Filed by Exxon Mobil Corporation
(Commission File No.: 001-02256)
Pursuant to Rule 425 of the Securities Act of 1933
Subject Company: Denbury Inc.
(Commission File No.: 001-12935)
ExxonMobil Second Quarter 2023 Earnings Call Q&A
This abridged transcript presents questions related to ExxonMobil’s announced Denbury acquisition during ExxonMobil’s second quarter 2023 earnings call held on July 28, 2023.
Roger Read (Wells Fargo): Great. Thank you. A follow up question on the carbon capture side of the business. If we look, we've got global coal demand hitting a record in ‘23. Global oil demand is going to hit a record in ’23, if it hasn't already. Just curious, Darren, you've already laid out your strategy. All that makes sense. The Denbury acquisition certainly fits well in that. Just curious if you're getting any additional sort of outside pressure to maybe accelerate something on this, given that if you think about it from an energy transition standpoint, you know, two or three years ago everybody was saying we would have already had peak demand for this. Peak demand for that clearly not happening if we're going to have a lot more carbon emissions. Are you getting any additional pressure to accelerate carbon capture?
Darren Woods: Yeah, I think what you're seeing today is a reflection of the challenge that the world faces. And, frankly, an incomplete solution set. And I think, you know, unfortunately, the focus, if you go back several years and I would say the exclusive focus on wind, solar and EVs and the fact that other alternatives and other solutions that, frankly, at the time we were advocating for and, in fact, trying to develop internally weren't considered or actually weren't actually accepted has slowed society's progress and its emissions reductions and capturing. I think today there's this recognition that we need more solutions and that, frankly, the industry can bring those solutions to bear. And at this stage of what is going to be a very complicated and expensive transition, we need as many solutions on the table as possible, not eliminating any of them. And staying focused on emissions reductions, I think that's starting to resonate. And so, the challenge here is this is a very nascent – the areas that we're focused on – which are the molecule oriented
parts of the business that that, you know, are very consistent with our capabilities and expertise and advantages. We’re in the very early stages, frankly. We're in the lead in that space. There aren't any other companies that have secured the kind of third party emission reduction opportunities that we have, there aren't any parties out there that have got the scale of the investments that we're progressing. And so I think generally people recognize that we're delivering on our ambition to lead the industry, and more than anything else, they’re supportive. Obviously there's a desire to make things go faster, and frankly, that's a function of the opportunity set and, if you think about the IRA and the role that it plays, that legislation hasn't even been translated into regulations yet, and that's going to be a critical step. And I think there are many governments around the world who are working on appropriate legislation to incentivize and create a market for carbon that hasn't come to be yet. We're very early in this process and there are a number of players in here who have a role to deliver. We feel like we're delivering on our part, but there are other elements that have to come together for this to be successful. And then, ultimately, we're going to need advances in technology to keep driving that cost down so that we can get to more and more dilute streams of CO2 and we're doing a lot of work in that space. And frankly, again, I think our pipeline of opportunities, our technology pipeline, I feel pretty good about and I hope to, in the next several years, to hopefully commercialize some technologies that further reduce the cost of emissions reduction. So I think it’s early, a lot of work going on. I think we're making a lot of good progress. We feel good about the role that we're playing and the leadership position that we have
Roger Read: Great. Thank you.
Operator: We'll go next to Sam Margolin with Wolfe Research.
Sam Margolin (Wolfe Research): Hello. Is that… is that better?
Darren Woods: That is better. That's better. Sam, welcome back.
Sam Margolin: I’m okay. So the question is about EOR as it pertains to Denbury, I think, you know, there's some optimism that EOR barrels might be credited with carbon attributes
because it buries more CO2 than the associated emissions of the oil. And so, you know, maybe that's option value, but I was just wondering where you stand on that topic and if it was at all a factor. You know, as you look at different asset classes and saw that EOR was available.
Darren Woods: Yeah. So I would say obviously that's the core business today of Denbury and it facilitated the infrastructure that they have in place …that frankly for us was not a key driver or strategic driver of the opportunity. I think EOR, certainly in the short term, can play a role. But if you think about the broader opportunity, it's really around carbon capture, storage, and sequestration and keeping the carbon under the ground. So that's the longer term play for us. I mean, as I just commented here about the challenges with the regulation and the translation of IRA into regulation, you know, we've got a class six well permitting that's going to be required for sequestration. That's a fairly slow progress to date. So there's a lot of work that has to go into putting these pieces together so that we're successful. I see EOR as providing a lot of optionality in the short term that as we're bringing on carbon capture facilities, working with third parties, and we start capturing the CO2, if we don't have everything lined up on the sequestration side, the EOR gives us an opportunity to progress these things and not lose schedule. So I think right now that's the way I would think about it. Certainly, it’s not a strategic thrust for us as a company.
Sam Margolin: Understood. Thank you so much.
Darren Woods: You bet. Thank you.
Operator: We'll go next to Paul Cheng with Scotiabank.
Paul Cheng (Scotiabank): Hi. Thank you. Good morning, guys.
Darren Woods: Good morning, Paul.
Paul Cheng: Thank you. You previously had set a soft target to spend $17 billion in the low carbon business through 2027. Denbury sale, the acquisition is about 30%. And you're
also saying that you're seeing a lot more opportunities. Should we interpret that your 17 billion, that number, will be increased perhaps quite substantially?
Darren Woods: Thanks, Paul. I think as you rightly point out, the Denbury acquisition was not part of the $17 billion. Maybe just a little bit of perspective on that. We, given we're just starting that business up, as you can imagine, very early in the opportunity set and progressing the opportunities. I think Dan and his team in the Low Carbon Solutions business have made tremendous progress in bringing those opportunities to bear and manifest in contracts with customers. As we've talked about with the three big customers that we now have and demonstrating that we can decarbonize some of these hard-to-decarbonize industries that don't have a lot of good alternatives. We've also got a very significant investment opportunity in Baytown to bring on the world's largest hydrogen plant, and then we've got opportunities for low carbon ammonia associated with that. So think a pretty robust portfolio. And with the announcements of the deals that we've got to date, the commercial deals that we struck with the announcement of Denbury, I think a lot of recognition and interest by outside potential customers that there's a real opportunity here and that ExxonMobil provides a real solution. So that's the context I would say the $17 billion as we that was a looking at a portfolio of opportunities and in trying to assess how those how quickly those opportunities would manifest themselves in the capital that would be required to do that. We're continuing that work. There's a lot. And so as we continue to develop and make progress on these projects, some of the capital becomes more discrete and we can see it a lot clearer. Other deals move out. And so I'd say right now it's a portfolio approach. We're not changing the $17 billion to date. Frankly, the Denbury acquisition, if that goes through, will allow us to pull back on some of the grassroots investments that we were making in logistics and substitute that with the assets that we've brought in from Denbury. So it's a, I'd say kind of an evolving space. I think the thing to stay focused on, we're not going to compromise on our return criteria or the advantaged criteria that we're insisting on for the projects that we bring to bear. We have to be low cost suppliers in this space. We have to be leveraging the advantages the corporation has, and we have to be generating good, competitive returns. And that's going to dictate the pace of how quickly that Capex manifests itself and, frankly, the size of it. And as we go through this year's plan, I know, Dan and his
team's very focused on based on, you know, having a year under their belts of continuing to execute and drive this business will develop more detailed plans and update that number. I don't know if you have anything you want to add for Paul.
Kathy Mikells: Yeah, just the other thing I want to mention is, especially as it relates to the CCS business, you know, what you're going to see over time is that we're building a backlog and that backlog is what's going to support the future growing Capex kind of over the longer term and the profitable growth of that business. So today, I would describe ExxonMobil's backlog as, you know, 5 million tons annually supported by three very large industrial customers, one in the industrial gas sector, one in the steel sector, one that makes ammonia that that's used for fertilizer. Right. And, you know, if you just think about what that does for society, those 5 million tons annually, that translates into the conversion of about 2 million cars from gas powered vehicles to electric vehicles. That's about all the [electric] cars that are on the road in the United States today. And when we talk about the overall CCS opportunity across the Gulf Coast, we talk about 100 million tons annually. You know, that's 20 times that number. But I'm going to go back to the fact that it will be supported by customer backlog that supports a growing profitable business. So that's how you should think about it.
Paul Cheng: Great. Thank you.
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