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ConocoPhillips Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

October 30, 2012 | About:
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ConocoPhillips (COP) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2012-09-30.

Conocophillips has a market cap of $69.61 billion; its shares were traded at around $57.31 with a P/E ratio of 8.6 and P/S ratio of 0.3. The dividend yield of Conocophillips stocks is 4.6%. Conocophillips had an annual average earning growth of 18.7% over the past 10 years.

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Our Alaska operations reported earnings of $535 million in the third quarter of 2012, a 7 percent increase compared with the same period in 2011. Earnings for the nine-month period of 2012 were $1,706 million, a 9 percent increase compared with the same period in 2011. The improvement in earnings in the third quarter of 2012 was largely due to lower production taxes, and to a lesser extent, lower DD&A. These improvements were mostly due to lower crude oil production as a result of major planned turnaround activity in Prudhoe and the Western North Slope in the third quarter of 2012. The impact to earnings from lower crude oil production was more than offset by sales from inventory, which contributed approximately $120 million after-tax to third quarter 2012 earnings. Lower LNG sales volumes partly offset the increase in earnings in the third quarter of 2012. Earnings in the nine-month period of 2012 benefitted from higher crude oil and LNG prices, the absence of the $54 million after-tax impairment of our investment associated with the cancellation of the Denali gas pipeline project in the second quarter of 2011, and lower production taxes and DD&A. These increases were partially offset by lower crude oil production volumes and higher operating expenses.

Canada operations reported losses of $31 million and $674 million in the third quarter and nine-month period of 2012, respectively, versus earnings of $73 million and $201 million in the corresponding periods of 2011. Earnings in the nine-month period of 2012 included the $520 million after-tax impairment of the Mackenzie Gas Project and associated undeveloped leaseholds. The decreases in both periods of 2012 also reflected lower prices, predominantly natural gas, and higher operating and DD&A expenses from our FCCL venture. These decreases were partly offset by higher bitumen volumes and lower DD&A.

Earnings for our Europe operations were $132 million in the third quarter of 2012, a 50 percent decrease compared with the same period in 2011. Earnings for the nine-month period of 2012 were $1,190 million, a 6 percent decrease compared with the same period in 2011. Earnings for both periods of 2012 were impacted by $170 million in additional income tax expense, as a result of legislation enacted in the United Kingdom in July 2012, which restricted corporate tax relief on decommissioning costs to 50 percent. The additional tax expense resulted from the revaluation of deferred tax balances. Earnings for both periods of 2011 included $234 million in additional income tax expense, as a result of U.K. tax legislation enacted in July 2011, which increased the U.K. corporate tax rate applicable to upstream activity. This additional tax expense consisted of $106 million for the revaluation of deferred tax liabilities; $75 million to reflect the higher tax rates from the effective date of the legislation, March 24, 2011, through June 30, 2011; and $53 million for the impact of the higher tax rates on third quarter 2011 earnings.

Other International operations reported earnings of $567 million in the third quarter of 2012, an increase of $514 million compared with the same period in 2011. Earnings for the nine-month period of 2012 were $634 million, an increase of $383 million compared with the same period in 2011. The increase in both periods of 2012 was primarily the result of the $443 million after-tax gain on disposition of our interest in NMNG. Higher earnings from Libya in both periods of 2012 also contributed to the increase, as a result of the resumption of production following a period of civil unrest in 2011. In addition, lower volumes in Russia in the nine-month period of 2012 were partly offset by lower taxes.

To meet our short- and long-term liquidity requirements, we look to a variety of funding sources. Cash generated from continuing operating activities is the primary source of funding. In addition, during the first nine months of 2012, we received $2,088 million in proceeds from asset sales and $7,818 million from a special cash distribution from Phillips 66, primarily using the proceeds from the $5.8 billion in Senior Notes issued by Phillips 66 in March 2012, as well as a portion of the approximately $3.6 billion in cash transferred to Phillips 66 at separation, consisting of funds received from the $2.0 billion term loan which Phillips 66 entered into immediately prior to the separation, and approximately $1.6 billion of cash held by Phillips 66 subsidiaries. The proceeds from the special cash distribution may be used solely to pay dividends, repurchase common stock, repay debt, or a combination of the foregoing, in each case within twelve months following the distribution. At September 30, 2012, the remaining balance of this cash distribution was $2,468 million and was included in the Restricted cash line on our consolidated balance sheet.

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