- Exxon Mobil (XOM) released fourth-quarter and full-year 2022 financial results on Jan. 31, 2023.
- The energy giant achieved its highest-ever annual profit in 2022, spurred by soaring crude prices.
- CEO Darren Woods highlighted recent "counter-cyclical investments" in fossil fuels as a component of Exxon Mobil's success.
Exxon Mobil (XOM) posted a record profit in 2022 as soaring crude prices helped the energy giant roar back from the industry slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company reported full-year earnings of $55.7 billion, smashing its all-time high of $45.2 billion set in 2008. Revenue rose 44.5% to $413.7 billion. In the fourth quarter, it had earnings per share (EPS) of $3.40 and sales of $94.5 billion.
Profit was boosted by a surge in oil and gas prices following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which sent the cost of gasoline up to a nationwide average of $5.01 per gallon in June, the highest ever.
CEO Darren Woods indicated that, while Exxon Mobil's results clearly benefited from a favorable market, the "counter-cyclical investments" the company made before and during the COVID-19 pandemic provided "the energy and products people needed as economies began recovering and supplies became tight."
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The CEO said, "we leaned in when others leaned out," and as competitors moved away from fossil fuel investments, Exxon Mobil gained a business advantage by extracting and selling it.
Woods added that the world will still need oil and natural gas as long as there continues to be a shortage of competitive, lower-emission fuel alternatives available.
Exxon Mobil shares added 2% on Jan. 23, and they're up 54% over the past year.