Feb 20 U.S. oil and gas producer Devon Energy
Corp reported a fourth-quarter loss as it wrote down the
value of its assets by $896 million due to weak gas prices.
The company reported a net loss of $357 million, or 89 cents
per share, compared with a profit of $507 million, or $1.25 per
share, a year earlier.
This is the second time in a row that Devon reported a
quarterly loss and wrote down the value of its assets.
The company took a massive $1.1 billion charge in the third
quarter as a fall in natural gas prices reduced the carrying
value of its assets.
The Oklahoma City-based company's revenue fell marginally to
Natural gas prices averaged $3.54 per million British
thermal unit in the quarter, well below the $14 high set in
Devon drills for oil, gas and natural gas liquids on land
from the Canadian Arctic to the Gulf Coast of the United States.