Report: Exxon Mobil to Exit Russian Operations; Shares Rise 1.4% Pre-Market

Multinational oil and gas firm Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) plans to exit its oil and gas operations in Russia as well as stop new investments following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Reuters said citing a company release. The company’s Russia operations are worth over $4 billion.

According to the plan, Exxon will stop operating three large oil and gas production facilities on Sakhalin Island and halt investment in a proposed multi-billion-dollar LNG facility on the site. It manages the facilities on behalf of a consortium of Russian, Indian and Japanese companies.

The company said, “We deplore Russia’s military action that violates the territorial integrity of Ukraine and endangers its people.”

Exxon is the latest Western company to abandon its Russian operations. Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, several companies, including Shell (NYSE: SHEL), BP (NYSE: BP), Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Boeing (NYSE: BA), have pulled out of the transcontinental country.

Hydrogen Production Facility at Baytown

Separately, Exxon plans to set up a hydrogen production, carbon capture and storage facility at its Baytown site in Texas to reduce its carbon emissions.

The President of ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions, Joe Blommaert, said, “Hydrogen has the potential to significantly reduce CO2 emissions in vital sectors of the economy and create valuable, lower-emissions products that support modern life.”

The facility will have a daily hydrogen production capacity of one billion cubic feet. Further, the project’s carbon capture infrastructure will be able to transport and store up to 10 million metric tons of CO2 annually.

By using hydrogen at its Baytown olefins plant, Exxon would cut the facility’s Scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions by up to 30%. The company aims to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

About Exxon

Texas-based Exxon is engaged in the exploration, development, and distribution of oil, gas, and petroleum products. Its brands include Exxon, Mobil, Esso, and ExxonMobil Chemical.

XOM stock was trading 1.4% up in the pre-market session on Wednesday at the time of writing.

Analysts’ Take

On February 28, Bank of America Securities analyst Doug Leggate maintained a Buy rating on the stock and raised the price target from $105 to $110 (39% upside potential).

Overall, the stock has a Moderate Buy consensus rating based on 9 Buys and 9 Holds. The average XOM price target of $85.17 implies 7.6% upside potential. Shares have gained 49% over the past year.

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