2.Acquisitions and Divestitures
Discontinued Operations – Upstream Assets
On October 1, 2020, Devon completed the sale of its Barnett Shale assets to BKV for proceeds, net of purchase price adjustments, of $490 million, including a $170 million deposit previously received in April 2020. The agreement with BKV also provides for contingent earnout payments to Devon of up to $260 million based upon future commodity prices, with upside participation beginning at a $2.75 Henry Hub natural gas price or a $50 WTI oil price. The contingent payment period commences on January 1, 2021 and has a term of four years. Devon recognized a $748 million asset impairment related to these assets in the fourth quarter of 2019 and incremental asset impairments of $179 million and $3 million during the first quarter and third quarter of 2020, respectively. Additional information can be found in Note 17.
In June 2019, Devon completed the sale of substantially all of its oil and gas assets and operations in Canada to Canadian Natural Resources Limited for proceeds, net of purchase price adjustments, of $2.6 billion ($3.4 billion Canadian dollars), and recognized a pre-tax gain of $223 million ($425 million, net of tax, primarily due to a significant deferred tax benefit) in 2019. Additional information can be found in Note 17.
Continuing Operations – Upstream Assets
During the first quarter of 2020, Devon entered into a farmout agreement in which the third party to the agreement can participate in the development of certain Devon-owned non-operated interests in the Delaware Basin. Under the agreement, Devon will periodically transfer working interests to the third party, who will then fund its share of operating and development costs. Once certain investment hurdles are met, a portion of the working interest held by the third party will revert back to Devon. No material activity occurred during the first nine months of 2020.
In the first quarter of 2019, Devon received proceeds of approximately $300 million and recognized a $45 million net gain on asset dispositions, primarily from sales of non-core assets in the Permian Basin. In aggregate, the total estimated proved reserves associated with these divested assets were approximately 25 MMBoe.
On September 26, 2020, Devon and WPX entered into the Merger Agreement, providing for an all-stock merger of equals. WPX is an oil and gas exploration and production company with assets in the Delaware Basin in Texas and New Mexico and the Williston Basin in North Dakota. On the closing date of the Merger, each share of WPX common stock will be automatically converted into the right to receive 0.5165 of a share of Devon common stock. No fractional shares of Devon’s common stock will be issued in the Merger, and holders of shares of WPX common stock will, instead, receive cash in lieu of fractional shares of Devon common stock, if any. The Merger has been unanimously approved by Devon and WPX Boards of Directors and is still subject to the approval of both Devon and WPX shareholders. The Merger is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021 subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.