In a May 8 research note, analyst John Freeman reported that Raymond James increased its target price on Devon Energy Corp. (DVN:NYSE) after updating its estimates on the company. "Devon delivered a solid Q1/20, reporting modest beats on oil volumes, capex and pricing" and is making "solid progress on cost reductions," Freeman highlighted.
The new target price is $15 per share, up from $11. In comparison, Devon Energy's current share price is about $11.53.
Freeman discussed the Oklahoma-based company's results and cost improvements of Q1/20.
Regarding performance, Freeman noted that Devon's Delaware Basin asset, which accounts for 75% of its production, continues to deliver. During Q1/20, it averaged IP30 of 2,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day at an average well cost of $705 per foot.
Devon expects total 2020 oil production to be 145–150 million barrels of oil per day (145–150 MMbbl/d), roughly in line with Raymond James' forecast of 151.9 MMbbl/d and consensus' projection of 150.5 MMbbl/d.
Devon's oil volumes guidance for Q2/20 is 145–155 MMbbl/d. This compares to previous projections by Raymond James and the Street of 156 MMbbl/d and 154 MMbbl/d, respectively. The pace of completions will remain slower throughout Q2/20 and Q3/20 and then ramp up in Q4/10.
As for costs, "Devon's off to a good start" with Q1/20 cash costs coming in 6% below Raymond James' prediction, Freeman indicated. For example, the Wolfcamp well cost during the quarter was 17% lower than in Q1/19.
Capital guidance for Q2/20 is $200–250 million as opposed to previous estimates by Raymond James of $193 million and consensus of $227 million.
Overall, Devon expects to lower its full-year 2020 cash costs, both for production and general and administrative expenses, by $250 million, beating Raymond James' estimate. That includes a 40% drop in executive compensation.
Freeman pointed out that Devon's liquidity at the end of Q1/20 "remains strong" with 1.7 billion in cash and cash equivalents and an undrawn revolver of $3 billion. The company has an outstanding debt balance of $4.3 billion with the earliest maturities taking place in late 2025. During Q1/20, Devon repurchased 2.2 million shares for $38 million but has since suspended the repurchase program to preserve liquidity.
As for the Barnett sale, the closing was delayed, which "is a short-term disappointment," Freeman wrote. "However, with the gas strip currently topping $2.75/thousand cubic feet in Q1/21, the sale looks set to net Devon additional contingency payments beyond the $570 million beginning in 2021," he wrote.
Freeman concluded that accounting for the already made cash cost improvements plus 2020 estimates of about $1 billion in capex and about 150 MMbbl/d of oil production, Devon could generate $60 million in free cash flow this year, excluding the Barnett sale and dividend, according to Raymond James' calculations. Further, the company's robust hedge book, in which about 90% of the remaining oil volumes are hedged at a $42 per barrel floor, protects its cash flow.
Raymond James has an Outperform rating on Devon Energy.[NLINSERT]
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