Halliburton announced Friday that income from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $589 million, or $0.63 per diluted share. This compares to reported income from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2012 of $608 million, or $0.65 per diluted share. Adjusted income from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2012 was $625 million, or $0.67 per diluted share, excluding a $30 million after-tax ($0.03 per diluted share) acquisition-related charge and a $13 million after-tax ($0.01 per diluted share) gain from the settlement of a patent infringement case.
Halliburton’s total revenue in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $7.3 billion, compared to $7.1 billion in the third quarter of 2012. Total operating income was $981 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $954 million in the third quarter of 2012. Strong growth in our international regions, particularly in Middle East/Asia and Latin America, more than offset seasonally lower activity levels in North America.
Halliburton’s total revenue was $28.5 billion for the full year 2012, an increase of $3.7 billion, or 15 percent, from 2011. Total operating income decreased $578 million, or 12 percent, from 2011 mainly due to higher guar costs and pricing pressure for production enhancement services in North America and a $300 million charge for an estimated loss contingency related to the Macondo well incident. Income from continuing operations for the full year 2012 was $2.6 billion, or $2.78 per diluted share, compared to full year 2011 income from continuing operations of $3.0 billion, or $3.26 per diluted share.
"I am very proud to say that our company delivered industry-leading revenue growth in 2012, resulting in a record year," commented Dave Lesar, chairman, president and chief executive officer.
"From a revenue perspective, we set new records this year in all of our regions and both of our divisions. From an operating income perspective, we achieved new records in our Latin America region and in five of our twelve product lines.
"In the fourth quarter, revenue of $7.3 billion was up three percent sequentially and represents the highest quarterly revenue in company history. All three of our international regions and eight of our 12 product lines set new revenue records.
"Fourth quarter operating income of $981 million was flat with adjusted results from the prior quarter. These results were driven by our international regions, where we also saw fourth quarter revenue and operating income growth of 20 percent and 39 percent, respectively, compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. I am also proud to say that both our Latin America and Middle East/Asia regions, as well as our completion tools product line, achieved record operating income.
"Latin America revenue was up 14 percent sequentially, despite a two percent drop in the rig count, and adjusted operating income increased 25 percent sequentially. Increased drilling fluids service activity, along with higher software sales in Mexico and Colombia, led the growth for the region.
"In the Eastern Hemisphere, revenue grew 11 percent sequentially, and operating income increased 35 percent sequentially, driven by year-end sales of completion tools, software, and other equipment. We believe activity levels will continue to grow in 2013, and anticipate full-year margins should average in the upper teens.
"Sequentially, Middle East/Asia revenue and operating income increased 14 percent and 46 percent, respectively. The growth was driven by higher year-end software, equipment, and completion tools sales, as well as increased service activity in Saudi Arabia and Australia.
"In Europe/Africa/CIS, we saw revenue and operating income increase eight percent and 23 percent, respectively, compared to the prior quarter. The improvement was driven by the seasonally higher year-end completion tool sales in Angola and the North Sea, greater demand for drilling services in the North Sea and Russia, and increased service activity in East Africa.
"North America revenue was down five percent compared to the previous quarter, in line with the sequential five percent drop in the United States land rig count. Operating income was down 22 percent compared to adjusted third quarter results, driven mainly by an unusually high post-Thanksgiving decline in activity levels with key customers, increased consumption of our high priced supply of guar, and continued pricing pressure around hydraulic fracturing contracts.
"Our North America margins are also temporarily being negatively impacted by the upfront roll out costs of our Frac of the Future initiative, by our commitment to our customers to remain active in the North America natural gas basins at lower margins, and by our decision to stack equipment during the fourth quarter.
"In 2013, we anticipate the North America rig count will improve from fourth quarter levels but will be down slightly compared to 2012. We are committed to our leadership position in North America, and are focused on rebuilding margins as we recover from last year’s elevated guar costs, reap the benefits of our strategic initiatives, and look at all of our costs. Lastly, we remain laser-focused on capital discipline, especially in pressure pumping," concluded Lesar.
2012 Fourth Quarter Results
Completion and Production
Completion and Production (C&P) revenue in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $4.3 billion, an increase of $44 million, or one percent, from the third quarter of 2012. Higher completion activity in the Gulf of Mexico and increased direct sales internationally more than offset seasonally lower activity levels in the United States land market.
C&P operating income in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $603 million, an increase of $12 million, or two percent, from the third quarter of 2012. Excluding the impact of the acquisition-related charge in the third quarter, C&P operating income decreased $36 million, or six percent. North America C&P operating income decreased $68 million, or 18 percent, compared to the third quarter of 2012.
Excluding the third quarter acquisition-related charge, North America C&P operating income decreased $108 million, or 26 percent, from the third quarter of 2012, primarily due to seasonally affected activity levels, higher input costs, and pricing pressure associated with production enhancement services.
Latin America C&P operating income improved $17 million, or 43 percent, compared to the third quarter of 2012. Excluding the third quarter acquisition-related charge, Latin America C&P operating income improved $9 million, or 19 percent, compared to the third quarter of 2012, as improved profitability in Argentina more than offset lower completions activity in Mexico.
Europe/Africa/CIS C&P operating income increased $19 million, or 22 percent, from the third quarter of 2012, driven by increased completions activity in Angola and Norway.
Middle East/Asia C&P operating income improved $44 million, or 55 percent, compared to the third quarter of 2012, as a result of higher activity in most product lines in Saudi Arabia and Australia, as well as increased direct sales in China and Saudi Arabia.
Drilling and Evaluation
Drilling and Evaluation (D&E) revenue in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $3.0 billion, an increase of $135 million, or five percent, from the third quarter of 2012, as higher drilling activity in Latin America and year-end software sales more than offset seasonally lower activity levels in the United States land market.
D&E operating income in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $484 million, an increase of $54 million, or 13 percent, from the third quarter of 2012. North America D&E operating income decreased $24 million, or 14 percent, from the third quarter of 2012, primarily due to lower drilling and wireline activity in the United States land market, which was partially offset by increased demand for drilling services in Canada and the Gulf of Mexico and year-end software sales. Latin America D&E operating income increased $30 million, or 28 percent, from the third quarter of 2012, as increased software sales, fluids activity, and consulting services in Mexico and Colombia were partially offset by lower wireline activity and software sales in Brazil.
Europe/Africa/CIS D&E operating income increased $16 million, or 25 percent, from the third quarter of 2012 as a result of increased demand for drilling services in the North Sea, year-end software sales in Russia, and higher wireline profitability in Angola, which were partially offset by lower profitability for fluid services in Norway. Middle East/Asia D&E operating income increased $32 million, or 37 percent, from the third quarter of 2012, due to seasonally higher year-end software and activity improvements across the region.
Corporate and Other
During the fourth quarter of 2012, Halliburton invested an additional $36 million, pre-tax, 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 in 2013.
Significant Recent Events and Achievements
Halliburton was selected by TNK-BP to provide an integrated services solution to increase production from the complex and challenging tight oil reserves in the Em-Yoga license area of Russia's Krasnoleninskoe oil and natural gas field in Nyagan, Western Siberia. The two-year contract calls for Halliburton to provide subsurface consulting, project management, well construction, and completion services, including directional drilling, logging-while-drilling, fluids, bits, cementing, completion tools, coiled tubing, and multistage fracturing stimulation services, for multiple wells in Nyagan.
Halliburton, Apache Corporation, and Caterpillar have developed innovative dual-fuel technology capable of safely and efficiently powering the pumping equipment used for fracturing treatments with a mixture of natural gas and diesel.
Halliburton was recognized at the 11th Annual World Oil Awards with “Best” awards for its Frac of the Future equipment suite in the Best Health, Safety, Environment/Sustainable Development Onshore category and for its DecisionSpace well planning software in the Best Visualization and Collaboration category.
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