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by Stephen Simko, CFA

Bulls Say

Imperial reflects the values of its parent, ExxonMobil, by continually focusing on operational improvement and cost reduction.
The first stage of the Kearl oil sands project added production of 110 mbpd of capacity in 2014, with an additional 110 mbpd coming on line in late 2015.
By focusing on oil sands, Imperial largely avoids the exploration risk of conventional assets, while boosting its reserves. Read more 

Bears Say

Imperial has not been successful at improving Syncrude operations, and Kearl may have high operating costs, which would hurt returns.
Oil sands projects are coming under increased scrutiny for environmental concerns. Additional regulation could be costly.
Low natural gas prices put the company's Mackenzie gas project at risk of not being developed. Read more 


ExxonMobil owns close to 70% of the outstanding shares of Imperial, and though the relationship certainly offers the latter firm access to a wealth of expertise and insight, we can't help but think that Imperial has the voice of its parent in the back   Read more 


Imperial Oil is a Canadian integrated energy company that is 70% owned by ExxonMobil and produces approximately 360,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (86% oil). At year-end   Read more 

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