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23 octubre 2008

ConocoPhillips Reports Third-Quarter Net Income of $5.2 Billion or $3.39 Per Share

HOUSTON --(Business Wire)-- -- ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP):

Earnings at a glance

Third Quarter Nine Months
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2008 2007 2008 2007
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Net income $5,188 million 3,673 million $14,766 million 7,520 million
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Diluted
income per
share $3.39 2.23 $9.50 4.54
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Earnings
adjusted
for the
second-
quarter
2007
Venezuela
impairment$5,188 million 3,673 million $14,766 million 12,032 million
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Diluted
earnings
per share
adjusted
for the
second-
quarter
2007
Venezuela
impairment$3.39 2.23 $9.50 7.26
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Revenues $70.0 billion 46.1 billion $196.3 billion 134.8 billion
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ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) today reported third-quarter net income of $5,188 million, or $3.39 per share. This compared with $3,673 million, or $2.23 per share, for the same quarter in 2007. Revenues were $70.0 billion, versus $46.1 billion a year ago.

"Our U.S. operations were impacted by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike during the quarter, but despite these impacts, our overall operating performance was good," said Jim Mulva, chairman and chief executive officer. "Our upstream business continued to benefit from the strong commodity price environment and we produced 2.2 million BOE per day, including an estimated 0.4 million BOE per day from our LUKOIL Investment segment. In our downstream business, we benefited from stronger global marketing margins and were able to slightly improve our overall realized refining margin in spite of a decrease in global refining crack spreads. Our worldwide refining crude oil capacity utilization rate was 87 percent, reflecting the impact of hurricane-related downtime.

"We generated $7.5 billion of cash from operations during the quarter. This enabled us to invest $4.0 billion in exploring for and developing oil and natural gas supplies, enhancing refining capabilities, and fostering emerging technologies. It also enabled us to repurchase $2.5 billion of ConocoPhillips common stock and pay $0.7 billion in dividends. We ended the quarter with debt of $22.1 billion and a debt-to-capital ratio of 19 percent."

The results for ConocoPhillips' business segments follow.

Exploration and Production (E&P)

Third-quarter financial results: E&P third-quarter net income was $3,928 million, compared with $3,999 million in the previous quarter and $2,082 million in the third quarter of 2007.

The decrease from the second quarter of 2008 was primarily due to lower crude oil and natural gas prices, partially offset by a net benefit from asset rationalization efforts, favorable foreign exchange impacts, and lower production taxes. The increase from the third quarter of 2007 was primarily due to higher commodity prices, partially offset by higher production taxes, increased operating costs, and lower volumes.

Daily production from the E&P segment, including Canadian Syncrude, averaged 1.75 million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) per day, similar to both the previous quarter and the third quarter of 2007. When compared with the previous quarter, production from new developments in the United Kingdom, Russia and Norway largely offset planned and unplanned downtime, which included hurricane disruptions in the U.S. Lower 48, as well as normal field decline. The production impact from hurricane disruptions was approximately 17,000 BOE per day.

When compared with the third quarter of 2007, production from new developments in the United Kingdom, Russia, Indonesia, Norway and Canada was slightly less than impacts from normal field decline, unplanned downtime, and production sharing contracts.

Before-tax exploration expenses were $267 million in the third quarter of 2008, compared with $288 million in the previous quarter and $218 million in the third quarter of 2007.

Nine-month financial results: E&P net income for the first nine months of 2008 was $10,814 million, compared with $2,007 million during the first nine months of 2007. Nine-month 2007 earnings adjusted for the Venezuela impairment were $6,519 million. The increase from the nine-month 2007 adjusted earnings was primarily due to higher commodity prices, partially offset by higher production taxes, lower volumes, increased operating costs, and a lower net benefit from asset rationalization efforts.

Midstream

Third-quarter financial results: Midstream third-quarter net income was $173 million, compared with $162 million in the previous quarter and $104 million in the third quarter of 2007. The increases from the previous quarter and the third quarter of 2007 were primarily due to higher realized natural gas liquids prices, partially offset by lower volumes largely due to hurricane disruptions, as well as higher operating costs.

Nine-month financial results: Midstream net income for the first nine months of 2008 was $472 million, compared with $291 million in 2007. The increase was primarily due to higher realized natural gas liquids prices, partially offset by higher operating costs.

Refining and Marketing (R&M)

Third-quarter financial results: R&M net income was $849 million in the third quarter, compared with $664 million in the previous quarter and $1,307 million in the third quarter of 2007.

The increase in net income from the previous quarter was primarily due to improved global realized marketing margins and lower turnaround costs, which were partially offset by lower refining volumes. The decrease in net income from the third quarter of 2007 was primarily due to a lower net benefit from the company's asset rationalization efforts, the absence of a third-quarter 2007 German tax legislation benefit, and lower refining volumes.

The U.S. realized refining margin for the third quarter was lower than the previous quarter as the benefit from higher clean product yields and improved margins for secondary products was more than offset by the narrowing of heavy crude differentials and inventory impacts related to the decrease in crude and refined product prices. The international realized refining margin was higher than the previous quarter due to the reduction of temporary inventory builds and improved clean product yields.

The domestic refining crude oil capacity utilization rate for the third quarter was 90 percent, a 4 percent decrease from the previous quarter. The decrease was primarily due to hurricane impacts of approximately 6 percent, partially offset by lower turnaround activity. The international crude oil capacity utilization rate was 75 percent, down from 88 percent in the previous quarter as weak hydro-skimming margins continued to impact utilization at the company's Wilhelmshaven, Germany, refinery.

Worldwide, R&M's refining crude oil capacity utilization rate was 87 percent, compared with 93 percent the previous quarter and 94 percent in the third quarter of 2007. Before-tax turnaround costs were $73 million in the third quarter of 2008, compared with $170 million in the previous quarter and $27 million in the third quarter of 2007.

Nine-month financial results: R&M net income for the first nine months of 2008 was $2,033 million, compared with $4,801 million in 2007. The decrease was primarily due to significantly lower U.S. refining margins, as well as lower refining volumes, a reduced net benefit from the company's asset rationalization efforts, the absence of the German tax legislation benefit, and higher operating costs. These decreases were partially offset by higher global marketing margins.

LUKOIL Investment

Third-quarter financial results: LUKOIL Investment segment net income for the third quarter was $438 million, compared with $774 million in the previous quarter and $387 million in the third quarter of 2007. The results include ConocoPhillips' estimate of its equity share of OAO LUKOIL's (LUKOIL) income for the third quarter based on market indicators and LUKOIL's publicly available operating results. The decrease in net income from the previous quarter was primarily due to lower estimated volumes and realized prices, as well as higher estimated operating costs and taxes. The increase in net income from the third quarter of 2007 was primarily due to higher estimated realized prices, partially offset by higher estimated taxes and operating costs, as well as lower estimated volumes.

For the third quarter of 2008, ConocoPhillips estimated its equity share of LUKOIL production was 422,000 BOE per day and its share of LUKOIL daily refining crude oil throughput was 228,000 barrels per day.

Nine-month financial results: Net income for the first nine months of 2008 was $1,922 million, compared with $1,169 million in 2007. The increase was primarily due to higher estimated realized prices, partially offset by higher estimated taxes and operating costs, as well as lower estimated volumes.

Chemicals

Third-quarter financial results: Chemicals net income was $46 million in the third quarter, compared with $18 million in the previous quarter and $110 million in the third quarter of 2007. The increase from the previous quarter was primarily due to higher olefins and polyolefins margins, partially offset by lower aromatics and styrenics margins, costs associated with the decommissioning of an asset, and hurricane impacts. The decrease from the third quarter of 2007 was primarily due to higher utility costs and lower aromatics and styrenics margins.

Nine-month financial results: Net income for the first nine months of 2008 was $116 million, compared with $260 million in 2007. The decrease was primarily due to higher utility costs and lower aromatics and styrenics margins.

Emerging Businesses

Emerging Businesses segment net income was $35 million in the third quarter, compared with $8 million in the previous quarter and $3 million in the third quarter of 2007. The increases from the previous quarter and the third quarter of 2007 were primarily due to higher international power generation results.

Corporate and Other

Third-quarter Corporate expenses were $281 million after-tax, compared with $186 million in the previous quarter and $320 million in the third quarter of 2007. The increase from the previous quarter was primarily due to foreign exchange losses. The decrease from the third quarter of 2007 was primarily due to lower net interest expense and the absence of acquisition-related costs, partially offset by foreign exchange losses. The number of weighted-average diluted shares outstanding during the third quarter was 1,528 million.

The company's effective tax rate for the quarter was 45 percent. This compared with 44 percent in the previous quarter and 42 percent in the third quarter of 2007.

Outlook

Mr. Mulva concluded:

"We recently announced our plan to create a long-term Australasian natural gas business with Origin Energy focused on coalbed methane production and liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing and sales. This joint venture leverages ConocoPhillips' strengths and experience in project management; coalbed methane; and LNG technology, operations and marketing. It also better balances ConocoPhillips' oil and gas resource mix, and our long-term production growth is expected to benefit from a steady, secure source of resource additions. With the transaction expected to close in the fourth quarter, we look forward to working with Origin in delivering a valuable energy resource to customers.

"We also recently announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with JSC National Company KazMunayGas (KMG) and Mubadala Development Company PJSC to negotiate terms for the exploration and development of the 'N' Block, located offshore Kazakhstan, under a new subsoil use contract. ConocoPhillips looks forward to establishing a major new exploration presence in Kazakhstan, and we are pleased to participate with KMG and Mubadala in this world-class exploration project.

"Downstream, we were pleased to receive government approval in early September on a key permit associated with the expansion of the Wood River refinery, a facility located in Roxana, Ill., that is jointly owned by ConocoPhillips and EnCana Corporation. Upon completion, the expansion project will supply an additional 3.2 million gallons per day of clean gasoline and diesel in the region. In addition, the project provides significant environmental benefits, including a 95 percent reduction in sulfur dioxide emissions and a 25 percent reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions.

"In terms of the fourth quarter, we anticipate the company's E&P segment production will be higher than the third quarter. We expect full-year 2008 production to be slightly below 1.8 million BOE per day due to the impact of higher prices on production-sharing-contract volumes and lost production associated with Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. We anticipate exploration expenses to be in the range of $400 million for the quarter.

"In our downstream business, the fourth-quarter crude oil capacity utilization rate is expected to be in the mid-90-percent range. Turnaround costs are anticipated to be approximately $75 million before-tax for the quarter.

"Share repurchases have continued into the fourth quarter. Through the end of October, we will have purchased approximately $8 billion of our shares in 2008 under the previously announced program. Share repurchase levels for the balance of the year will depend on market conditions and capital commitments. We will update the investment community in mid-December on the anticipated level of share repurchases for the fourth quarter, along with 2009 capital expenditure and share repurchase plans."

ConocoPhillips is an international, integrated energy company with interests around the world. Headquartered in Houston, the company had approximately 33,600 employees, $185 billion of assets, and $262 billion of annualized revenues as of September 30, 2008. For more information, go to www.conocophillips.com. ConocoPhillips' quarterly conference call is scheduled for 11 a.m. Eastern time today. To listen to the conference call and to view related presentation materials, go to www.conocophillips.com and click on the "Investor Information" link. For detailed supplemental information, go to www.conocophillips.com/investor/financial_reports/earnings_reports