ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) today reaffirmed its objective to deliver double-digit returns annually to shareholders at its Analyst Meeting held at the New York Stock Exchange. Members of the company’s executive leadership team outlined ConocoPhillips’ goal to consistently deliver 3 to 5 percent compound annual growth in production and margins, with a compelling dividend, from a diversified, high-quality portfolio.
“ConocoPhillips is set for growth,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ryan Lance. “Beginning this year, we will be growing production and margins across our diverse asset base, and allocating 95 percent of our annual capital expenditures to growth projects and programs with margins that are higher than our average margin today. We believe we have the asset base, technical capability, world-class workforce and financial strength to deliver on our unique value proposition.”
In addition to updating analysts on the company’s investment programs and strong financial performance, ConocoPhillips highlighted its substantial U.S. unconventional position and announced an increase of its estimated resource base in the prolific Eagle Ford play. Based on its prime acreage position and technical knowledge, the company has increased its estimates from 1.8 billion to 2.5 billion barrels of oil in place. Production is also expected to increase from current volumes to more than 250 thousand barrels of oil equivalent a day (MBOED) by 2017.
“ConocoPhillips’ wells in the Eagle Ford have the highest oil rates per well and are leading the industry in value. This is attributable not only to the fact that we are in the best part of the play, but also to our relentless focus on technical innovation and drilling and completion cost efficiencies,” Lance said. “We are applying these benefits and efficiencies across our unconventional portfolio in the Bakken, Permian, Niobrara, Canada, and outside of North America. We believe our unconventional resource base is unmatched, particularly for a company our size.