ConocoPhillips is taking several actions in response to the recent oil market downturn that will see it lower its operating expenditures by slowing development plans.
“Our industry is clearly experiencing an unprecedented event brought about by simultaneous supply and demand shocks,” said Ryan Lance, chairman and chief executive officer. “The actions we are now taking reflect an acknowledgement of current events as well as uncertainty around the timing and path of a recovery.”
Lance continued: “We believe we have a significant advantage compared to most of the industry through our strong balance sheet, diverse and low-decline portfolio, and low capital intensity. We ended 2019 with over $14 billion of liquidity, including cash, cash equivalents, short-term investments and availability under our revolving credit facility."
ConocoPhillips outlined what actions it will be taking:
2020 operating plan capital expenditures will be reduced by $0.7 billion, representing about a 10 percent decrease from the previously announced guidance. The reduction will be sourced by slowing operated development activity in the Lower 48, expected decreases in non-operated activity in the Lower 48, and deferred drilling in Alaska. These reductions are expected to impact 2020 full-year production guidance by approximately 20 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (MBOED).
The 2020 planned share repurchase programme will be reduced to a quarterly run rate of $250 million beginning in the second quarter, from the previous run rate of $750 million.
On a combined basis, the capital and share repurchase actions represent a reduction in 2020 cash uses of $2.2 billion, with limited impact to the company’s productive capacity.