ConocoPhillips Beats Quarterly Profit Estimates with Higher Production

(Reuters) — U.S. oil and gas producer ConocoPhillips beat Wall Street estimates for fourth-quarter profit on Thursday, helped by higher production in the Permian Basin and from a recent acquisition.

The company had bought an additional 50% stake from TotalEnergies in the Surmont facility in Canada in 2023 that increased its output.

Quarterly production rose 8.2% to 1.9 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd), also helped by a 79,000 boepd increase in output in Permian.

The production increase countered lower total average realized price, which tumbled 18% to $58.21 per barrel of oil equivalent in the quarter.

ConocoPhillips forecast 2024 total capital expenditure in the range of $11.0 billion to $11.5 billion.

It expects to return $9 billion to shareholders in 2024, compared with $11 billion last year.

The Houston, Texas-based company also forecast first-quarter production in the range of 1.88-1.92 million boepd.

ConocoPhillips posted adjusted earnings of $2.40 per share for the quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with analysts' average estimate of $2.09, according to LSEG data.

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