PFC Energy

January 24, 2011 08:54 ET

PFC Energy 50 Ranking of World's Top Energy Companies: ExxonMobil Regains Top Position From PetroChina; Petrobras Climbs to #3

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - January 24, 2011) - ExxonMobil, with a market capitalization of $368.7 billion, regained the top position it has held almost every year on the PFC Energy 50 list. Last year's leader PetroChina closed the year 18% behind ExxonMobil, following a 14% decline in its market value. Petrobras rises to #3 this year, with a $228.9 billion value. Petrobras has grown from $13.5 billion and twenty-seventh position on the first PFC Energy 50 list in 1999 -- an impressive 27% compound annual growth rate. 

"In recent years, the combined value of the PFC Energy 50 has fluctuated in response to macro trends," said J. Robinson West, Chairman and CEO of PFC Energy. "This year, a virtually unchanged total value concealed a wide range of individual company results. In an up market year, 13 of the 50 companies declined in value. At one extreme, North America-focused Concho and Russian gas independent NOVATEK almost doubled in value. Meanwhile, Sinopec and several alternatives companies lost 40% of their value and more."

The $3.9 trillion combined value of the PFC Energy 50 remains 27% lower than the landmark $5.2 trillion achieved three years ago at oil prices not far from current levels. 

Continuing a trend, upstream-focused E&P companies outperformed SuperMajors, with 18% average value growth. The largest value gains were posted by the oilfield service sector and North America-focused E&P companies. In contrast, the value of the six SuperMajors increased only 4%. Within this group, gains of 32% at ConocoPhillips, 19% at Chevron and 14% at ExxonMobil were offset by declines of 25% at BP and 18% at TOTAL. 

Although the combined value of the 14 returning emerging markets companies was essentially unchanged, some of the top performers were in that group, including: Ecopetrol (share price +77%), NOVATEK (+94%) and TNK-BP (+58%). Within the NOC group, Ecopetrol (+77%), CNOOC (+51%) and Petrobras (+15%) posted impressive market cap gains while Sinopec, Rosneft, PetroChina and Statoil lost value. 

Notes to the Editor

The PFC Energy 50 is the definitive ranking of the world's leading publicly traded energy companies by market capitalization. The listing includes companies from nine sectors: International Oil Companies; National Oil Companies; Exploration & Production; North America-Focused E&P, Refining & Marketing; Gas/Utilities; Oilfield & Drilling Services; Equipment, Engineering & Construction; and Alternative Energy. The full report is available at The web site also provides dynamic charts illustrating key trends, interactive tools for testing market capitalization drivers and tracking 2009 performance as well as the PFC Energy 100 listing, which includes power, coal and nuclear companies.

PFC Energy, headquartered in Washington, DC, is a leading strategic advisory firm in global energy with main offices in Houston, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, Beijing, Bahrain and Lausanne. PFC Energy's clients include all major international oil and gas companies, many national oil companies, oilfield service companies, financial institutions and government agencies and ministries involved in energy policy and energy-driven economic development. PFC Energy's coverage includes competitor analysis, energy sector strategies (exploration and production, natural gas, refining and marketing), commercial opportunities, short and long-term oil and gas market projections and geopolitical forces affecting energy policy and energy economics.

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