Tomahawk, WI 8/05/2013 (Basicsmedia) –Investors often take a very close examination of any investment before deciding whether it is worth their efforts or not. Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM)is one of the oldest firms which operate within the major integrated oil and gas industry. It is a major player in the basic materials sector with employees running well above 76,900, having been in business from 1870. Its financial performance has been quite remarkable in the recent past and its services which are mainly focused on manufacture of petroleum products, in addition to exploring and producing crude oil, as well as natural gas, is what has given it a major foothold in the industry.

How far are XOM’s Operations Spread?

Exxon Mobil Corporation, abbreviated as XOM, is a major international company with operations in the U.S, Europe, Canada, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia, or Oceania. XOM’s performance is mostly attributed to its refining business, and this continues to be a bright feature in its portfolio. As the production of energy within the U.S continues to grow and blossom, its refining business has benefited a lot thus adding or contributing greatly to its bulging revenue. This is no mean achievement considering that it competes with major players like BP Plc, Total SA, Chevron Corporation to name but just a few.

How Has XOM Performed Financially?

Earlier in 2013, XOM reported that its refining margins had increased up to $1.77 billion, which was quite an improvement from the previous high of $425 million reported in 2012. This level of growth and improved performance is expected to continue for quite some time and there are reports that the improvement is not in small part because of the fact that the U.S has been and appears set to continue enjoying new energy sources. This augurs well for the business and if you are wondering whether this is the right company to invest in, I’d say you will rarely be disappointed with XOM.

XOM remains one of the best companies to invest with since it is not ignoring the need to look for international reserves. It has been very active in trying to get fresh reserves within Angola, Nigeria and Colombia, Kazakhstan and Tanzania to name but just a few. It has also seen the wisdom of trying to put up large partnerships to help it with new explorations. One of the partnerships it has pursued is with Rosneft, and the goal was to find ways of exploring the Russian Arctic. As it is evident here, XOM is not resting on its laurels but is very active trying to come up with new products to increase its revenue.

It is crucial for investors to remember that XOM has made a habit out of increasing dividends every year. As a matter of fact, earlier this year, the yield on XOM was put at an impressive 2.6%. This is a company which has always generated cash flow which is quite substantial. It has a credit rating of AAA, and it shares this reputation with only three other companies, thus demonstrating how financially stable it is thus making a very good and viable investment option. I can comfortably state that this is a very good and worthwhile investment option for anyone looking to invest in the energy sector.

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This diagram shows XOM’s impressive financial performance.

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