Comparing revenue growth
Here, we’ll discuss how our four global integrated energy companies fared in terms of revenue growth in 1Q15.
In 1Q15, only YPF (YPF), the Argentina-based integrated energy company, grew revenues over 1Q14. The other three, ExxonMobil (XOM), BP (BP), and Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) recorded a 1Q15 revenue decline compared to the corresponding quarter last year.
YPF is the leader
YPF (YPF) recorded a 13% 1Q15 revenue growth compared to the year-ago quarter. Its 1Q15 revenue was $34.7 billion versus $30.6 billion a year earlier. By the end of its latest quarter ending March 31, 95% of YPF’s total revenues were from Argentina. 1Q15 revenues from downstream activities increased 8% over 1Q14, while upstream activities increased 25%. The reasons why YPF’s upstream revenues increased include higher volume and higher energy price realizations in its domestic market in Argentina.
ExxonMobil’s (XOM) 1Q15 revenue declined 37% to $59.2 billion from $93.8 billion a year ago. Its 1Q15 revenues from downstream activities decreased 38% from 1Q14, while chemicals and upstream activities decreased 30% and 36%, respectively, during this period. The company generated 36% of its 1Q15 revenues from the US, while the rest of the world accounted for the other 64%. In comparison, Chevron’s (CVX) revenues decreased 38% in 1Q15 over 1Q14.
Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) recorded a 40% 1Q15 revenue decline compared to the year-ago quarter. Its 1Q15 revenue was $65.7 billion versus $109.7 billion a year earlier. Its 1Q15 upstream and downstream revenues decreased 40% each over 1Q14. Royal Dutch Shell makes up 4.6% of the iShares Global Energy ETF (IXC).
BP (BP) recorded a 41% 1Q15 revenue decline compared to the year-ago quarter. Its 1Q15 revenue was $54.2 billion versus $91.7 billion a year earlier. Its 1Q15 refining and marketing (or downstream) revenues decreased 43% from 1Q14, while exploration and production (also called upstream) revenues decreased 22%. In 1Q15, the US accounted for 33% of its total revenues.
We’ll look at the earnings growth figures of these companies in the following section.
In this article, we'll look into 1Q15 production growth for four prominent global names in the integrated energy space: ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, and YPF.
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