Record Output, Higher Prices Drive Devon's 2Q Profit to $2.7B

Devon reported net earnings of $2.7 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, or $6.50 per common share ($6.48 per diluted share). This is a 288 percent increase compared with second-quarter 2010 net earnings of $706 million, or $1.59 per common share ($1.58 per diluted share).

For the six months ended June 30, 2011, Devon reported net earnings of $3.2 billion, or $7.44 per common share ($7.41 per diluted share). This compares with net earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2010, of $1.9 billion, or $4.26 per common share ($4.24 per diluted share).

Second-quarter 2011 financial results were impacted by certain items securities analysts typically exclude from their published estimates. The most significant of the adjusting items was a $2.5 billion gain on the sale of assets in Brazil. Excluding adjusting items, Devon earned $726 million or $1.71 per diluted common share in the second quarter. The adjusting items are discussed in more detail later in this news release.

Record Production and Higher Prices Drive Oil and Gas Sales

Sales of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids from continuing operations were $2.2 billion in the second quarter of 2011, a 23 percent increase over the second quarter of 2010. Both higher production and higher oil and natural gas liquids pricing contributed to the increase.

Devon's North American onshore production averaged the highest daily rate in the company's history at 660,000 oil-equivalent barrels (Boe) per day in the second quarter of 2011. This represents a production increase of more than six percent over the second-quarter 2010, driven by a 12 percent increase in oil and natural gas liquids production.

Devon's marketing and midstream operating profit totaled $148 million in the second-quarter 2011, a 19 percent increase over the second quarter of 2010. The improvement resulted from higher natural gas liquids production and prices as well as increased gas throughput.

Strategic Repositioning Completed; Share Repurchase Plan Remains on Schedule

In May, the company closed the $3.2 billion sale of its Brazilian operations. Devon has now substantially completed its International and Gulf of Mexico divestiture plan. In aggregate, sales proceeds from the combined divestitures exceeded $10 billion with after-tax proceeds expected to approximate $8 billion.

"The execution of Devon's strategic repositioning was excellent," said John Richels, president and chief executive officer. "Devon has emerged with a pristine balance sheet, a deep inventory of oil and liquids-rich growth opportunities and a highly competitive cost structure. As demonstrated by our second-quarter results, the repositioned Devon is delivering profitable growth per share."

In May 2010, Devon commenced a program to repurchase $3.5 billion of its common stock. As of June 30, 2011, the company had repurchased 33.5 million shares at a total cost of $2.5 billion. Devon expects to complete the stock repurchase program by the end of 2011.

Production Growth Leads Operating Highlights

  • In the Permian Basin, Devon increased production 17 percent over the second quarter of 2010, to 49,000 oil-equivalent barrels per day. Oil and natural gas liquids accounted for 75 percent of the quarter's production.
  • The company completed nine operated Bone Spring wells within the Permian Basin in the second quarter. Initial daily production from the nine wells averaged more than 700 Boe per day per well. Devon has an average working interest of 77 percent in these wells.
  • In Canada, Devon commenced steam injection and achieved first production from its Jackfish 2 oil sands project in the second quarter. Production from the 100 percent-owned project is expected to ramp-up to 35,000 barrels per day before royalties over the next 18 months.
  • Production from the company's Cana-Woodford Shale play averaged a record 189 million cubic feet of natural gas equivalent per day in the second quarter, including nearly 9,000 barrels per day of liquids. This represents an 80 percent increase in total production compared to the year-ago quarter.
  • Devon's Barnett Shale production increased 13 percent over the second-quarter 2010 to a record 1.3 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent per day, including 46,000 barrels per day of liquids production.
  • Devon brought eight operated Granite Wash wells online in the second quarter. Initial production from these wells averaged 2,010 barrels of oil-equivalent per day, including 200 barrels of oil and 730 barrels of natural gas liquids per day. The company has an average working interest of 71 percent in these wells.
  • The company has assembled 1.1 million net acres targeting new oil and liquids-rich gas opportunities across multiple basins in the U.S. Devon plans to drill more than 30 wells this year targeting the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, Niobrara Shale, Mississippian Lime, Ohio Utica Shale and the A1 Carbonate and Utica Shale in Michigan.

Cost Containment Efforts Offset Rising Industry Costs

Lease operating expenses (LOE) were $453 million in the second quarter of 2011, or $7.55 per Boe. This represents a one cent per Boe decrease from the second-quarter 2010. Effective cost management and higher production offset the effects of the strengthening Canadian dollar and rising service and supply costs.

Taxes other than income increased $28 million to $120 million in the second quarter of 2011. The year-over-year increase was driven by higher production taxes, resulting from the significant increase in oil and natural gas liquids revenues.

Second-quarter 2011 general and administrative expenses (G&A) totaled $135 million, or $2.26 per Boe. Compared to the second quarter of 2010, G&A per Boe increased approximately two percent. Efficiencies gained through the company's strategic repositioning helped mitigate the effects of the strengthening Canadian dollar and an increase in overall activity levels.

Depreciation, depletion and amortization expense (DD&A) of oil and gas properties increased to $485 million in the second quarter of 2011. Compared to the year-ago quarter, unit DD&A increased 11 percent to $8.08 per Boe.

Interest expense decreased 24 percent in the second quarter to $85 million. Second-quarter 2010 interest expense included a $19 million charge related to the early redemption of senior notes.

Second-quarter income tax expense from continuing operations totaled $1.2 billion, or 87 percent of pre-tax earnings. This unusually high tax rate resulted from a $744 million charge related to U.S. income taxes on foreign earnings assumed to be repatriated under current U.S. tax law. After adjusting for this and other items generally excluded by securities analysts, Devon's second quarter tax rate totaled 32 percent of pre-tax earnings from continuing operations.

Cash Flow and Divestiture Proceeds Total $4.8 Billion

Cash flow before balance sheet changes totaled $1.6 billion in the second quarter of 2011, a 115 percent increase over the year-ago quarter. In addition, Devon received $3.2 billion of pre-tax proceeds from the sale of its assets in Brazil.

As of June 30, 2011, the company's cash and short-term investments reached $6.7 billion and its net debt to adjusted capitalization ratio declined to five percent. Reconciliations of cash flow before balance sheet changes, net debt and adjusted capitalization, which are non-GAAP measures, are provided in this release.

Devon Adds To Natural Gas Hedges

Devon continued to bolster its natural gas hedge positions for 2011 and 2012. For the second half of 2011, the company now has approximately 980 million cubic feet per day protected utilizing swap and collar contracts with a weighted average floor price of $5.28 per Mcf. For 2012, Devon now has hedges covering 815 million cubic feet per day hedged at a weighted average floor price of $4.89 per Mcf. The company's natural gas hedges for both 2011 and 2012 are based on the Henry Hub benchmark index.

Divestitures Impact Reported Financial and Operational Results

In accordance with accounting standards, Devon has classified the assets, liabilities, and results of its international segment as discontinued operations for all accounting periods presented in this release. Included with this release is a table of revenues, expenses, production categories, and the amounts classified as discontinued operations for each period presented.

Items Excluded from Published Earnings Estimates

Devon's reported net earnings include items of income and expense that are typically excluded by securities analysts in their published estimates of the company's financial results. These items and their effects upon reported earnings for the second-quarter 2011 were as follows:

Items affecting continuing operations

  • U.S. income taxes on foreign earnings assumed to be repatriated to the U.S. decreased second-quarter earnings by $744 million.
  • A change in the fair value of oil, gas and NGL derivative instruments increased second-quarter earnings by $357 million pre-tax ($233 million after tax).
  • A change in fair value of interest-rate and other financial instruments decreased second-quarter earnings by $30 million pre-tax ($20 million after tax).
  • Restructuring costs decreased second-quarter earnings by $6 million pre-tax ($3 million after tax).

Items affecting discontinued operations

  • Divestitures of assets in Brazil resulted in a second-quarter gain of $2.5 billion pre-tax ($2.5 billion after tax).
  • Restructuring costs increased second-quarter earnings by $8 million pre-tax ($5 million after tax).
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