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ConocoPhillips Announces Agreement To Sell Cedar Creek Anticline Properties For $1.05 Billion

Stocks in this article: COP

ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) today announced it has entered into an agreement to sell its properties in the Cedar Creek Anticline for a total of $1.05 billion before customary adjustments.

ConocoPhillips has entered into an agreement with Denbury Resources Inc.’s principal operating subsidiary to sell ConocoPhillips’ properties in the Cedar Creek Anticline, comprising approximately 86,000 net acres in southwestern North Dakota and eastern Montana. ConocoPhillips’ 2012 net production from these properties averaged 13 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day through November. The sale does not include any of ConocoPhillips’ assets in the Bakken Formation, where ConocoPhillips owns 626,000 net acres, consisting of 207,000 net lease acres and 419,000 net mineral acres.

“This disposition represents further optimization of our portfolio. The transaction will allow us to focus our investments in North Dakota and Montana on our significant Bakken unconventional position,” said Don Wallette, executive vice president, Commercial, Business Development and Corporate Planning. “We are pleased that Denbury Resources Inc. recognizes the value of these properties.”

ConocoPhillips expects to record a net earnings benefit of approximately $120 million after-tax in the fourth quarter of 2012. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2013. Including this transaction, the company has announced total asset sales of approximately $12 billion since the beginning of 2012. Proceeds from these divestitures will be used for general corporate purposes and allow the company to continue executing its existing growth programs and capture new opportunities for the future.

The proposed sale of these assets is part of ConocoPhillips’ plan to increase value for shareholders through portfolio optimization, focused capital investments that deliver growth in production and cash margins, improved returns on capital, and sector-leading shareholder distributions.

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About ConocoPhillips

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 www.conocophillips.com.

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.



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