Devon Energy Announces First-Quarter 2013 Results

Devon Energy Announces First-Quarter 2013 Results

  • Total production exceeds company guidance
  • Permian Basin drives 23 percent year-over-year growth in U.S. oil production
  • Positive well results in emerging oil plays
  • Pre-tax cash costs per unit of production decline 4 percent sequentially
  • Oil and natural gas hedges added for 2013 and 2014
  • Financial strength and liquidity remain in excellent condition

OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Devon Energy Corporation (NYS: DVN) today reported a net loss of $1.3 billion or $3.34 per common share ($3.34 per diluted share) for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. The quarterly loss was attributable to a $1.9 billion non-cash asset impairment charge primarily related to lower oil and natural gas liquids pricing. Adjusting for this non-cash charge and other items securities analysts typically exclude from their published estimates, the company earned $270 million or $0.66 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2013.

Strong Oil Growth Driven by U.S. Operations

Devon continued to deliver strong oil production growth in the first quarter of 2013. Companywide oil production averaged 162,000 barrels per day, a 14 percent increase compared to the first quarter of 2012 and an 8 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2012. Driven by the Permian Basin, the most significant growth came from the company's U.S. operations, where oil production increased 23 percent year over year.

Total production of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids increased to an average of 687,000 oil-equivalent barrels (Boe) per day in the first quarter. This exceeded the top end of the company's guidance by 2,000 barrels per day. First-quarter production benefited from better-than-expected results across several core development assets, including Jackfish and Cana-Woodford.

"Our continued focus on oil production growth is successfully transitioning Devon's production mix to a higher oil weighting, as evidenced by our first-quarter results. Oil and liquids production, our highest margin products, now account for 41 percent of our total production," said John Richels, president and chief executive officer. "Driven by our success in the Permian, we are on track to grow our U.S. oil production by almost 40 percent in 2013."

First-Quarter Operating Highlights

  • Permian Basin oil production increased 24 percent over the first quarter of 2012. Oil accounted for 60 percent of the company's 68,000 Boe per day produced in the Permian Basin during the quarter.
  • In the Bone Spring oil play, the company added 20 new wells to production in the first quarter of 2013. Initial 30-day production from these wells averaged 590 Boe per day.
  • Net production from Devon's Jackfish 1 and Jackfish 2 oil sands projects averaged a record 54,000 barrels of oil per day in the first quarter of 2013. Compared to the first quarter of 2012, this represents an 18 percent increase in production.
  • Construction of Devon's third Jackfish oil sands project is now approximately 60 percent complete, with startup expected by year-end 2014.
  • In the Mississippian trend located in Oklahoma, the company brought 24 operated wells online in the first quarter. Overall results in this emerging oil play continue to support target economics. Several recent wells with seven- to 30-day initial production rates have averaged from 600 to more than 1,000 barrels of oil per day. These wells also have significant volumes of liquids-rich gas.
  • The company's oil exploration program in the Rocky Mountains delivered encouraging results in the first quarter. This activity was highlighted by results in the Powder River Basin where Devon commenced production on five wells targeting the Parkman, Turner and Frontier formations. Initial 30-day production from the five wells averaged 540 Boe per day, including 500 barrels of oil per day.
  • In the Granite Wash, the company initiated production on two operated Hogshooter wells in the first quarter. The average 30-day production rate from these two wells was 1,250 Boe per day, including 1,100 barrels per day of oil and liquids.
  • First-quarter production from the company's Cana-Woodford Shale averaged a record 340 million cubic feet of natural gas equivalent per day. Liquids production now accounts for 41 percent of total Cana-Woodford production and was 78 percent higher than the prior-year quarter.
  • Net production in the Barnett Shale averaged 1.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent per day during the first quarter. Liquids production increased 5 percent year over year to 55,000 barrels per day.

Operating Costs Beat Expectations

In aggregate, the company's pre-tax cash costs of $898 million, or $14.54 per Boe, were lower than forecasted in the first quarter. Pre-tax cash costs per unit of production were 5 percent higher than the first quarter of 2012 but 4 percent lower than the fourth quarter of 2012. Devon's cost management efforts and efficient operations offset the impact of high activity levels in oil-focused basins. In general, oil projects are higher margin, but more expensive to develop and have higher operating costs than gas wells.

Midstream Profit Rises; Hedging Position Strengthened

Devon's marketing and midstream operating profit reached $125 million in the first quarter of 2013. This result exceeded the company's guidance and represents a 12 percent increase compared with the first quarter of 2012. The increase in operating profit was attributable to higher natural gas prices and strong cost management.

The recent rise in natural gas pricing has provided Devon the opportunity to increase its natural gas hedging position. For the remaining three quarters of 2013, the company has protected 1.7 billion cubic feet per day, representing approximately 75 percent of its expected natural gas production. Of this total, 1.0 billion cubic feet per day is swapped at a weighted average price of $4.09 per thousand cubic feet. The remaining 0.7 billion cubic feet per day utilize costless collars with a weighted average ceiling of $4.19 per thousand cubic feet and a floor of $3.55 per thousand cubic feet. In 2014, Devon now has 900 million cubic feet per day of production locked in at a weighted average floor price of $4.34.

The company also increased its oil hedging position for 2013. For the balance of the year, Devon has entered into contracts to hedge 135,000 barrels per day of oil production. Of this total, 70,000 barrels per day are swapped at a weighted average price of $100 per barrel. The remaining 65,000 barrels per day utilize costless collars with a weighted average ceiling of $112 per barrel and a floor of $90.

The recent improvement in Canadian heavy oil differentials has provided Devon the opportunity to add attractive regional basis swaps. For the remainder of 2013, the company has 35,000 barrels per day of Canadian heavy oil secured at a $22 per-barrel differential to the West Texas Intermediate oil index.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity Remain Strong

Devon generated cash flow before balance sheet changes of $1.2 billion in the first quarter of 2013. At March 31, 2013, the company's cash and short-term investments totaled $6.5 billion, and its net debt to adjusted capitalization was 22 percent.

Impairment Charge Methodology

On a quarterly basis, the carrying value of Devon's oil and natural gas assets are subject to a "ceiling test." Under the full-cost method of accounting, the net book value of the company's oil and gas properties, less related deferred income taxes, may not exceed a calculated ceiling. The ceiling is the estimated future net cash flow from proved oil and gas properties, discounted at 10 percent per year. Any excess is written off as a non-cash expense and may not be reversed in future periods, even though higher oil and gas prices may subsequently increase the ceiling. Future net cash flows are calculated assuming continuation of prices and costs in effect at the time of the calculation, except for changes that are fixed and determinable by existing contracts. Trailing 12-month average prices at the end of each quarter are used in the future net cash flow calculation. Impairment charges have no impact on cash flow or cash balances and are not reflective of the fair value of oil and natural gas assets.

Non-GAAP Reconciliations

Pursuant to regulatory disclosure requirements, Devon is required to reconcile non-GAAP financial measures to the related GAAP information (GAAP refers to generally accepted accounting principles). Adjusted earnings, cash flow before balance sheet changes, net debt, and adjusted capitalization are non-GAAP financial measures referenced within this release. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures are provided beginning on page 11.

Conference Call to be Webcast Today

Devon will discuss its first-quarter 2013 financial and operating results in a conference call webcast today. The webcast will begin at 10 a.m. Central Time (11 a.m. Eastern Time) and may be accessed from Devon's home page at

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Such statements are those concerning strategic plans, expectations and objectives for future operations. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the company expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the company. Statements regarding future drilling and production are subject to all of the risks and uncertainties normally incident to the exploration for and development and production of oil and gas. These risks include, but are not limited to, the volatility of oil, natural gas and NGL prices; uncertainties inherent in estimating oil, natural gas and NGL reserves; the extent to which we are successful in acquiring and discovering additional reserves; unforeseen changes in the rate of production from our oil and gas properties; uncertainties in future exploration and drilling results; uncertainties inherent in estimating the cost of drilling and completing wells; drilling risks; competition for leases, materials, people and capital; midstream capacity constraints and potential interruptions in production; risk related to our hedging activities; environmental risks; political or regulatory changes; and our limited control over third parties who operate our oil and gas properties. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and that actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, even if subsequently made available by Devon on its website or otherwise. Devon does not undertake any obligation to update the forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

The SEC permits oil and gas companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only proved, probable and possible reserves that meet the SEC's definitions for such terms, and price and cost sensitivities for such reserves, and prohibits disclosure of resources that do not constitute such reserves. This release may contain certain terms, such as resource potential and exploration target size. These estimates are by their nature more speculative than estimates of proved, probable and possible reserves and accordingly are subject to substantially greater risk of being actually realized.The SEC guidelines strictly prohibit us from including these estimates in filings with the SEC. U.S. investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in our Form 10-K, available from us at Devon Energy Corporation, Attn. Investor Relations, 333 West Sheridan Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73102-5015. You can also obtain this form from the SEC by calling 1-800-SEC-0330 or from the SEC's website

Devon Energy Corporation is an Oklahoma City-based independent energy company engaged in oil and gas exploration and production. Devon is a leading U.S.-based independent oil and gas producer and is included in the S&P 500 Index. For more information about Devon, please visit our website at

PRODUCTION (net of royalties)Quarter Ended
 March 31,

Total Period Production:

Natural Gas (Bcf)
United States177.2188.5
Total Natural Gas218.2239.2
Oil / Bitumen (MMBbls)

United States



Total Oil / Bitumen14.612.9
Natural Gas Liquids (MMBbls)

United States



Total Natural Gas Liquids10.810.3
Oil Equivalent (MMBoe)

United States



Total Oil Equivalent61.863.1
Quarter Ended
March 31,

Average Daily Production:

Natural Gas (MMcf)
United States1,968.92,071.8
Total Natural Gas2,424.02,628.2
Oil / Bitumen (MBbls)
United States67.554.7
Total Oil / Bitumen162.3142.0
Natural Gas Liquids (MBbls)
United States110.4102.1
Total Natural Gas Liquids120.5113.5
Oil Equivalent (MBoe)
United States506.1502.2
Total Oil Equivalent686.9693.6
(average prices)March 31,
Natural Gas ($/Mcf) - Henry Hub$3.34$2.72
Oil ($/Bbl) - West Texas Intermediate (Cushing)$94.45$102.87
REALIZED PRICESQuarter Ended March 31, 2013
Oil / BitumenGasNGLsTotal
(Per Bbl)(Per Mcf)(Per Bbl)(Per Boe)
United States$87.45$2.81$26.28$28.32
Canada$40.68 $3.02$47.33$31.59
Realized price without hedges$60.13$2.85$28.04$29.18
Cash settlements$2.19 $0.24$0.13$1.39
Realized price, including cash settlements$62.32 $3.09$28.17$30.57
Quarter Ended March 31, 2012
Oil / BitumenGasNGLsTotal
(Per Bbl)(Per Mcf)(Per Bbl)(Per Boe)
United States$99.35$2.28$33.37$27.03
Canada$62.29 $2.54$54.18$39.00
Realized price without hedges$76.58$2.34$35.46$30.33
Cash settlements$(0.44)$0.68$0.03$2.50
Realized price, including cash settlements$76.14 $3.02$35.49$32.83
(in millions, except per share amounts)March 31,
Oil, gas and NGL sales$1,804$1,915
Oil, gas and NGL derivatives(320)145
Marketing and midstream revenues 488  437 
Total revenues 1,972  2,497 
Expenses and other, net:
Lease operating expenses525514
Marketing and midstream operating costs and expenses363325
Depreciation, depletion and amortization704680
General and administrative expenses150168
Taxes other than income taxes113102
Interest expense11087
Restructuring costs38-
Asset impairments1,913-
Other, net 18  10 
Total expenses and other, net 3,934  1,886 
Earnings (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes(1,962)611
Current income tax expense-18
Deferred income tax expense (benefit) (623) 179 
Earnings (loss) from continuing operations(1,339)414
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax -  (21)
Net earnings (loss)$(1,339)$393 
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