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ExxonMobil (XOM) Contemplates Divesting LNG Offshore Terminal

Exxon Mobil Corp XOM is planning to sell its majority stake in the Rovigo LNG plant offshore Italy, as part of its strategy to get rid of non-core assets, per media reports. The company sharpened its focus on its core assets and continued investments in advantaged growth projects in the Permian and Guyana, where output increased more than 30% year over year.

ExxonMobil’s subsidiary, ExxonMobil Italiana Gas S.r.l., owns more than 70% of the terminal, also known as Adriatic LNG; Qatar Energy owns 22%; and Italy's Snam owns roughly 7%. Nevertheless, Snam has the right of first refusal in the event a partner decides to divest.

Per media reports, ExxonMobil mentioned that although it was verifying market interest, it had neither identified a buyer nor made any decision about a prospective sale.

According to the company, any transaction would not affect its LNG imports into the Adriatic LNG terminal or its interest in serving as a natural gas supplier in the Italian and European markets.

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ExxonMobil currently carries a Zack Rank #3 (Hold).

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