiency improvement, ExxonMobils research and development organizations must be successful and able to adapt to a changing market and policy environment.
Safety, business controls, and environmental risk management. Our results depend on managements ability to minimize the inherent risks of oil, gas, and petrochemical operations and to control effectively our business activities. We apply rigorous management systems and continuous focus to workplace safety and to avoiding spills or other adverse environmental events. For example, we work to minimize spills through a combined program of effective operations integrity management, ongoing upgrades, key equipment replacements, and comprehensive inspection and surveillance. Similarly, we are implementing cost-effective new technologies and adopting new operating practices to reduce air emissions, not only in response to government requirements but also to address community priorities. We also maintain a disciplined framework of internal controls and apply a controls management system for monitoring compliance with this framework. Substantial liabilities and other adverse impacts could result if our management systems and controls do not function as intended.
Preparedness. Our operations may be disrupted by severe weather events, natural disasters, and similar events. For example, hurricanes may damage our offshore production facilities or coastal refining and petrochemical plants in vulnerable areas. Our ability to mitigate the adverse impacts of these events depends in part upon the effectiveness of our rigorous disaster preparedness and business continuity planning.
Projections, estimates and descriptions of ExxonMobils plans and objectives included or incorporated in Items 1, 1A, 2, 7 and 7A of this report are forward-looking statements. Actual future results, including project completion dates, production rates, capital expenditures, costs and business plans could differ materially due to, among other things, the factors discussed above and elsewhere in this report.
Item 2. Properties.
Information with regard to oil and gas producing activities follows:
1. Disclosure of Reserves
A. Summary of Oil and Gas Reserves at Year-End 2009
The table below summarizes the oil-equivalent proved reserves in each geographic area and by product type for consolidated subsidiaries and equity companies. The Corporation has reported proved reserves on the basis of the average of the first-day-of-the-month price for each month during the last 12-month period. Gas is converted to an oil-equivalent basis at six million cubic feet per one thousand barrels. No major discovery or other favorable or adverse event has occurred since December 31, 2009, that would cause a significant change in the estimated proved reserves as of that date.
In the preceding reserves information, consolidated subsidiary and equity company reserves are reported separately. However, the Corporation operates its business with the same view of equity company reserves as it has for reserves from consolidated subsidiaries.
The Corporations overall volume capacity outlook, based on projects coming on stream as anticipated, is for production capacity to grow over the period 2010-2014. However, actual volumes will vary from year to year due to the timing of individual project start-ups, operational outages, reservoir performance, regulatory changes, asset sales, weather events, price effects on production sharing contracts and other factors as described in Item 1ARisk Factors of this report.
The estimation of proved reserves, which is based on the requirement of reasonable certainty, is an ongoing process based on rigorous technical evaluations, commercial and market assessments and detailed analysis of well information such as flow rates and reservoir pressure declines. Furthermore, the Corporation only records proved reserves for projects which have received significant funding commitments by management made toward the development of the reserves. Although the Corporation is reasonably certain that proved reserves will be produced, the timing and amount recovered can be affected by a number of factors including completion of development projects, reservoir performance, regulatory approvals and significant changes in projections of long-term oil and gas price levels.
B. Technologies Used in Establishing Proved Reserves Additions in 2009
Additions to ExxonMobils proved reserves in 2009 were based on estimates generated through the integration of available and appropriate data, utilizing well established technologies that have been demonstrated in the field to yield repeatable and consistent results.
Data used in these integrated assessments included information obtained directly from the subsurface via wellbores, such as well logs, reservoir core samples, fluid samples, static and dynamic pressure information, production test data, and surveillance and performance information. The data utilized also included subsurface information obtained through indirect measurements including high-quality 2-D and 3-D seismic data, calibrated with available well control. Where applicable, surface geological information was also utilized. The tools used to interpret the data included proprietary seismic processing software, proprietary reservoir modeling and simulation software and commercially available data analysis packages.
In some circumstances, where appropriate analog reservoirs were available, reservoir parameters from these analogs were used to increase the quality of and confidence in the reserves estimates.
C. Qualifications of Reserves Technical Oversight Group and Internal Controls over Proved Reserves
ExxonMobil has a dedicated Reserves Technical Oversight group that is separate from the operating organization. Primary responsibilities of this group include oversight of the reserves estimation process for compliance with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules and regulations, review of annual changes in reserves estimates, and the reporting of ExxonMobils proved reserves. This group also maintains the official company reserves estimates for ExxonMobils proved reserves of crude and natural gas liquids, bitumen, synthetic oil and natural gas. In addition, the group provides training to personnel involved in the reserves estimation and reporting process within ExxonMobil and its affiliates. The group is managed by and staffed with individuals that have an average of more than 20 years of technical experience in the petroleum industry, including expertise in the classification and categorization of reserves under the SEC guidelines. This group includes several individuals who hold advanced degrees in either Engineering or Geology, as well as individuals who hold Bachelors degrees in various technical disciplines. Several members of the group hold professional registrations in their field of expertise and several have served on the Oil and Gas Reserves Committee of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
The Reserves Technical Oversight group maintains a central computerized database containing the official company global reserves estimates and production data. Appropriate controls, including limitations on database access and update capabilities, are in place to ensure data integrity within this central computerized database. An annual review of the systems controls is performed by internal audit. Key components of the reserves estimation process include technical evaluations and analysis of well and field performance and a rigorous peer review. No changes may be made to the reserves estimates in the central database, including additions of any new initial reserves estimates or subsequent revisions, unless these changes have been thoroughly reviewed and evaluated by duly authorized personnel within the operating organization. In addition, changes to reserves estimates that exceed certain thresholds require further review and approval of the appropriate level of management within the operating organization before the changes may be made in the central database. Endorsement by the Reserves Technical Oversight group for all proved reserves changes is a mandatory component of this review process. After all changes are made, reviews are held with senior management for final endorsement.
2. Proved Undeveloped Reserves
At year-end 2009, approximately 7.5 billion oil-equivalent barrels (GOEB) of ExxonMobils proved reserves were classified as proved undeveloped, which represented 33 percent of the 23.0 GOEB reported in proved reserves. This compares to 38 percent proved undeveloped reported at the end of 2008. The net reduction from 2008 is reflective of our active development programs on many projects worldwide. This percentage is inclusive of both consolidated subsidiaries and equity company reserves. Significant progress was made in converting proved undeveloped reserves into proved developed reserves in 2009. During the year, ExxonMobil completed development work in over 100 fields and participated in numerous major project start-ups that resulted in the transfer of approximately 2.4 GOEB from proved undeveloped to proved developed reserves by year-end. This represented the movement of 28 percent of the proved undeveloped reserves into the proved developed category or an average turnover time of about four years. The largest transfers were associated with two liquefied natural gas (LNG) trains and the second phase of a domestic gas supply project in Qatar.
One of ExxonMobils requirements for reporting proved reserves is that management has made significant funding commitments toward the development of the reserves. ExxonMobil has a disciplined investment strategy and many major fields require a long lead-time in order to be developed. Development projects typically take two to four years from the time of first recording of proved reserves to the start of production of these reserves. However, the development time for large and complex projects can exceed five years. During 2009, new approved projects added approximately 1.3 GOEB of proved undeveloped reserves. The largest of these were the Gorgon LNG project in Australia and the Papua New Guinea LNG project. Overall, investments of $12.7 billion were made by the Corporation during 2009 to progress the development of reported proved undeveloped reserves, including $11.6 billion for oil and gas producing activities and an additional $1.1 billion for other non-oil and gas producing activities such as the construction of LNG trains, tankers and regasification facilities that were undertaken to progress the development of proved undeveloped reserves. These investments represented 61 percent of the $20.7 billion in total reported Upstream capital and exploration expenditures.
Proved undeveloped reserves in the United States, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Nigeria, Netherlands and Canada have remained undeveloped for five years or more primarily due to constraints on the capacity of infrastructure and the pace of co-venturers/Government funding, as well as the time required to develop and complete the projects. The Corporation is reasonably certain that these proved reserves will be produced; however, the timing and amount recovered can be affected by a number of factors including completion of development projects, reservoir performance and regulatory approvals. The two largest projects that have been reported with proved undeveloped reserves for five or more years
are in Qatar and Kazakhstan. In Qatar, the construction of the Ras Laffan 3 Train 7 LNG liquefaction train is now complete. In Kazakhstan, ExxonMobil participates in the North Caspian Production Sharing Agreement, which includes the giant Kashagan field located offshore in the Caspian Sea. Phase 1 of the Kashagan field is currently under construction and includes an offshore production and separation hub on an artificial island, several drilling islands, three onshore oil-stabilization trains, two onshore gas treatment plants and an onshore sulfur treatment plant. ExxonMobil also participates in the Tengizchevroil joint venture in Kazakhstan which includes a production license in the Tengiz field, and the nearby Korolev field. The joint venture is producing and proved undeveloped reserves will continue to move to proved developed as approved development phases progress.
3. Oil and Gas Production, Production Prices and Production Costs
A. Oil and Gas Production
The table below summarizes production by final product sold and by geographic area for the last three years.
B. Production Prices and Production Costs
The table below summarizes average production prices and average production costs by geographic area and by product type for the last three years.
Average production prices have been calculated by using sales quantities from the Corporations own production as the divisor. Average production costs have been computed by using net production quantities for the divisor. The volumes of crude oil and natural gas liquids (NGL) production used for this computation are shown in the oil and gas production table in section 3.A. The volumes of natural gas used in the calculation are the production volumes of natural gas available for sale and are also shown in section 3.A. The natural gas available for sale volumes are different from those shown in the reserves table in the Oil and Gas Reserves part of the Supplemental Information on Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Activities portion of the Financial Section of this report due to volumes consumed or flared. Gas is converted to an oil-equivalent basis at six million cubic feet per one thousand barrels.
4. Drilling and Other Exploratory and Development Activities
A. Number of Net Productive and Dry Wells Drilled
B. Exploratory and Development Activities Regarding Oil and Gas Resources Extracted by Mining Technologies
Syncrude is a joint venture established to recover shallow deposits of oil sands using open-pit mining methods to extract the crude bitumen, and then upgrade it to produce a high-quality, light (32 degrees API), sweet, synthetic crude oil. Imperial Oil Limited is the owner of a 25 percent interest in the joint venture. Exxon Mobil Corporation has a 69.6 percent interest in Imperial Oil Limited. The Syncrude operation, located near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, mines a portion of the Athabasca oil sands deposit. Syncrude joint venture owners hold eight oil sands leases covering about 250,000 acres in the Athabasca oil sands deposit. Since startup in 1978, Syncrude has produced about 2.0 billion barrels of synthetic crude oil. The produced synthetic crude oil is shipped from the Syncrude site to Edmonton, Alberta, by Alberta Oil Sands Pipeline Ltd. In 2009, Syncrudes net production of synthetic crude oil was about 259,000 barrels per day and gross production was about 280,000 barrels per day. The companys share of net production in 2009 was about 65,000 barrels per day. There are no approved plans for major future expansion projects.
The Kearl oil sands project is a joint venture established to recover shallow deposits of oil sands using open-pit mining methods to extract the crude bitumen. Imperial Oil Limited holds a 70.96 percent interest in the joint venture and ExxonMobil Canada Properties holds the other 29.04 percent. Exxon Mobil Corporation has a 69.6 percent interest in Imperial Oil Limited and a 100 percent interest in ExxonMobil Canada Properties. The Kearl project is located approximately 40 miles north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.
Kearl is expected to be developed in phases. Bitumen will be extracted from oil sands produced from open-pit mining operations, and processed through a bitumen extraction and froth treatment plant. The product, a blend of bitumen and diluent, is planned to be shipped via pipelines for distribution to North American markets. Diluent is natural gas condensate or other light hydrocarbons added to the crude bitumen to facilitate transportation to market by pipeline.
The Kearl project received approvals from the Province of Alberta in 2007 and the Government of Canada in 2008. The Province of Alberta issued an operating and construction license in 2008, which permits the project to mine oil sands and produce bitumen from approved development areas on oil sands leases. Kearl is comprised of six oil sands leases covering about 48,000 acres in the Athabasca oil sands deposit.
Production from the first phase is expected to be at an initial rate of approximately 110,000 gross barrels of bitumen a day. About $2 billion has been spent on the project through 2009. In 2009, pipeline transportation agreements were concluded, infrastructure construction continued and more than half of the detailed engineering was completed.
5. Present Activities
A. Wells Drilling
B. Review of Principal Ongoing Activities
During 2009, ExxonMobils activities were conducted, either directly or through affiliated companies, by ExxonMobil Exploration Company (for exploration), by ExxonMobil Development Company (for large development activities), by ExxonMobil Production Company (for producing and smaller development activities) and by ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing Company (for gas marketing). During this same period, some of ExxonMobils exploration, development, production and gas marketing activities were also conducted in Canada by Imperial Oil Limited, which is 69.6 percent owned by ExxonMobil.
ExxonMobils year-end 2009 acreage holdings totaled 10.2 million net acres, of which 2.3 million net acres were offshore. ExxonMobil was active in areas onshore and offshore in the lower 48 states and in Alaska.
During 2009, 435.2 net exploration and development wells were completed in the inland lower 48 states and 2.0 net development wells were completed offshore in the Pacific. Tight gas development continued in the Piceance Basin of Colorado as the Piceance Phase 1 tight gas project came onstream in 2009. Participation in Alaska production and development continued and a total of 22.5 net development wells were drilled. On Alaskas North Slope, activity continued on the Western Region Development with development drilling and facility upgrades.
ExxonMobils net acreage in the Gulf of Mexico at year-end 2009 was 2.2 million acres. A total of 6.0 net exploration and development wells were completed during the year. In 2009, the Rockefeller field was brought onstream.
Construction of the Golden Pass LNG regasification terminal in Texas continued in 2009. The terminal will have the capacity to deliver up to two billion cubic feet of gas per day.
CANADA / SOUTH AMERICA
Oil and Gas Operations
ExxonMobils year-end 2009 acreage holdings totaled 6.8 million net acres, of which 3.1 million net acres were offshore. A total of 234.0 net exploration and development wells were completed during the year.
In Situ Bitumen Operations
ExxonMobils year-end 2009 in situ bitumen acreage holdings totaled 0.6 million net onshore acres. A total of 60.0 net development wells were completed during the year. The only current in situ bitumen production comes from the Cold Lake field. To maintain production at Cold Lake, additional production wells and associated facilities are required periodically. In 2009, a development drilling program began within the approved development area to add additional productive capacity from undeveloped areas.
ExxonMobils net acreage totaled 0.2 million onshore acres at year-end 2009, and there were 1.8 net development wells completed during the year.
ExxonMobils acreage holdings and assets were expropriated in 2007. Refer to the relevant portion of Note 15: Litigation and Other Contingencies of the Financial Section of this report for additional information.
A total of 4.9 million net onshore acres and 0.1 million net offshore acres were held by ExxonMobil at year-end 2009, with 3.6 net exploration and development wells drilled during the year.
The Adriatic LNG regasification terminal received its first cargo and commenced regasification operations in 2009. The terminal can supply up to 775 million cubic feet of gas per day to the Italian gas market.
ExxonMobils net interest in licenses totaled approximately 1.4 million acres at year-end 2009, of which 1.2 million acres are onshore. A total of 2.5 net exploration and development wells were completed during the year. The multi-year project to renovate Groningen production clusters, install new compression to maintain capacity and extend field life was completed and the project to redevelop the Schoonebeek oil field was progressed.
ExxonMobils net interest in licenses at year-end 2009 totaled approximately 0.7 million acres, all offshore. ExxonMobil participated in 6.6 net exploration and development well completions in 2009. Production was initiated at the Tyrihans field.
ExxonMobils net interest in licenses at year-end 2009 totaled approximately 0.4 million acres, all offshore. A total of 3.7 net exploration and development wells were completed during the year including the successful Fram appraisal.
The South Hook LNG regasification terminal in Wales commenced operations in 2009 and received its first deliveries. The terminal has the capacity to deliver up to 2.1 billion cubic feet of gas per day into the natural gas grid.
ExxonMobils year-end 2009 acreage holdings totaled 0.7 million net offshore acres and 7.9 net exploration and development wells were completed during the year. On Block 15, development drilling continued at Kizomba A, Kizomba B and Kizomba C. Project work continued on the Angola Gas Gathering project and the Kizomba Satellites Phase 1 project in 2009. On the non-operated Block 17, project work continued on the Pazflor project and development drilling continued at Dalia. On the non-operated Block 31, project work continued on the Plutao-Saturno-Venus-Marte project.
ExxonMobils net acreage holdings totaled 0.1 million offshore acres.
ExxonMobils net year-end 2009 acreage holdings consisted of 0.1 million onshore acres, with 34.4 net development wells completed during the year. Production began from the Timbre field in 2009.
ExxonMobils acreage totaled 0.1 million net offshore acres at year-end 2009.
ExxonMobils net acreage totaled 1.0 million offshore acres at year-end 2009, with 6.7 net exploration and development wells completed during the year. Work continued on the deepwater Usan project in 2009. Projects to replace crude oil pipelines and to reduce flaring were progressed. A 3-D seismic acquisition program continued on the Nigerian Shelf joint venture acreage and a 4-D seismic survey was completed at the Erha field.
ASIA PACIFIC / MIDDLE EAST
ExxonMobils net year-end 2009 offshore acreage holdings totaled 1.9 million acres. During 2009, a total of 7.6 net exploration and development wells were drilled. Work continued on the Kipper/Tuna gas project and Turrum Phase 2 development. The Gorgon liquefied natural gas project was approved for development in 2009.
At year-end 2009, ExxonMobil had 5.4 million net acres, including 4.3 million net acres offshore and 1.1 million net acres onshore. A total of 0.8 net exploration wells were completed during the year. During 2009, early oil production commenced at the Banyu Urip field in the Cepu contract area. A new deepwater block was acquired in 2009 as well as three coalbed methane production sharing contracts.
ExxonMobils net offshore acreage was 36 thousand acres at year-end 2009.
ExxonMobil has interests in production sharing contracts covering 0.5 million net acres offshore Malaysia at year-end 2009. In 2009, a new production sharing contract was signed with PETRONAS and PETRONAS Carigali. During the year, a total of 5.0 net development wells were completed.
Papua New Guinea
A total of 0.4 million net onshore acres were held by ExxonMobil at year-end 2009, with 1.1 net development wells completed during the year. In 2009, all co-venturers agreed to proceed with the development of the Papua New Guinea liquefied natural gas project.
Production and development activities continued on natural gas projects in Qatar. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) operating companies include:
Qatar Liquefied Gas Company Limited (QG I)
Qatar Liquefied Gas Company Limited (2) (QG 2)
Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company Limited (RL I)
Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company Limited (II) (RL II)
Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company Limited (3) (RL 3)
In addition, the Al Khaleej Gas (AKG) project supplied pipeline gas to domestic industrial customers. With the initial start-up of AKG Phase 2 in December 2009, the AKG facilities provide sales gas capacity of up to 2 billion cubic feet per day with associated condensate, ethane and liquid petroleum gas.
At the end of 2009, with the conclusion of the drilling program for the RL 3 and AKG 2 projects, 136 gross wells supplied natural gas to currently-producing LNG and pipeline gas sales facilities. During 2009, 8.9 net development wells were completed.
Total Qatar LNG capacity volumes (gross) at year-end 2009 was 53.8 MTA (millions of metric tons per annum), with the start up in 2009 of QG 2 trains 4 and 5 as well as the start-up of RL 3 train 6. Capacity consists of 9.7 MTA in QG I trains 1-3, a combined 20.7 MTA in RL I trains 1-2 and RL II trains 3-5, 15.6 MTA in QG 2 trains 4-5 and 7.8 MTA in RL 3 train 6 . In addition, RL 3 train 7 will add planned capacity of 7.8 MTA when completed.
The conversion factor to translate Qatar LNG volumes (millions of metric tons - MT) into gas volumes (billions of cubic feet - BCF) is dependent on the gas quality and the quality of the LNG produced. The conversion factors are approximately 46 BCF/MT for QG I trains 1-3, RL I trains 1-2 and RL II train 3, and approximately 49 BCF/MT for QG 2 trains 4-5, RL II trains 4-5 and RL 3 trains 6-7.
Republic of Yemen
ExxonMobils net acreage in the Republic of Yemen production sharing areas totaled 10 thousand acres onshore at year-end 2009.
ExxonMobils net onshore acreage in Thailand concessions totaled 21 thousand acres at year-end 2009.
United Arab Emirates
ExxonMobils net acreage in the Abu Dhabi oil concessions was 0.6 million acres at year-end 2009, of which 0.4 million acres were onshore and 0.2 million acres offshore. During the year, 6.0 net development wells were completed. During 2009, work progressed on multiple field development projects, both onshore and offshore, to sustain and increase oil production capacity.
At year-end 2009, ExxonMobils net acreage, located in the Caspian Sea offshore of Azerbaijan, totaled 0.1 million acres. At the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli field, 0.7 net development wells were completed.
ExxonMobils net acreage totaled 0.2 million acres onshore and 0.2 million acres offshore at year-end 2009, with 1.2 net exploration and development wells completed during 2009. Production continued to increase as a result of the latest Tengiz expansion that came onstream in 2008. Construction of the initial phase of the Kashagan field continued during 2009.
ExxonMobils net acreage holdings at year-end 2009 were 0.1 million acres, all offshore. A total of 0.6 net development wells were completed in the Chayvo field during the year. Development of the initial phase of the Odoptu field is underway with the construction of field separation facilities, a flowline to the Chayvo onshore processing plant and completion of 0.6 net development wells.
At year-end 2009, exploration activities were underway in several areas in which ExxonMobil has no established production operations and thus are not included above. A total of 49.1 million net acres were held at year-end 2009, and 3.8 net exploration wells were completed during the year in these countries.
6. Oil and Gas Properties, Wells, Operations and Acreage
A. Gross and Net Productive Wells
There were 16,587 gross and 13,737 net operated wells at year-end 2009 and 16,286 gross and 13,573 net operated wells at year-end 2008. In 2009, 1,039 gross wells had multiple completions.
B. Gross and Net Developed Acreage
Separate acreage data for oil and gas are not maintained because, in many instances, both are produced from the same acreage.
C. Gross and Net Undeveloped Acreage
ExxonMobils investment in developed and undeveloped acreage is comprised of numerous concessions, blocks and leases. The terms and conditions under which the Corporation maintains exploration and/or production rights to the acreage are property-specific, contractually defined and vary significantly from property to property. Work programs are designed to ensure that the exploration potential of any property is fully evaluated before expiration. In some instances, the Corporation may elect to relinquish acreage in advance of the contractual expiration date if the evaluation process is complete and there is not a business basis for extension. In cases where additional time may be required to fully evaluate acreage, the Corporation has generally been successful in obtaining extensions.
D. Summary of Acreage Terms
Oil and gas leases have an exploration period ranging from one to ten years, and a production period that normally remains in effect until production ceases. Under certain circumstances, a lease may be held beyond its exploration term even if production has not commenced. In some instances, a fee interest is acquired where both the surface and the underlying mineral interests are owned outright.
CANADA / SOUTH AMERICA
Exploration permits are granted for varying periods of time with renewals possible. Exploration rights in onshore areas acquired from Canadian provinces entitle the holder to obtain leases upon completing specified work. Production leases are held as long as there is production on the lease. The majority of Cold Lake leases were taken for an initial 21-year term in 1968-1969 and renewed for a second 21-year term in 1989-1990. The exploration acreage in eastern Canada and the block in the Beaufort Sea acquired in 2007 are currently held by work commitments of various amounts.
The onshore concession terms in Argentina are up to four years for the initial exploration period, up to three years for the second exploration period and up to two years for the third exploration period. A 50-percent relinquishment is required after each exploration period. An extension after the third exploration period is possible for up to five years. The total production term is 25 years with a ten-year extension possible, once a field has been developed.
Exploration concessions are granted for an initial maximum period of five years, with an unlimited number of extensions of up to three years each. Extensions are subject to specific, minimum work commitments. Production licenses are normally granted for 20 to 25 years with multiple possible extensions as long as there is production on the license. In 2007, ExxonMobil affiliates acquired four exploration licenses in the state of Lower Saxony. The exploration licenses are for a period of five years during which exploration work programs will be carried out. In 2009, ExxonMobil affiliates acquired two exploration licenses in the state of North Rhine Westphalia for an initial period of five years and an extension to one of the Lower Saxony licenses.
Under the Mining Law, effective January 1, 2003, exploration and production licenses for both onshore and offshore areas are issued for a period as explicitly defined in the license. The term is based on the period of time necessary to perform the activities for which the license is issued. License conditions are stipulated in the Mining Law.
Production rights granted prior to January 1, 2003, remain subject to their existing terms, and differ slightly for onshore and offshore areas. Onshore production licenses issued prior to 1988 were indefinite; from 1988 they were issued for a period as explicitly defined in the license, ranging from 35 to 45 years. Offshore production licenses issued before 1976 were issued for a fixed period of 40 years; from 1976 they were again issued for a period as explicitly defined in the license, ranging from 15 to 40 years.
Licenses issued prior to 1972 were for an initial period of six years and an extension period of 40 years, with relinquishment of at least one-fourth of the original area required at the end of the sixth year and another one-fourth at the end of the ninth year. Licenses issued between 1972 and 1997 were for an initial period of up to six years (with extension of the initial period of one year at a time up to ten years after 1985), and an extension period of up to 30 years, with relinquishment of at least one-half of the original area required at the end of the initial period. Licenses issued after July 1, 1997, have an initial period of up to ten years and a normal extension period of up to 30 years or in special cases of up to 50 years, and with relinquishment of at least one-half of the original area required at the end of the initial period.
Acreage terms are fixed by the government and are periodically changed. For example, many of the early licenses issued under the first four licensing rounds provided for an initial term of six years with relinquishment of at least one-half of the original area at the end of the initial term, subject to extension for a further 40 years. At the end of any such 40-year term, licenses may continue in
producing areas until cessation of production; or licenses may continue in development areas for periods agreed on a case-by-case basis until they become producing areas; or licenses terminate in all other areas. ExxonMobils licenses issued in 2005 as part of the 23rd licensing round have an initial term of four years with a second term extension of four years and a final term of 18 years. There is a mandatory relinquishment of 50-percent of the acreage after the initial term and of all acreage that is not covered by a development plan at the end of the second term.
Exploration and production activities are governed by production sharing agreements with an initial exploration term of four years and an optional second phase of two to three years. The production period is for 25 years, and agreements generally provide for a negotiated extension.
Exploration and production activities are governed by various agreements negotiated with the national oil company and the government of Cameroon. Exploration permits are granted for terms from four to 16 years and are generally renewable for multiple periods up to four years each. Upon commercial discovery, mining concessions are issued for a period of 25 years with one 25-year extension.
Exploration permits are issued for a period of five years, and are renewable for one or two further five-year periods. The terms and conditions of the permits, including relinquishment obligations, are specified in a negotiated convention. The production term is for 30 years and may be extended at the discretion of the government. In May 2007, Chad enacted a new Petroleum Code which would govern new acquisitions.
Exploration and production activities are governed by production sharing contracts negotiated with the State Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy. The exploration periods are for ten to 15 years with limited relinquishments in the absence of commercial discoveries. The production period for crude oil is 30 years while the production period for gas is 50 years. A new Hydrocarbons Law was enacted in November 2006. Under the new law, the exploration terms for new production sharing contracts are four to five years with a maximum of two one-year extensions, unless the Ministry agrees otherwise.
Exploration and production activities in the deepwater offshore areas are typically governed by production sharing contracts (PSCs) with the national oil company, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). NNPC holds the underlying Oil Prospecting License (OPL) and any resulting Oil Mining Lease (OML). The terms of the PSCs are generally 30 years, including a ten-year exploration period (an initial exploration phase plus one or two optional periods) covered by an OPL. Upon commercial discovery, an OPL may be converted to an OML. Partial relinquishment is required under the PSC at the end of the ten-year exploration period, and OMLs have a 20-year production period that may be extended.
Some exploration activities are carried out in deepwater by joint ventures with local companies holding interests in an OPL. OPLs in deepwater offshore areas are valid for ten years and are non-
renewable, while in all other areas the licenses are for five years and also are non-renewable. Demonstrating a commercial discovery is the basis for conversion of an OPL to an OML.
OMLs granted prior to the 1969 Petroleum Act (i.e., under the Mineral Oils Act 1914, repealed by the 1969 Petroleum Act) were for 30 years onshore and 40 years in offshore areas and have been renewed, effective December 1, 2008, for a further period of 20 years, with a further renewal option of 20 years. Operations under these pre-1969 OMLs are conducted under a joint venture agreement with NNPC rather than a PSC. In 2000, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was executed defining commercial terms applicable to existing joint venture oil production. The MOU may be terminated on one calendar years notice.
OMLs granted under the 1969 Petroleum Act, which include all deepwater OMLs, have a maximum term of 20 years without distinction for onshore or offshore location and are renewable, upon 12 months written notice, for another period of 20 years. OMLs not held by NNPC are also subject to a mandatory 50-percent relinquishment after the first ten years of their duration.
ASIA PACIFIC / MIDDLE EAST
Exploration and production activities are conducted offshore and are governed by Federal legislation. Exploration permits are granted for an initial term of six years with two possible five-year renewal periods. Retention leases may be granted for resources that are not commercially viable at the time of application, but are expected to become commercially viable within 15 years. These are granted for periods of five years and renewals may be requested. Prior to July 1998, production licenses were granted initially for 21 years, with a further renewal of 21 years and thereafter indefinitely, i.e., for the life of the field (if no operations for the recovery of petroleum have been carried on for five years, the license may be terminated). Effective from July 1998, new production licenses are granted indefinitely.
Exploration and production activities in Indonesia are generally governed by cooperation contracts, usually in the form of a production sharing contract, negotiated with BPMIGAS, a government agency established in 2002 to manage upstream oil and gas activities. Formerly this activity was carried out by Pertamina, the government owned oil company, which is now a competing limited liability company.
The Mining Law provides for the granting of concessions that convey exploration and production rights. Exploration rights are granted for an initial two-year period, and may be extended for two two-year periods for gas and three two-year periods for oil. Production rights have no fixed term and continue until abandonment so long as the rights holder is fulfilling its obligations.
Exploration and production activities are governed by seven production sharing contracts (PSCs) negotiated with the national oil company, three governing exploration and production activities and four governing production activities only. The more recent PSCs governing exploration and production activities have an overall term of 24 to 38 years, depending on water depth, with possible extensions to the exploration and/or development periods. The exploration period is five to seven years with the possibility of extensions, after which time areas with no commercial discoveries will be deemed relinquished. The development period is from four to six years from commercial discovery, with the
possibility of extensions under special circumstances. Areas from which commercial production has not started by the end of the development period will be deemed relinquished if no extension is granted. All extensions are subject to the national oil companys prior written approval. The total production period is 15 to 25 years from first commercial lifting, not to exceed the overall term of the contract.
In 2008, the Company reached agreement with the national oil company for a new PSC, which was subsequently signed in 2009. Under the new PSC, from 2008 until March 31, 2012, the Company is entitled to undertake new development and production activities in oil fields under an existing PSC, subject to new minimum work and spending commitments, including an enhanced oil recovery project in one of the oil fields. When the existing PSC expires on March 31, 2012, the producing fields covered by the existing PSC will automatically become part of the new PSC, which has a 25-year duration from April 2008.
Papua New Guinea
Exploration and production activities are governed by the Oil and Gas Act. Petroleum Prospecting licenses are granted for an initial term of six years with a five-year extension possible (an additional extension of three years is possible in certain circumstances). Generally, a 50-percent relinquishment of the license area is required at the end of the initial six-year term, if extended. Petroleum Development licenses are granted for an initial 25-year period. An extension of up to 20 years may be granted at the Ministers discretion. Petroleum Retention licenses may be granted for gas resources that are not commercially viable at the time of application, but may become commercially viable within the maximum possible retention time of 15 years. Petroleum Retention licenses are granted for five-year terms, and may be extended, at the Ministers discretion, twice for the maximum retention time of 15 years. Extensions of Petroleum Retention licenses may be for periods of less than one year, renewable annually, if the Minister considers at the time of extension that the resources could become commercially viable in less than five years.
The State of Qatar grants gas production development project rights to develop and supply gas from the offshore North Field to permit the economic development and production of gas reserves sufficient to satisfy the gas and LNG sales obligations of these projects.
Republic of Yemen
The Jannah production sharing agreement has a development period extending 20 years from first commercial declaration, which was made in June 1995.
The Petroleum Act of 1971 allows production under ExxonMobils concession for 30 years with a ten-year extension at terms generally prevalent at the time.
United Arab Emirates
Exploration and production activities for the major onshore oilfields in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi are governed by a 75-year oil concession agreement executed in 1939 and subsequently amended through various agreements with the government of Abu Dhabi. An interest in the Upper Zakum field, a major offshore field, was acquired effective as of January 1, 2006, for a term expiring March 9, 2026, on fiscal terms consistent with the Companys existing interests in Abu Dhabi.
The production sharing agreement (PSA) for the development of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli field is established for an initial period of 30 years starting from the PSA execution date in 1994.
Other exploration and production activities are governed by PSAs negotiated with the national oil company of Azerbaijan. The exploration period consists of three or four years with the possibility of a one to three-year extension. The production period, which includes development, is for 25 years or 35 years with the possibility of one or two five-year extensions.
Onshore exploration and production activities are governed by the production license, exploration license and joint venture agreements negotiated with the Republic of Kazakhstan. Existing production operations have a 40-year production period that commenced in 1993.
Offshore exploration and production activities are governed by a production sharing agreement negotiated with the Republic of Kazakhstan. The exploration period was six years followed by separate appraisal periods for each discovery. The production period for each discovery, which includes development, is for 20 years from the date of declaration of commerciality with the possibility of two ten-year extensions.
Terms for ExxonMobils acreage are fixed by the production sharing agreement (PSA) that became effective in 1996 between the Russian government and the Sakhalin-1 consortium, of which ExxonMobil is the operator. The term of the PSA is 20 years from the Declaration of Commerciality, which would be 2021. The term may be extended thereafter in 10-year increments as specified in the PSA.
Information with regard to the Downstream segment follows:
ExxonMobils Downstream segment manufactures and sells petroleum products. The refining and supply operations encompass a global network of manufacturing plants, transportation systems, and distribution centers that provide a range of fuels, lubricants and other products and feedstocks to our customers around the world.
Refining Capacity At Year-End 2009 (1)
The marketing operations sell products and services throughout the world. Our Exxon, Esso and Mobil brands serve customers at nearly 28,000 retail service stations.
Retail Sites Year-End 2009
Information with regard to the Chemical segment follows:
ExxonMobils Chemical segment manufactures and sells petrochemicals. The Chemical business supplies olefins, polyolefins, aromatics, and a wide variety of other petrochemicals.
Chemical Complex Capacity at Year-End 2009 (1)(2)
Item 3. Legal Proceedings.
As reported in the Corporations Form 10-Q for the third quarter of 2009, in September 2009, two shareholders filed purported shareholder derivative petitions, which have been consolidated and captioned In re Exxon Mobil, Corp. Derivative Litigation, in the District Court of Dallas County, Texas, naming certain current and former directors as defendants and ExxonMobil as a nominal defendant. The petitions claim that the individual defendants breached their fiduciary duties by, among other things, allegedly failing to properly supervise the management of land leases overlaying hydrocarbon resources in the Point Thomson Unit on the Northern Slope of Alaska. The petitions also allege that the individual defendants caused the company to make materially false and misleading statements concerning the leases and caused the waste of corporate assets. The petitions seek damages from the individual defendants in favor of ExxonMobil, equitable relief to remedy their alleged breaches, and costs and expenses of the action. The defendants have filed pleadings with the court seeking dismissal of both cases for failure to make a demand on the Corporation and failure to plead particularized facts to excuse a demand.
As reported in the Corporations Form 10-Q for the third quarter of 2009, in October 2009, a purported shareholder complaint captioned Resnik v. Boskin et al., alleging direct and derivative claims, was filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, naming the present directors, the named executive officers listed in the Corporations 2009 Proxy Statement (as defined in Securities and Exchange Commission regulations) and ExxonMobil as defendants. The complaint was amended in December 2009, alleging that the defendants made materially false or misleading proxy solicitations in connection with the 2008 and 2009 shareholder votes regarding the election of directors and failed to seek stockholder reapproval of the Exxon Mobil Corporation 2003 Incentive Program to qualify certain incentive compensation paid to the named executive officers as properly deductible expenditures. The amended complaint also alleges, on behalf of the Corporation, that these acts injured the company, breached fiduciary duties and constituted waste. The amended complaint seeks various injunctive remedies, including corrective disclosure, new election of directors after corrective disclosure, enjoining candidates from serving on the Board until a new election occurs, stockholder reapproval of the program, enjoining payments under the program and short term incentive program to the named executive officers, damages from the individual defendants in favor of ExxonMobil, and costs and expenses of the action. The defendants plan to file a motion seeking dismissal of the lawsuit.
Refer to the relevant portions of Note 15: Litigation and Other Contingencies of the Financial Section of this report for additional information on legal proceedings.
Executive Officers of the Registrant [pursuant to Instruction 3 to Regulation S-K, Item 401(b)].
For at least the past five years, Messrs. Cejka, Cramer, Dolan, Humphreys, Mulva, Pryor and Tillerson have been employed as executives of the registrant. Mr. Tillerson was a Senior Vice President and then President, a title he continues to hold, before becoming Chairman of the Board. Mr. Albers was President of ExxonMobil Development Company before becoming Senior Vice President. Mr. Dolan was President of ExxonMobil Chemical Company before becoming Senior Vice President. Mr. Humphreys was Vice President and Controller and then Vice President and Treasurer before becoming Senior Vice President and Treasurer. Mr. Balagia was Assistant General Counsel before becoming Vice President and General Counsel. Mr. Colton was Assistant Treasurer before becoming Vice PresidentStrategic Planning. Mr. Spellings was Associate General Tax Counsel before becoming Vice President and General Tax Counsel. Mr. Mulva was Vice PresidentInvestor Relations and Secretary before becoming Vice President and Controller. Mr. Rosenthal was Assistant Controller before becoming Vice PresidentInvestor Relations and Secretary. Mr. Swiger was President of ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing Company before becoming Senior Vice President.
The following executive officers of the registrant have also served as executives of the subsidiaries, affiliates or divisions of the registrant shown opposite their names during the five years preceding December 31, 2009.
Officers are generally elected by the Board of Directors at its meeting on the day of each annual election of directors, with each such officer serving until a successor has been elected and qualified.
Reference is made to the Quarterly Information portion of the Financial Section of this report.
Note 1On August 1, 2000, the Corporation announced its intention to resume purchases of shares of its common stock for the treasury both to offset shares issued in conjunction with company benefit plans and programs and to gradually reduce the number of shares outstanding. The announcement did not specify an amount or expiration date. The Corporation has continued to purchase shares since this announcement and to report purchased volumes in its quarterly earnings releases. In its most recent earnings release dated February 1, 2010, the Corporation stated that first quarter 2010 share purchases are continuing at a pace consistent with fourth quarter 2009 share reduction spending of $2.0 billion. However, total purchases for the quarter may be less due to trading restrictions during the proxy solicitation period for the XTO merger. Purchases may be made in both the open market and through negotiated transactions, and purchases may be increased, decreased or discontinued at any time without prior notice.
Item 6. Selected Financial Data.
Item 7. Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.
Reference is made to the section entitled Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations in the Financial Section of this report.
Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.
Reference is made to the section entitled Market Risks, Inflation and Other Uncertainties, excluding the part entitled Inflation and Other Uncertainties, in the Financial Section of this report. All statements other than historical information incorporated in this Item 7A are forward-looking statements. The actual impact of future market changes could differ materially due to, among other things, factors discussed in this report.
Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.
Reference is made to the following in the Financial Section of this report:
Financial Statement Schedules have been omitted because they are not applicable or the required information is shown in the consolidated financial statements or notes thereto.
Item 9A. Controls and Procedures.
Managements Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures
As indicated in the certifications in Exhibit 31 of this report, the Corporations chief executive officer, principal financial officer and principal accounting officer have evaluated the Corporations disclosure controls and procedures as of December 31, 2009. Based on that evaluation, these officers have concluded that the Corporations disclosure controls and procedures are effective in ensuring that information required to be disclosed by the Corporation in the reports that it files or submits under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, is accumulated and communicated to them in a manner that allows for timely decisions regarding required disclosures and are effective in ensuring that such information is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the Securities and Exchange Commissions rules and forms.
Managements Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting
Management, including the Corporations chief executive officer, principal financial officer and principal accounting officer, is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over the Corporations financial reporting. Management conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting based on criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. Based on this evaluation, management concluded that Exxon Mobil Corporations internal control over financial reporting was effective as of December 31, 2009.
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, audited the effectiveness of the Corporations internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2009, as stated in their report included in the Financial Section of this report.
Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting
There were no changes during the Corporations last fiscal quarter that materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Corporations internal control over financial reporting.
Item 9B. Other Information.
Effective April 1, 2010, the annual salary for M.J. Dolan will increase to $935,000. Like all other ExxonMobil executive officers, Mr. Dolan is an at will employee of the Corporation and does not have an employment contract.
Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance.
Reference is made to the following in the Proxy Information Section of this report:
The Board has appointed an Audit Committee. The members of the Audit Committee are: M. J. Boskin, L. R. Faulkner and S. S Reinemund. The Board has determined that all members of the Committee are financially literate within the meaning of the NYSE standards, and that all are audit committee financial experts as defined in the SEC rules.
The procedures by which shareholders may recommend nominees for consideration by the Board Affairs Committee as director nominees have not changed materially since last year.
Item 11. Executive Compensation.
Reference is made to the sections entitled Director Compensation, Compensation Committee Report, Compensation Discussion and Analysis and Executive Compensation Tables of the Proxy Information Section of this report.
The Compensation Committee determines whether ExxonMobils compensation policies and practices could result in inappropriate risk-taking. Based on its assessment, the Committee does not believe that ExxonMobils compensation policies and practices create any material adverse risks for the Company for the following reasons:
Inappropriate risk-taking is discouraged by requiring senior executives to hold a substantial portion of their equity incentive award for their entire career and beyond retirement. These lengthy holding periods are tailored to our business model. The Compensation Committee requires that these equity grants with long holding periods comprise 50 to 70 percent of total compensation for Named Executive Officers as depicted on page 133 of the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, whereas the annual bonus award was only about 10 percent of total annual compensation in 2009.
Payout of 50 percent of the annual bonus is delayed and subject to risk of forfeiture, which is a unique feature of the annual bonus program relative to many comparator companies and further discourages inappropriate risk-taking; the timing of the delayed payout is determined by earnings performance.
Executives below the Named Executive Officers participate in the same plans which are also reviewed by the Compensation Committee; therefore, inappropriate risk-taking is discouraged at all levels of the Company through similar compensation design features and allocation of awards.
Finally, it should also be noted that a large percentage of career compensation for all executives and employees is in the form of a defined benefit pension which requires many years of dedicated service to the Company to have material value and is based on a standard retirement age of 65, with early retirement eligibility at age 55 with a minimum of 15 years of service. This is another dimension of total compensation that discourages inappropriate risk-taking; instead, it encourages executives to take a long-term view when making business decisions and to focus on achieving sustainable growth for shareholders.
Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters.
The information required under Item 403 of Regulation S-K is included in the section entitled Director and Executive Officer Stock Ownership of the Proxy Information Section of this report. Reference is also made to the section entitled Certain Beneficial Owners of the Proxy Information Section of this report.
Equity Compensation Plan Information
Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence.
Information provided in response to this Item 13 is included in the portions entitled Related Person Transactions and Procedures and Director Independence of the section entitled Corporate Governance of the Proxy Information Section of this report.
Item 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services.
Reference is made to the section entitled Auditor Information of the Proxy Information Section of this report.
The Audit Committee has adopted specific policies and procedures for pre-approving fees paid to the independent auditors. Under the Audit Committees approach, an annual program of work is approved each October for the following categories of services: Audit, Audit-Related, and Tax. Additional engagements may be brought forward from time to time for pre-approval by the Audit Committee. Pre-approvals apply to engagements within a category of service, and cannot be transferred between categories. If fees might otherwise exceed pre-approved amounts for any category of permissible services, the incremental amounts must be reviewed and pre-approved prior to commitment. The complete text of the Audit Committees pre-approval policies and procedures is posted on the Corporate Governance section of ExxonMobils website.
Item 15. Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules.
See Table of Contents of the Financial Section of this report.
See Index to Exhibits of this report.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
See Frequently Used Terms for a definition and calculation of capital employed and return on average capital employed.
FREQUENTLY USED TERMS
Listed below are definitions of several of ExxonMobils key business and financial performance measures. These definitions are provided to facilitate understanding of the terms and their calculation.
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS AND ASSET SALES
Cash flow from operations and asset sales is the sum of the net cash provided by operating activities and proceeds from sales of subsidiaries, investments and property, plant and equipment from the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows. This cash flow reflects the total sources of cash from both operating the Corporations assets and from the divesting of assets. The Corporation employs a long-standing and regular disciplined review process to ensure that all assets are contributing to the Corporations strategic objectives. Assets are divested when they are no longer meeting these objectives or are worth considerably more to others. Because of the regular nature of this activity, we believe it is useful for investors to consider sales proceeds together with cash provided by operating activities when evaluating cash available for investment in the business and financing activities, including shareholder distributions.