ConocoPhillips Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2012 Results
2012 Organic Reserve Replacement of 156 Percent
HOUSTON -- January 30, 2013
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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 downtime.
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 of 2011.
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 for
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
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Earnings to Adjusted
$ Millions, Except as
2012 2011 2012 2011
Earnings $ 1,426 3,390 8,428 12,436
Impairments 351 649 901 649
Net (gain)/loss on asset - 15 (1,532 ) (124 )
Bohai Bay incidents - 101 89 142
Tax loss carry forward (236 ) - (236 ) -
International tax law - - 167 109
Deferred tax adjustment - - (72 ) -
Separation costs 4 25 84 25
Cancelled projects - - - 54
Pension settlement 5 - 87 -
Pending claims and (196 ) - (235 ) -
Premium on early debt - - 68 -
Discontinued operations - 15 (2,066 ) (1,232 ) (5,042 )
Discontinued operations - 386 (63 ) 217 (267 )
Other International ^1
Adjusted earnings $ 1,755 2,051 6,734 7,982
^1 Includes Kashagan,
Algeria and Nigeria
Earnings per share of $ 1.16 2.56 6.72 8.97
common stock (dollars)
Adjusted earnings per
share of common stock $ 1.43 1.55 5.37 5.75
Reconciliation of Operating Results for Discontinued Operations - Other
$ Millions 4Q FY
2012 2011 2012 2011
Income from discontinued $ (401 ) 2,129 1,015 5,309
Less: Discontinued (15 ) 2,066 1,232 5,042
operations - Phillips 66
Discontinued operations - (386 ) 63 (217 ) 267
Less: Kashagan impairment (413 ) - (413 ) -
Operating results for
Discontinued operations - $ 27 63 196 267
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