ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) today announced that it has notified government authorities in Kazakhstan and its co-venturers of the company’s intent to sell its 8.4 percent interest in the North Caspian Sea Production Sharing Agreement (Kashagan) to ONGC Videsh Limited.
Subject to various government approvals, Kazakhstan state preemption rights and co-venturers’ preemption rights, ONGC Videsh Limited, the international arm of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited, India, would acquire ConocoPhillips’ interest in Kashagan, which is located in the Kazakh sector of the Caspian Sea.
The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2013. Expected proceeds are approximately $5 billion, which represents the purchase price plus expected working capital and customary adjustments at closing.
“The sale of this quality asset is an important component of our ongoing strategic asset disposition program,” said Don Wallette, executive vice president, Commercial, Business Development, and Corporate Planning. “We are pleased that ONGC Videsh recognizes the value of this asset.”
At Sept. 30, 2012, the carrying value of the net assets related to ConocoPhillips’ interest in Kashagan was approximately $5.5 billion. ConocoPhillips expects to record an after-tax impairment of approximately $400 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 to reduce the carrying value to fair value.
Through Sept. 30, 2012, the company’s 2012-13 disposition program has yielded proceeds of $2.1 billion. Once closed, this transaction would increase that total to approximately $7 billion, and strongly position the company to accomplish its target of $8-$10 billion by the end of 2013.
The proposed sale of its Kashagan interest is part of ConocoPhillips’ plan to increase value for shareholders through focused capital investments and a commitment to deliver growth in production and cash margins, improved returns on capital, and sector-leading shareholder distributions.
--- # # # ---
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ConocoPhillips had operations and activities in 30 countries, $115 billion of assets, and approximately 16,700 employees as of Sept. 30, 2012. Production averaged 1.57 million BOE per day for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2012, and proved reserves were 8.4 billion BOE as of Dec. 31, 2011. For more information, go to
CAUTIONARY STATEMENT FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE "SAFE HARBOR" PROVISIONS
OF THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995
This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements relate to future events and anticipated results of operations, business strategies, and other aspects of our operations or operating results. In many cases you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "anticipate," "estimate," "believe," "continue," "could," "intend," "may," "plan," "potential," "predict," "should," "will," "expect," "objective," "projection," "forecast," "goal," "guidance," "outlook," "effort," "target" and other similar words. However, the absence of these words does not mean that the statements are not forward-looking. Where, in any forward-looking statement, the company expresses an expectation or belief as to future results, such expectation or belief is expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis. However, there can be no assurance that such expectation or belief will result or be achieved. The actual results of operations can and will be affected by a variety of risks and other matters including, but not limited to, changes in commodity prices; changes in expected levels of oil and gas reserves or production; operating hazards, drilling risks, unsuccessful exploratory activities; difficulties in developing new products and manufacturing processes; unexpected cost increases; international monetary conditions; potential liability for remedial actions under existing or future environmental regulations; potential liability resulting from pending or future litigation; limited access to capital or significantly higher cost of capital related to illiquidity or uncertainty in the domestic or international financial markets; and general domestic and international economic and political conditions; as well as changes in tax, environmental and other laws applicable to our business. Other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements include other economic, business, competitive and/or regulatory factors affecting our business generally as set forth in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Unless legally required, ConocoPhillips undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.