Halliburton 3Q Profit Soars on Drilling Surge



Halliburton announced that income from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2011 was $867 million, or $0.94 per diluted share, excluding a $19 million, after-tax, or $0.02 per diluted share, impairment charge on an asset held for sale in the Europe/Africa/CIS region. This compares to income from continuing operations for the second quarter of 2011 of $747 million, or $0.81 per diluted share, excluding employee separation costs of $8 million, after-tax, or $0.01 per diluted share.

Halliburton's consolidated revenue in the third quarter of 2011 was $6.5 billion, compared to $5.9 billion in the second quarter of 2011. Consolidated operating income was $1.3 billion in the third quarter of 2011, compared to $1.2 billion in the second quarter of 2011. Strong growth in the Western Hemisphere accounted for the majority of these increases.

"I am extremely pleased with our third quarter results, as we set company records for revenue and operating income. North America continues to deliver very strong growth in revenue and profitability, while international profitability recovered at the rate we expected. Compared to the second quarter, our Completion and Production division grew revenue and operating income by 11% and 16%, respectively, and our Drilling and Evaluation division grew revenue and operating income by 9% and 14%, respectively," said Dave Lesar, chairman, president, and chief executive officer.

"North America revenue and operating income grew sequentially by 13% and 14%, respectively, compared to United States rig count growth of 6%, with incremental operating margin of greater than 30%. Incremental operating margin was negatively impacted by cost increases for materials, logistics and labor, as well as weather in the Marcellus and water shortages in the Mid-Continent. Operating income in North America exceeded $1.0 billion for the first time in our company's history. The sequential improvements were primarily driven by strong activity in the Bakken, Eagle Ford, and Permian Basin areas, along with the seasonal recovery in Canada.

"International revenue grew 7% from the prior quarter, with 23% operating income growth compared to international rig count growth of 2%. We set company records for revenue in the third quarter in both our Latin America and Middle East/Asia regions. The strong sequential operating income growth was driven by improved activity in Latin America and Asia. Project delays in Iraq and the shutdown in Libya continued to have a negative impact on results in the third quarter. In Iraq, we started operating three rigs near the end of the quarter, and we expect to have six rigs by the end of the fourth quarter. Libya is in an assessment phase and is expected to make a positive contribution in 2012. Other Eastern Hemisphere markets continue to show gradual progress primarily as a result of volume increases, as international pricing remains very competitive.

"The recent drop in oil prices and related declines in equity markets have been unsettling to investors. Despite short-term macroeconomic concerns, I continue to believe in the long-term prospects for our business. Our international business continues to show gradual recovery as activity increases. In North America, we see several meaningful differences from prior cycles, including a high level of oil-directed activity, an increased presence of large international customers, and strong credit availability that provide us continued confidence in the resiliency of the North America market.

"Globally, as field development becomes increasingly complex, we expect the demand for oil services will continue to grow. We anticipate the execution of our strategy and our focus on the high-growth segments of deepwater, unconventional resources, and mature fields will result in a strong operating environment in both our North America and international business and will support continued delivery of strong financial results," Lesar concluded.

Net income in the third quarter of 2011 was $683 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, compared to $739 million, or $0.80 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2011. In addition, discontinued operations for the third quarter of 2011 included a $163 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, charge related to a ruling in an arbitration proceeding between Barracuda & Caratinga Leasing Company B.V. and Halliburton's former subsidiary, KBR, whom Halliburton agreed to indemnify.

2011 Third Quarter Results

Completion and Production

Completion and Production (C&P) revenue in the third quarter of 2011 was $4.0 billion, an increase of $407 million, or 11%, from the second quarter of 2011. All product service lines experienced revenue increases, with production enhancement and cementing achieving a record quarter in both revenue and operating income.

C&P operating income in the third quarter of 2011 was $1.1 billion, an increase of $150 million, or 16%, over the second quarter of 2011. Excluding the third quarter impairment charge on an asset held for sale in the Europe/Africa/CIS region and the second quarter impact of employee separation costs in the Eastern Hemisphere, C&P operating income improved $169 million, or 18%, from the second quarter of 2011. North America C&P operating income increased $133 million compared to the second quarter of 2011, primarily due to higher demand for production enhancement services in the United States land market. Latin America C&P operating income increased $14 million as a result of higher activity levels in cementing and completion tool sales in Brazil. Excluding the impairment charge, Europe/Africa/CIS C&P operating income improved, primarily due to increased demand for production enhancement services in Angola and Algeria and higher activity for our Boots & Coots product service line in Norway and Algeria. Middle East/Asia C&P operating income increased as higher activity in Indonesia and Malaysia offset declines in Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar, and lower completion tools sales in China.

Drilling and Evaluation

Drilling and Evaluation (D&E) revenue in the third quarter of 2011 was $2.5 billion, an increase of $206 million, or 9%, from the second quarter of 2011, primarily due to improved results in Latin America and continued strength in North America.

D&E operating income in the third quarter of 2011 was $369 million, an increase of $45 million, or 14%, from the second quarter of 2011. Excluding the second quarter impact of employee separation costs in the Eastern Hemisphere, D&E operating income increased $40 million, or 12%, from the second quarter of 2011. North America D&E operating income improved $5 million compared to the second quarter of 2011 as a result of the seasonal recovery from the Canadian spring breakup and stronger directional drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico. Latin America D&E operating income improved $42 million due to improved drilling activity in Mexico, increased testing and subsea activity in Brazil, and higher software sales in Colombia. Europe/Africa/CIS D&E operating income decreased due to lower directional drilling activity in the North Sea and Egypt and reduced wireline activity across Africa, which were offset by higher drilling activity in Eurasia and Angola. Middle East/Asia D&E operating income remained flat, as project delays in Iraq offset improvements from direct sales in China, increased activity in Malaysia, and activity on the Ghawar project in Saudi Arabia.

Corporate and Other

During the third quarter of 2011, Halliburton invested an additional $18 million in strategic projects aimed at strengthening Halliburton's North America service delivery model and repositioning technology, supply chain, and manufacturing infrastructure to support projected international growth. Halliburton expects to continue funding this effort for the remainder of 2011 and into 2012. Third quarter results in 2011 were also adversely impacted by additional legal and environmental expenses.

Significant Recent Events and Achievements

  • On October 3, Halliburton acquired Multi-Chem Group LLC (Multi-Chem), the fourth-largest provider of production chemicals in North America. The acquisition further strengthens Halliburton's total offering while improving its competitiveness in a rapidly expanding global business. Multi-Chem delivers specialty chemicals, services and solutions that help oil and natural gas companies develop their resources in more than 30,000 wells around the world.
  • Halliburton introduced the new RapidFrac™ completion system. The RapidFrac system allows operators to set new standards for fracture completion efficiency and post-fracture production. This innovative horizontal sliding sleeve completion system is a differentiating technology that allows for enhanced reservoir contact. In a changing landscape where operators are drilling longer laterals that require increasingly complex completions, the RapidFrac system delivers several unique differences from the "plug and perforate" system and other similar techniques. It allows operators to optimize completion design, lower operational risk, and materially reduce the time to first hydrocarbons.
  • Halliburton announced the successful execution of the first horizontal, multi-stage hydraulic fracture shale gas completion in Argentina's Neuquén Basin for Apache Corporation. Halliburton provided all major well construction and completion services for the project, resulting in the successful delivery of South America's first horizontal and deepest shale gas well. Halliburton was chosen by Apache because of Halliburton's expertise and understanding of the specific complexities of the Los Molles shale formation.
  • For the second consecutive year, Halliburton has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) North America and World Leader listings in the Global Oil Services sector. The annual review of the DJSI is based on a "thorough analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, assessing metrics such as corporate governance, risk management, branding, climate change mitigation, supply chain standards and labor practices," according to the group's website. Halliburton ranked above the industry average in 14 of 17 subcategories. Additionally, Halliburton was also named "Best in Class" in three subcategories, including Standards for Suppliers, Customer Relationship Management, and Human Capital Development.
  • Halliburton broke ground at the construction site for the new Technology Center at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) Technology Park, located at Ilha do Fundão, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The groundbreaking represents a milestone in the Cooperation Agreement signed in 2010 between Halliburton and the UFRJ for the purpose of providing research and technology development projects in Brazil. The Center is expected to provide solutions and services that Halliburton can implement to accelerate deepwater field development and to continue enhancing production from mature fields.

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