Weatherford Reaches Record Revenues in 2Q11



Weatherford reported second quarter 2011 income of $126 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, excluding an after-tax loss of $16 million. On a GAAP basis, our net income for the second quarter of 2011 was $110 million, or $0.15 per diluted share. The excluded after-tax loss is comprised of $13 million in severance and exit charges and $3 million in government investigation costs.

Second quarter diluted earnings per share reflect an increase of $0.09 over the second quarter of 2010 diluted earnings per share of $0.08, before charges. Sequentially, the company's second quarter diluted earnings per share, before charges, were $0.07 higher than the first quarter of 2011. International markets drove the entire sequential improvement in both revenue and profitability.

Second quarter revenues of $3.052 billion were the highest in the company's history, despite the severe negative impact of Canada's spring break-up. Revenues were 25 percent higher than the same period last year and seven percent higher than the prior quarter. International revenues were up 14 percent sequentially and up 12 percent versus the year ago quarter. North America revenue was down one percent sequentially and up 46 percent versus the second quarter of 2010. The sequential decline in North America was due to the severe impact of the Canadian break-up. The Canadian results overshadowed a very strong performance in the U.S., where sequential revenue growth outpaced rig count by more than two-to-one and operating margins expanded.

Segment operating income of $421 million improved 36 percent year-over-year and 19 percent sequentially. The company's international operations provided all of the sequential growth compared to the first quarter of 2011 and delivered 51 percent incremental margins. International operating income was down three percent compared to the year ago quarter.

The company expects earnings per share before excluded items of approximately $0.24 to $0.26 in the third quarter of 2011, supported by a seasonal recovery in Canada and steady improvement in the U.S. and international markets. For full-year 2011, the company anticipates that revenue growth will be approximately 25 percent, which is higher than the 20 percent growth rate estimated last quarter. In addition, the company expects international margins in the fourth quarter of 2011 to be meaningfully higher than full-year 2010 margins of 11 percent.

North America

Revenues for the quarter were $1.344 billion, which is a 46 percent increase over the same quarter in the prior year and down one percent sequentially. The Stimulation and Chemicals, Artificial Lift and Well Construction product lines contributed strong results for the quarter.

The current quarter's operating income was $244 million, up $117 million from the second quarter of 2010 and was down $40 million, or 14 percent, compared to the prior quarter. On a sequential basis, strong growth and steadily expanding margins in the U.S. were offset by the impact of the Canadian break-up.

Middle East/North Africa/Asia

Second quarter revenues of $617 million were two percent higher than the second quarter of 2010 and seven percent higher than the prior quarter. Weather improvements in China and Australia and a stronger Iraq helped offset the impact of a full quarter of reduced activity due to political unrest in the Middle East and North Africa. Libya operating expenses cost almost $0.01 per share. The Well Construction, Integrated Drilling and Artificial Lift product lines posted strong sequential performances.

The current quarter's operating income of $34 million decreased 54 percent as compared to the same quarter in the prior year and increased $23 million compared to the first quarter of 2011.

Europe/West Africa/FSU

Second quarter revenues of $592 million were 17 percent higher than the second quarter of 2010 and 16 percent higher than the prior quarter. The region had strong performances in the North Sea, Russia and Caspian as the winter seasonality abated. The Completion, Stimulation and Chemicals, Drilling Services and Integrated Drilling product lines had the strongest sequential growth.

The current quarter's operating income of $93 million was up 37 percent compared to the same quarter in the prior year and up $55 million compared to the prior quarter.

Latin America

Second quarter revenues of $498 million were 21 percent higher than both the second quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of 2011. Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela posted strong sequential performances. The Drilling Services, Stimulation and Chemicals and Artificial Lift product lines benefited from improved demand.

The current quarter's operating income of $51 million increased 22 percent as compared to the same quarter in the prior year and increased $30 million compared to the prior quarter.

Liquidity and Net Debt

Net debt for the quarter increased $144 million, with working capital increasing $193 million during the quarter. Recently, the company successfully renegotiated its unsecured revolving credit facility to increase the size of the facility from $1.75 billion to $2.25 billion and extend the scheduled maturity to July 16, 2016.


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