Jan. 16, 2014, 6:35 PM
- Devon Energy (DVN) names Thomas Mitchell as its new CFO, joining the E&P company from rival Midstates Petroleum (MPO).
- Mitchell is a 30-year veteran of the oil and gas industry, having served with Noble Corp. and Apache as well as MPO.
- Mitchell succeeds Jeff Agosta, who is leaving DVN to pursue other interests; the company says his departure is not related to any issues regarding financial disclosures, accounting matters or other business issues.
Jan. 15, 2014, 7:22 PM
- Exploration and production companies tend to track crude oil prices, J.P. Morgan's Joseph Allman says, so look no further than the current state of the oil futures market for a reason to be bearish on the sector.
- WTI oil futures, which decline every quarter in 2014 and beyond, suggest an off year for the E&P group, Allman writes, noting that the set-up could be similar to 2012, when WTI was down 7% for the year and the S&P was up 13%.
- That doesn’t mean that some oil stocks can’t outperform: Allman likes EOG Resources (EOG) and Noble Energy (NBL) among large caps for their “resource expansion and improved operations.”
- His least favorite stocks in the sector include Anadarko Petroleum (APC), Devon Energy (DVN) and Chesapeake (CHK).
Dec. 23, 2013, 5:35 PM
Dec. 6, 2013, 9:08 AM
- Devon Energy (DVN) is throwing in the towel on its Canadian business and will put most of its Canadian natural gas production up for sale, Financial Post reports.
- When the assets are sold at a price estimated to fetch at least $3B, DVN hopes to emerge as a heavy oil company with interests in Alberta oil sands and cold-flow heavy oil, two growing areas.
- "When we look out a few years, we don't see any major catalyst to move the price of natural gas substantially," Devon Canada president Christopher Seasons says.
Dec. 4, 2013, 10:21 AM
Dec. 3, 2013, 8:58 AM
- Devon Energy (DVN) is upgraded to Buy from Hold with a $70 price target at Argus, citing DVN's planned acquisition of Eagle Ford acreage from GeoSouthern Energy which will accelerate the shift in the production mix toward higher-margin oil production and away from lower-margin natural gas.
- The firm also views the Crosstex merger as a positive development that will unlock shareholder value and provide DVN with capital that may be invested in upstream assets.
- Shares appear attractively valued at 14.1x the firm's 2013 EPS estimate and at 10.8x its 2014 EPS estimate, vs. a five-year historical average of 10.7x-13x.
- DVN +0.6% premarket.
Nov. 20, 2013, 5:30 PM
- Analysts say the $6B deal for GeoSouthern will give Devon Energy (DVN) a better balance between oil and natural gas.
- Canaccord says oil currently accounts for 12% of DVN's total volume, and the deal likely significantly increases DVN's oil production, as GeoSouthern is the fourth largest oil producer in the Eagle Ford.
- "The deal makes them more of an oil company and grows their production," says a Hodges Capital analyst. "A lot of people still have the idea that they are too much of a gas company and this deal will change that right away."
- The investor reaction to the deal was tempered by the high price paid, which Richard Zeits says sets a new record in the Eagle Ford play in terms of price paid per net undeveloped acre in a major transaction; the major beneficiary today was Penn Virginia (PVA), whose shares surged 4% thanks to its strong presence in the area.
Nov. 20, 2013, 9:16 AM
- Devon Energy (DVN) confirms it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire GeoSouthern Energy's Eagle Ford assets for $6B.
- The acquired assets include current production of 53K boe/day and 82K net acres with at least 1,200 undrilled locations.
- Estimated recoverable resource is 400M boe, mostly proved reserves, with the acreage position located in the best part of the play, as evidenced by the highest average initial production rates in the entire play and average estimated ultimate recoveries in DeWitt County exceeding 800K boe/well.
- DVN says the acquisition will be funded with a combination of cash on hand and borrowings.
- Shares +4.5% premarket after rising nearly 5% yesterday when WSJ first broke news of the deal.
Nov. 19, 2013, 2:33 PM
- Devon Energy (DVN +1.9%) reportedly is close to acquiring privately-held GeoSouthern Energy for ~$6B, and a deal could be announced as soon as tomorrow.
- GeoSouthern is a Texas-based oil and gas exploration company whose operations are focused in the Eagle Ford shale, which it helped pioneer.
Nov. 12, 2013, 10:48 AM
- Crosstex Energy LP (XTEX +4.2%) is upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform with a $29 target price at RBC, which says the combination with Devon Midstream should result in a lower-risk investment-grade MLP, with attractive sponsor support offering increasing organic and dropdown growth options.
- Within this context, the firm thinks the 5.6% yield and above-average distribution growth outlook screens attractively vs. other investment-grade MLPs; execution on new projects is a key risk, but management has proven itself through a diverse project slate this year.
- Baird also upgrades XTEX to Outperform, adding that Crosstex Energy Inc. (XTXI) appears fully valued following the Devon announcement.
Nov. 9, 2013, 8:13 PM
- "We've diversified our efforts, cut expenses, and fully concentrated our efforts in North America, selling all but our most important holdings [abroad]," Devon Energy (DVN) CEO John Richels tells Barron's.
- Despite these efforts, and despite the company's generally well received move to merge its midstream assets with Crosstex Energy (XTXI) and Crosstex Energy LP (XTEX), Jack Willoughby thinks the market hasn't given the company enough credit.
- An interesting statistic cited by Willoughby: DVN "has risen to $60, but [is] down 15% from five years ago. Rival companies are up an average of 72% over that time."
- "The market values its 3B or so barrels of proven reserves at $8.50/barrel, the cheapest level of any independent producer and less than half of the $20-$25 figure in recent deals," Barron's continues, citing an analyst at Milwaukee-based Fiduciary Management. The same analyst values the stock at around $81.
- See also: Q3 numbers, Q3 summary, CC transcript
- For more on the Crosstex deal, see here and here
Nov. 7, 2013, 10:19 AM
- Crosstex Energy LP (XTEX -0.8%) and Crosstex Energy (XTXI -1%) say they have completed construction of Phase I of the Cajun-Sibon natural gas liquids expansion project, which connects their Eunice fractionator in southern Louisiana to Mt. Belvieu supply pipelines in east Texas.
- The pipeline is now delivering 25K-30K bbl/day into various Louisiana delivery points and is expected to be moving its full volume of ~70K bbl/day by the end of 2013.
- The partnership expects combined contribution of both phases of the Cajun-Sibon expansion project of $115M-$130M of annual run-rate adjusted EBITDA when completed, which is expected in H2 2014.
Nov. 6, 2013, 9:08 AM
- Devon Energy (DVN) +0.5% premarket after beating Q3 earnings estimates on higher output, which averaged 691K boe/day, up from 678K in the year-earlier period.
- Oil production rose 16% Y/Y to average 165K bbl/day; the most significant growth came from U.S. operations, where production jumped 38%, highlighted by growth from Permian Basin and Mississippian-Woodford Trend projects.
- Revenue from oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids sales totaled $2.3B in Q3, up 35% Y/Y, due to improved natural gas and oil price realizations combined with higher oil production; oil sales have climbed to nearly 60% of DVN's total upstream revenues.
- DVN is the second-worst performer in the past year in the S&P 500 Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Index, beating only Southwestern Energy (SWN).
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