ConocoPhillips Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2012 Results
HOUSTON, Jan 30, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
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ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) today reported fourth-quarter 2012 earnings
of $1.4 billion, or $1.16 per share, compared with fourth-quarter 2011
earnings of $3.4 billion, or $2.56 per share. Fourth-quarter 2011
reported earnings included downstream results prior to the separation of
Phillips 66 on April 30, 2012.
Excluding special items, fourth-quarter 2012 adjusted earnings were $1.8
billion, or $1.43 per share, compared with fourth-quarter 2011 adjusted
earnings of $2.1 billion, or $1.55 per share. Special items for the
current quarter included disposition-related impairments partially
offset by tax impacts, net benefits related to legal claims and
settlements, and discontinued operations.
Following recently announced agreements to dispose of the company's
interests in the Kashagan Field and the Algeria and Nigeria business
units, the associated earnings and production impacts for these assets
have been reported as discontinued operations. This decreased adjusted
earnings for fourth-quarter 2012 by $27 million, or $0.02 per share.
Full-year 2012 earnings were $8.4 billion, or $6.72 per share, compared
with full-year 2011 earnings of $12.4 billion, or $8.97 per share.
Reported earnings for 2012 and 2011 included four months and 12 months
of downstream results, respectively. Full-year 2012 adjusted earnings
were $6.7 billion, or $5.37 per share, compared with full-year 2011
adjusted earnings of $8.0 billion, or $5.75 per share.
Fourth-quarter total production of 1,607 MBOED; full-year total
production of 1,578 MBOED.
Year-end proved reserves of 8.6 billion BOE; annual organic reserve
replacement of 156 percent.
Eagle Ford and Bakken continued to set new production and efficiency
Oil sands production exceeded 100 MBOED average for the quarter.
FCCL expansion progressed with sanction of Christina Lake Phase F and
Narrows Lake Phase A.
First oil achieved from the Gumusut Field in Malaysia.
Continued drilling and testing of unconventional shale plays;
increased Niobrara acreage position to approximately 130,000 acres.
Increased deepwater Gulf of Mexico position to 1.9 million acres;
continued exploration and appraisal drilling.
Announced agreements to sell Kashagan, Algeria, Nigeria and Cedar
Creek Anticline, which are expected to generate approximately $9.6
billion in proceeds.
"We ended 2012 with another strong quarter," said Ryan Lance, chairman
and chief executive officer. "We achieved our production targets,
continued to successfully execute our growth projects and drilling
programs, and announced significant progress on our asset disposition
program. Our quarterly production from continuing operations is growing
and we delivered strong organic reserve replacement. These achievements
reflect our strategic focus on organic growth and the strength of our
resource base. We remain committed to our goals of delivering 3 to 5
percent volume and margin growth, with a compelling dividend."
Preliminary year-end 2012 proved reserves are 8.6 billion barrels of oil
equivalent (BOE). Proved organic reserve additions for 2012 are expected
to be 942 million BOE, representing an organic reserve replacement ratio
of 156 percent of 2012 production, including fuel gas. Sales completed
during 2012, net of purchases, reduced reserves by 83 million BOE,
giving a total reserve replacement ratio of 142 percent.
Organic reserves were added across the portfolio, adding approximately:
500 million BOE in Canada, primarily in the oil sands, with ongoing
expansion phases at Foster Creek and Christina Lake, and following
Phase A sanction at Narrows Lake;
230 million BOE in Lower 48, mostly in liquids-rich shale plays,
including the rapidly growing Eagle Ford and Bakken;
100 million BOE in Asia Pacific, with progress at Australia Pacific
LNG and multiple projects in Malaysia, including the recently online
Gumusut Field and under-construction Malikai development; and
50 million BOE across multiple developments in Europe, including the
Jasmine Field where first production is expected in 2013.
Final information related to the company's 2012 oil and gas reserves as
well as finding and development costs will be provided in
ConocoPhillips' Annual Report on Form 10-K, to be filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission in late February.
Lower 48 and Latin America - Fourth-quarter production was 475
thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (MBOED), an increase of 31
MBOED compared to the same period of 2011. Significant growth continues
from the ramp up of core shale plays in the Eagle Ford and Bakken. For
the quarter, these shale plays delivered approximately 113 MBOED, a 71
percent increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. During the
quarter, Eagle Ford averaged 89 MBOED, achieving a peak daily rate of
more than 100 MBOED, while Bakken averaged 24 MBOED. Earlier this month,
the company announced an agreement to sell its Cedar Creek Anticline
properties for $1.05 billion, with closing expected by the end of the
first quarter of 2013.
Canada - Quarterly production increased by 17 MBOED over the same
period in 2011, to 281 MBOED. The company's oil sands programs continue
to perform strongly, with average production exceeding 100 MBOED for the
quarter. Surmont 2 construction continued on schedule and FCCL expansion
progressed with the sanctioning of Christina Lake Phase F and Narrows
Lake Phase A.
The production mix in the Lower 48 and Canada continues to shift from
natural gas to liquids. For the quarter, total liquids production in
these segments increased by 21 percent compared to the same period in
2011, resulting in the liquids percentage of production increasing from
43 percent to 48 percent.
Alaska - Fourth-quarter production was 222 MBOED, down 15 MBOED
compared to the same period in 2011, primarily reflecting normal field
decline, partially offset by reduced downtime. During the quarter, the
Alpine West CD5 Project was sanctioned.
Asia Pacific and Middle East - Quarterly production was 322
MBOED, up 32 MBOED compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.
Fourth-quarter 2012 production reflects stabilized production at Peng
Lai and growth from Panyu, which more than offset the impact of the
Vietnam disposition earlier in the year. During the quarter, first oil
was achieved from the early production system at the deepwater Gumusut
oil field in Malaysia, representing the first field online of four
developments currently in execution. Additionally, new long-term sales
agreements were secured for QatarGas 3 LNG volumes, and the Australia
Pacific LNG Project continued on schedule with further progress on
upstream and downstream developments.
Europe - Production for the quarter was 216 MBOED, down 61 MBOED
compared to the same period a year ago, reflecting the impact of normal
field decline, higher downtime in the United Kingdom, and dispositions.
Development continued at Clair Ridge and Jasmine in the United Kingdom,
and Ekofisk South and Eldfisk II in Norway.
Other International - Production from continuing operations was
50 MBOED in the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase of 24 MBOED compared
to the same period in 2011. This reflects the resumption of production
in Libya earlier this year following the civil unrest in 2011, offset by
lower production from Russia due to the sale of our interest in
NaryanMarNefteGaz in the third quarter of 2012. This segment also
included fourth-quarter 2012 production related to discontinued
operations of 41 MBOED.
Unconventional exploration - Testing continues across shale plays
in North America. Fourth-quarter Lower 48 activity focused on drilling
in the Permian Basin Wolfcamp and Niobrara plays. In the Niobrara, the
company has accumulated approximately 130,000 acres. Drilling continues
in Canada's Duvernay formation, Poland's Baltic Basin and Australia's
Canning Basin. In China, ConocoPhillips entered into a joint study
agreement on a potential shale gas opportunity in the Sichuan Basin,
covering approximately one million acres.
Conventional exploration - The company expects to increase its
acreage in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico by approximately 375,000 acres
to 1.9 million acres, reflecting successful participation in two lease
sales in the central and western zones during the second half of 2012.
Also in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, drilling continued at the Coronado
and Shenandoah prospects. The company also advanced its conventional
exploration program internationally. ConocoPhillips was awarded two new
licenses in the Central North Sea during the U.K.'s 27th licensing
round, and appraisal drilling continued in the Browse Basin in
Australia. In Angola, rig access was secured and plans are underway to
commence drilling in early 2014 on the company's prospective deepwater
acreage. The company also signed a new production sharing contract as
operator for exploration of Block SB311 in Malaysia.
Fourth-Quarter Review - Continuing Operations
Production from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2012 was
1,566 MBOED, compared with 1,538 MBOED for the fourth quarter of 2011.
Adjusted for completed dispositions, production grew by 83 MBOED
compared to fourth-quarter 2011. This increase was primarily due to new
production from major projects and drilling programs, as well as higher
production in Libya and China. These increases more than offset normal
field decline and downtime.
Adjusted earnings decreased compared with fourth-quarter 2011 primarily
due to the impact of lower commodity prices. The company's total
realized price fell to $67.45 per BOE, compared to $69.99 per BOE in the
fourth quarter of 2011. Realized crude oil prices decreased to $103.08
per barrel, compared with $105.92 per barrel for the fourth quarter of
2011. Realized natural gas liquids (NGL) prices decreased by 18 percent
to $44.93 per barrel, compared with $55.06 per barrel for the fourth
quarter of 2011. Realized natural gas prices decreased to $5.79 per
thousand cubic feet (MCF), compared with $5.88 per MCF for the fourth
quarter of 2011. Realized bitumen prices decreased by 31 percent to
$48.32 per barrel, compared with $70.20 per barrel for the fourth
quarter of 2011.
For the quarter, cash provided by continuing operating activities was
$3.87 billion. Excluding a working capital increase of $0.37 billion,
ConocoPhillips generated $4.24 billion in cash from operations. The
company funded a $3.6 billion capital program and paid dividends of $0.8
billion. During the quarter, debt increased $0.6 billion, reflecting the
placement of $2.0 billion in low-interest debt, retirement of maturing
debt and repayment of commercial paper.
Full-Year Review - Continuing Operations
Production from continuing operations for the year was 1,527 MBOED,
compared with 1,561 MBOED for 2011. Adjusted for completed dispositions,
production grew by 7 MBOED compared to 2011. New production from major
projects and drilling programs, as well as higher production from the
resumption of operations in Libya, offset normal field decline and
Adjusted earnings decreased compared with 2011 primarily due to the
impact of lower commodity prices and volumes. The company's full-year
2012 realized price fell to $67.68 per BOE, compared to $69.14 per BOE
in 2011. Realized crude oil prices increased to $105.72 per barrel,
compared with $105.52 per barrel for the full year of 2011. Realized NGL
prices decreased by 17 percent to $46.36 per barrel, compared with
$55.73 per barrel for the full year of 2011. Realized natural gas prices
decreased by 6 percent to $5.48 per MCF, compared with $5.80 per MCF for
the full year of 2011. Realized bitumen prices decreased by 14 percent
to $53.91 per barrel, compared with $62.56 per barrel for the full year
For the year, cash provided by continuing operating activities was $13.5
billion. Excluding a working capital increase of $1.2 billion,
ConocoPhillips generated $14.7 billion in cash from operations. The
company received $2.1 billion in proceeds from asset dispositions and
$5.5 billion in net cash related to the separation of Phillips 66.
ConocoPhillips funded a $15.7 billion capital program, including $0.8
billion related to discontinued operations. During the year, the company
paid dividends of $3.3 billion and repurchased shares for $5.1 billion.
Debt decreased by $0.9 billion.
As of Dec. 31, 2012, ConocoPhillips had debt of $21.7 billion and the
debt-to-capital ratio was 31 percent. The company had $3.62 billion of
cash and cash equivalents and $0.75 billion in restricted cash targeted
Total production for the first quarter of 2013 is expected to be 1,580
to 1,600 MBOED, including production from discontinued operations of
approximately 40 MBOED. Full-year 2013 production from continuing
operations is expected to be 1,475 to 1,525 MBOED.
In addition to $2.1 billion in proceeds from asset dispositions
completed in 2012, the company has announced asset sales that are
expected to close by mid-2013, generating additional proceeds of
approximately $9.6 billion. The company continues to evaluate
opportunities to further optimize the portfolio.
ConocoPhillips will host a conference call at 9:30 a.m. EST on Jan. 31,
to discuss its quarterly results and provide a status update on
operational and strategic plans. To listen to the call and view related
presentation materials, go to www.conocophillips.com/investor.
For detailed supplemental information, go to www.conocophillips.com/investor/earnings.
ConocoPhillips will hold its annual analyst meeting on Feb. 28 in New
York. Representatives from company management will discuss the company's
strategic plans for growth and value creation.
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Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ConocoPhillips had operations and
activities in 30 countries, $58 billion in annual revenue, $117 billion
of assets, and approximately 16,900 employees as of Dec. 31, 2012.
Production from continuing operations averaged 1,527 MBOED in 2012, and
preliminary proved reserves were 8.6 billion BOE as of Dec. 31, 2012.
For more information, go to www.conocophillips.com.
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