Devon Energy Corp. has entered definitive agreements to sell its remaining non-core assets in the Midland Basin, USA, for US$858 million. These transactions include the company’s upstream assets in the southern Midland Basin and its undeveloped leasehold in Martin County, Texas. This brings total announced non-core transactions to US$2.1 billion.
In the northern Midland Basin, Devon agreed to monetize its working interest across 15,000 net acres in Martin County, Texas along with 13,000 net acres in eight surrounding counties for U$435 million. Current net production associated with this largely undeveloped leasehold position is approximately 1,000 barrel of oil equivalent (Boe) per day, with oil accounting for roughly 70 percent. Combined with the recent sale of the company’s overriding interest in Martin County, proceeds from Devon’s northern Midland Basin acreage position totaled $574 million.
In a separate transaction, Devon entered into an agreement to sell its assets in the southern Midland Basin for U$423 million. Current production from these assets is approximately 22,000 Boe per day, of which 33 percent was oil. At Dec. 31, 2015, proved reserves associated with these properties totaled 43 million Boe. Field-level cash flow accompanying these assets, which excludes overhead costs, amounted to $13 million in the first quarter of 2016.
The company expects to incur minimal taxes associated with these divestitures. These transactions are subject to customary terms and conditions and are expected to close in the third quarter of 2016.
Jefferies LLC acted as the lead financial advisor to Devon on the divestiture transactions. RBC Richardson Barr also acted as a financial advisor to Devon. Vinson & Elkins LLP acted as legal advisor to Devon.
Dave Hager, president and CEO, said:
“We are pleased to announce these highly accretive non-core divestitures, concluding our E&P sales process ahead of schedule. We anticipate our total non-core asset sales to be at or above the top end of our $2 billion to $3 billion guidance, with the sale of our 50 percent interest in the Access pipeline.”
“At least two-thirds of our asset sales proceeds are expected to be used to further strengthen our investment-grade balance sheet, while one-third are targeted for reinvestment in our best-in-class U.S. resource plays. With the success of our E&P asset sales, we are now in the planning stages to increase our upstream activity by approximately $200 million in the second half of this year. This additional activity will deliver production in early 2017 and beyond. Additionally, we are seeing even better than expected results from our core business and we are raising the mid-point of our full-year 2016 production guidance by 7,000 Boe per day.”