HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) today announced an update to its first-quarter 2017 earnings. The update is the result of a subsequent filing and information from the operator of Shenandoah, disclosing its decision to impair the carrying value of Shenandoah in the Gulf of Mexico. As a result of this disclosure, ConocoPhillips does not believe Shenandoah is making sufficient progress and has recorded additional pre-tax dry hole expense of $242 million in the first quarter. The company has also recorded a pre-tax expense of $51 million for leasehold impairment, which has been recorded as a special item. Following this impairment, the company has no remaining material exposure related to its previously announced exit from deepwater exploration.
Revised first-quarter 2017 earnings were $0.6 billion, or $0.47 per share, compared with a first-quarter 2016 loss of $1.5 billion, or ($1.18) per share. Excluding special items, first-quarter 2017 adjusted earnings were a loss of $0.2 billion, or ($0.14) per share, compared with a first-quarter 2016 adjusted loss of $1.2 billion, or ($0.95) per share. Special items for the current quarter were primarily driven by a financial tax accounting benefit related to the previously announced Canadian disposition, partially offset by non-cash impairments in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico.
The company is also revising full-year guidance for dry hole expense to $400 million, which results in adjusted dry hole and leasehold impairment expense of $450 million. The company’s updated first-quarter supplemental information is available at www.conocophillips.com/investor.
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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 17 countries, $88 billion of total assets, and approximately 13,100 employees as of March 31, 2017. Production excluding Libya averaged 1,584 MBOED for the three months ended March 31, 2017, and proved reserves were 6.4 billion BOE as of Dec. 31, 2016. For more information, go to www.conocophillips.com.
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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, dry hole and leasehold impairment expense, and adjusted dry hole and leasehold impairment expense.
The Company believes that the non-GAAP measures adjusted earnings (both on an aggregate and a per share basis), dry hole and leasehold impairment expense, and adjusted dry hole and leasehold impairment expense are useful to investors to help facilitate comparisons of the Company’s operating performance and controllable costs associated with the Company’s core business operations across periods on a consistent basis and with the performance and cost structures of peer companies in a manner that, 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 further believes that the non-GAAP measures dry hole and leasehold impairment expense and adjusted dry hole and leasehold impairment expense, provide a more indicative measure of the Company’s underlying, controllable costs of operations by excluding other items that do not directly relate to the Company’s core business operations. 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.
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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 below.
References in the release to earnings refer to net income/(loss) attributable to ConocoPhillips.
|Reconciliation of earnings to adjusted earnings|
|$ Millions, Except as Indicated|
Per share of
Per share of
|Pension settlement expense||60||(17||)||43||0.03||83||(25||)||58||0.05|
|Tax adjustment related to Canadian disposition||–||(996||)||(996||)||(0.80||)||–||–||–||–|
|Adjusted earnings / (loss)||$||(177||)||(0.14||)||(1,179||)||(0.95||)|
|The income tax effects of the special items are primarily calculated based on the statutory rate of the jurisdiction in which the discrete item resides.|
|Reconciliation of dry hole and leasehold impairment|
|$ Millions, Except as Indicated|
|Dry hole and leasehold impairment||406||500|
|Adjustment to exclude special items|
|Adjusted dry hole and leasehold impairment||355||~450|