Devon Energy Earnings Lower Than Expected with Higher Capex, Record Free Cash Flow

Shale play Devon Energy reported fourth quarter earnings after the market that missed Wall Street estimates and declined from a year ago. DVN guided for flat production in Q1. For the full year, the company forecast production of 643K-663K boe/day, and capital spending of $3.6B-$3.8B, above the $3.4B analyst consensus estimate. $DVN stock fell 7% in after hours on the news.


Devon Energy Corp NYSE: DVN

Devon reports with other key Shale names with footprints in the main shale basins the Permian, Marcellus and Utica.

Devon Energy Q4 2022 Earnings

Devon Energy Corp NYSE: DVN Reported Earnings After Close Tuesday


  • Q4 net income fell to $1.2B, or $1.83/share, from $1.5B, or $2.23/share, the year-earlier quarter.
  • Q4 Non-GAAP EPS of $1.66 misses by $0.09.
  • Revenue of $4.3B (+0.7% Y/Y) beats by $10M.
  • Operating cash flow increased 74% in 2022 and free cash flow reached highest level in Devon history
  • Fixed-plus-variable dividend payout more than doubled in 2022 to $5.17 per share
  • Board approved an 11% increase to the fixed quarterly dividend in 2023
  • Share-repurchase program on track to decrease share count by 5%
  • Oil production reached all-time high of 316,000 barrels per day in the fourth quarter.
  • Proved reserves increased 12% to 1.8 billion Boe at year-end 2022.

DEVN Stock Market Reaction

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Rick Muncrief, president and CEO said “With our powerful suite of assets and financially driven strategy, our oil production reached a new all-time high, our streamlined cost structure captured the full benefit of rising commodity prices, and our disciplined reinvestment rates allowed us to generate a record- setting amount of free cash flow during the year.

“This free cash flow generation allowed us to reward shareholders by more than doubling our dividend payout and we expanded our share-repurchase program twice during the year to further compound per-share growth. We also deployed a portion of our excess cash towards strengthening our asset portfolio by closing on two highly accretive bolt-on acquisitions.


  • Production averaged 636,000 oil-equivalent barrels (Boe) per day in the fourth quarter, with oil volumes reaching a record high of 316,000 barrels per day.
  • The company’s production in the quarter was reduced by 2 percent due to the impact of severe winter weather across its portfolio.
  • Devon’s upstream program for the fourth quarter averaged 25 operated drilling rigs and 114 gross operated wells were placed online.
  • Total upstream capital spending was $874 million in the fourth quarter. Midstream, environmental, and other capital totaled $61 million in the quarter.
  • Production costs declined 6 percent compared to the previous quarter averaging $12.22 per Boe. The improved cost structure was driven by lower production taxes, resulting in field-level cash margins of $41.44 per Boe in the fourth quarter.

Asset Level Highlights

Delaware Basin: Production averaged 407,000 Boe per day (50 percent oil) in the quarter, with volumes growing 11 percent in 2022 compared to the prior year. Devon exited the year operating 16 rigs and 3 completion crews, resulting in 55 gross wells placed online in the fourth quarter across the company’s 400,000 net acres in the basin.
A top highlight was the co-development of multiple intervals within the Upper Wolfcamp at the company’s Todd area. The 14-well project, targeting three intervals in the Upper Wolfcamp flow unit, achieved initial production rates as high as 4,200 Boe per day. These highly commercial results further validate Devon’s stacked-pay resource potential in this portion of the field.
In 2023, the Delaware Basin will be the top funded asset in the company’s portfolio, representing 60 percent of total companywide capital spending. Of the 200-plus new wells planned for the upcoming year, roughly two-thirds of the activity will be directed toward development opportunities in New Mexico, with the remaining investment allocated to high-return projects across the company’s acreage in Texas.
First-quarter production in the Delaware will be impacted by infrastructure downtime resulting from an outage at a compressor station in the Stateline area along with minor third-party midstream downtime across the basin. The company estimates these temporary outages will curtail first-quarter volumes by approximately 10,000 Boe per day and expects to resume normal operations by the end of the first quarter.

Powder River Basin:

Production averaged 68,000 Boe per day (62 percent oil), a 75 percent increase compared to the previous quarter. This volume growth was driven by integration of the Validus bolt-on acquisition and the commencement of 28 gross wells to production. In 2023, Devon plans to run 3 rigs and expects to bring online nearly 90 wells across its 82,000 net acre position.

Eagle Ford: Third-quarter net production averaged 45,000 Boe per day. This high-margin production generated $313 million of free cash flow over the past year. Due to timing of completion activity, the company did not bring online any new wells in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Devon plans to bring online more than 25 Eagle Ford wells and expects production to average 50,000 to 55,000 Boe per day.

Anadarko Basin: Production averaged 77,000 Boe per day (51 percent gas). In the fourth quarter, Devon placed 23 new wells online supported by a $100 million drilling carry with Dow. In 2023, the company expects to operate a 4-rig program and bring online more than 40 wells across its 300,000 net acre position in the basin

Williston Basin: Production averaged 57,000 Boe per day (65 percent oil). Fourth-quarter production was limited by severe winter weather conditions that temporarily resulted in well shut-ins, facility downtime and delays in completion activity. Devon has restored the affected production and plans to bring online approximately 40 gross wells in 2023 across its 123,000 net acres.

Powder River Basin: Production averaged 22,000 Boe per day (71 percent oil), a 15 percent year-over-year increase in volumes. This growth was driven by the company’s Niobrara-focused drilling program that resulted in 16 wells placed online during the year. For 2023, Devon will continue to appraise this emerging oil resource, with plans to drill approximately 20 new wells across its 300,000 net acre position

Proven Reserves

Devon’s estimated proved reserves increased 12 percent to 1.8 billion Boe at year-end 2022, of which 71 percent was oil and natural gas liquids. Proved undeveloped reserves accounted for 22 percent of the total. Extensions and discoveries from the company’s drilling program added 278 million Boe of reserves in 2022, equating to a replacement rate of 125 percent of production. The capital costs incurred to deliver these extensions and discoveries totaled $2.6 billion, resulting in a finding and development cost of $9.37 per Boe. Acquisitions also contributed 153 million Boe of proved reserves at year-end 2022, at a total cost of $2.6 billion.


  • For the full-year 2023, Devon expects to sustain production in the range of 643,000 to 663,000 Boe per day.
  • Total capital investment for the year is expected to range from $3.6 billion to $3.8 billion. These capital requirements in 2023 are estimated to be self-funded at pricing levels as low as a $40 WTI oil price.
  • The company’s capital program in 2023 is weighted towards the first half of the year due to completion timing in the Delaware Basin and is expected to drive production higher throughout 2023.
  • First-quarter production is expected to approximate 635,000 Boe per day. Volumes in the quarter are temporarily impacted by infrastructure outages in the Delaware Basin, timing of wells placed online and ethane rejection.

About Devon Energy

Devon Energy Corporation is a leading independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company. Devon’s operations are focused onshore in the United States and Canada. Devon has more than doubled its onshore North American oil production since 2011. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Devon is a Fortune 500 company and is included in the S&P 500 Index. Its common shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DVN.

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