The Irving oil giant made $4.9 billion, or $1.17 a share, in January-March period, compared to $9.1 billion, or $2.10 a share, in the same period the year before. Quarterly revenues plunged from $106.3 billion to $67.6 billion.
While U.S. and European Union sanctions against Russia forced Exxon to shut down an Arctic drilling project in October, the producer is staking claims to areas that could yield tens of billions of barrels in coming decades.
Exxon said it wouldn’t pull too far off the throttle given lower priced oil and gas, and executives said the company was willing to take on debt in order to hold up its dividend and to make the most of any opportunities the company saw amid collapsing crude prices.
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