Schlumberger Q2 Revenue Tops $6.75B

Schlumberger Limited has reported second-quarter revenue of $6.75 billion versus $6.29 billion in the first quarter of 2008, and $5.64 billion in the second quarter of 2007.

Income from continuing operations was $1.42 billion — an increase of 9% sequentially and 13% year-on-year. Diluted earnings-per-share from continuing operations was $1.16 versus $1.06 in the previous quarter, and $1.02 in the second quarter of 2007.

Oilfield Services revenue of $6.07 billion increased 8% sequentially and 22% year-on-year. Pretax segment operating income of $1.70 billion increased 13% sequentially and 13% year-on-year.

WesternGeco revenue of $671 million decreased 1% compared to the prior quarter but increased 1% year-on-year. Pretax segment operating income of $196 million was flat sequentially but decreased 9% year-on-year.

Schlumberger Chairman and CEO, Andrew Gould, commented, "Strong sequential growth throughout the Eastern Hemisphere led to improved margin performance in all Areas except North America, where the effects of strong growth in the lower forty-eight states and the US Gulf of Mexico were more than offset by a prolonged spring break-up in Canada.

"Growth was helped by increased drilling efficiency in the North Sea, improved performance and lower start-up costs on IPM projects in Mexico and Russia, and a favorable exploration mix, particularly in the North Sea, eastern Siberia and South East Asia. The quarter also saw increased demand for well-placement technologies and rigless work as operators strive to increase production from existing fields.

"At WesternGeco, sequential revenue growth was essentially flat as increases in Multiclient sales and Data Processing activity were offset by the seasonal drop in Marine activity. Significant increases were recorded in the backlog for land operations and marine bidding activity remained robust.

"Bidding activity during the quarter at Oilfield Services was also strong, particularly for Drilling & Measurements, Wireline, and Testing Services. This led to a number of significant contract awards, particularly in the area of drilling services where advances in rotary-steerable systems and well- placement technologies, coupled with increased reliability, are critical to operators in today’s environment of very high spread costs for offshore rigs.
At the beginning of the year we predicted a more complex growth pattern for 2008.

"Notably, we were uncertain of the evolution of North American natural gas activity and the extent to which delays in the completion of new build offshore rigs would affect growth. We anticipated solid increases in the Eastern Hemisphere land rig count.  At the half year, the uncertainty around the direction of natural gas drilling in North America has been removed and extremely high commodity prices have led operators to increase their budgets overseas. We anticipate that approximately 35 new offshore rigs will enter the fleet in the remaining half of the year. The overseas land rig count has evolved much as we predicted. It appears that customers are responding vigorously to current commodity price levels.

"In the longer term, we remain convinced that absent a deep worldwide recession leading to a steep drop in demand, higher levels of investment will have to be sustained to bring some equilibrium to the market. We therefore re-iterate our 'stronger for longer' view of the current cycle of exploration and production spending. It is significant that during the quarter the industry estimated an additional 28 new offshore rigs were ordered from shipyards with delivery dates out to 2012 — increasing the total on order to more than 180."

Other Events

  • During the second quarter, Schlumberger repurchased 5.45 million shares of common stock at an average price of $101.90 for a total of $555 million. This completed the 40-million-share repurchase program announced in 2006 and included $235 million of common stock repurchased under the $8-billion repurchase program approved by the Board of Directors on April 17, 2008.
  • Also during the second quarter, Sword Canada Acquisition Corp., an acquisition company indirectly and jointly owned by Schlumberger Limited and First Reserve Corporation, entered into an agreement to purchase all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Calgary-based Saxon Energy Services Inc. Schlumberger has enjoyed a long association with Saxon, including operating joint ventures in Mexico and Colombia which deliver services locally to Schlumberger. Saxon shareholders approved the transaction on July 15, 2008. The transaction is expected to close by the end of August 2008.

Oilfield Services

Second-quarter revenue of $6.07 billion was 8% higher sequentially and 22% higher year-on-year. Sequential revenue increases were recorded across all Areas most notably in the North Sea, US land West, Mexico/Central America, US land Central, Arabian, and Peru/Colombia/Ecuador GeoMarkets. In addition, double-digit growth rates were recorded by the China/Japan/Korea, Thailand/Vietnam, Australia/Papua New Guinea, US land North, and US Gulf Coast GeoMarkets. Across all Areas demand was particularly strong for Drilling & Measurements, Well Services, and Testing Services technologies.

Second-quarter pretax operating income of $1.70 billion increased 13% sequentially and 13% year-on-year. Pretax operating margin increased 129 basis points (bps) to reach 28.1%. The sequential increase was mainly driven by stronger demand for high-margin technologies in the North Sea and US Gulf Coast GeoMarkets, increased demand for higher-margin Wireline and Well Services technologies in the Arabian GeoMarket together with higher operating leverage in the US land GeoMarkets. Growth was also recorded due to increased demand for higher-margin Drilling & Measurements and Wireline technologies offshore, and lower Integrated Project Management (IPM) project start-up costs on land in Mexico/Central America. These increases were partially offset by the impact of the seasonal slowdown of activity in Canada following the spring break-up.

During the quarter, Schlumberger acquired the business of Extreme Engineering Limited, a leading supplier of unmanned measurements-while-drilling (MWD) systems. The Calgary-based company supplies high-efficiency, cost-effective onshore services across the US and Canada and is expected to help facilitate the rapid uptake of rotary-steerable systems technology within the US and Canada land markets.

To adapt the Schlumberger GeoMarket structure to expanding activity levels worldwide, new GeoMarket assignments have been established in Latin America and Europe/CIS/Africa, bringing the total number to 33. The GeoMarket structure brings together geographically focused teams to meet local needs and deliver customized solutions while enabling Schlumberger to deploy technology consistently on a global level.