ConocoPhillips Reports First-Quarter 2013 Results; Growth Plans on Track

  ConocoPhillips Reports First-Quarter 2013 Results; Growth Plans on Track

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HOUSTON -- April 25, 2013

ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) today reported first-quarter 2013 earnings of $2.1
billion, or $1.73 per share, compared with first-quarter 2012 earnings of $2.9
billion, or $2.27 per share. First-quarter 2012 reported earnings included
$0.7 billion from downstream operations prior to the separation of Phillips 66
on April 30, 2012.

Excluding special items, first-quarter 2013 adjusted earnings were $1.8
billion, or $1.42 per share, compared with first-quarter 2012 adjusted
earnings of $1.8 billion, or $1.38 per share. Special items for the current
quarter primarily related to asset sales and discontinued operations.

Following previous announcements to dispose of the company’s interests in
Kashagan and the Algeria and Nigeria businesses, the associated earnings and
production impacts for these assets have been reported as discontinued
operations. This decreased adjusted earnings for first-quarter 2013 by $62
million, or $0.05 per share.

Highlights

  *First-quarter total production of 1,596 MBOED, including continuing
    operations of 1,555 MBOED and discontinued operations of 41 MBOED.
  *Eagle Ford, Bakken and Permian combined production up 42 percent compared
    to first-quarter 2012.
  *Oil sands production averaged 109 MBOED, up 30 percent compared to
    first-quarter 2012.
  *Major projects on schedule for fourth-quarter startup.
  *First sale of oil from deepwater Gumusut Field.
  *Coronado and Shenandoah discoveries in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
  *Continued building deepwater Gulf of Mexico exploration portfolio.
  *Entered Colombia to explore La Luna Shale.
  *Completed sale of Cedar Creek Anticline properties for $1 billion.

“We are off to a strong start to the year, highlighted by the announcement of
two significant oil discoveries in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico,” said Ryan
Lance, chairman and chief executive officer. “Our base business is operating
to plan, our development programs and major projects are performing as
expected and we are on track to deliver production and margin improvements
this year. We remain committed to our goal of 3 to 5 percent volume and margin
growth, with a compelling dividend.”

Operations Update

Lower 48 and Latin America – First-quarter production was 475 thousand barrels
of oil equivalent per day (MBOED), an increase of 24 MBOED compared to the
same period in 2012. Growth continues from liquids-rich plays in the Eagle
Ford, Bakken and Permian, which delivered 182 MBOED for the quarter, a 42
percent increase compared to the first quarter of 2012. The current quarter
was unfavorably impacted by weather-related downtime in San Juan. The
divestiture of the Cedar Creek Anticline properties for $1 billion was
completed in March 2013.

Canada – Quarterly production increased by 17 MBOED over the same period in
2012, to 283 MBOED. The company’s oil sands programs continue to perform
strongly, with production averaging 109 MBOED for the quarter. Oil sands
expansion projects continued on schedule during the quarter.

Canada reported results for the quarter included $224 million for a favorable
tax resolution on a prior asset disposition.

The production mix in the Lower 48 and Canada continues to shift from natural
gas to liquids. For the quarter, total liquids production increased by 19
percent compared to the same period in 2012, resulting in the liquids
percentage of production increasing from 45 percent to 51 percent in these two
segments.

Alaska – First-quarter production was 218 MBOED, down 18 MBOED compared to the
same period in 2012, primarily reflecting normal field decline. Following the
recent passage of new tax legislation, ConocoPhillips has announced plans to
pursue new work on the North Slope including bringing an additional rig into
Kuparuk this spring.

Asia Pacific and Middle East – Quarterly production was 318 MBOED, up 15 MBOED
compared to the first quarter of 2012. In China, production growth continued
with further wells online at Panyu and normal production operations at the
Peng Lai 19-3 Field. In Malaysia, the first cargo was sold from the Gumusut
early production system. Construction of the floating production and storage
(FPS) system continued on track with sail away from the fabrication yard
planned for May 2013. Development also continued at Siakap North-Petai (SNP).
Startup is expected late-2013 from both SNP and the Gumusut FPS.

Europe – Production for the quarter was 207 MBOED, down 64 MBOED compared to
the same period a year ago, reflecting the impact of normal field decline,
downtime primarily in the East Irish Sea, and prior-year dispositions. In the
North Sea, preparations are underway for major turnarounds over the second and
third quarters of 2013 for maintenance and major project tie-ins at J-Area and
Greater Ekofisk. Development continued at Jasmine with the installation of the
topside facilities. Fabrication of the Ekofisk South topside and accommodation
facilities is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2013.

Other International – Production from continuing operations was 54 MBOED in
the first quarter, which was flat compared to the same period in 2012.
Operations related to Kashagan, Algeria and Nigeria have been reported as
discontinued operations.

Unconventional exploration – First-quarter North American activity focused on
drilling in the Niobrara and Permian Basin Wolfcamp plays in the Lower 48 as
well as logging and coring two vertical wells in the Canol Shale in Canada.
ConocoPhillips expects to drill its first exploration well in Colombia’s La
Luna Shale in the second quarter of 2013, following a farm-in agreement
executed during the current quarter. The company also reached agreement with
PetroChina to farm-out a 20 percent interest in the Browse Basin and 29
percent interest in the Canning Basin in Western Australia and establish a
joint study agreement for unconventional resource development in the
Neijiang-Dazu block in China’s Sichuan Basin. This follows a previously
announced joint study agreement with Sinopec for the Qijiang block in the same
basin.

Conventional exploration – The company announced two significant oil
discoveries in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico during the quarter. The Shenandoah
well encountered more than 1,000 feet of net pay and the Coronado well
encountered more than 400 feet of net pay. ConocoPhillips was the high bidder
on 30 blocks in the March central area lease sale, which is expected to add
172 thousand acres to the company’s growing deepwater Gulf of Mexico position.
Drilling commenced at the Ardennes prospect, and will continue with the
ConocoPhillips-operated Thorn prospect and partner-operated appraisal wells at
Tiber and Coronado, which are expected to spud in the second quarter. In
Australia’s Browse Basin, the Zephyros-1 well results were as expected and the
Proteus-1 well was spud in March. The company recently announced 2014 drilling
plans in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea are on hold due to regulatory uncertainties.

First-Quarter Review – Continuing Operations

Production from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2013 was 1,555
MBOED, compared with 1,581 MBOED for the first quarter of 2012. Adjusted for
2012 completed dispositions, production grew by 19 MBOED compared to
first-quarter 2012. This increase was primarily due to new production from
development programs, major projects and production from normal operations in
China and Libya, offset by normal field decline and downtime.

The company’s total realized price fell to $68.57 per barrel of oil equivalent
(BOE), compared to $70.78 per BOE in the first quarter of 2012. Realized crude
oil prices decreased to $105.97 per barrel, compared with $111.88 per barrel
for the first quarter of 2012. Realized natural gas liquids prices decreased
by 22 percent to $42.95 per barrel, compared with $55.03 per barrel for the
first quarter of 2012. Realized natural gas prices increased to $5.84 per
thousand cubic feet (MCF), compared with $5.61 per MCF for the first quarter
of 2012. Realized bitumen prices decreased by 35 percent to $39.23 per barrel,
compared with $60.66 per barrel for the first quarter of 2012.

For the quarter, cash provided by continuing operating activities was $4.6
billion. Excluding a $1.0 billion favorable impact from changes in working
capital, ConocoPhillips generated $3.6 billion in cash from operations. The
company also received $1.1 billion in proceeds from asset dispositions, funded
a $3.6 billion capital program and paid dividends of $0.8 billion.

As of March 31, 2013, ConocoPhillips had debt of $21.7 billion and the
debt-to-capital ratio was 31 percent. The company had $5.4 billion of cash and
cash equivalents.

Outlook

Consistent with prior guidance, second-quarter 2013 production from continuing
operations is expected to be 1,440 to 1,470 MBOED, reflecting previously
announced planned downtime and turnaround activity. Production from
discontinued operations is expected to be approximately 40 MBOED for the
second quarter of 2013. Full-year 2013 production from continuing operations
is expected to be 1,485 to 1,520 MBOED.

The company has announced plans to dispose of its interests in Kashagan and
its Algeria and Nigeria businesses. These transactions are expected to close
in 2013, generating expected proceeds of approximately $8.5 billion.

ConocoPhillips will host a conference call today at 1:00 p.m. EDT, 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 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on Tuesday,
May 14 at 10:00 a.m. EDT. To access a live webcast and learn more about the
meeting, go to www.conocophillips.com/annualmeeting. An archived replay will
be available shortly after the meeting.

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About ConocoPhillips

ConocoPhillips is the world’s largest independent E&P company based on
production and proved reserves. Headquartered in Houston, Texas,
ConocoPhillips had operations and activities in 30 countries, $57 billion in
annualized revenue, $118 billion of total assets, and approximately 17,100
employees as of March 31, 2013. Production from continuing operations averaged
1,555 MBOED for the three months ended March 31, 2013, and proved reserves
were 8.6 billion BOE as of Dec. 31, 2012. For more information, go to
www.conocophillips.com.

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ConocoPhillips
Reconciliation of Earnings to Adjusted Earnings
$ Millions, Except as Indicated
                                                           1Q
                                                            2013     2012
Earnings                                                   $ 2,139       2,937
Adjustments:
Impairments                                                  -           520
Net (gain)/loss on asset sales                               (279)       (937)
Tax loss carryforward realization                            21          -
Separation costs                                             -           33
Discontinued operations - Phillips 66                        -           (712)
Discontinued operations - Other ^1                       (129)    (62)
Adjusted earnings                                       $ 1,752    1,779
^1 Includes Kashagan, Algeria and Nigeria
                                                                         
Earnings per share of common stock (dollars)               $ 1.73        2.27
                                                                         
Adjusted earnings per share of common stock                $ 1.42        1.38
(dollars)
                                                                         

                                                                   
Reconciliation of Operating Results for Discontinued Operations — Other
International
$ Millions                                                   1Q
                                                              2013    2012
                                                                          
Income from discontinued operations                          $ 129        776
Less: Discontinued operations - Phillips 66                   -       712
Discontinued operations - Other International                  129        64
Less: Kashagan impairment                                  67      -
Operating results for Discontinued operations - Other     $ 62      64
International
                                                                          

Contact:

ConocoPhillips
Aftab Ahmed, 281-293-4138 (media)
aftab.ahmed@conocophillips.com
or
Daren Beaudo, 281-293-2073 (media)
daren.beaudo@conocophillips.com
or
Vladimir R. dela Cruz, 212-207-1996 (investors)
v.r.delacruz@conocophillips.com
 
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