Halliburton Issues Q2 Report

Halliburton announced Friday that income from continuing operations in the second quarter of 2006 was $509 million, or $0.48 per diluted share. This compares to income from continuing operations of $384 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2005.

Net income in the second quarter of 2006 was $591 million, or $0.55 per diluted share. Second quarter 2006 income from discontinued operations was $82 million after tax, or $0.07 per diluted share, and included a pretax gain of $123 million on the sale of KBR's Production Services group. Net income in the second quarter of 2005 was $392 million, or $0.38 per diluted share.

Consolidated revenue in the second quarter of 2006 was $5.5 billion, up 12% from the second quarter of 2005. This increase was largely attributable to higher activity in the Energy Services Group (ESG), partially offset by lower revenue in KBR, primarily on government services projects in the Middle East.

Consolidated operating income was $718 million in the second quarter of 2006 compared to $596 million in the second quarter of 2005. ESG experienced improved performance reflecting increased rig activity, higher utilization of assets, and increased pricing. KBR's results in the second quarter of 2006 included a charge against operating income, before minority interest, of $148 million (or $0.04 per diluted share after minority interest and tax) on a consolidated 50% owned gas-to-liquids project in Escravos, Nigeria. The charge was related to schedule delays and cost increases resulting from site issues and scope changes encountered on the project.

“I am extremely pleased with the quarter for the Energy Services Group, where we had record revenue, operating income, and operating margins, despite the expected seasonal impact from the Canadian spring breakup,” said Dave Lesar, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Halliburton. “ESG's operating margins were above 25 percent on strong demand for our services, with impressive Eastern Hemisphere sequential revenue growth of 14 percent and operating income margins of 21 percent. We are expecting continued strong performance in the future. Although we are disappointed by the projected cost increases on the KBR Escravos project, we are addressing our concerns with the customer. The balance of KBR's second quarter 2006 performance was strong. We remain committed to a full and complete separation of KBR from Halliburton in the near term through an initial public offering and/or a tax free spin-off to our shareholders.”


Energy Services Group

ESG posted revenue of $3.1 billion in the second quarter of 2006, a $645 million or 26% increase over the second quarter of 2005. ESG posted operating income of $791 million, up $269 million or 52% from the same period in the prior year. ESG's operating margin was 25% during the second quarter of 2006.

Production Optimization operating income for the second quarter of 2006 was $357 million, an increase of $126 million or 55% over the second quarter of 2005. Production Enhancement services operating income grew 65%, with improvement in all regions, driven by strong demand for well stimulation services, increased utilization of crews and assets, and improved pricing in the United States. Production Enhancement also benefited from higher activity in Algeria, Malaysia, and Kazakhstan. Completion Tools operating income increased 23% due to higher sales in the United States, Asia Pacific, and Africa.

Fluid Systems operating income for the second quarter of 2006 was $193 million, a $58 million or 43% increase over the second quarter of 2005. Cementing services operating income increased 43% due to higher drilling activity and improved pricing in the United States and improved sales and service activity in Russia, the North Sea, and Asia Pacific. These results were partially offset by lower offshore activity in Mexico. Baroid Fluid Services operating income grew 44% on strong drilling activity and pricing improvements in the United States and higher activity in Latin America and Russia.

Drilling and Formation Evaluation operating income for the second quarter of 2006 was $189 million, a $49 million or 35% increase over the prior year second quarter. Sperry Drilling Services operating income increased 28%, benefiting from increased drilling activity in the United States, Australia, and the North Sea. Logging services operating income increased 42% due to improved pricing and increased activity in the United States, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific. Security DBS Drill Bits operating income improved 39% over the prior year second quarter, reflecting improved pricing and fixed cutter activity in North America and Europe, as well as improved roller cone bit demand in the Middle East.

Digital and Consulting Solutions operating income in the second quarter of 2006 was $52 million, more than tripling operating income of the prior year period. Landmark's operating income grew 55% due to improved sales of software and consulting and customer support services in all four regions. Second quarter of 2005 results included a $15 million loss on the integrated solutions projects in southern Mexico.


KBR revenue for the second quarter of 2006 was $2.4 billion, a $73 million or 3% decline compared to the second quarter of 2005, primarily due to decreased military support activities in Iraq. KBR posted a second quarter of 2006 operating loss of $41 million due primarily to a $148 million charge on the Escravos gas-to-liquids project for projected future increased costs to complete the project. The charge relates to significant disruptions encountered in the Western Niger Delta region. In addition, the project is experiencing delays and cost increases relating to site soil conditions, scope changes, and various engineering and construction modifications. Discussions of these matters are underway with the customer with a view to reduce KBR's risk exposure. KBR operating income in the second quarter of 2005 was $111 million.

Government and Infrastructure operating income for the second quarter of 2006 was $68 million, a $4 million or 6% decrease compared to the second quarter of 2005. Results in the second quarter of 2006 included an impairment charge of $17 million on an equity investment in a joint venture road project in the United Kingdom. Second quarter of 2005 results reflected $29 million of award fee income under the LogCAP contract.

Energy and Chemicals posted an operating loss of $109 million in the second quarter of 2006 primarily related to the Escravos gas-to-liquids project. Other projects in the segment posted strong operating margins, consistent with recent prior quarters. Operating income was $39 million in the second quarter of 2005.

Halliburton's Iraq-related work contributed approximately $1.3 billion in revenue in the second quarter of 2006 and $47 million of operating income, a 3.7% 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 contract awards and technologies:

  • Halliburton has been awarded the oilfield services component of the largest oil development project in the Arabian Gulf Region since the 1950s - the Saudi Aramco Khurais mega project. This three-year contract includes a full range of Halliburton's integrated services and technologies. In order to produce an expected 1.2 million barrels of oil per day for several years, the project will utilize up to 23 rigs to support the drilling and completion of more than 300 wells. Development of this project is a key contributor to Saudi Aramco's plan of increasing production capacity.
  • Halliburton's Fluid Systems segment has been awarded contracts by Statoil valued in excess of $193 million for cementing services and drilling and completion fluids. The initial contract duration is two years with additional extension options of three two-year periods. The scope of work includes drilling fluids and drilling waste management, cementing services and completion fluids, and pumping services in the following fields: Sleipner/Volve, Visund, Snorre, Tordis/Vigdis, Tyrihans, Heidrun, and Asgard; as well as exploration drilling. In addition, the contract includes cementing services, completion fluids, and pumping services in the following fields: Statfjord, Statfjord satellites, Gullfaks satellites, and Kvitebjorn/Valemon; and cementing services in the Norne field.
  • Halliburton has been awarded a $150 million contract to provide integrated drilling and well services in Norway to Drilling Production Technology AS. Halliburton's scope of work on the project will include directional drilling, logging-while-drilling, mud logging, drilling fluids and drilling waste management, cementing, and coring services. Halliburton's project management team will manage and integrate the service offerings with support from one of our Real Time Centers, and the customer will be able to monitor ongoing rig operations by accessing real-time information in its offices.
  • Halliburton announced that the company's Fluid Systems segment has developed the world's first combined cutting slurrification and cement batch mixer package. This package offers operators an integrated solution to their cementing and waste management needs, while saving valuable rig space and reducing manpower and inventory requirements.
  • Halliburton's Production Optimization segment announced its most recent technology, PropStop(SM) service, which is designed to help address the declining production rates often seen in fractured wells in mature assets. PropStop service extends an already broad and unique range of offerings designed to mitigate proppant and fines production. When applied, PropStop service helps maintain highly conductive fractures and long-term productivity.
  • Halliburton announced that it has won four Hart's E&P meritorious engineering achievement awards for 2006. William Pike, Hart's editor-in-chief, presented the awards on May 1, 2006, at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. The four winning Halliburton technologies are: the Hostile Sequential Formation Tester (HSFT(TM)) logging tool; the Chi Modeling® post-processing system; the StimWatch(SM) stimulation monitoring service; and the Swellpacker(TM) isolation system.

KBR new technologies and contract awards:

  • KBR announced that it has been awarded a lump-sum services contract by Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Company (a Saudi Basic Industries Corp. affiliate) for engineering, procurement, and construction management of a 1.35 million-ton-per-year ethylene plant to be built in Jubail City, Saudi Arabia. The 1.35 million-ton-per-year plant is the fourth grassroots cracker that will use KBR's SCORE(TM) (Selective Cracking Optimum Recovery) technology. Front-end engineering and design work will take place in KBR's Houston headquarters, while engineering and procurement activities will take place in the company's Singapore facility.
  • Aspire Defence, a joint venture between KBR, Mowlem plc, and a financial investor, has been awarded the Ministry of Defence's Allenby and Connaught 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. KBR's June 30, 2006 firm-order backlog figures reflect $2.1 billion related to this award.

Halliburton, founded in 1919, is one of the world's largest providers of products and services to the petroleum and energy industries. The company serves its customers with a broad range of products and services through its Energy Services Group and KBR.

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