ExxonMobil's research and development costs from 2001 to 2015 (in million U.S. dollars)

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This statistic outlines the research and development costs of ExxonMobil from 2001 to 2015. In 2008, ExxonMobil's research and development costs amounted to 847 million U.S. dollars. ExxonMobil is a United States-based multinational oil and gas corporation. In the last five years, ExxonMobil has held various rankings between being the first and sixth-largest company in the world, based on generated revenue. The ExxonMobil Corporation is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

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The ExxonMobil Corporation is a U.S. oil and gas corporation, headquartered in Irving, Texas. It was formed in 1999 through the fusion of Exxon and Mobil, previously known as Standard Oil of New York and Standard Oil of New Jersey respectively. The company traces its roots back to John D. Rockeffeller’s Standard Oil Company, which was founded in 1870. Today, ExxonMobil is one of the largest companies in the world.

According to the Financial Times Global 500 list for 2015, ExxonMobil is the world’s number one oil and gas company based on market value As of June 2015, ExxonMobil had a market value of some 356.5 billion U.S. dollars. When based on revenue, ExxonMobil is number five worldwide, topped by Wal-Mart and three other oil and gas companies: Sinopec, Royal Dutch Shell, and PetroChina.

Research and development expenditure in the oil and gas industry is not as high as in some other major industries. For example, the chemical industry spends around three percent of its revenue for R&D purposes. Pharmaceutical companies spend even more – often between 15 and 20 percent. In 2015, ExxonMobil spent around one billion US dollars on research and development. One decade earlier, in 2005, this figure stood at some 700 million U.S. dollars. However, oil and gas companies like ExxonMobil always have to cover exploration expenses. In 2015, these costs came to some 1.5 billion U.S. dollars for ExxonMobil. The highest expenditure of ExxonMobil was on crude oil and production purchases. These stood at some 130 billion U.S. dollars in 2015.

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