Oil & gas company
Devon Energy Corp
) reported third-quarter 2013 adjusted earnings per share of
$1.29, 8.4% higher than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.19.
The results also surpassed the prior-year results of 88 cents by
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The year-over-year growth was driven by higher production and
better realized prices of its products sold.
On a GAAP basis, the company reported earnings of $1.05 per share
versus a loss of $1.80 in the year-ago quarter. The difference of
24 cents between the GAAP and operating number in the reported
quarter was due to a one-time loss of 21 cents from oil, gas and
NGL derivatives and another 3 cents from asset impairments,
restructuring costs and losses from other financial instruments.
Devon's quarterly revenues of $2.72 billion surpassed the Zacks
Consensus Estimate of $2.70 billion by 0.5% and year-ago revenues
Revenues improved year over year primarily due to higher revenues
from oil, gas and NGL sales and Marketing and Midstream segments.
Oil, gas and NGL sales increased 34.7% year over year, while
Marketing and Midstream revenues increased 23.2%.
Highlights of the Release
Total average daily production in third quarter 2013 was 690.8
thousand barrels of oil equivalent (Mboe), exceeding year-ago
production by 1.85%. The improvement was primarily due to better
performance of oil and natural gas liquids from the comparable
Total expenses in the reported quarter were $2.07 billion
(excluding asset impairments and restructuring costs), increasing
9.3% from the year-ago level.
Realized oil prices in the quarter were $86.51 per barrel, up
13.7% from $76.11 per barrel in the year-ago quarter.
Natural gas price realization was up 7.3% year over year to $3.24
per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) from $3.02 per Mcf in the year-ago
Realized prices for natural gas were down 2.4% to $26.25 per
barrel from $26.89 per barrel in the year-ago quarter.
Total realized prices in the third quarter were $36.72 per barrel
of oil equivalent (boe), up 15.7% year over year.
As of Sep 30, 2013, the company's cash balance totaled $4.32
billion versus $4.63 billion as of Dec 31, 2012.
Devon's cash flow from operating activities in third quarter 2013
was $1.60 billion, higher than $1.36 billion recorded in the
Capital expenditure in the reported quarter was $1.69 billion
versus $1.96 billion in the year-ago quarter.
Long-term debt as of Sep 30, 2013 was $7.95 billion, declining
from $8.5 billion as of Dec 31, 2012.
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) posted net earnings of 20 cents per share in third quarter
2013, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 15 cents by 33.3%.
Noble Energy Inc.
) reported adjusted earnings per share of 97 cents for the third
quarter 2013, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 96 cents by
Devon Energy posted a positive earnings surprise in the last five
quarters. Undoubtedly, the focus on oil and liquid generation,
which is its highest margin product, is providing solid returns
for the company.
The company's decision to form a Master Limited Partnership (MLP)
will help it to unlock value of its midstream assets. The company
will form this MLP jointly with
Crosstex Energy LP
Devon Energy currently retains a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). With a
market cap of $25.90 billion, the company has 5,700 full time