ConocoPhillips Reports Fourth-Quarter Net Income of $3.2 Billion

ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) reported fourth-quarter net income of $3,197 million, or $1.91 per share, which includes a $0.17 per share reduction due to previously disclosed impairments. This compares with $3,679 million, or $2.61 per share, for the same quarter in 2005. Revenues were $41.5 billion, versus $51.3 billion a year ago.

"We continued to experience operational challenges in our upstream business during the quarter. While operations at the Prudhoe Bay oil field substantially recovered from third-quarter disruptions, we experienced weather-related transportation delays in Alaska that impacted fourth-quarter production. We also experienced unplanned downtime related to compressor maintenance at the Britannia field in the U.K. sector of the North Sea," said Jim Mulva, chairman and chief executive officer. "With respect to our upstream operations, we produced 2.49 million BOE per day, including an estimated 0.44 million BOE per day from our LUKOIL Investment segment. In our downstream business, the crude oil capacity utilization rate was 94 percent during the quarter, but we were impacted by significantly lower margins."

Fourth-quarter net income was negatively impacted $0.17 per share by two previously disclosed impairments. Refining and Marketing results were impacted by an after-tax impairment of $192 million related to certain domestic marketing assets held for sale. Exploration and Production results included an after-tax asset impairment of $93 million due to declining well performance and drilling results in the Canadian Rockies Foothills area.

"We ended the year with debt of $27.1 billion and a debt-to-capital ratio of 24 percent," said Mulva. "During the quarter, we generated $5.6 billion in cash from operations, funded $4.2 billion for our capital program, reduced debt by $700 million, paid $600 million in dividends, and repurchased $250 million of outstanding ConocoPhillips common stock.

"For the year, we funded $16.3 billion for our capital program, reduced debt by $5.1 billion subsequent to the Burlington Resources acquisition, paid $2.3 billion in dividends, and repurchased $925 million of outstanding ConocoPhillips common stock. This was accomplished using $21.5 billion in cash from operations, $550 million in proceeds from asset sales, and other available cash."

For the twelve months of 2006, net income was $15,550 million, or $9.66 per share, versus $13,529 million, or $9.55 per share, for 2005. Revenues were $183.7 billion, versus $179.4 billion a year ago.

The results for ConocoPhillips' business segments follow.

Exploration and Production (E&P)

Fourth-quarter financial results: E&P net income was $2,087 million, up from $1,904 million in the third quarter of 2006 and down from $2,426 million in the fourth quarter of 2005. The increase from the previous quarter primarily was due to the negative impact of tax legislation on third-quarter results, higher crude oil sales volumes, and lower depreciation, depletion and amortization (DD&A) expense in the fourth quarter. This increase was partially offset by lower crude oil prices, increased exploration expense, and the Canadian asset impairment. The decrease from the fourth quarter of 2005 primarily was due to lower realized natural gas prices, increased exploration expense, and the Canadian asset impairment. The decrease from the fourth quarter of 2005 was partially offset by the inclusion of Burlington Resources' results and higher realized crude oil prices.

Daily production from the E&P segment, including Canadian Syncrude and excluding the LUKOIL Investment segment, averaged 2.05 million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) per day, which was similar to the average production in the previous quarter and up from 1.59 million BOE per day in the fourth quarter of 2005. The increase from the fourth quarter of 2005 primarily was due to the addition of 487,000 BOE per day from the Burlington Resources assets, which reflects downtime of 13,000 BOE per day in the Irish Sea. Other increases of 81,000 BOE per day related to Libya and the Timor Sea. These increases were partially offset by a decrease of 111,000 BOE per day, primarily from Alaska (45,000 BOE per day), the United Kingdom (34,000 BOE per day) and Vietnam (14,000 BOE per day). Before-tax exploration expenses were $391 million in the fourth quarter of 2006, versus $197 million in the previous quarter and $229 million in the fourth quarter of 2005.

Twelve-months financial results: E&P net income for 2006 was $9,848 million, up from $8,430 million in 2005, primarily due to higher realized crude oil prices and the inclusion of Burlington Resources' results. This increase was partially offset by lower realized natural gas prices, tax legislation impacts, higher DD&A and operating expenses, asset impairments, and higher exploration expense.

Midstream

Fourth-quarter financial results: The Midstream segment includes the company's 50 percent interest in Duke Energy Field Services, LLC (DEFS), which effective January 1, 2007, changed its name to DCP Midstream, LLC. Midstream fourth-quarter net income was $89 million, down from $169 million in the previous quarter and $147 million in the fourth quarter of 2005. The decrease from the previous quarter primarily was due to lower natural gas liquids prices and the impact of a third-quarter 2006 tax adjustment for assets sold in 2005. The decrease from the fourth quarter of 2005 primarily was due to lower natural gas liquids prices.

Twelve-months financial results: Midstream net income for 2006 decreased to $476 million, from $688 million in 2005. The decrease primarily was due to the 2005 restructuring of ConocoPhillips' ownership in DEFS, partially offset by higher 2006 natural gas liquids prices.

Refining and Marketing (R&M)

Fourth-quarter financial results: R&M net income was $919 million in the fourth quarter, down from $1,464 million in the previous quarter and $973 million in the fourth quarter of 2005. The decrease from the third quarter of 2006 primarily was due to lower worldwide refining and marketing margins, partially offset by $57 million in lower impairments on assets held for sale. In addition, third-quarter results included a $111 million benefit related to business interruption insurance.

The decrease from the fourth quarter of 2005 primarily was due to lower worldwide refining and domestic marketing margins and the fourth-quarter 2006 impairment, partially offset by higher domestic refining volumes reflecting fourth-quarter 2005 hurricane impacts, lower utility costs, and a lower effective tax rate in the fourth quarter of 2006. Net income in the fourth quarter of 2005 also included a charge related to the cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle.

The domestic refining crude oil capacity utilization rate for the fourth quarter remained at 96 percent. The international crude oil capacity utilization rate was 87 percent, compared with 89 percent in the previous quarter. The decrease primarily was due to planned downtime at the Wilhelmshaven, Germany, refinery.

Worldwide, R&M's refining crude oil capacity utilization rate averaged 94 percent, compared with 95 percent in the previous quarter and up from 88 percent in the fourth quarter of 2005. Before-tax turnaround costs were $94 million in the fourth quarter of 2006, versus $42 million in the previous quarter and $86 million in the fourth quarter of 2005.

Twelve-months financial results: R&M net income during 2006 was $4,481 million, compared with $4,173 million in 2005. The increase was due to higher domestic refining and marketing margins and domestic refining volumes, the business interruption insurance benefit, and the fourth-quarter 2005 charge related to the cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle. The increase was partially offset by $441 million after-tax in impairments on assets held for sale recognized in the third and fourth quarters of 2006, and higher depreciation expense.

LUKOIL Investment

Fourth-quarter financial results: LUKOIL Investment segment net income was $302 million, down from $487 million in the previous quarter and up from $189 million in the fourth quarter of 2005. The results include ConocoPhillips' estimated weighted-average equity share of OAO LUKOIL's (LUKOIL) income for the fourth quarter based on market indicators and historical production trends for LUKOIL. The company's equity ownership interest in LUKOIL at the end of the fourth quarter was 20 percent of LUKOIL's 851 million authorized and issued shares and 20.6 percent based on an estimated 826 million shares outstanding.

The decrease in net income from the previous quarter primarily was due to lower estimated commodity prices, partially offset by a net benefit from alignment of the company's estimate of net income to LUKOIL's reported results. The increase from the fourth quarter of 2005 primarily was due to ConocoPhillips' increased equity ownership, higher estimated volumes, and a net benefit from alignment of the company's estimate of net income to LUKOIL's reported results.

For the fourth quarter of 2006, ConocoPhillips estimated its equity share of LUKOIL production was 438,000 BOE per day and its share of LUKOIL daily refining crude oil throughput was 220,000 barrels per day.

Twelve-months financial results: Net income for 2006 increased to $1,425 million, from $714 million in 2005. The increase primarily was due to ConocoPhillips' increased equity ownership, higher estimated prices and volumes, and a net benefit from alignment of the company's estimate of net income to LUKOIL's reported results.

Chemicals

Fourth-quarter financial results: The Chemicals segment, which includes the company's 50 percent interest in Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC, reported net income of $98 million, compared with $142 million in the third quarter of 2006 and $114 million in the fourth quarter of 2005. The decrease from the third quarter primarily was attributed to lower olefins and polyolefins margins and volumes and a $16 million asset retirement, partially offset by an increased business interruption insurance benefit. The decrease from the fourth quarter of 2005 was largely due to lower olefins and polyolefins margins and the asset retirement, partially offset by lower utility costs and a business interruption insurance benefit.

Twelve-months financial results: Chemicals 2006 net income increased to $492 million, compared with $323 million in 2005. The increase primarily was due to higher olefins and polyolefins margins and volumes, lower utility costs, and business interruption insurance benefits.

Emerging Businesses

The Emerging Businesses segment had net income of $8 million in the fourth quarter of 2006, compared with $11 million in the third quarter of 2006 and a net loss of $5 million in the fourth quarter of 2005.

Corporate and Other

Fourth-quarter Corporate expenses, after tax, were $306 million, compared with $301 million in the previous quarter and up from $165 million in the fourth quarter of 2005. The increase from the fourth quarter of 2005 was largely attributed to higher interest expense due to higher debt, partially offset by favorable foreign exchange impacts.

Total debt at the end of the fourth quarter was $27.1 billion, a reduction of $700 million from the end of the third quarter. The company's debt-to-capital ratio was 24 percent, compared to 25 percent at the end of the third quarter.

The company's fourth-quarter tax provision was 46.0 percent. This is compared with 46.1 percent in the third quarter, excluding the one-time impact of U.K. tax legislation enacted in the same period, and 51.2 percent including this item.

Outlook

Mr. Mulva concluded:

"We achieved another year of strong financial results that allowed us to provide value to our shareholders by selectively investing in projects to deliver energy to consumers worldwide, reducing debt, increasing dividends, and repurchasing our shares.

"We are pleased to start 2007 with the closing of the transaction to create an integrated North American heavy oil business with EnCana. Integration efforts are progressing well, in line with our expectations.

"Having completed our LUKOIL share purchase, we look forward to further strengthening our strategic relationship and continuing to develop joint opportunities beneficial to both companies.

"Looking ahead to the first quarter, we anticipate the company's E&P segment production to be lower than the fourth quarter. Increased production from the upstream EnCana joint venture is expected to be offset by the effect of U.S. and Canadian asset dispositions. Continued improvement in production at Prudhoe Bay is expected to be offset by downtime in the North Sea and the early fourth-quarter completion of the recovery of underlifts in Libya. In addition, OPEC production quota reductions impacting Venezuela and Libya are expected to reduce first-quarter production. If the currently announced quotas continue through the first quarter, we anticipate first-quarter production will be negatively impacted by approximately 30,000 BOE per day.

"In our downstream refining business, we expect crude oil capacity utilization to be in the mid-90-percent range in the first quarter. Our crude oil refining capacity as of January 1, 2007, is 2,729,000 barrels per day, down from 2,901,000 barrels per day, reflecting the contribution of our Wood River and Borger refineries to the downstream joint venture with EnCana. Turnaround costs are anticipated to be approximately $60 million for the quarter.

"We recently announced a new $1 billion share repurchase program and anticipate first-quarter 2007 share repurchases to be approximately $750 million. The company expects to announce its total share repurchase plan for 2007 before the end of the first quarter.

"Our asset rationalization efforts generated proceeds of approximately $0.5 billion in 2006 and a further $1 billion this month. The balance of our rationalization efforts remains on target.

"We look forward to updating the investment community on the status of our financial and operating plans, as well as our continuing asset rationalization efforts, at our March 14 meeting in New York."

ConocoPhillips is an integrated petroleum company with interests around the world. Headquartered in Houston, the company had approximately 38,400 employees, $165 billion of assets, and $184 billion of revenues as of December 31, 2006.

Results include $0.17 per share reduction due to previously disclosed impairments

Earnings at a glance

                                      Fourth Quarter   Twelve Months
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                                       2006    2005    2006    2005
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Income from continuing operations    $3,197   3,782   $15,550 13,640
                                     million  million million million
Income (loss) from discontinued
 operations                          $-       (15)    $ -     (23)
Cumulative effect of changes in
 accounting principles               $-       (88)    $ -     (88)
Net income                           $3,197   3,679   $15,550 13,529
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Diluted income per share
  Income from continuing operations  $1.91    2.69    $9.66   9.63
  Net income                         $1.91    2.61    $9.66   9.55
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Revenues(a)                          $41.5    51.3    $183.7  179.4
                                      billion  billion billion billion
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(a) Effective April 1, 2006, revenues no longer include the sales
 portion of buy/sell contracts, reflecting the adoption of EITF No.
 04-13, "Accounting for Purchases and Sales of Inventory with the Same
 Counterparty."
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