Conoco names downstream spinoff Phillips 66, picks Houston for headquarters

Phillips ShieldConocoPhillips announced Thursday that its downstream spinoff company will be named Phillips 66 and be headquartered in Houston.

Phillips 66 will have leading businesses in refining, marketing, midstream and chemicals, according to ConocoPhillips officials.

“Phillips 66 has strong brand recognition and value and it provides a link between our rich history and our exciting future,” said Greg Garland, designated chairman and CEO of Phillips 66. “Our name reflects an independent spirit and drive –-two attributes of our future company.”

The specific location in Houston for the Phillips 66 headquarters will be announced at a later date.

“Our decision to make Houston our global headquarters leverages the city’s supportive business environment and strong economic climate,” Garland said. “Houston is a major energy center and Phillips 66 will benefit from its ability to attract the top business and technical talent in the field.”

ConocoPhillips, which will be a pure-play exploration and production company after the repositioning, will continue to be headquartered in Houston at the existing ConocoPhillips facility.

Both companies will also maintain a significant presence in Oklahoma, where ConocoPhillips was founded, and support a large number of jobs in the state. Bartlesville will be the global center for the Phillips 66 technology organization as well as the transaction services organizations for both companies.

The ConocoPhillips exploration and production technology organization will be based in Houston.

The strategic repositioning of ConocoPhillips is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2012. The company is making progress on the regulatory steps needed to complete the repositioning transaction. The preliminary Securities and Exchange Commission Form 10 will be filed the week of November 14, company officials said.

ConocoPhillips’ repositioning is subject to market conditions, customary regulatory approvals, the receipt of an affirmative ruling from the US Internal Revenue Service, the execution of separation and intercompany agreements and final board approval.

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