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ConocoPhillips Delivers Strong Second-Quarter 2021 Financial and Operational Results Following Recent 10-Year Market Update

Reported earnings of $2.1 billion; adjusted earnings of $1.7 billion.
Generated cash provided by operating activities of $4.3 billion; cash from operations of $4.0 billion.
Produced 1,547 MBOED excluding Libya.

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 3, 2021-- ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) today reported second-quarter 2021 earnings of $2.1 billion, or $1.55 per share, compared with second-quarter 2020 earnings of $0.3 billion, or $0.24 per share. Excluding special items, second-quarter 2021 adjusted earnings were $1.7 billion, or $1.27 per share, compared with a second-quarter 2020 adjusted loss of $1.0 billion, or ($0.92) per share. Special items for the current quarter included a gain on Cenovus Energy shares and a contingent payment from Cenovus associated with the 2017 Canadian disposition, partially offset by corporate expenses.

This quarter’s performance follows a market update held on June 30, during which the company laid out a compelling 10-year plan. The plan, based on a reference oil price of $50 per barrel West Texas Intermediate at 2020 real prices, provided a comprehensive outlook for the business post-Concho acquisition and reaffirmed the company’s commitment to playing a valued role in the energy transition, delivering sector-leading returns on and of capital and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In conjunction with the market update, the company lowered its capital and adjusted operating cost guidance for 2021 and announced plans to increase 2021 share repurchases by $1 billion, bringing total planned return of capital to shareholders to roughly $6 billion for the year. A replay of the market update is available on the ConocoPhillips Investor Relations website, http://www.conocophillips.com/investor.

“The market update provided a durable plan for the business that is unmatched,” said Ryan Lance, ConocoPhillips chairman and chief executive officer. “We have a stronger, more flexible asset base and greater underlying efficiency resulting from the Concho acquisition and the restructuring work we’ve performed throughout our company. Our updated outlook comes at a time that we believe is a defining moment for the sector. ConocoPhillips uniquely meets this moment with a credible multi-year plan, continued strong execution, resilience with unhedged upside, a track record of peer-leading returns on and of capital, and a clear commitment to ESG excellence. These are the attributes that will reenlist investor interest in our sector, and we are ideally positioned to deliver them through the industry price cycles.”

Second-Quarter Highlights & Recent Announcements

  • Delivered strong operational performance across the company’s asset base, including successful planned maintenance turnarounds, resulting in second-quarter production of 1,547 MBOED, excluding Libya.
  • Cash provided by operating activities was $4.3 billion. Excluding working capital, cash from operations (CFO) of $4.0 billion exceeded capital expenditures and investments of $1.3 billion, generating free cash flow (FCF) of approximately $2.8 billion.
  • Distributed a total of $1.2 billion to shareholders, comprised of $0.6 billion in dividends and $0.6 billion in share repurchases, entirely funded from FCF.
  • Ended the quarter with combined cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash of $7.0 billion and short-term investments of $2.3 billion, totaling over $9 billion in ending cash and short-term investments.
  • Entered into divestiture agreements during July for certain Lower 48 non-core assets totaling nearly $0.2 billion, subject to customary closing adjustments, as part of the company’s plan to generate $2 to $3 billion in disposition proceeds over the next 18 months.

Second-Quarter Review

Production excluding Libya for the second quarter of 2021 was 1,547 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (MBOED), an increase of 566 MBOED from the same period a year ago. After adjusting for closed acquisitions and dispositions as well as impacts from the 2020 curtailment program, second-quarter 2021 production increased 46 MBOED or 3% from the same period a year ago. This increase was primarily due to new production from the Lower 48 and other development programs across the portfolio, partially offset by normal field decline. Production from Libya averaged 41 MBOED.

In the Lower 48, production averaged 794 MBOED, including 435 MBOED from the Permian, 227 MBOED from the Eagle Ford and 95 MBOED from the Bakken. In Alaska, drilling commenced at GMT2 and the first Fiord West well spud from the CD2 pad. In Norway, the Tor II project was completed with the remaining three wells of the eight-well program brought on line.

Earnings increased from second-quarter 2020 due to higher realized prices and volumes, partially offset by the absence of the second-quarter 2020 gain following completion of the Australia-West divestiture, as well as higher depreciation expense associated with the higher volumes. Excluding special items, adjusted earnings were higher compared with second-quarter 2020 due to higher realized prices and higher volumes, partially offset by increased depreciation expense associated with the higher volumes. The company’s total average realized price was $50.03 per BOE, 117% higher than the $23.09 per BOE realized in the second quarter of 2020, reflecting higher marker prices and improved realizations.

For the quarter, cash provided by operating activities was $4.3 billion. Excluding working capital, ConocoPhillips generated CFO of $4.0 billion. CFO was reduced by approximately $0.2 billion due to a discretionary pension plan contribution during the period. The company also funded $1.3 billion of capital expenditures and investments, paid $0.6 billion in dividends, repurchased $0.6 billion of shares and reported $1.8 billion in net sales of investments in financial instruments.

Six-Month Review

ConocoPhillips’ six-month 2021 earnings were $3.1 billion, or $2.31 per share, compared with a six-month 2020 loss of $1.5 billion, or ($1.37) per share. Six-month 2021 adjusted earnings were $2.6 billion, or $1.97 per share, compared with a six-month 2020 adjusted earnings loss of $0.5 billion, or ($0.47) per share.

Production excluding Libya for the first six months of 2021 was 1,518 MBOED, an increase of 388 MBOED from the same period a year ago. After adjusting for closed acquisitions and dispositions, as well as impacts from the 2020 curtailment program and Winter Storm Uri impacts from 2021, production increased 18 MBOED. This increase was primarily due to new production from the Lower 48 and other development programs across the portfolio, partially offset by normal field decline. Production from Libya averaged 40 MBOED.

The company’s total realized price during this period was $47.79 per BOE, 49% higher than the $32.15 per BOE realized in the first six months of 2020, reflecting higher marker prices and improved realizations.

In the first half of 2021, cash provided by operating activities was $6.3 billion. Excluding a $0.2 billion change in working capital, ConocoPhillips generated CFO of $6.1 billion. CFO was reduced by approximately $1.0 billion due to transaction and restructuring expenses and realized losses on the commodity hedging portfolio acquired from Concho. The company funded $2.5 billion of capital expenditures and investments, paid $1.2 billion in dividends, repurchased $1.0 billion of shares and reported $1.3 billion in net sales of investments in financial instruments.

Outlook

Third-quarter 2021 production is expected to be 1.48 to 1.52 MMBOED, reflecting seasonal turnarounds planned in Alaska and the Asia Pacific region. This guidance excludes Libya and assumes that previously announced divestitures close during the third quarter of 2021. All other guidance items are unchanged.

ConocoPhillips will host a conference call today at 12:00 p.m. Eastern time to discuss this announcement. To listen to the call and view related presentation materials and supplemental information, go to www.conocophillips.com/investor. A recording and transcript of the call will be posted afterward.

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About ConocoPhillips

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ConocoPhillips had operations and activities in 15 countries, $85 billion of total assets, and approximately 10,100 employees at June 30, 2021. Production excluding Libya averaged 1,518 MBOED for the six months ended June 30, 2021, and proved reserves were 4.5 BBOE as of Dec. 31, 2020. For more information, go to www.conocophillips.com.

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However, these statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and other factors beyond our control. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecast in the forward-looking statements. 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(Concho); the impact of competition and consolidation in the oil and gas industry; limited access to capital or significantly higher cost of capital related to illiquidity or uncertainty in the domestic or international financial markets; general domestic and international economic and political conditions; the ability to successfully integrate the operations of Concho with our operations and achieve the anticipated benefits from the transaction; unanticipated difficulties or expenditures relating to the Concho transaction; changes in fiscal regime or tax, environmental and other laws applicable to our business; and disruptions resulting from extraordinary weather events, civil unrest, war, terrorism or a cyber attack; and other economic, business, competitive and/or regulatory factors affecting our business generally as set forth in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Unless legally required, ConocoPhillips expressly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors – The SEC permits oil and gas companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only proved, probable and possible reserves. We may use the term “resource” in this news release that the SEC’s guidelines prohibit us from including in filings with the SEC. U.S. investors are urged to consider closely the oil and gas disclosures in our Form 10-K and other reports and filings with the SEC. Copies are available from the SEC and from the ConocoPhillips website.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information – To supplement the presentation of the company’s financial results prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this news release and the accompanying supplemental financial information contain certain financial measures that are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, including adjusted earnings (calculated on a consolidated and on a segment-level basis), adjusted earnings per share, operating costs, adjusted operating costs, cash from operations (CFO) and free cash flow (FCF).

The company believes that the non-GAAP measures adjusted earnings (both on an aggregate and a per-share basis), operating costs and adjusted operating costs are useful to investors to help facilitate comparisons of the company’s operating performance associated with the company’s core business operations across periods on a consistent basis and with the performance and cost structures of peer companies by excluding items that do not directly relate to the company’s core business operations. The company further believes that the non-GAAP measure CFO is useful to investors to help understand changes in cash provided by operating activities excluding the timing effects associated with operating working capital changes across periods on a consistent basis and with the performance of peer companies. The company believes FCF is useful to investors in understanding how existing cash from operations is utilized as a source for sustaining our current capital plan and future development growth. FCF is not a measure of cash available for discretionary expenditures since the company has certain non-discretionary obligations such as debt service that are not deducted from the measure. Adjusted earnings is defined as net income (loss) attributable to ConocoPhillips adjusted for the impact of special items that do not directly relate to the company’s core business operations, or are of an unusual and non-recurring nature. Operating costs is defined by the company as the sum of production and operating expenses, selling, general and administrative expenses, exploration general and administrative expenses, geological and geophysical, lease rentals and other exploration expenses. Adjusted operating costs is defined as the company’s operating costs further adjusted to exclude expenses that do not directly relate to the company’s core business operations and are included as adjustments to arrive at adjusted earnings to the extent those adjustments impact operating costs. CFO is defined as cash provided by operating activities, excluding the impact of changes in operating working capital. FCF is defined as CFO net of capital expenditures and investments. The company believes that the above-mentioned non-GAAP measures, when viewed in combination with the company’s results prepared in accordance with GAAP, provides a more complete understanding of the factors and trends affecting the company’s business and performance. The company’s Board of Directors and management also use these non-GAAP measures to analyze the company’s operating performance across periods when overseeing and managing the company’s business.

Each of the non-GAAP measures included in this news release and the accompanying supplemental financial information has limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for an analysis of the company’s results calculated in accordance with GAAP. In addition, because not all companies use identical calculations, the company’s presentation of non-GAAP measures in this news release and the accompanying supplemental financial information may not be comparable to similarly titled measures disclosed by other companies, including companies in our industry. The company may also change the calculation of any of the non-GAAP measures included in this news release and the accompanying supplemental financial information from time to time in light of its then existing operations to include other adjustments that may impact its operations.

Reconciliations of each non-GAAP measure presented in this news release to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP are included in the release.

Other Terms – This news release also contains the term underlying production. Underlying production excludes Libya and reflects the impact of closed acquisitions and closed dispositions with an assumed close date of January 1, 2020. The company believes that underlying production is useful to investors to compare production excluding Libya and reflecting the impact of closed acquisitions and dispositions on a consistent go-forward basis across periods and with peer companies.

References in the release to earnings refer to net income/(loss) attributable to ConocoPhillips.

             
             
ConocoPhillips            
Table 1: Reconciliation of earnings to adjusted earnings            
$ Millions, Except as Indicated            
             

2Q21

   

2Q20

   

2021 YTD

   

2020 YTD

Pre-tax

Income
tax

After-tax

Per share of
common
stock
(dollars)

   

Pre-tax

Income
tax

After-tax

Per share of
common
stock
(dollars)

   

Pre-tax

Income
tax

After-tax

Per share of
common
stock
(dollars)

   

Pre-tax

Income
tax

After-tax

Per share of
common
stock
(dollars)

Earnings

$

2,091

 

1.55

 

   

260

 

0.24

 

   

3,073

 

2.31

 

   

(1,479

)

(1.37

)

Adjustments:            
(Gain) loss on CVE shares

(418

)

-

 

 

(418

)

(0.30

)

   

(551

)

-

 

(551

)

(0.51

)

   

(726

)

-

 

(726

)

(0.55

)

   

1,140

 

-

 

1,140

 

1.05

 

Net gain on asset sales

(68

)

16

 

 

(52

)

(0.04

)

   

(589

)

(5

)

(594

)

(0.56

)

   

(268

)

22

 

(246

)

(0.19

)

   

(551

)

(14

)

(565

)

(0.52

)

Pending claims and settlements

48

 

(10

)

 

38

 

0.03

 

   

(3

)

-

 

(3

)

-

 

   

48

 

(10

)

38

 

0.03

 

   

(32

)

-

 

(32

)

(0.03

)

Pension settlement expense

42

 

(9

)

 

33

 

0.02

 

   

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

   

42

 

(9

)

33

 

0.02

 

   

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

Transaction and restructuring expenses

23

 

(5

)

 

18

 

0.01

 

   

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

   

314

 

(53

)

261

 

0.20

 

   

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

Unrealized (gain) loss on FX derivative

8

 

(2

)

 

6

 

-

 

   

12

 

(3

)

9

 

0.01

 

   

12

 

(3

)

9

 

0.01

 

   

(63

)

13

 

(50

)

(0.05

)

Net loss on accelerated settlement of Concho hedging program

-

 

-

 

 

-

 

-

 

   

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

   

132

 

(31

)

101

 

0.08

 

   

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

Deferred tax adjustments

-

 

-

 

 

-

 

-

 

   

-

 

92

 

92

 

0.09

 

   

-

 

75

 

75

 

0.06

 

   

-

 

92

 

92

 

0.09

 

Impairments

-

 

-

 

 

-

 

-

 

   

(214

)

55

 

(159

)

(0.15

)

   

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

   

556

 

(122

)

434

 

0.40

 

Alberta tax credit

-

 

-

 

 

-

 

-

 

   

-

 

(48

)

(48

)

(0.04

)

   

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

   

-

 

(48

)

(48

)

(0.04

)

Adjusted earnings / (loss)

$

1,716

 

1.27

 

   

(994

)

(0.92

)

   

2,618

 

1.97

 

   

(508

)

(0.47

)

             
The income tax effects of the special items are primarily calculated based on the statutory rate of the jurisdiction in which the discrete item resides.

 

 
ConocoPhillips
Table 2: Reconciliation of reported production to pro forma underlying production
In MBOED, Except as Indicated
 

  2Q21

2Q20

2021 YTD

2020 YTD

Total Reported ConocoPhillips Production

1,588

 

981

 

1,558

 

1,135

 

 
Adjustments:
Libya

(41

)

-

 

(40

)

(5

)

Total Production excluding Libya

1,547

 

981

 

1,518

 

1,130

 

 
Closed Dispositions1

-

 

(24

)

-

 

(41

)

Closed Acquisitions 2

-

 

319

 

-

 

323

 

Total Pro Forma Underlying Production

1,547

 

1,276

 

1,518

 

1,412

 

 
Estimated Production Curtailments3

-

 

225

 

-

 

113

 

Estimated Downtime from Winter Storm Uri4

-

 

-

 

25

 

-

 

 
1Includes production related to the completed Australia-West disposition and various Lower 48 dispositions.
2Includes production related to the acquisition of Concho which closed on January 15, 2021. 2020 has been pro forma adjusted for the acquisition based on volumes publicly reported by Concho.
3Estimated production impacts from price related curtailments, which are excluded from Total Production excluding Libya and Total Underlying Production.
4Estimated production impacts from Winter Storm Uri, which are excluded from Total Production excluding Libya and Total Underlying Production.
 
   
ConocoPhillips  
Table 3: Reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow  
$ Millions, Except as Indicated  
   

2Q21

 

2021 YTD

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

4,251

 

6,331

   
Adjustments:  
Net operating working capital changes

211

 

196

Cash from operations

4,040

 

6,135

   
Capital expenditures and investments

1,265

 

2,465

Free Cash Flow

2,775

 

3,670

   
   

 

Dennis Nuss (media)
281-293-1149
dennis.nuss@conocophillips.com

Investor Relations
281-293-5000
investor.relations@conocophillips.com

Source: ConocoPhillips

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