Financial Stability of Phillips 66 and Risk Management

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Logo of Phillips 66. “We are standing on the shoulders of giants,” said Phillips 66 CEO Greg Garland. “People like E. W. Marland, who started Marland Oil in 1911, and Frank and L. E. Phillips that started Phillips Petroleum in 1917. I could go on and on and list the giants that have come before us that have so well positioned this company for the success that we enjoy today.”[1] Photo: ConocoPhillips
The 587 foot tall Mammoet PTC 140 crane, seen here from North First Street, towers over the refinery in Ponca City, Oklahoma built by E. W. Marland. The crane was used to move two new coker reactor units within the refinery in September, 2013. The photograph was taken from almost two miles away from the crane. Photo: Hugh Pickens All Rights Reserved.

Financial Stability of Phillips 66 and Risk Management

June 6, 2013: A.M. Best Affirms Excellent Rating for Phillips' Captive Insurer

The Fort Mills Times reported on June 6, 2013 that A.M. Best Co. has affirmed the financial strength rating of A (Excellent) and issuer credit rating of “a” of Spirit Insurance Company of Burlington, VT, the captive insurer for its ultimate parent, Phillips 66. "Business written by Spirit has a history of strong underwriting results and operating returns. The company’s loss experience has remained favorable due in part to its strong loss control program at the parent. Phillips 66 will conduct periodic reviews of Spirit’s potential loss exposures through a specialist in industrial risks," reads the report.[2]

However the report also observes that a single occurrence could result in a large loss that approaches Spirit’s limits, that partially offsetting A.M. Best's positive rating factors are Spirit’s exposure to large losses due to the limits offered on its policies as well as its significant dependence on reinsurance protection and that although the majority of Spirit’s capital is loaned to its parent, there is limited counterparty risk due to the affiliation of the two companies.[3]

December 3, 2012: Standard and Poor Assigns BBB/Stable/A-2 Corporate Credit Rating, Judges Financial Risk Profile as 'Intermediate'

Standard and Poor reported on December 3, 2012 that they had assigned a BBB/Stable/A-2 corporate credit rating to Phillips 66 Co. based on a consolidated approach to the Phillips 66 entities. "The rating on Phillips 66 Co. reflects Standard & Poor's assessment of the company's business risk profile as 'satisfactory' and financial risk profile as 'intermediate' (as our criteria define these terms)," says the report prepared by Primary Credit Analyst Mark Habib. "We view the refining sector as having significantly higher-than-average industry risk, given its exceptional degree of volatility and fixed- and working-capital intensity. Notwithstanding the relatively favorable market conditions at times over the past year, we view long-range industry fundamentals as difficult given persisting excess production capacity globally and a secular decline in demand for some key transportation fuel products in developed markets."[4]

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Hugh Pickens

Hugh Pickens (Po-Hi '67) is a physicist who has explored for oil in the Amazon jungle, crossed the empty quarter of Saudi Arabia, and built satellite control stations for Goddard Space Flight Center all over the world. Retired in 1999, Pickens and his wife moved from Baltimore back to his hometown of Ponca City, Oklahoma in 2005 where he cultivates his square foot garden, mows nine acres of lawn, writes about local history and photographs events at the Poncan Theatre and Ponca Playhouse.

Since 2001 Pickens has edited and published “Peace Corps Online,” serving over one million monthly pageviews. His other writing includes contributing over 1,500 stories to “Slashdot: News for Nerds,” and articles for Wikipedia, “Ponca City, We Love You”, and Peace Corps Worldwide.

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