Devon Energy Reports First-Quarter 2014 Results
Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE:DVN) today reported net earnings of $324 million or $0.80 per common share ($0.79 per diluted share) for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. This compares with a first-quarter 2013 net loss of $1.3 billion or $3.34 per common share ($3.34 per diluted share).
Adjusting for items securities analysts typically exclude from their published estimates, the company earned $547 million or $1.34 per diluted share in the first quarter. This represents a 103 percent increase in adjusted earnings compared to the first quarter of 2013.
“Our disciplined focus on high-margin drilling opportunities led to outstanding growth in oil production and enhanced profitability in the first quarter,” said John Richels, president and chief executive officer. “Additionally, we made meaningful progress high-grading our go-forward asset portfolio by closing our Eagle Ford acquisition, completing the EnLink Midstream combination, and attractively monetizing our conventional gas business in Canada.”
Retained Assets Drive Strong Production Growth
Total production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids averaged 691,000 oil-equivalent barrels (Boe) per day in the first quarter of 2014. Excluding production associated with divestiture properties, top-line production from Devon’s retained, go-forward asset base increased to 563,000 Boe per day in the first quarter. This represents a 7 percent increase compared to the first quarter of 2013. The company’s divestiture assets averaged 128,000 Boe per day in the first quarter, of which 76 percent was natural gas.
The increase in first-quarter production was driven almost entirely by growth in oil production from the company’s go-forward assets. Oil production from these assets averaged 176,000 barrels per day, a 21 percent increase compared to the first quarter of 2013. Led by the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford, the most significant growth came from the company’s retained U.S. operations, where oil production increased a substantial 56 percent year over year. Reconciliations of retained and non-core asset production are provided later in this release.
Key Operating Highlights
Permian Basin – Production averaged a record 91,000 Boe per day in the first quarter. Oil production increased 36 percent compared to the first quarter of 2013 and was 9 percent higher than the previous quarter. In the first quarter, light oil production accounted for 60 percent of Devon’s total Permian production.
The most significant contributor to the company’s Permian oil growth was once again the Bone Spring oil play in the Delaware Basin. Devon added 35 new Bone Spring wells to production in the first quarter, with initial 30-day rates averaging nearly 700 Boe per day, of which 80 percent was light oil.