UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):     October 28, 2022   

IMPERIAL OIL LIMITED

 

 

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

              Canada                                                              0-12014                                                          98-0017682              
    (State or other jurisdiction of     incorporation)     (Commission File Number)     (IRS Employer Identification No.)

 

           505 Quarry Park Boulevard S.E., Calgary, Alberta                            T2C 5N1           
  (Address of principal executive offices)                            (Zip Code)  

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:                    1-800-567-3776                         

 

              

 

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Item 2.02

Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On October 28, 2022, Imperial Oil Limited (the “company” or “Imperial”) by means of a press release disclosed information relating to the company’s financial condition and results of operations for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2022. A copy of the press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this report.

 

Item 9.01

Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

  (d)

Exhibits.

The following exhibit is furnished as part of this report on Form 8-K:

 

99.1    News release of the company on October 28, 2022 disclosing information relating to the company’s estimated third quarter financial and operating results for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2022.
104    Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).

SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

    IMPERIAL OIL LIMITED               
Date: October 28, 2022        
    By:  

/s/ Ian Laing

 
   

 

 
    Name:   Ian Laing  
    Title:   Vice-president, general counsel and corporate secretary  
    By:   /s/ Cathryn Walker  
   

 

 
    Name:   Cathryn Walker  
    Title:   Assistant corporate secretary  


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Q3 News Release

 

 

Calgary, October 28, 2022    Exhibit 99.1

Imperial announces third quarter 2022 financial and operating results

 

 

Quarterly net income of $2,031 million and cash flow from operating activities of $3,089 million

 

 

Upstream production of 430,000 gross oil-equivalent barrels per day driven by strong production at Kearl and Cold Lake

 

 

Sustained strong Downstream operating performance with quarterly refinery capacity utilization of 100%, highest in over 40 years

 

 

Reduced debt by $1 billion using proceeds from the sale of interests in XTO Energy Canada

 

 

Quarterly dividend increased by 29 percent from 34 cents to 44 cents per share

 

 

Completed accelerated normal course issuer bid program in October, returning over $1.9 billion to shareholders

 

 

Announced intention to initiate a substantial issuer bid to purchase up to $1.5 billion of its common shares

 

 

Released annual Corporate Sustainability Report, outlining the company’s environmental, social and governance progress and focus areas

 

     Third quarter      Nine months  
 millions of Canadian dollars, unless noted    2022      2021      Δ      2022      2021      Δ  

Net income (loss) (U.S. GAAP)

     2,031        908        +1,123        5,613        1,666        +3,947  

Net income (loss) per common share, assuming dilution (dollars)

     3.24        1.29        +1.95        8.58        2.31        +6.27  

Capital and exploration expenditures

     392        277        +115        1,002        699        +303  

Imperial reported estimated net income in the third quarter of $2,031 million, compared to $2,409 million in the second quarter of 2022, as strong operating performance partly offset moderating commodity prices. Cash flow from operating activities was $3,089 million, up from $2,682 million in the second quarter of 2022.

“Imperial’s business lines delivered another quarter of exceptional operating performance, increasing the supply of crude and fuel products to support Canadian and global energy needs,” said Brad Corson, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Our on-going focus on safe and reliable operations underpins our strong financial results and positions us well to continue capturing value from the current commodity price environment.”

Upstream production in the third quarter averaged 430,000 gross oil-equivalent barrels per day. At Kearl, quarterly total gross production increased substantially from the second quarter of 2022 to an average of 271,000 barrels per day following the completion of its annual turnaround. Subsequent to the third quarter, Kearl’s October production continued to increase, achieving multiple single-day production records. At Cold Lake, quarterly production averaged 150,000 gross barrels per day, representing the fourth consecutive quarter with production at or above 140,000 barrels per day. Given the success of the company’s on-going optimization program and continued production strength at Cold Lake, Imperial is increasing its full-year guidance at Cold Lake to between 140,000 to 145,000 gross barrels per day for 2022.

In the Downstream, quarterly refining throughput averaged 426,000 barrels per day, with capacity utilization of 100 percent, the highest quarterly utilization in over 40 years, ensuring a stable supply of fuel products to meet Canadian demand. Petroleum product sales remained strong in the quarter, averaging 484,000 barrels per day. In September, Imperial signed a long-term contract with Air Products to supply low-carbon hydrogen for the company’s planned renewable diesel complex at its Strathcona refinery. A final investment decision for the renewable diesel complex is expected in the coming months.

 

 

 

After more than a century, Imperial continues to be an industry leader in applying technology and innovation to responsibly develop Canada’s energy resources. As Canada’s largest petroleum refiner, a major producer of crude oil, a key petrochemical producer and a leading fuels marketer from coast to coast, our company remains committed to high standards across all areas of our business.

 

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Q3 News Release

 

 

In August, Imperial successfully completed the previously announced sale of its XTO Energy Canada assets to Whitecap Resources for a total cash consideration of approximately $0.9 billion (Imperial’s share), resulting in an after-tax gain of $208 million in the quarter. Proceeds from the sale were used to reduce debt by $1 billion, bringing the company’s outstanding debt to $4.2 billion and debt-to-capital1 ratio to 16 percent.

“The sale of Imperial’s XTO assets positions the company well to not only continue focusing Upstream resources on our core oil sands assets but also enabled us to further enhance our industry leading balance sheet and improve the company’s financial flexibility,” said Corson.

During the quarter, Imperial returned to shareholders $227 million in dividends paid and $1,512 million through accelerated share repurchases under the company’s normal course issuer bid (NCIB) program. The company completed its NCIB program in October with an additional $434 million in share repurchases.

“Paying a reliable and growing dividend and returning surplus cash to shareholders remain key priorities for us” said Corson. “Imperial has generated substantial value for its shareholders this year and I am pleased to announce a 29 percent increase to our quarterly dividend as well as our plans to initiate a second substantial issuer bid this year, returning up to $1.5 billion to shareholders in the fourth quarter” said Corson.

Imperial continues to advance solutions to lower emissions in its operations. The company is a founding member of the Pathways Alliance, which continues to move forward with early work to support a major carbon capture and storage network in support of Canada’s goals to achieve net zero emissions. In early October, the Government of Alberta awarded the Pathways Alliance pore space to continue exploratory work on the development of a hub to safely and permanently store CO2 from over 20 industry oil sands facilities and other interested industries in northern Alberta.

In September, Imperial released its annual Sustainability report which highlights progress and momentum in the company’s key environmental, social and governance focus areas and complements the company’s Advancing Climate Solutions report published earlier this year.

“The challenges we are facing today require collaboration across industry, governments, indigenous communities and other stakeholders,” said Corson. “It’s why we became a founding member of the Pathways Alliance to reduce oil sands emissions and to further develop and deploy game changing technology to meaningfully contribute to Canada’s energy future.”

 

 

 

 

1 Debt, defined as “Total debt” (Attachment I, page 15), divided by capital, defined as the sum of “Total debt” and “Shareholders’ equity” (Attachment I, page 15).

 

 

After more than a century, Imperial continues to be an industry leader in applying technology and innovation to responsibly develop Canada’s energy resources. As Canada’s largest petroleum refiner, a major producer of crude oil, a key petrochemical producer and a leading fuels marketer from coast to coast, our company remains committed to high standards across all areas of our business.

 

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Third quarter highlights

 

 

Net income of $2,031 million or $3.24 per share on a diluted basis, up from $908 million or $1.29 per share in the third quarter of 2021. Net income excluding identified items1 of $1,823 million in the third quarter of 2022, up from $908 million in the same period of 2021.

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities of $3,089 million, up from $1,947 million in the same period of 2021. Cash flows from operating activities excluding working capital1 of $2,543 million, up from $1,504 million in the same period of 2021.

 

 

Capital and exploration expenditures totalled $392 million, up from $277 million in the third quarter of 2021.

 

 

The company returned $1,739 million to shareholders in the third quarter of 2022, including $227 million in dividends paid and $1,512 million in share repurchases. Subsequent to the end of the third quarter, the company completed its NCIB program with an additional $434 million in share repurchases.

 

 

Announced intention to initiate a substantial issuer bid to purchase for cancellation up to $1.5 billion of its common shares. The company anticipates terms and pricing will be determined and the offer will commence during the next two weeks.

 

 

Production averaged 430,000 gross oil-equivalent barrels per day, compared to 435,000 barrels per day in the same period of 2021.

 

 

Total gross bitumen production at Kearl averaged 271,000 barrels per day (193,000 barrels Imperial’s share), compared to 274,000 barrels per day (194,000 barrels Imperial’s share) in the third quarter of 2021. Subsequent to the third quarter, Kearl’s October production continued to increase, achieving multiple single-day production records.

 

 

Gross bitumen production at Cold Lake averaged 150,000 barrels per day, up from 135,000 barrels per day in the third quarter of 2021, representing the fourth consecutive quarter with production at or above 140,000 barrels per day. Consistent with this sustained production performance, Imperial is increasing its 2022 production guidance at Cold Lake to between 140,000 - 145,000 barrels per day.

 

 

The company’s share of gross production from Syncrude averaged 62,000 barrels per day, compared to 78,000 barrels per day in the third quarter of 2021, primarily driven by the timing of planned turnaround activities.

 

 

Refinery throughput averaged 426,000 barrels per day, up from 404,000 barrels per day in the third quarter of 2021. Capacity utilization reached 100 percent, the highest quarterly utilization in over 40 years, up from 94 percent in the third quarter of 2021, as the company continues to maximize production to meet Canadian demand.

 

 

Petroleum product sales were 484,000 barrels per day, compared to 485,000 barrels per day in the third quarter of 2021.

 

 

Chemical net income of $54 million in the quarter, compared to $121 million in the third quarter of 2021. Lower income was primarily driven by lower polyethylene margins.

 

 

Announced long-term contract with Air Products to supply low-carbon hydrogen for Imperial’s proposed renewable diesel complex near Edmonton, Alberta. The complex is expected to produce more than 1 billion litres of renewable diesel per year from locally sourced feedstock and low-carbon hydrogen. A final investment decision will be made in the coming months.

 

 

 

1 non-GAAP financial measure - see attachment VI for definition and reconciliation

 

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Completed, together with ExxonMobil Canada, the previously announced sale of XTO Energy Canada to Whitecap Resources for total cash consideration of approximately $1.9 billion ($0.9 billion Imperial’s share). As a result of the sale, Imperial recorded an after-tax gain of approximately $208 million in the third quarter of 2022. Proceeds from the sale were used to reduce outstanding debt by $1 billion, further enhancing the company’s industry leading balance sheet and improving financial flexibility.

 

 

As a member of the Pathways Alliance, advanced early work to support the foundational carbon capture and storage network in northern Alberta as part of Pathways’ goal to achieve net zero emissions. In early October, the Government of Alberta awarded the Pathways Alliance pore space to continue exploratory work on the development of a hub to safely and permanently store CO2 from over 20 industry oil sands facilities and other interested industries in northern Alberta.

 

 

Released annual Corporate Sustainability Report. The report highlights key environmental, social and governance focus areas and progress, complementing the company’s previously released Advancing Climate Solutions report.

 

 

Announced unique collaboration with FLO that will support Canada’s net zero emissions goals by expanding FLO’s charging network for electric vehicles. This collaboration will jointly develop an electric vehicle charging service option for Imperial’s Esso and Mobil branded wholesalers and includes an agreement to transfer credits to Imperial under Canada’s Clean Fuel Regulations.

 

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Current business environment

During the COVID-19 pandemic, industry investment to maintain and increase production capacity was restrained to preserve capital, resulting in underinvestment and supply tightness as demand for petroleum and petrochemical products recovered. Across late 2021 and the first half of 2022, this dynamic, along with supply chain constraints and a continuation of demand recovery, led to a steady increase in oil and natural gas prices and refining margins. In the first half of 2022, tightness in the oil and natural gas markets was further exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and subsequent sanctions imposed upon business and other activities in Russia. The price of crude oil and certain regional natural gas indicators increased to levels not seen for several years. Across the third quarter of 2022, high prices and economic uncertainty led to a tempering of demand for some products, causing crude oil prices and refining margins to soften relative to first half levels. Commodity and product prices are expected to remain volatile given the current global economic and geopolitical uncertainty affecting supply and demand.

Operating results

Third quarter 2022 vs. third quarter 2021

 

     Third Quarter  
 millions of Canadian dollars, unless noted    2022              2021  
     

Net income (loss) (U.S. GAAP)

     2,031        908  

Net income (loss) per common share, assuming dilution (dollars)

     3.24        1.29  

Net income (loss) excluding identified items1

     1,823        908  

Current quarter results include favourable identified items1 of $208 million related to the company’s gain on the sale of interests in XTO Energy Canada.

Upstream

Net income (loss) factor analysis

millions of Canadian dollars

 

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Price – Higher realizations were generally in line with increases in marker prices, driven primarily by increased demand and supply chain constraints. Average bitumen realizations increased by $21.14 per barrel generally in line with WCS, and synthetic crude oil realizations increased by $38.86 per barrel generally in line with WTI.

Volumes – Lower volumes were the result of timing of planned turnaround activities at Syncrude, partially offset by higher volumes at Cold Lake, primarily driven by continued focus on sustained performance and production optimization.

Royalty – Higher royalties primarily driven by improved commodity prices.

Identified Items1 – Current quarter results include favourable identified items1 related to the company’s gain on the sale of interests in XTO Energy Canada.

Other – Includes higher operating expenses of about $200 million, partially offset by favourable foreign exchange impacts of about $80 million.

 

 

1 non-GAAP financial measure - see Attachment VI for definition and reconciliation

 

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Marker prices and average realizations

 

     Third Quarter  
 Canadian dollars, unless noted    2022              2021  
     

West Texas Intermediate (US$ per barrel)

     91.43        70.52  

Western Canada Select (US$ per barrel)

     71.53        57.08  

WTI/WCS Spread (US$ per barrel)

     19.90        13.44  

Bitumen (per barrel)

     81.58        60.44  

Synthetic crude oil (per barrel)

     124.80        85.94  

Average foreign exchange rate (US$)

     0.77        0.79  

Production

 

     Third Quarter  
 thousands of barrels per day    2022              2021  
     

Kearl (Imperial’s share)

     193             194  

Cold Lake

     150        135  

Syncrude (a)

     62        78  
                   
     

Kearl total gross production (thousands of barrels per day)

     271        274  
(a)

In the third quarter of 2022, Syncrude gross production included about 7 thousand barrels per day of bitumen and other products (2021 - 1 thousand barrels per day) that was exported to the operator’s facilities using an existing interconnect pipeline.

Higher production at Cold Lake was primarily driven by continued focus on sustained performance and production optimization.

Lower production at Syncrude was primarily a result of the timing of planned turnaround activities.

Downstream

Net income (loss) factor analysis

millions of Canadian dollars

 

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Margins – Higher margins primarily reflect improved market conditions.

Refinery utilization and petroleum product sales

 

     Third Quarter  
 thousands of barrels per day, unless noted    2022              2021  
     

Refinery throughput

     426             404  

Refinery capacity utilization (percent)

     100        94  

Petroleum product sales

     484        485  

Improved refinery throughput in the third quarter of 2022 was primarily driven by economic optimization across the downstream supply chain.

 

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Chemicals

Net income (loss) factor analysis

millions of Canadian dollars

 

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Margins – Lower margins primarily reflect weaker industry polyethylene margins.

Corporate and other

 

     Third Quarter  
 millions of Canadian dollars    2022           2021  
     

Net income (loss) (U.S. GAAP)

          (21     (30

Liquidity and capital resources

 

     Third Quarter  
 millions of Canadian dollars    2022             2021  

 Cash flow generated from (used in):

                

Operating activities

     3,089       1,947  

Investing activities

     364       (259

Financing activities

     (2,744     (589
     

 Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

     709       1,099  

 Cash and cash equivalents at period end

     3,576       1,875  

Cash flow generated from operating activities primarily reflects higher Upstream realizations, improved Downstream margins, and favourable working capital impacts.

Cash flow generated from investing activities primarily reflects proceeds from the sale of interests in XTO Energy Canada, partially offset by higher additions to property, plant and equipment.

Cash flow used in financing activities primarily reflects:

 

     Third Quarter  
 millions of Canadian dollars, unless noted    2022             2021  
     

Dividends paid

     227          195  

Per share dividend paid (dollars)

     0.34       0.27  

Share repurchases (a)

      1,512         313   

Number of shares purchased (millions) (a)

     25.2       9.0  

 

(a)

Share repurchases were made under the company’s normal course issuer bid program, and include shares purchased from Exxon Mobil Corporation concurrent with, but outside of the normal course issuer bid.

During the third quarter of 2022, the company decreased its long-term debt by $1 billion by partially repaying an existing facility with an affiliated company of ExxonMobil.

 

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Nine months 2022 vs. nine months 2021

 

     Nine Months  
 millions of Canadian dollars, unless noted    2022                  2021  
     

Net income (loss) (U.S. GAAP)

     5,613        1,666  

Net income (loss) per common share, assuming dilution (dollars)

     8.58        2.31  

Net income (loss) excluding identified items1

     5,405        1,666  

Current year results include favourable identified items1 of $208 million related to the company’s gain on the sale of interests in XTO Energy Canada.

Upstream

Net income (loss) factor analysis

millions of Canadian dollars

 

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Price – Higher realizations were generally in line with increases in marker prices, driven primarily by increased demand and supply chain constraints. Average bitumen realizations increased by $38.71 per barrel generally in line with WCS, and synthetic crude oil realizations increased by $51.90 per barrel generally in line with WTI.

Volumes – Lower volumes were primarily the result of downtime at Kearl in the first half of the year.

Royalty – Higher royalties primarily driven by improved commodity prices.

Identified Items1 – Current year results include favourable identified items1 related to the company’s gain on the sale of interests in XTO Energy Canada.

Other – Includes higher operating expenses of about $430 million, primarily higher energy prices, partially offset by favourable foreign exchange impacts of about $130 million.

Marker prices and average realizations

 

     Nine Months  
 Canadian dollars, unless noted    2022                  2021  
     

West Texas Intermediate (US$ per barrel)

     98.25        65.04  

Western Canada Select (US$ per barrel)

     82.60        52.45  

WTI/WCS Spread (US$ per barrel)

     15.65        12.59  

Bitumen (per barrel)

     94.01        55.30  

Synthetic crude oil (per barrel)

     129.52        77.62  

Average foreign exchange rate (US$)

     0.78        0.80  

 

 

 

1 non-GAAP financial measure - see Attachment VI for definition and reconciliation

 

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Production

 

     Nine Months  
 thousands of barrels per day    2022              2021  
     

Kearl (Imperial’s share)

     162        185  

Cold Lake

     145        139  

Syncrude (a)

     74        68  
                   
     

Kearl total gross production (thousands of barrels per day)

     228        260  
(a)

In 2022, Syncrude gross production included about 4 thousand barrels per day of bitumen and other products (2021 - 1 thousand barrels per day) that was exported to the operator’s facilities using an existing interconnect pipeline.

Lower production at Kearl was primarily a result of downtime in the first half of the year.

Downstream

Net income (loss) factor analysis

millions of Canadian dollars

 

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Margins – Higher margins primarily reflect improved market conditions.

Other – Includes lower turnaround impacts of about $140 million, reflecting the absence of turnaround activities at Strathcona refinery and favourable foreign exchange impacts of about $70 million, partially offset by higher operating expenses of about $130 million, primarily from higher energy costs.

Refinery utilization and petroleum product sales

 

     Nine Months  
 thousands of barrels per day, unless noted    2022              2021  
     

Refinery throughput

     413        367  

Refinery capacity utilization (percent)

     96        86  

Petroleum product sales

     471        442  

Improved refinery throughput in 2022 was primarily driven by reduced turnaround activity and increased demand.

Improved petroleum product sales in 2022 primarily reflects increased demand.

Chemicals

Net income (loss) factor analysis

millions of Canadian dollars

 

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Margins – Lower margins primarily reflect weaker industry polyethylene margins.

 

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Corporate and other

 

     Nine Months  
 millions of Canadian dollars    2022           2021  
     

Net income (loss) (U.S. GAAP)

          (98     (126

Liquidity and capital resources

 

     Nine Months  
 millions of Canadian dollars    2022             2021  
     

 Cash flow generated from (used in):

    

Operating activities

     7,685       3,844  

Investing activities

     (145     (613

Financing activities

     (6,117     (2,127
     

 Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

     1,423       1,104  

Cash flow generated from operating activities primarily reflects higher Upstream realizations, improved Downstream margins, and favourable working capital impacts.

Cash flow used in investing activities primarily reflects proceeds from the sale of interests in XTO Energy Canada, partially offset by higher additions to property, plant and equipment.

Cash flow used in financing activities primarily reflects:

 

     Nine Months  
 millions of Canadian dollars, unless noted    2022              2021  
     

Dividends paid

     640        518  

Per share dividend paid (dollars)

     0.95        0.71  

Share repurchases (a)

     4,461        1,484  

Number of shares purchased (millions) (a)

     66.6        38.5  
(a)

Share repurchases were made under the company’s normal course issuer bid program and substantial issuer bid that commenced on May 6, 2022 and expired on June 10, 2022. Includes shares purchased from Exxon Mobil Corporation concurrent with, but outside of, the normal course issuer bid, and by way of a proportionate tender under the company’s substantial issuer bid.

During the third quarter of 2022, the company decreased its long-term debt by $1 billion by partially repaying an existing facility with an affiliated company of ExxonMobil.

On May 6, 2022, the company commenced a substantial issuer bid pursuant to which it offered to purchase for cancellation up to $2.5 billion of its common shares through a modified Dutch auction and proportionate tender offer. The substantial issuer bid was completed on June 15, 2022, with the company taking up and paying for 32,467,532 common shares at a price of $77.00 per share, for an aggregate purchase of $2.5 billion and 4.9 percent of Imperial’s issued and outstanding shares at the close of business on May 2, 2022. This included 22,597,379 shares purchased from Exxon Mobil Corporation by way of a proportionate tender to maintain its ownership percentage at approximately 69.6 percent.

Subsequent to the end of the third quarter, the company completed all share repurchases under its normal course issuer bid on October 21, 2022.

On October 28, 2022 the company announced its intention to launch a substantial issuer bid pursuant to which the company will offer to purchase for cancellation up to $1.5 billion of its common shares. The substantial issuer bid will be made through a modified Dutch auction, with a tender price range to be determined by the company at the time of commencement of the offer. Shares may also be tendered by way of a proportionate tender, which will result in a shareholder maintaining their proportionate share ownership. ExxonMobil has advised Imperial that it intends to make a proportionate tender in connection with the offer in order to maintain its proportionate share ownership at approximately 69.6 percent following completion of the offer. Nothing in this report shall constitute an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to sell any shares.

Key financial and operating data follow.

 

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Additional information regarding the tender offer

The tender offer described in this communication (the “Offer”) has not yet commenced. This communication is for informational purposes only. This communication is not a recommendation to buy or sell Imperial Oil Limited shares or any other securities, and it is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell Imperial Oil Limited Shares or any other securities.

On the commencement date of the Offer, Imperial Oil Limited will file an offer to purchase, accompanying issuer bid circular and related letter of transmittal and notice of guaranteed delivery (the “Offering Documents”) with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and mail these to the company’s shareholders. The company will also file a tender offer statement on Schedule TO, including the Offering Documents, with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). The Offer will only be made pursuant to the Offering Documents filed with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and as a part of the Schedule TO. Shareholders should read carefully the Offering Documents because they contain important information, including the various terms of, and conditions to, the Offer. Once the Offer is commenced, shareholders will be able to obtain a free copy of the tender offer statement on Schedule TO, the Offering Documents and other documents that Imperial Oil Limited will be filing with the SEC at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, with Canadian securities regulatory authorities at www.sedar.com, or from Imperial Oil Limited’s website at www.imperialoil.ca.

Forward-looking statements

Statements of future events or conditions in this report, including projections, targets, expectations, estimates, and business plans are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as believe, anticipate, intend, propose, plan, goal, seek, project, predict, target, estimate, expect, strategy, outlook, schedule, future, continue, likely, may, should, will and similar references to future periods. Forward-looking statements in this report include, but are not limited to, references to the company’s intention to initiate a substantial issuer bid, including the size, structure, timing for determining the terms, pricing and commencement, and ExxonMobil’s intent to make a proportionate tender; being well positioned to capture value from current commodity price environment and focus on core upstream oil sands assets; Cold Lake updated production guidance for 2022; the company’s planned renewable diesel complex at Strathcona, including impact and timing of a final investment decision; the company’s financial flexibility; priorities to pay a reliable and growing dividend and return surplus cash to shareholders; continuing to advance solutions to lower emissions, including Pathways Alliance carbon capture and storage network and developing and deploying technology; the collaboration with FLO to jointly develop an electric charging service option and transfer of credits under the Clean Fuel Regulations; and the expectation of commodity and product price volatility.

Forward-looking statements are based on the company’s current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions at the time the statements are made. Actual future financial and operating results, including expectations and assumptions concerning demand growth and energy source, supply and mix; production rates, growth and mix across various assets; project plans, timing, costs, technical evaluations and capacities and the company’s ability to effectively execute on these plans and operate its assets, including factors influencing a final investment decision for the renewable diesel complex at Strathcona; the adoption and impact of new facilities or technologies on reductions to GHG emissions intensity, including but not limited to Strathcona renewable diesel and support for and advancement of carbon capture and storage, and any changes in the scope, terms, or costs of such projects; the amount and timing of emissions reductions; support from policymakers and other stakeholders for various new technologies such as carbon capture and storage; receipt of regulatory approvals; for shareholder returns, assumptions such as cash flow forecasts, financing sources and capital structure, that the necessary exemptive relief to proceed with the substantial issuer bid under applicable securities laws will be received on the timeline anticipated, and ExxonMobil making a proportionate tender in connection with the substantial issuer bid; applicable laws and government policies, including with respect to climate change and GHG emissions reductions; capital and environmental expenditures; progression of COVID-19 and its impacts on Imperial’s ability to operate its assets; and commodity prices, foreign exchange rates and general market conditions could differ materially depending on a number of factors.

 

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These factors include global, regional or local changes in supply and demand for oil, natural gas, and petroleum and petrochemical products and resulting price, differential and margin impacts, including foreign government action with respect to supply levels and prices, the impact of COVID-19 on demand and the occurrence of wars; availability and allocation of capital; the receipt, in a timely manner, of regulatory and third-party approvals, including for the company’s substantial issuer bid; the results of research programs and new technologies, the ability to bring new technologies to commercial scale on a cost-competitive basis, and the competitiveness of alternative energy and other emission reduction technologies; lack of required support from governments and policymakers for adoption of new technologies for emissions reductions; unanticipated technical or operational difficulties; project management and schedules and timely completion of projects; availability and performance of third-party service providers, including in light of restrictions related to COVID-19; environmental risks inherent in oil and gas exploration and production activities; political or regulatory events, including changes in law or government policy, environmental regulation including climate change and greenhouse gas regulation, and actions in response to COVID-19; management effectiveness and disaster response preparedness, including business continuity plans in response to COVID-19; operational hazards and risks; cybersecurity incidents, including increased reliance on remote working arrangements; currency exchange rates; general economic conditions; and other factors discussed in Item 1A risk factors and Item 7 management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations of Imperial Oil Limited’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent interim reports.

Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, some that are similar to other oil and gas companies and some that are unique to Imperial Oil Limited. Imperial’s actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by its forward-looking statements and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on them. Imperial undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained herein, except as required by applicable law.

In this release all dollar amounts are expressed in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated. This release should be read in conjunction with Imperial’s most recent Form 10-K. Note that numbers may not add due to rounding.

The term “project” as used in this release can refer to a variety of different activities and does not necessarily have the same meaning as in any government payment transparency reports.

 

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Attachment I

 

     Third Quarter      Nine Months      
 millions of Canadian dollars, unless noted    2022                2021                2022            2021  

 Net Income (loss) (U.S. GAAP)

           

Total revenues and other income

     15,224        10,233        45,217        25,278  

Total expenses

     12,719        9,044        38,012        23,106  

Income (loss) before income taxes

     2,505        1,189        7,205        2,172  

Income taxes

     474        281        1,592        506  

Net income (loss)

     2,031        908        5,613        1,666  

Net income (loss) per common share (dollars)

     3.25        1.30        8.60        2.32  

Net income (loss) per common share - assuming dilution (dollars)

     3.24        1.29        8.58        2.31  

 Other Financial Data

           

Gain (loss) on asset sales, after tax

     222        10        241        34  

Total assets at September 30

           42,986        40,875  

Total debt at September 30

           4,160        5,182  

Shareholders’ equity at September 30

           22,308        21,209  

Capital employed at September 30

           26,491        26,412  

Dividends declared on common stock

           

Total

     211        188        666        544  

Per common share (dollars)

     0.34        0.27        1.02        0.76  

Millions of common shares outstanding

           

At September 30

           611.5        695.6  

Average - assuming dilution

     626.9        701.9        654.4        721.1  

 

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Attachment II

 

     Third Quarter                    Nine Months      

millions of Canadian dollars

     2022        2021        2022        2021  

Total cash and cash equivalents at period end

     3,576        1,875        3,576        1,875  

Operating Activities

           

Net income (loss)

     2,031        908        5,613        1,666  

Adjustments for non-cash items:

           

Depreciation and depletion

     555        488        1,432        1,432  

(Gain) loss on asset sales

     (131      (12      (155      (39

Deferred income taxes and other

     122        (120      (358      16  

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

     546        443        1,140        379  

All other items - net

     (34      240        13        390  

Cash flows from (used in) operating activities

     3,089                1,947                7,685                3,844  

Investing Activities

           

Additions to property, plant and equipment

     (397      (276      (1,034      (684

Proceeds from asset sales

     760        15        886        57  

Additional investments

     (6             (6       

Loans to equity companies - net

     7        2        9        14  

Cash flows from (used in) investing activities

     364        (259      (145      (613

Cash flows from (used in) financing activities

     (2,744      (589      (6,117      (2,127

 

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Attachment III

 

     Third Quarter              Nine Months  
 millions of Canadian dollars    2022               2021                2022               2021  

 Net income (loss) (U.S. GAAP)

         

Upstream

     986       524        3,114       850  

Downstream

     1,012       293        2,434       645  

Chemical

     54       121        163       297  

Corporate and other

     (21     (30      (98 )       (126
         

Net income (loss)

     2,031       908        5,613       1,666  

 Revenues and other income

                

Upstream

     4,949       4,152        15,432       11,579  

Downstream

     16,236       9,197        49,066       20,333  

Chemical

     520       477        1,554       1,309  

Eliminations / Corporate and other

     (6,481     (3,593      (20,835 )       (7,943
         

Revenues and other income

     15,224       10,233        45,217       25,278  

 Purchases of crude oil and products

                

Upstream

     1,937       1,902        6,184       5,780  

Downstream

     13,686       7,745        42,459       16,525  

Chemical

     354       244        1,070       693  

Eliminations

     (6,499     (3,593      (20,864 )       (7,946
         

Purchases of crude oil and products

     9,478       6,298        28,849       15,052  

 Production and manufacturing

                

Upstream

     1,381       1,120        4,053       3,395  

Downstream

     419       356        1,193       1,039  

Chemical

     72       49        193       145  

Eliminations

                         
         

Production and manufacturing

     1,872       1,525        5,439       4,579  

 Selling and general

                

Upstream

                         

Downstream

     174       141        474       416  

Chemical

     17       21        62       68  

Eliminations / Corporate and other

     18       18        89       85  
         

Selling and general

     209       180        625       569  

 Capital and exploration expenditures

                

Upstream

     309       151        764       366  

Downstream

     64       120        201       308  

Chemical

     2       2        5       6  

Corporate and other

     17       4        32       19  

Capital and exploration expenditures

     392       277        1,002       699  
         

Exploration expenses charged to Upstream income included above

     1       2        4       6  

 

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Attachment IV

 

 Operating statistics        Third Quarter              Nine Months
      2022                      2021                2022     2021  

 Gross crude oil and natural gas liquids (NGL) production

                        

 (thousands of barrels per day)

                        

Kearl

     193              194        162     185  

Cold Lake

     150              135        145     139  

Syncrude (a)

     62              78        74     68  

Conventional

     9              8        9     9  

Total crude oil production

     414              415        390     401  

NGLs available for sale

     1              1        1     2  
         

Total crude oil and NGL production

     415              416        391    

403  

 Gross natural gas production (millions of cubic feet per day)

     92              112        101     119  

 Gross oil-equivalent production (b)

     430              435        408     423  

 (thousands of oil-equivalent barrels per day)

                        

 Net crude oil and NGL production (thousands of barrels per day)

                                 

Kearl

     175              185        148     178  

Cold Lake

     111              111        107     112  

Syncrude (a)

     51              66        58     60  

Conventional

     8              7        9     8  

Total crude oil production

     345              369        322     358  

NGLs available for sale

     1              1        1     1  
         

Total crude oil and NGL production

     346              370        323    

359  

 Net natural gas production (millions of cubic feet per day)

     87              111        95     118  

 Net oil-equivalent production (b)

     361              389        339     379  

 (thousands of oil-equivalent barrels per day)

                                 

 Kearl blend sales (thousands of barrels per day)

     257              285        223     262  

 Cold Lake blend sales (thousands of barrels per day)

     190              174        189     186  

 NGL sales (thousands of barrels per day) (c)

     2              1        2     —  

 Average realizations (Canadian dollars)

                                 

Bitumen (per barrel)

     81.58              60.44        94.01     55.30  

Synthetic crude oil (per barrel)

     124.80              85.94        129.52     77.62  

Conventional crude oil (per barrel)

     94.87              59.94        103.28     55.49  

NGL (per barrel)

     61.61              57.16        64.85     45.10  

Natural gas (per thousand cubic feet)

     5.10              3.88        5.72     3.50  

 Refinery throughput (thousands of barrels per day)

     426              404        413     367  

 Refinery capacity utilization (percent)

     100              94        96     86  

 Petroleum product sales (thousands of barrels per day)

                                 

Gasolines

     237              250        225     219  

Heating, diesel and jet fuels

     172              158        175     152  

Lube oils and other products

     49              49        49     46  

Heavy fuel oils

     26              28        22     25  
         

Net petroleum products sales

     484              485        471     442  

 Petrochemical sales (thousands of tonnes)

     217              203        649     636  

 (a) Syncrude gross and net production included bitumen and other products that were exported to the operator’s facilities using an existing interconnect pipeline.

Gross bitumen and other products production (thousands of barrels per day)

     7               1        4     1  

Net bitumen and other products production (thousands of barrels per day)

     6               1        3     1  

 (b) Gas converted to oil-equivalent at six million cubic feet per one thousand barrels.

 (c) NGL sales round to 0 in 2021.

   

    

 

 

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Attachment V

 

     

Net income (loss) (U.S. GAAP)

millions of Canadian dollars

    

Net income (loss) per

common share - diluted (a)

Canadian dollars

 

 2018

           

 First Quarter

     516         0.62   

 Second Quarter

     196         0.24   

 Third Quarter

     749         0.94   

 Fourth Quarter

     853         1.08   
     

 Year

     2,314         2.86   

 2019

                 

 First Quarter

     293         0.38   

 Second Quarter

     1,212         1.57   

 Third Quarter

     424         0.56   

 Fourth Quarter

     271         0.36   
     

 Year

     2,200         2.88   

 2020

                 

 First Quarter

     (188)         (0.25)   

 Second Quarter

     (526)         (0.72)   

 Third Quarter

            —   

 Fourth Quarter

     (1,146)         (1.56)   
     

 Year

     (1,857)         (2.53)   

 2021

                 

 First Quarter

     392         0.53   

 Second Quarter

     366         0.50   

 Third Quarter

     908         1.29   

 Fourth Quarter

     813         1.18   
     

 Year

     2,479         3.48   

 2022 

                 

 First Quarter 

     1,173         1.75   

 Second Quarter 

     2,409         3.63   

 Third Quarter 

     2,031         3.24   
     

 Year

     5,613         8.58   
 (a)

Computed using the average number of shares outstanding during each period. The sum of the quarters presented may not add to the year total.

 

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Attachment VI

Non-GAAP financial measures and other specified financial measures

Certain measures included in this document are not prescribed by U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). These measures constitute “non-GAAP financial measures” under Securities and Exchange Commission Regulation G, and “specified financial measures” under National Instrument 52-112 Non-GAAP and Other Financial Measures Disclosure of the Canadian Securities Administrators.

Reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable GAAP measure, and other information required by these regulations, have been provided. Non-GAAP financial measures and specified financial measures are not standardized financial measures under GAAP and do not have a standardized definition. As such, these measures may not be directly comparable to measures presented by other companies, and should not be considered a substitute for GAAP financial measures.

Cash flows from (used in) operating activities excluding working capital

Cash flows from (used in) operating activities excluding working capital is a non-GAAP financial measure that is the total cash flows from operating activities less the changes in operating assets and liabilities in the period. The most directly comparable financial measure that is disclosed in the financial statements is cash flows from (used in) operating activities within the company’s Consolidated statement of cash flows. Management believes it is useful for investors to consider these numbers in comparing the underlying performance of the company’s business across periods when there are significant period-to-period differences in the amount of changes in working capital. Changes in working capital is equal to “Changes in operating assets and liabilities” as disclosed in the company’s Consolidated statement of cash flows and in Attachment II of this document. This measure assesses the cash flows at an operating level, and as such, does not include proceeds from asset sales as defined in Cash flows from operating activities and asset sales in the Frequently Used Terms section of the company’s annual Form 10-K.

Reconciliation of cash flows from (used in) operating activities excluding working capital

 

     Third Quarter              Nine Months  
 millions of Canadian dollars    2022            2021              2022            2021  

From Imperial’s Consolidated statement of cash flows

           

Cash flows from (used in) operating activities

     3,089              1,947        7,685              3,844  

Less changes in working capital

           

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

     546              443        1,140              379  

Cash flows from (used in) operating activities excl. working capital

     2,543              1,504        6,545              3,465  

 

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Free cash flow

Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure that is cash flows from operating activities less additions to property, plant and equipment and equity company investments plus proceeds from asset sales. The most directly comparable financial measure that is disclosed in the financial statements is cash flows from (used in) operating activities within the company’s Consolidated statement of cash flows. This measure is used to evaluate cash available for financing activities (including but not limited to dividends and share purchases) after investment in the business.

Reconciliation of free cash flow

 

     Third Quarter          Nine Months  
 millions of Canadian dollars    2022             2021             2022             2021  

From Imperial’s Consolidated statement of cash flows

        

Cash flows from (used in) operating activities

     3,089       1,947       7,685       3,844  

Cash flows from (used in) investing activities

        

Additions to property, plant and equipment

     (397     (276     (1,034     (684

Proceeds from asset sales

     760       15       886       57  

Additional investments

     (6           (6      

Loans to equity companies - net

     7       2       9       14  

Free cash flow

     3,453       1,688       7,540       3,231  

Net income (loss) excluding identified items

Net income (loss) excluding identified items is a non-GAAP financial measure that is total net income (loss) excluding individually significant non-operational events with an absolute corporate total earnings impact of at least $100 million in a given quarter. The net income (loss) impact of an identified item for an individual segment in a given quarter may be less than $100 million when the item impacts several segments or several periods. The most directly comparable financial measure that is disclosed in the financial statements is net income (loss) within the company’s Consolidated statement of income. Management uses these figures to improve comparability of the underlying business across multiple periods by isolating and removing significant non-operational events from business results. The company believes this view provides investors increased transparency into business results and trends, and provides investors with a view of the business as seen through the eyes of management. Net income (loss) excluding identified items is not meant to be viewed in isolation or as a substitute for net income (loss) as prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. All identified items are presented on an after-tax basis.

Reconciliation of net income (loss) excluding identified items

 

     Third Quarter         Nine Months  
 millions of Canadian dollars    2022             2021             2022             2021  

From Imperial’s Consolidated statement of income

        

Net income (loss) (U.S. GAAP)

     2,031          908        5,613        1,666   

Less identified items included in Net income (loss)

        

Gain/(loss) on sale of assets

      208              208        

Subtotal of identified items

     208             208        
                                  
         

Net income (loss) excluding identified items

     1,823        908        5,405       1,666  

 

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Cash operating costs (cash costs)

Cash operating costs is a non-GAAP financial measure that consists of total expenses, less costs that are non-cash in nature, including, Purchases of crude oil and products, Federal excise taxes and fuel charge, Depreciation and depletion, Non-service pension and postretirement benefit, and Financing. The components of cash operating costs include (1) Production and manufacturing, (2) Selling and general and (3) Exploration, from the company’s Consolidated statement of income, and as disclosed in Attachment III of this document. The sum of these income statement lines serve as an indication of cash operating costs and does not reflect the total cash expenditures of the company. The most directly comparable financial measure that is disclosed in the financial statements is total expenses within the company’s Consolidated statement of income. This measure is useful for investors to understand the company’s efforts to optimize cash through disciplined expense management.

Reconciliation of cash operating costs

 

         Third Quarter              Nine Months  
 millions of Canadian dollars    2022            2021              2022              2021  

From Imperial’s Consolidated statement of Income

           

Total expenses

     12,719          9,044        38,012        23,106  

Less:

                  

Purchases of crude oil and products

     9,478          6,298        28,849        15,052  

Federal excise taxes and fuel charge

     584          535        1,616        1,404  

Depreciation and depletion

     555          488        1,432        1,432  

Non-service pension and postretirement benefit

     4          11        13        32  

Financing

     16          5        34        32  

Total cash operating costs

     2,082          1,707        6,068        5,154  

Components of cash operating costs

           
         Third Quarter                Nine Months  

 millions of Canadian dollars

     2022          2021        2022        2021  

From Imperial’s Consolidated statement of Income

           

Production and manufacturing

     1,872          1,525        5,439        4,579  

Selling and general

     209          180        625        569  

Exploration

     1          2        4        6  

Cash operating costs

     2,082          1,707        6,068        5,154  

Segment contributions to total cash operating costs

                  
         Third Quarter                  Nine Months  

 millions of Canadian dollars

     2022          2021        2022        2021  

Upstream

     1,382          1,122        4,057        3,401  

Downstream

     593          497        1,667        1,455  

Chemicals

     89          70        255        213  

Corporate / Eliminations

     18          18        89        85  

Cash operating costs

     2,082          1,707        6,068        5,154  

 

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IMPERIAL OIL LIMITED

 

 

Unit cash operating cost (unit cash costs)

Unit cash operating costs is a non-GAAP ratio. Unit cash operating costs (unit cash costs) is calculated by dividing cash operating costs by total gross oil-equivalent production, and is calculated for the Upstream segment, as well as the major Upstream assets. Cash operating costs is a non-GAAP financial measure and is disclosed and reconciled above. This measure is useful for investors to understand the expense management efforts of the company’s major assets as a component of the overall Upstream segment. Unit cash operating cost, as used by management, does not directly align with the definition of “Average unit production costs” as set out by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and disclosed in the company’s SEC Form 10-K.

Components of unit cash operating cost

 

     Third Quarter  
     2022      2021  
 millions of Canadian dollars   

Upstream

(a)

     Kearl     

Cold

Lake

     Syncrude     

Upstream

(a)

     Kearl     

Cold

Lake

     Syncrude  

Production and manufacturing

     1,381        581        299        442        1,120        425        288        331  

Selling and general

                                                       

Exploration

     1                             2                       

Cash operating costs

     1,382        581        299        442        1,122        425        288        331  

Gross oil-equivalent production

(thousands of barrels per day)

     430        193        150        62        435        194        135        78  
                 

Unit cash operating cost ($/oeb)

     34.93        32.72        21.67        77.49        28.04        23.81        23.19        46.13  

USD converted at the quarterly average forex

     26.90        25.19        16.69        59.67        22.15        18.81        18.32        36.44  

2022 US$0.77; 2021 US$0.79

                       

 

     Nine Months  
     2022      2021  
 millions of Canadian dollars   

Upstream

(a)

     Kearl     

Cold

Lake

     Syncrude     

Upstream

(a)

     Kearl     

Cold

Lake

     Syncrude  

Production and manufacturing

     4,053        1,680        1,017        1,170        3,395        1,341        802        1,055  

Selling and general

                                                       

Exploration

     4                             6                       

Cash operating costs

     4,057        1,680        1,017        1,170        3,401        1,341        802        1,055  

Gross oil-equivalent production

(thousands of barrels per day)

     408        162        145        74        423        185        139        68  
                 

Unit cash operating cost ($/oeb)

     36.42        37.99        25.69        57.92        29.45        26.55        21.13        56.83  

USD converted at the YTD average forex

     28.41        29.63        20.04        45.18        23.56        21.24        16.90        45.46  

2022 US$0.78; 2021 US$0.80

                       

(a) Upstream includes Imperial’s share of Kearl, Cold Lake, Syncrude and other.

 

 

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