April 26 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp on Friday reported first-quarter profit fell sharply on lower oil and gas prices and weakness in its refining and chemicals businesses that offset modest production gains.
The largest U.S. oil producer’s first quarter earnings fell to $2.35 billion, or 55 cents a share, from $4.65 billion, or $1.09 a share, a year ago.
Analysts had expected Exxon to earn 70 cents per share, according to Refinitiv Eikon estimates.
Shares were trading down about 2.7 percent in premarket trading on Friday.
Exxon’s oil equivalent production rose 2 percent to 4 million barrels per day, up from 3.9 million bpd in the same period the year prior. The company said its output in the Permian Basin, the largest U.S. shale basin, rose 140 percent over a year ago. (Reporting by Jennifer Hiller Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)