ConocoPhillips Provides Preliminary First-Quarter 2021 Operational and Financial Update; Reaffirms Full-Year 2021 Capital of $5.5 Billion and Production of 1.5 Million Barrels of Oil Equivalent per Day; Provides Additional 2021 Guidance

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HOUSTON – ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) today provided information regarding preliminary first-quarter 2021 operational and financial updates as well as certain full-year 2021 guidance items. The information discussed herein reflects the combined company following the close of the Concho transaction in January. Final first-quarter results will be reported on May 4.

First-Quarter Production

The company expects to report first-quarter 2021 production volumes of 1,470 to 1,490 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (MBOED). This estimate includes approximately 50 MBOED of unplanned weather impacts experienced throughout the Lower 48 as a result of Winter Storm Uri. Production in the Lower 48 was fully restored in March.

Preliminary production estimates by area and product for the first quarter of 2021 are shown below:

1Q 2021 Production Midpoint Estimate
Crude Oil
Natural Gas
Consolidated Operations          
Alaska 205 190 14 - 5
Lower 48 710 410 80 - 1,320
Canada 100 10 5 70 90
Norway 135 80 5 - 300
China 30 30 - - -
Indonesia 55 2 - - 320
Malaysia 45 35 - - 60
Equity Affiliates 200 15 5 - 1,080
Total Excluding Libya 1,470–1,490 772 109 70 3,175

Note: Libya production for 1Q 2021 is estimated to be 40 MBOED.

First-Quarter Realized Pricing and Commercial Activity

Total average realized prices are expected to be $43 to $45 per barrel of oil equivalent (BOE) for the first quarter of 2021. These estimates reflect prices received under existing contract terms as well as normal pricing variability due to timing and local differentials, but exclude the effects of commodity derivatives. Preliminary estimates of average realized prices by area and product for the first quarter of 2021 are shown below:

1Q 2021 Average Realized Price Midpoint Estimate
  Crude Oil
Natural Gas
Consolidated Operations        
Alaska 59 - - 2.20
Lower 48 56 24 - 3.80
Canada 46 20 31 2.40
Norway 57 39 - 6.20
Libya 60 - - 2.90
China 58 - - -
Indonesia 51 - - 6.90
Malaysia 63 - - 2.60
Equity Affiliates 60 49 - 2.80
Total 56 – 58 26 – 27 30 – 32 4.30 – 4.50

Note 1: The estimated total realized price represents the company’s weighted average price for 1Q 2021.
Note 2: Existing contracts assumed as part of the Concho acquisition are based on 2 stream recognition.

In addition, the company expects to record before-tax earnings of approximately $0.1 billion related to commercial performance in the first quarter.

Concho-Related Unusual Items

The company expects to report first-quarter transaction and restructuring related expenses associated with the Concho acquisition of approximately $0.3 billion before tax, which will be treated as a special item when reporting non-GAAP adjusted earnings. Table 1 at the end of this news release provides additional information on projected first-quarter and full-year 2021 adjusted operating costs.

In addition, the company expects to incur losses of approximately $0.3 billion before tax from commodity hedging positions. This includes losses of approximately $0.1 billion before tax related to positions for which the company accelerated settlement into the first quarter that will be treated as a special item when reporting non-GAAP adjusted earnings. As of the end of the quarter, the company had settled all oil and gas hedging positions acquired from Concho.

Excluding working capital, the expected total impact to cash from operations from the transaction and restructuring expenses in combination with the hedging impacts is a reduction of approximately $1.0 billion. This includes approximately $0.8 billion related to settling all oil and gas positions acquired from Concho, of which approximately $0.5 billion in net liability was recorded on the acquisition close date of Jan. 15.

See the table below for a summary of the estimated financial statement impacts associated with the items mentioned above.

Estimated 1Q 2021 Impacts from Concho Unusual Items - $ Billion
  Earnings Impact
(Before Tax)
Cash from Operations ex WC
Transaction & Restructuring Expenses* (0.3) (0.3)
Settlement of Q1 2021 Hedges (0.2) (0.2)
Accelerated Settlement of Concho Hedging Program** (0.1) (0.6)
Total ~(0.6) ~(1.0)

* To be treated as a special item when reporting non-GAAP adjusted earnings.
** To be treated as a special item when reporting non-GAAP adjusted earnings; cash from operations reflects the impacts of settling oil and gas hedging positions acquired from Concho, inclusive of approximately $0.5 billion net liability at Jan 15.

First-Quarter and Full-Year Guidance

In addition to the updates above, the company is providing the following guidance estimates for first-quarter and full-year 2021:

  1Q 2021 Full-Year 2021
Adjusted Operating Costs $1,495 – 1,565 million $6.2 billion
DD&A $1,840 – 1,910 million $7.4 billion
Adjusted Corporate Segment Net Loss $225 – 275 million $1.0 billion
Capital Expenditures $1,210 – 1,290 million $5.5 billion
Production Excluding Libya 1.47 – 1.49 MMBOED 1.5 MMBOED

All updates and estimates provided were calculated using actual results for January and February along with forecasts for the remaining periods. ConocoPhillips will announce first-quarter 2021 operational and financial results on May 4 and host a conference call on that date at 12:00 p.m. Eastern time.

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About ConocoPhillips

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ConocoPhillips had operations and activities in 15 countries, $63 billion of total assets, and approximately 9,700 employees at Dec. 31, 2020. Production excluding Libya averaged 1,118 MBOED for 2020, and proved reserves were 4.5 BBOE as of Dec. 31, 2020. For more information, go to


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Use of Non-GAAP Financial InformationTo supplement the presentation of the company’s preliminary first quarter 2021 operational and financial update this news release may contain or describe certain financial measures that are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, including adjusted earnings, adjusted operating costs, adjusted corporate segment net loss and cash from operations (CFO).

The company believes that the non-GAAP measures adjusted earnings, adjusted operating costs and adjusted corporate segment net loss 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 special items that do not directly relate to the company’s core business operations, or are of an unusual and non-recurring nature. 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. 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. Adjusted corporate segment net loss is defined as corporate and other segment earnings adjusted for special items. CFO is defined as cash provided by operating activities, excluding the impact of changes in operating working capital. 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 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 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 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.

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