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Exxon on Tuesday announced a roughly $20 billion dollar quarterly loss, signaling the latest challenges for the company that has now posted losses in the last four quarters.

Driving the news: The company's Q4 result stemmed from over $19 billion in write-downs on the value of its assets. But excluding the impairments, Exxon posted a small profit of 3 cents per share, and its stock ticked up slightly this morning.

  • "The past year presented the most challenging market conditions ExxonMobil has ever experienced," CEO Darren Woods said in a statement.
  • The company, like other majors, has cut spending steeply amid the pandemic that sent prices and demand downward.

The intrigue: Exxon also announced the addition of Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin, a former CEO of Malaysian oil-and-gas giant Petronas, to its board and signaled that more changes are on tap.

  • Exxon "continues discussions with other director candidates with a range of skills sets for potential addition to its board, as part of its ongoing refreshment process," it said, adding that it plans "further action in the near term."

Why it matters: The board changes come as the company, which was posting uneven results well before the pandemic, is under pressure from investors and activists to be more aggressive on climate and more disciplined with its spending.

Yes, but: One of the main groups of shareholder activists, the investment group Engine No. 1, this morning said the changes were not enough. The group has nominated its own slate of board members.

  • "A Board that has underperformed this dramatically and defied shareholder sentiment for this long has not earned the right to choose its own new members or pack itself in the face of calls for change," the group said in an email.

Go deeper: Exxon Mobil reports a $20 billion loss, fourth straight quarter in the red (CNBC)

Go deeper

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Feb 1, 2021 - Energy & Environment

The intense glare on Exxon

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

There's a lot of drama swirling around Exxon these days, which means their fourth quarter earnings report Tuesday will be even more closely watched than usual.

Driving the news: On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal and then Reuters reported that the CEOs of Exxon and Chevron last year discussed a blockbuster merger between companies whose combined market cap is currently over $350 billion.

Mike Allen, author of AM
4 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Biden adviser Cedric Richmond sees first-term progress on reparations

Illustration: "Axios on HBO"

White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" that it's "doable" for President Biden to make first-term progress on breaking down barriers for people of color, while Congress studies reparations for slavery.

Why it matters: Biden said on the campaign trail that he supports creation of a commission to study and develop proposals for reparations — direct payments for African-Americans.

Cyber CEO: Next war will hit regular Americans online

Any future real-world conflict between the United States and an adversary like China or Russia will have direct impacts on regular Americans because of the risk of cyber attack, Kevin Mandia, CEO of cybersecurity company FireEye, tells "Axios on HBO."

What they're saying: "The next conflict where the gloves come off in cyber, the American citizen will be dragged into it, whether they want to be or not. Period."