OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Devon Energy Corp. (NYSE: DVN) announced today it has entered into definitive agreements with undisclosed parties to monetize nearly $1 billion of non-core upstream assets in east Texas, the Anadarko Basin and an overriding royalty interest in the northern Midland Basin. These transactions are subject to customary terms and conditions and are expected to close in the third quarter of 2016. The Company expects to incur minimal taxes associated with these transactions.
“Combined with other recent asset sales, we have now announced $1.3 billion of gas-focused upstream divestitures. As we’ve said previously, proceeds from these tax-efficient transactions will be utilized to further strengthen our investment-grade financial position,” said Dave Hager, president and CEO. “With oil prices having moved in our favor throughout the sales process, we are encouraged by the interest and progress in marketing our remaining non-core oil assets in the Midland Basin and Access Pipeline in Canada. Proceeds for the entire divestiture program are well on their way to achieving our previously announced range of $2 billion to $3 billion in 2016.”
The largest transaction is an agreement to divest upstream assets in east Texas for $525 million. Net production from these properties averaged 22,000 oil-equivalent barrels (Boe) per day in the first quarter of 2016, of which approximately 5 percent was oil. Field-level cash flow accompanying these assets, which excludes overhead costs, totaled $10 million in the first quarter. At Dec. 31, 2015, proved reserves associated with these properties amounted to approximately 87 million Boe.
In a separate transaction, the Company agreed to sell its non-core position in the Anadarko Basin’s Granite Wash area for $310 million. Net production associated with these properties averaged 14,000 Boe per day in the first quarter of 2016, of which 13 percent was oil. Field-level cash flow accompanying these assets, which excludes overhead costs, totaled $6 million in the first quarter. At Dec. 31, 2015, proved reserves associated with these properties amounted to 31 million Boe.
In the northern Midland Basin, Devon entered into an agreement to sell its overriding royalty interest across 11,000 net acres for $139 million. Current production from this overriding royalty interest is approximately 1,000 Boe per day. The transaction does not include the Company’s working interest across 15,000 net acres in Martin County, Texas that is being marketed separately.
Remaining Divestiture Assets
The Company continues to progress toward monetizing other non-core upstream assets in the Midland Basin. Production associated with these assets averaged approximately 25,000 Boe per day in the first quarter and includes the aforementioned 15,000 net undeveloped acres in Martin County.
Additionally, Devon is in advanced negotiations to sell its 50 percent interest in the Access Pipeline in Canada. An announcement is anticipated within the next several weeks.
Jefferies LLC acted as the lead financial advisor to Devon on the transactions. RBC Richardson Barr also acted as a financial advisor to Devon. Vinson & Elkins LLP acted as legal advisor to Devon.
About Devon Energy
Devon Energy is a leading independent energy company engaged in finding and producing oil and natural gas. Based in Oklahoma City and included in the S&P 500, Devon operates in several of the most prolific oil and natural gas plays in the U.S. and Canada with an emphasis on a balanced portfolio. The Company is the second-largest oil producer among North American onshore independents. For more information, please visit www.devonenergy.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. These risks include, but are not limited to: the failure to consummate the transactions due to unsatisfied closing conditions or otherwise; the timing, amount of proceeds and ultimate success of divesting the Company’s other non-core assets; and the other risks identified in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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 hereof, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update the forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.