Halliburton reported that revenue in the fourth quarter of 2008 was $4.9 billion, up 17% from the fourth quarter of 2007. Consolidated operating income was $1.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2008 compared to $907 million in the fourth quarter of 2007.
Income from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2008 was $776 million, or $0.87 per diluted share, compared to $674 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2007. The fourth quarter of 2008 was positively impacted by a $22 million gain net of tax, or $0.02 per diluted share, related to a patent settlement and a $28 million gain net of tax, or $0.03 per diluted share, reflected in minority interest, related to a change in effective ownership of a joint venture, and negatively impacted by a $17 million loss net of tax, or $0.02 per diluted share, on foreign exchange.
Fourth quarter of 2008 operating income was impacted by a $35 million gain related to a patent settlement. Operating income in the fourth quarter of 2007 included a $34 million impairment charge for a Bangladesh oil and gas property.
Net income for the fourth quarter of 2008 was $468 million, or $0.53 per diluted share. This compares to net income for the fourth quarter of 2007 of $690 million, or $0.75 per diluted share. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2008 was negatively impacted by a $308 million charge to discontinued operations, or $0.34 per diluted share, primarily related to the prospective settlements of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations announced earlier today.
Loss from discontinued operations in 2008 was $423 million, net of tax, or $0.47 per diluted share, primarily related to adjustments of the indemnities and guarantees provided to KBR, Inc. (KBR) upon separation. Income from discontinued operations in 2007 was $975 million, which included a gain of $933 million on the separation of KBR from Halliburton, net of tax and the estimated fair value of the indemnities and guarantees provided to KBR.
Commenting on 2008 results, Dave Lesar, chairman, president, and chief executive officer said, "While current market conditions are difficult, this should not overshadow our excellent performance in the fourth quarter. I believe our business strategy of protecting our strong North America market position while investing in and growing our international operations worked particularly well in the fourth quarter as well as for all of 2008.
"We completed 2008 with the highest level of annual oilfield revenue and operating income achieved during the 90 year history of our company. Our international business was a major contributor to our performance in 2008 as we expanded into underserved locations. Outside North America, revenue grew 22% year-over-year with Latin America experiencing exceptional revenue growth of 35% year-over-year. At the same time, we continued to strengthen our franchise in our core product lines and geographic areas that have led to the company's expanded market position.
"In the fourth quarter, our North America operations experienced flat sequential revenue despite a 14% decline in the U.S. rig count from the beginning of the fourth quarter. However, our operating margins were impacted by lower volume and pricing pressure toward the end of the quarter. We expect these pressures to continue into 2009.
"Our Eastern Hemisphere growth rate slowed in the fourth quarter particularly due to weakness in the North Sea and flat activity in the Middle East while countries in North Africa, Eurasia, and Asia Pacific posted good performance.
"Halliburton has successfully weathered multiple industry downcycles, and it is clear 2009 will be a challenging year for both the company and the industry. We are confident we have the right people, technology, and financial strength to address the task of successfully operating in a contracting market and position us to benefit from the market's eventual recovery."
2008 Fourth Quarter Results
Completion and Production (C&P) operating income in the fourth quarter of 2008 was $659 million, an increase of $88 million or 15% from the fourth quarter of 2007. Europe/Africa/CIS C&P operating income increased 38% with the most significant impact coming from higher demand and more favorable product mix for completion tools. Middle East/Asia C&P operating income was flat with higher demand for completion tools balancing out declines in cementing and production enhancement services. North America C&P operating income increased 13%, primarily due to increased utilization in pressure pumping services and higher demand for both production enhancement services and completion tools in the United States. Latin America C&P operating income increased 25% from increased activity throughout the region and higher vessel utilization in Mexico.
Drilling and Evaluation (D&E) operating income in the fourth quarter of 2008 was $529 million, an increase of $126 million or 31% over the fourth quarter of 2007. Europe/Africa/CIS D&E operating income increased 16%, benefiting from increased direct sales in Eurasia and Africa. Middle East/Asia D&E operating income increased 88% over the fourth quarter of 2007, as a result of improvement in all product service lines, especially drilling services. The fourth quarter of 2007 included a $34 million impairment charge for a Bangladesh oil and gas property. North America D&E operating income remained flat with higher demand for drill bits in the United States and increased drilling activity in the United States land and Canada markets balancing out declines in wireline services. Latin America D&E operating income increased 84%, with higher demand for new technology and drilling services throughout the region. In addition, improvements in software sales and services and higher demand for fluid services contributed to the increase.
Approximately $1.8 billion remains available under the company’s share repurchase program, as Halliburton did not purchase any shares of common stock in the fourth quarter of 2008.
Technology and Significant Achievements
Halliburton made a number of advances in technology and growth.
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