Exxon Mobil posts record $14.8 billion Q3 profit

After its $11.6 billion record 2008 second quarter profits, Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's largest oil and gas company, posted the highest ever quarterly operating profit of $14.8 billion in the July-September quarter - its own record for the highest quarterly profit for a publicly traded US corporation - helped by high oil prices and fatter refinery margins.

Rex W. TillersonIt UK and Anglo-Dutch rivals BP and Royal Dutch Shell Plc also unveiled record quarterly profits of $10 billion (a rise of 148 per cent) and $10.9 billion (a rise of 71 per cent, respectively, boosted by high oil prices and asset sales. (See: BP, Shell gain over $10 billion each in Q3 net)

At $14.8 billion, Exxon's earnings were the highest-ever and 58 per cent above its profits for the year-ago quarter.

''ExxonMobil's strong results in the third quarter of 2008 demonstrate the continued success of our disciplined business approach,'' chairman Rex W Tillerson said.

Excluding special items, third quarter earnings were a record $13.38 billion, up 42 per cent from the third quarter of 2007. Earnings per share excluding special items were up 52 per cent.

Net income included an after-tax special gain of $1.6 billion from the sale of a natural gas transportation business in Germany and an after-tax special charge of $170 million reflecting a provision for interest related to the Valdez punitive damages award.