Halliburton's 1Q06 Profit Increases 33%

Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) announced that net income in the first quarter of 2006 was $488 million, or $0.91 per diluted share, compared to net income of $365 million, or $0.72 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2005. Net income in the first quarter of 2006 included income from discontinued operations of $7 million after tax, or $0.01 per diluted share, primarily related to the operations of KBR's Production Services group, which is expected to be sold in the second quarter of 2006 with a pretax gain of approximately $100 million. Net income in the first quarter of 2005 also included income from discontinued operations of $6 million after tax, or $0.01 per diluted share. Income from continuing operations in the first quarter of 2006 was $481 million, or $0.90 per diluted share, compared to income from continuing operations of $359 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2005.

Consolidated revenue in the first quarter of 2006 was $5.2 billion compared to $4.8 billion in the first quarter of 2005. This increase was largely attributable to higher activity in the Energy Services Group (ESG), where revenue increased 35% from the prior year first quarter to a record level of $2.9 billion. Lower revenue in KBR, primarily on government services projects in the Middle East, partially offset this increase.

Consolidated operating income was $755 million in the first quarter of 2006 compared to $575 million in the first quarter of 2005, a 31% increase. ESG's operating income improved 42%, reflecting increased rig activity, higher utilization of assets, and increased pricing. First quarter of 2005 operating income included a $110 million gain on the sale of the company's 50% interest in the Subsea 7, Inc. joint venture. KBR's operating income in the first quarter of 2006 declined compared to the prior year first quarter, primarily due to $30 million in charges related to an equity method investment in an Australian railroad and reduced activities for Government and Infrastructure (G&I) operations in Iraq.

"I am pleased to report another record quarter for the Energy Services Group. We continue to benefit from our strength in North America, where our customers' spending is most concentrated. Our investment in key Eastern Hemisphere markets is also resulting in quality growth," said Dave Lesar, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Halliburton. "Last week's filing of KBR, Inc.'s Form S-1 marks a significant milestone in our strategy to separate KBR from the Energy Services Group."

2006 First Quarter Segment Results

Energy Services Group

ESG posted revenue of $2.9 billion in the first quarter of 2006, a $754 million or 35% increase over the first quarter of 2005. ESG's operating income was $727 million, up $214 million or 42% from the same period in the prior year. ESG's operating income margin was 24.7% during the first quarter of 2006.

First quarter of 2006 revenue in the Western Hemisphere grew 36% over the previous year first quarter. First quarter of 2006 Western Hemisphere operating income margins were 28.6%, compared to 29.1% in the first quarter of 2005, which included the $110 million Subsea 7, Inc. gain. Gains in both revenue and operating income margins were led by the strong United States and Canadian markets.

Eastern Hemisphere results were impacted by the typical first quarter reduction in Landmark revenue and weather-related factors. In addition, the direct export sales of equipment were lower as a result of a change in strategy regarding direct sales. Nonetheless, the Eastern Hemisphere first quarter of 2006 revenue grew 32% over the prior year first quarter, while operating income improved 70% over the same period.

Production Optimization operating income for the first quarter of 2006 was $340 million, an increase of $49 million or 17% over the first quarter of 2005, which included a $110 million gain on the sale of the Subsea 7, Inc. equity interest. Production Enhancement operating income more than doubled, driven by strong demand for well stimulation services in natural gas applications, increased utilization of crews and assets, and improved pricing, particularly in the United States. Completion Tools operating income increased 21% due to higher activity in the United States, the North Sea, and Saudi Arabia.

Fluid Systems operating income for the first quarter of 2006 was $182 million, a $69 million or 61% increase over the first quarter of 2005. Cementing Services operating income increased 66% due to higher drilling activity, improved pricing, and increased asset utilization in the United States and growth in offshore activity in the Gulf of Mexico, western Africa, and the North Sea. These results were partially offset by lower offshore activity in Latin America. Baroid Fluid Services operating income grew 49% on strong activity and improved product mix in the United States and higher activity in western Africa.

Drilling and Formation Evaluation operating income for the first quarter of 2006 was $156 million, a $76 million or 95% increase over the prior year first quarter. Sperry Drilling Services operating income increased 117% in the first quarter of 2006 compared to the first quarter of 2005, benefiting from increased activity in the Gulf of Mexico, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and the North Sea. Logging Services operating income increased 50% due to increased activity in the United States and Asia Pacific. Security DBS Drill Bits operating income doubled over the prior year first quarter, reflecting improved pricing and fixed cutter activity in North America and Europe, as well as improved pricing and roller cone bit demand in the Middle East.

Digital and Consulting Solutions operating income in the first quarter of 2006 was $49 million, an increase of $20 million or 69% over the prior year period. First quarter of 2005 Digital and Consulting Solutions operating income included a $17 million favorable insurance claim settlement, partially offset by an $8 million loss on two integrated solutions projects in Mexico. Landmark operating income nearly tripled compared to the prior year first quarter due to improved sales of software and consulting services primarily in the United States and Latin America, as well as improvements in its cost structure.

KBR

KBR revenue for the first quarter of 2006 was $2.3 billion, a $327 million or 13% decrease compared to the first quarter of 2005, primarily due to decreased military support activities in Iraq. Operating income for the first quarter of 2006 was $62 million, a $32 million or 34% decrease compared to the prior year quarter.

Government and Infrastructure operating income for the first quarter of 2006 was $20 million, a $33 million or 62% decrease compared to the first quarter of 2005. The decrease was attributable in part to reduced activity on the LogCAP III contract and differences in award fees and settlements recorded in each period related to that contract. First quarter of 2006 results were impacted by a $30 million impairment charge and loss recorded on an equity investment in an Australian railroad operation due to delays in the expansion of the Port of Darwin and a delay in mining operations that resulted in reduced freight.

Energy and Chemicals operating income for the first quarter of 2006 was $42 million, a $1 million increase compared to the first quarter of 2005. KBR and its customer, Petrobras, have now agreed on the technical and operational acceptance of the completed floating production vessels. Although later than previously expected, final lender approval is expected shortly. The first quarter of 2006 results included a $15 million charge on the Barracuda-Caratinga project, reflecting additional costs to finalize the project and for warranty matters.

Halliburton's Iraq-related work contributed approximately $1.1 billion in revenue in the first quarter of 2006 and $27 million of operating income, or a 2.5% margin, before corporate expenses and taxes.

Technology and Significant Achievements

Halliburton made a number of advances in technology and new contract awards.

Energy Services Group new technologies and contract awards:

  • Sperry Drilling Services is helping to improve heavy oil economics for Petrozuata in the Faja del Orinoco field of Eastern Venezuela, using its LatchRiteŽ multilateral system technology in more than 65 wells. Petrozuata is a Venezuelan company with partners PDVSA and ConocoPhillips.
  • Baroid Fluid Services has introduced the new INNOVERT(TM) drilling fluid system for use in areas where paraffin/mineral oil is the preferred base oil. Derived from the proven barite sag-eliminating technology used in Halliburton's award-winning ACCOLADEŽ drilling fluid, the INNOVERT(TM) system replaces existing approaches for treating barite sag in paraffin and mineral oil-based fluids, while providing operators excellent technical and economic performance.
  • Halliburton has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by Salym Petroleum Development N.V. (SPD) for exploration and production services in Russia. Under the contract, Halliburton will carry out directional drilling support and performance optimization as well as provide drilling fluids engineering, cementing, and pumping services. The three-year contract calls for new wells to be drilled from five drilling rigs and will include 300 S-shaped wells, as well as directional and extended reach wells. The average true vertical depth of the wells will be 2,600 meters (8,500 feet).
  • Halliburton has been awarded a two-year, $40 million multi-service contract by Occidental Mukhaizna, LLC, a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation for the Mukhaizna field in the Sultanate of Oman. The contract calls for Halliburton to provide an integration of services from the Fluid Systems, Drilling and Formation Evaluation, and Production Optimization divisions.
  • Landmark was awarded a two-year, multi-million dollar contract to support, train, and consult for Petrobras on a full suite of software and information technology services. Landmark's participation in Petrobras' streamlined contract system places the company's technology on Petrobras' "Global Purchase Order" system, which allows suppliers to set fixed prices for their products and services.

KBR new technologies and contract awards:

  • Aspire Defence, a joint venture between KBR, Mowlem plc, and a financial investor, has been awarded the Ministry of Defence's GBP 8 billion (US$13.9 billion) private finance initiative contract to upgrade and provide a range of services to the British Army's garrisons at Aldershot and around Salisbury Plain in the United Kingdom. In addition to a GBP 3.2 billion (US$5.6 billion) package of services to be delivered over 35 years, Project Allenby/Connaught includes a GBP 1.2 billion (US$2 billion), nine-year construction program that will improve soldiers' single living, technical, and administrative accommodations, along with leisure and recreational facilities.
  • An approximately $400 million project to construct an anhydrous ammonia plant in Sokhna Port, Egypt for Egypt Basic Industries Company (EBIC), a joint venture including KBR, certain Egyptian petrochemical and construction companies, the Egyptian state-owned oil and gas company, and other private investors, reached financial close. The project will construct a greenfield 2,000 metric tons per day anhydrous ammonia plant, including a pipeline corridor connecting the ammonia production plant to product storage tanks located in Sokhna Port. The plant design is based on the proprietary KBR Advanced Ammonia Process (KAAP(TM)).
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