Looking to capitalize on higher commodity prices, ConocoPhillips Co. is marketing nearly 280,000 net acres, including leasehold in the western Anadarko Basin and nonoperated assets in the STACK and SCOOP plays.

Marketing materials from Wells Fargo labeled "Spring 2022" show the assets’ EBITDA, annualized by first-quarter 2021 results, is about $97.5 million.

ConocoPhillips previously announced an asset disposition target of up to $5 billion by 2023 while it works to whittle away its debt by 2026 to about $15 billion, including $800 million that matures this year. The company closed in February the sale of Indonesia assets for $1.65 billion and roughly $700 million in the Lower 48 since last year.

In a February earnings call, Chairman and CEO Ryan Lance said that in the Lower 48, ConocoPhillips “generated $0.3 billion in proceeds from the sale of noncore assets last year and [in January] … signed an agreement to sell an additional property set outside of our core areas for an additional $440 million.”

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The company is deciding what it will sell based on historical cash flow, Lance said.

“Cash is cash,” he said. “We just want to take advantage of the strong markets we’re seeing today, and we recognize that we’ve made two pretty transformational transactions over the course of the last year, and it’s raised the bar in our whole company on cost of supply.”

ConocoPhillips in January 2021 closed the acquisition of Permian independent Concho Resources Inc. in an all-stock transaction valued at $13.3 billion. The company also closed last year with its purchase of Shell’s Permian Basin asset in a $9.5 billion deal completed in December.

Based on the current portfolio, Lance said “there’s things that we’re probably not going to invest in that we recognize others will invest in.”

He added that the company was continuing to high-grade its portfolio, primarily in the Permian Basin. 

Source: Wells Fargo marketing materials

ConocoPhillips Midcontinent Operated and Nonoperated Opportunity Overview

Western Anadarko Basin Assets


498,800 gross (261,200 net) acres

Operated PDP Avg. WI / NRI 72% WI / 56% NRI
Net Production ~8 Mboe/d (77% gas, 16% NGL, 7% oil)
Operated wells (Gross / Net) 579 / 400
OBO Wells (Gross / Net) 1,331 / 241
Total Upside Locations (Op / Nonop) 1,627 horizontal drilling locations (229 / 1,398)
Avg. Upside WI (Op / Nonop) 94.9% / 24.8 %

SCOOP/STACK Nonoperating Holdings

Acreage 52,600 gross (17,700 net) acres
Average PDP WI / NRI 7.3% / 7.3%
Net Production ~3 Mboe/d (50% gas, 29% NGL, 21% oil)
Total Upsdie Locations 527 horizontal drilling locations
Avg. Upside WI / NR 8.2% / 7.4%

ConocoPhillips’ marketed acreage in the Anadarko Basin includes 261,200 net acres, 100% HBP, that produces 77% gas and 23% liquids in first-quarter 2021. The assets target the Cleveland, Granite Wash and Tonkawa.

The marketing materials show a base decline of less than 6% with 66% cash flow margins as a result of high net royalty interest and royalty interests.

The nonoperated assets cover 17,700 net acres and split gas and liquids production. The primary targets for operators there are the Woodford, Springer, Meramec and Sycamore. Operators include Marathon Oil, Ovintiv and Continental Resources.

The Anadarko Basin assets operated by ConocoPhillips could fetch the company around $200 million, while the nonoperated assets are likely to be valued at about $100 million, sources told Reuters. 

Wells Fargo marketing materials say management presentations are to be held in April and May. For information contact Norbie Juist, a Wells Fargo vice president, at Norbie.Juist@wellsfargo.com or 713-303-3783.