OKLAHOMA CITY and HOUSTON, Mar 13, 2003 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ --
Devon Energy Corporation (Amex: DVN; Toronto: NSX) and Ocean Energy, Inc. (NYSE:
OEI) announced today that the two companies have scheduled special meetings for
their respective shareholders to be held on April 25, 2003. At the meetings, the
shareholders of both companies will vote upon the proposed merger of Devon and
Ocean. The companies expect to close the transaction shortly after the
The record date for both shareholder meetings is March 17, 2003. Distribution of
the printed proxy materials to shareholders will commence on or about March 24,
2003. In addition, electronic versions of the proxy materials will be accessible
via the SEC's "EDGAR" system. Copies of the proxy materials will also be
available on the Devon website, www.devonenergy.com , and the Ocean website,
www.oceanenergy.com , on or about March 24, 2003.
Ocean Energy, Inc. is an independent energy company engaged in the exploration,
development, production, and acquisition of crude oil and natural gas. North
American operations are focused in the shelf and deepwater areas of the Gulf of
Mexico, the Rocky Mountains, Permian Basin, Anadarko, East Texas, North
Louisiana and Gulf Coast regions. Internationally, Ocean is active in West
Africa in the nations of Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Nigeria and Cote d'Ivoire.
The company also conducts operations in Egypt, the Russian Republic of
Tatarstan, Brazil, and Indonesia.
Devon Energy Corporation is an Oklahoma City-based independent energy company
engaged in oil and gas exploration, production and property acquisitions. Devon
operates primarily in the United States and Canada. Internationally, the company
conducts operations in Azerbaijan, China and West Africa. Devon is included in
the S&P 500 Index.
Investors and security holders are advised to read the definitive joint proxy
statement/prospectus included in the Registration Statement on Form S-4 filed
with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the proposed
merger because it contains important information. Investors and security holders
may obtain a free copy of the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other
documents filed by Devon and Ocean with the SEC at the SEC's web site at
www.sec.gov . The definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant
documents may also be obtained free of cost by directing a request to Devon
Energy Corporation, 20 North Broadway, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102-8260,
Attention: Investor Relations, telephone: (405) 552-4570, e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org or to Ocean Energy, Inc, 1001 Fannin Street, Suite 1600,
Houston, Texas 77002-6794, Attention: Investor Relations, telephone: (713)
265-6161, e-mail: email@example.com .
Devon and Ocean and their respective directors and executive officers may be
deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the shareholders
of Devon and Ocean in connection with the merger. Information about Devon and
Ocean and their respective directors and officers can be found in Devon's and
Ocean's respective Proxy Statements and Annual Reports on Form 10-K filed with
the SEC. Additional information regarding the interests of those persons may be
obtained by reading the proxy statement/prospectus when it becomes available.
SOURCE Devon Energy Corporation; Ocean Energy, Inc.
CONTACT: investors, Zack Hager, +1-405-552-4526, or media, Brian Engel,
+1-405-228-7750, both of Devon Energy Corporation; or investors, Bruce
Busmire, +1-713-265-6161, or media, Janice Aston White, +1-713-265-6164, both
of Ocean Energy, Inc.