January 31, 2020 / 12:40 PM / 23 days ago

REFILE-Exxon quarterly profit falls 5.2% on weak refining, chemical margins

(Corrects paragraph 2 to say net income is attributable to Exxon and fix link to statement)

Jan 31 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp reported a 5.2% drop in fourth-quarter profit on Friday, hit by weaker margins in its refining and chemical business.

Net income attributable to the company fell to $5.69 billion, or $1.33 per share, in the three months ended Dec. 31, from $6 billion, or $1.41 per share, a year earlier.

The company's fourth-quarter earnings included a $3.9 billion gain, mainly from the sale of its non-operated upstream assets in Norway to Vår Energi AS.

The largest U.S. oil producer's oil equivalent output rose 0.2% to 4.02 million barrels per day in the quarter.

Earlier this week, the company raised its Guyana oil estimates by 2 billion barrels, bringing total recoverable oil and gas resources from the discovery to more than 8 billion barrels. (Reporting by Shariq Khan in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)

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