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ConocoPhillips sweetens shareholder returns by $5 bln as profit jumps


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Aug 4 (Reuters) – ConocoPhillips (COP.N) on Thursday raised its planned annual shareholder returns by $5 billion after the U.S. oil producer’s quarterly profit beat estimates on surging energy prices, sending shares up 3% in premarket trade.

Oil and gas prices have skyrocketed with Western sanctions on major producer Russia throttling supply amid a rebound in demand from pandemic lows.

Global crude benchmark Brent was trading at $96.81 a barrel on Thursday, around 25% higher this year.

Houston, Texas-based ConocoPhillips’ average realized price per barrel of oil equivalent rose 77% to $88.57 in the quarter from a year earlier. The company has not hedged any of its oil and gas sales to make the most of higher market prices, it said.

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ConocoPhillips now plans to return $15 billion to shareholders this year, joining oil major Chevron Corp (CVX.N) and others in increasing payouts after years of pressure on shale drillers over low returns.

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The company, which kept its spending forecast intact, slightly lowered its full-year production outlook on uncertainty in Libya.

The company’s second-quarter adjusted earnings of $3.91 per share beat Wall Street estimates of $3.80 per share, according to Refintiv IBES data.



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