Devon Touts 125% Increase in 2Q10 Net Earnings



Devon reported net earnings of $706 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, or $1.59 per common share ($1.58 per diluted common share). This is a 125 percent increase compared with Devon's second-quarter 2009 net earnings of $314 million, or $0.71 per common share ($0.70 per diluted common share).

For the six months ended June 30, 2010, Devon reported net earnings of $1.9 billion, or $4.26 per common share ($4.24 per diluted common share). This compared with a net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2009, of $3.6 billion, or $8.21 per common share ($8.21 per diluted common share).

Devon's second-quarter 2010 financial results were impacted by certain items securities analysts typically exclude from their published estimates. Excluding these adjusting items, the company earned $685 million, or $1.53 per diluted common share. The adjusting items are discussed in more detail later in this news release.

Gulf of Mexico Divestitures Completed; Share Repurchase Plan Progressing

In the second quarter of 2010, Devon completed the sale of its Gulf of Mexico operations and closed on the sale of its Panyu development in the South China Sea. To date, Devon has received aggregate pre-tax proceeds of $4.6 billion and has announced sale agreements for the majority of the remaining international assets. The company expects to close on the remaining asset packages throughout the second half of 2010. Devon expects the total proceeds from the divestitures to approximate $10 billion with after-tax proceeds approximating $8 billion.

As of June 30, 2010, the company had utilized a portion of divestiture proceeds to repurchase 7.6 million shares of its common stock for $495 million and to reduce debt balances by $1.7 billion. Devon also has directed $500 million of proceeds to acquire a 50 percent interest in the Kirby-Pike oil sands leases.

Oil and Liquids Production Growth Leads Second-Quarter Operating Highlights

Devon drilled 315 wells in the second quarter of 2010 with an overall success rate of 100 percent. The following are operational highlights of the second-quarter 2010:

  • Devon's North American onshore oil and liquids production totaled 197 thousand barrels per day in the second quarter of 2010. This represents a six percent increase in both oil and natural gas liquids production compared to the first quarter of 2010.
  • In the Permian Basin, the company drilled 26 successful Wolfberry oil wells during the second quarter, including Devon's best well to date in the play.
  • During the second quarter Devon continued to add oil and liquids-rich acreage in the Permian Basin. As of June 30, 2010, Devon had assembled more than 700,000 net acres of leasehold targeting the Avalon Shale, Bone Spring, Wolfberry and other conventional formations. The company currently is running 11 rigs to de-risk and develop its Permian Basin acreage position.
  • Construction for Devon's second Jackfish project remains on schedule and is now approximately 85 percent complete. Located in Alberta, the 100 percent Devon-owned project is sized to produce an average of 35,000 barrels of production per day before royalties. Devon expects to complete construction of the facilities in the first quarter of 2011, and first production is expected by the end of 2011.
  • Devon plans to file a regulatory application for a third phase of its Jackfish project in the third quarter of 2010. In aggregate, the three Jackfish projects are expected to produce more than 100 thousand gross barrels of oil per day or 90 thousand barrels of oil per day after royalties. Over the life of the projects, the company expects to recover approximately 900 million gross barrels or approximately 800 million barrels after royalties.
  • Also in Canada, the company will begin drilling on its Kirby-Pike oil sands leasehold in the fourth quarter of 2010. The Kirby-Pike acreage lies adjacent to Devon's highly successful Jackfish project and has estimated gross recoverable resources of up to 1.5 billion barrels. Devon operates Kirby-Pike with a 50 percent working interest.
  • Devon increased its average net production in the Cana-Woodford Shale to 105 million cubic feet of natural gas equivalent per day in the second quarter. This was an increase of more than 200 percent over production in the second quarter of 2009.
  • Devon initiated production on two Granite Wash wells in the second quarter. Initial daily production from the two wells averaged 29 million cubic feet of natural gas equivalent per day, including 585 barrels per day of oil and 1,330 barrels per day of natural gas liquids. Devon's working interest in the two wells is 70 percent.
  • Net production from the Barnett Shale field in north Texas exceeded 1.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent per day in the second quarter, up 3 percent from the previous quarter. Devon expects to reach its previous Barnett Shale production record of 1.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent per day during the third quarter of 2010.

Earnings Climb on Higher Revenues

Earnings from continuing operations for the second quarter of 2010 increased 85 percent over the second quarter of 2009 to $352 million. The earnings increase was driven by higher revenues from the sale of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids. Second-quarter sales of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids increased 23 percent to $1.8 billion. Higher realized prices for all three products more than offset a three percent decrease in overall production.

Devon's second-quarter average realized oil price increased 23 percent to $62.35 per barrel compared with $50.84 per barrel in the second quarter of 2009. The average realized price for natural gas, before the impact of hedges, increased 24 percent in the second quarter of 2010 to $3.62 per thousand cubic feet. This compares with $2.91 per thousand cubic feet in the second quarter of 2009. The company's average second-quarter realized natural gas liquids price increased 39 percent over the year-ago period to $30.90 per barrel.

Oil and gas production from continuing operations averaged 643 thousand oil-equivalent barrels (Boe) per day in the second quarter of 2010. This compares with second quarter 2009 average production of 666 thousand Boe per day. The most significant component of this production decline was the impact of property divestitures in the Gulf of Mexico.

Second-quarter 2010 lease operating expenses (LOE) increased to $442 million, or 8 percent higher than the year-ago quarter. The increase in LOE reflects the strengthening of the Canadian dollar and generally higher expenditures for oilfield services and supplies.

Taxes other than income taxes increased to $92 million in the second quarter. The $13 million increase over the second quarter of 2009 was primarily attributable to higher production taxes resulting from increased oil and gas revenues.

Compared with the second quarter of 2009, depreciation, depletion and amortization expense (DD&A) of oil and gas properties declined by one percent to $426 million. Unit DD&A was $7.28 per Boe in the second quarter of 2010.

Second-quarter general and administrative expenses declined by 25 percent to $130 million in 2010 compared with 2009. Lower personnel costs and efficiencies gained through the company's strategic repositioning drove most of the savings.

Interest expense for the second quarter of 2010 increased 24 percent to $111 million. Second-quarter 2010 interest expense included a $19 million charge attributable to the early redemption in June of $350 million of 7.25 percent senior notes.

Second-quarter income tax expense from continuing operations totaled $261 million, or 43 percent of pre-tax earnings. This compared to second-quarter 2009 income tax expense of $109 million, or 37 percent of pre-tax earnings. The higher tax rate primarily resulted from a $52 million non-cash charge related to the expected repatriation of foreign earnings.

Additionally, in the second quarter of 2010, current income tax from continuing operations increased to $707 million while deferred taxes declined to a benefit of $446 million. A taxable gain on the sale of Gulf of Mexico assets increased Devon's current tax expense by $622 million in the second quarter.

Divestiture Proceeds and Debt Repayments Further Strengthen Balance Sheet

Devon generated $1.4 billion of cash flow from operating activities in the second quarter of 2010. In addition, the company received $2.6 billion of after-tax divestiture proceeds. Devon utilized this cash in the second quarter to fully fund its capital program, to repurchase $495 million of common stock and to reduce debt balances by $461 million. Devon ended the quarter with cash on hand of $2.9 billion and a net debt to adjusted capitalization ratio of just 14 percent. A reconciliation of net debt and adjusted capitalization, a non-GAAP measure, is provided in this release.

Divestitures Impact Reported Financial and Operational Results

In accordance with accounting standards, Devon has reclassified the assets, liabilities and results of its international segment as discontinued operations for all accounting periods presented in this release. Although revenues and expenses for prior periods were reclassified, there was no impact upon previously reported net earnings. Included with this release is a table of revenues, expenses, and production categories and the amounts reclassified as discontinued operations for each period presented.

Devon's Gulf of Mexico assets do not qualify as discontinued operations under accounting standards and are included within results from continuing operations. However, information is provided within this release to enable the reader to isolate results of the company's operations that have been retained following the divestitures.

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 of 2010 were as follows:

Items affecting continuing operations:

  • A change in fair value of oil and natural gas derivatives decreased second-quarter earnings by $207 million pre-tax ($132 million after tax).
  • A change in fair value of non-oil and gas financial instruments decreased second-quarter earnings by $85 million pre-tax ($55 million after tax).
  • U.S. income taxes on foreign earnings assumed to be repatriated to the U.S. decreased second-quarter earnings by $52 million.
  • Additional interest expense attributable to the early redemption of 7.25 percent senior notes decreased second-quarter earnings by $19 million pre-tax ($12 million after tax).
  • A change in the estimate of severance and restructuring costs increased second-quarter earnings by $8 million pre-tax ($6 million after tax).

Items affecting discontinued operations:

  • The decision to divest all international assets generated financial benefits that increased second-quarter earnings by $44 million pre-tax ($28 million after tax).
  • A change in the estimate of severance and restructuring costs increased second-quarter earnings by $5 million pre-tax ($3 million after tax).
  • Divestitures of assets in China resulted in a second-quarter gain of $308 million pre-tax ($235 million after tax).

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