Saturday, April 14, 2007

Conoco Phillips (COP) Analysis

In this analysis, we will look at Conoco Phillips in a bit more detail than we did last time. COP ended FY06 with 51.4 $/share book value compared to 37 $/share book value in 2005. The book value improved by about 38%.

Let us look at some of the different segments of Conoco Phillips and how much they contributed to earnings.

E&P section was the highest contributor to earnings. World wide average sales price per barrel of oil was $60.37. For natural gas liquids/barrel, the earnings per barrel was $41.50. The revenues from abroad was about 5.5 billion dollars and was 4.348 billion dollars from the U.S. The average production cost has also gone up at around $5.57/barrel.

The other segment that contributes heavily to COP bottom line is R&M segment. R&M is the refining arm of COP. The refining segment resulted in 4.481 billion in income in 2006.

The chemicals segment resulted in 492 million dollars of income. This segment produces petrochemicals from natural gas, liquids and other feed stock.

Emerging Business segment has a net income of 15 million in 2006.

For 2007, the company plans to invest 13.5 billion in capital expenditures. The company plans to pay out about 3 billion dollars in dividends. The remaining cash flow is used to pay out debt and buy back shares. Last year, the cash flow in COP was 21 billion dollars. The total cash flow is entirely dependent on the crude oil prices. It is likely that the crude oil prices will hower around $60 for 2007.

The company expects to generate about 3-4 billion dollars from the rationalization of assets and has a plan to buy back stocks worth 4 billion dollars. The capital expenditures for 2007 has been reduced by about 2.5 billion dollars because of the scaling back of cost intensive projects. One can expect the company to reduce debt by about 3-4 billion dollars from the current level of 27 billion dollars. The company has debt obligations of about 3 billion dollars in 2007. The Venezuela liability to COP is about 2 billion dollars in the worst case.

COP is still cheap compared to its peers Chevron, Exxon Mobil and Petro China. However, COP carries significantly higher amounts of debt on its balance sheets.

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