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ConocoPhillips signs $2B settlement agreement with PDVSA

ConocoPhillips announced that it has entered into a settlement agreement with Petroleos de Venezuela, the Venezuelan state-owned oil company, to recover approximately $2B, the full amount awarded to ConocoPhillips by an arbitral tribunal constituted under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, plus interest through the payment period. PDVSA has agreed to recognize the ICC judgment and make initial payments totaling approximately $500M within a period of 90 days from the time of signing. The balance of the settlement is to be paid quarterly over a period of 4.5 years. As a result of the settlement, ConocoPhillips has agreed to suspend its legal enforcement actions of the ICC award, including in the Dutch Caribbean. ConocoPhillips has ensured that the settlement meets all appropriate U.S. regulatory requirements, including any applicable sanctions imposed by the U.S. against Venezuela. Further details of the agreement are confidential. On April 25, 2018, the ICC tribunal awarded ConocoPhillips approximately $2B arising out of PDVSA's failure to uphold its contractual commitments. The award relates to the unlawful expropriation of ConocoPhillips' investments in the Hamaca and Petrozuata heavy crude oil projects in Venezuela in 2007 and other pre-expropriation fiscal measures. The ICC arbitration award is final and binding upon the parties. Additionally, ConocoPhillips has a separate and independent legal action pending against the government of Venezuela before a tribunal under the auspices of the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. The ICSID tribunal has already ruled that Venezuela's expropriation of ConocoPhillips' investments violated international law. Proceedings are underway to determine the amount of compensation owed to ConocoPhillips.

COP ConocoPhillips
$69.77

0.36 (0.52%)

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MZHO
07/24/18
INITIATION
Target $173
MZHO
Buy
Mizuho names 'Apple of oil' EOG top pick in Oil & Gas sector
Mizuho analyst Paul Sankey last night initiated 10 names in the Global Oil & Gas group with five buys, four neutrals and one underperform. He also maintained a Buy rating on Occidental Petroleum (OXY) and Neutral rating on ConocoPhillips (COP). The analyst put Buy ratings on EOG Resources (EOG), his top pick in the group, Anadarko Petroleum (APC), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD), Noble Energy (NBL) and Suncor (SU). Sankey calls EOG the Apple (AAPL) of oil. The company has been a pioneer in unconventional oil development in the U.S. and its technology-driven, innovation-focused approach will continue to drive peer-leading rates of return and oil growth, the analyst contends. He put Neutral ratings on Devon Energy (DVN), Hess Corp. (HES), Marathon Oil (MRO) and Apache (APA). Lastly, Sankey initiated Murphy Oil (MUR) with an Underperform rating and $36 price target. While the stock trades well below peers on both mid-cycle free cash and discount to net asset value, there is not enough potential upside to justify a Neutral at this point, Sankey told investors in a research note.
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MSCO
07/12/18
INITIATION
Target $82
MSCO
Overweight
ConocoPhillips initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analysts Devin McDermott and Drew Venker added coverage of 12 large-cap and diversified E&Ps, identifying ConocoPhillips (COP), Occidental Petroleum (OXY) and Continental Resources (CLR) as their top picks. The analysts set an $82 price target on Overweight-rated ConocoPhillips.
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LEHM
07/11/18
DOWNGRADE
Target $66
LEHM
Underweight
Barclays downgrades Hess to Underweight on 'steepest' group premium
Barclays analyst Paul Cheng downgraded Hess Corp. (HES) to Underweight from Equal Weight while raising his price target for the shares to $66 from $55. The analyst says his analysis indicates Hess trades at the "steepest premium" in the group. His Guyana estimate would need to move 75%-100% higher for Hess to trade in-line with large-cap Exploration and Production companies. Cheng replaced Cenovus Energy (CVE) with ConocoPhillips (COP) as his top pick following the stock's strong share performance. He also double upgraded Petrobras (PBR) Overweight from Underweight, upgraded Husky Energy (HUSKF) to Overweight and Imperial Oil (IMO) to Equal Weight. The analyst thinks Hess and Exxon Mobil (XOM) offer the least value over the next 12 months.
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BMOC
06/11/18
INITIATION
Target $78
BMOC
Outperform
ConocoPhillips initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital
BMO Capital analyst Phillip Jungwirth initiated ConocoPhillips with an Outperform rating and a price target of $78. The analyst expects the company's "Brent-levered, low-capital-intensive portfolio" to generate free cash flows that are 20%-30% above the management' payout target. Jungwirth also notes ConocoPhillips' "core shale position, conventional project start-up in the near term, and a stable LNG-oil sands production driving output growth". The analyst models $21B of excess free cash flows through FY22 or 26% of its current market cap after including the FY18 dividend payout and debt repayment.

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