National Oilwell Reports Third Quarter Earnings

National-Oilwell, Inc. (NYSE:NOI) announced results for the third quarter of 2004, reporting net income of $27.8 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, compared to second quarter 2004 net income of $21.4 million, or $0.25 per diluted share. Revenues were $619 million for the period compared to second quarter revenues of $534 million.

Backlog of capital equipment orders increased to $575 million at September 30, 2004, compared to $441 million at June 30, 2004. At December 31, 2003, backlog was $339 million.

Products and Technology Group

Revenues of $418 million in the third quarter were up $70 million sequentially, primarily due to a $43 million increase in capital equipment revenues from backlog. Products and Technology revenues that were not backlog related were also up $27 million, or 14% on a sequential basis. Operating income increased by 29% sequentially on the higher revenues.

Distribution Services Group

Revenues of $233 million in the third quarter were up $15 million sequentially. Operating income margins for this group continued to improve as operating income of $8.5 million was $1.8 million higher than the second quarter.

Pete Miller, Chairman, President, and CEO, stated "Our capital equipment backlog increased significantly in the third quarter to $575 million, as we obtained new orders of $333 million and recognized record quarterly revenues from backlog of $199 million. Approximately $150 million of the new orders came from a contract to build a new concept drilling facility in Kazakhstan. Our quoting activity for future international land and offshore projects continues to increase, and we are seeing increased interest in the North American land and offshore markets as well. Capital equipment revenues from backlog should approximate $650-700 million in 2004 and we believe these same revenues in 2005 will be in the $900 million to $1 billion range. As volumes increase and rising steel and commodity costs are passed through on new orders delivered in 2005, our margins in the capital equipment area should continue to increase.

"Our third quarter non-capital revenues were strong in both the Distribution and Products and Technology segments, with each participating in the improving markets that continue to strengthen throughout North America and internationally. We believe each of these non-capital businesses can generate revenues of $850-950 million in 2005."

Merger Update

On October 13, 2004, National Oilwell and Varco International, Inc. jointly announced that they have received a request for additional information from the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the proposed merger between the companies. Both companies are gathering information to comply with the request and expect to respond by late November or early December. Closing of the transaction is expected to occur as quickly as possible after regulatory clearance is received.