World’s Most Valuable Publicly Traded Oil Companies

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10. PetroChina Co. Ltd.
>Country: China
>Asset Value: $352.68 billion
>2017 Revenue: $237.94 billion
>2017 Profit: $1.16 billion
>Return on invested capital: 0%
>3-Year Growth rate: -10.5%

In November 2007 PetroChina became the world’s first publicly-traded company to reach a market cap of $1 trillion. The company’s fall from that height was almost as quick as its ascent. China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), a Chinese government state-owned enterprise, owns about 86% of PetroChina stock. The company’s proved reserves at the end of 2017 include 7.48 billion barrels of oil and 76.89 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Production last year totaled 887 million barrels of oil and 3.42 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The company’s refining capacity totals 3.69 million barrels a day and refinery throughput (the capacity for refining crude oil over a given period of time) for the year was 2.79 million barrels a day. Most of PetroChina’s reserves are located in China, as are all 29 of its refineries. PetroChina shares trade in New York, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

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9. Repsol SA
>Country: Spain
>Asset Value: $72.99 billion
>2017 Revenue: $32.01 billion
>2017 Profit: $1.59 billion
>Return on invested capital: 3%
>3-Year Growth rate: -1.3%

Repsol reported total proved hydrocarbon reserves of 2.36 billion barrels of oil equivalent at the end of 2017. Of that, 26% (617 million barrels) were liquids and the rest was natural gas. Proved reserves totaling 504 million barrels are located in North America while 1.49 billion barrels are located in South America thanks to the 1999 acquisition of Argentina-based YPF. The company’s refining capacity is just over 1 million barrels a day and the company owns and operates more than 4,700 gas stations. Shares trade in Madrid, Berlin, Frankfurt, and Buenos Aires.

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8. Royal Dutch Shell plc
>Country: Netherlands
>Asset Value: $411.28 billion
>2017 Revenue: $233.59 billion
>2017 Profit: $4.58 billion
>Return on invested capital: 2%
>3-Year Growth rate: -19.7%

Shell, as it is most commonly known, formally unified its Netherlands- and U.K.-based businesses in 2005 after nearly 100 years as a dual-listed company. In 2016, the company acquired Britain’s BG Group and became the world’s largest producer of liquefied natural gas (LNG). In its 2017 annual report the company said it had 4.61 billion barrels of proved oil reserves 40.4 trillion cubic feet of proved natural gas reserves. Including its synthetic crude, the company’s proved reserves totaled 12.23 billion barrels of oil equivalent. Shell’s global refining capacity totaled 2.93 million barrels a day at the end of last year of which 1.18 million barrels are based in the Americas. Shares trade in New York, London, and Amsterdam.

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7. PJSC Rosneft Oil Co.
>Country: Russia
>Asset Value: $193.52 billion
>2017 Revenue: $83.6 billion
>2017 Profit: $3.18 billion
>Return on invested capital: 2%
>3-Year Growth rate: 1.6%

Public Joint Stock Company (PJSC) Rosneft is Russia’s state-controlled oil counterpart to Gazprom, the country’s state-controlled natural gas provider. The company controls 6% of the world’s total oil production, 41% of Russia’s oil production, and 36% of Russia’s refining capacity. At the end of last year Rosneft reported proved oil reserves of 39.9 billion barrels of oil equivalent and proved marketable gas reserves of nearly 2 trillion cubic meters. The chairman of the company’s board of directors is former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. The company’s stock trades on the Moscow Exchange.

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6. PTT plc
>Country: Thailand
>Asset Value: $65.62 billion
>2017 Revenue: $50.53 billion
>2017 Profit: $2.73 billion
>Return on invested capital: 5%
>3-Year Growth rate: -15.4%

PTT is Thailand’s state-controlled, publicly traded oil and and gas company. PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) holds the company’s oil and gas reserves. In its 2017 annual report, PTTEP reported proved crude oil and condensate reserves totaling 156 million barrels and proved natural gas reserves of 3.05 billion cubic feet. PTTEP contributed 10% of PTT’s net income in 2017. PTT also produces and sells coal and operates nine refining and petrochemical businesses. The company’s stock trades on the Bangkok exchange.