Company Update (NYSE:HAL): Halliburton Company Announces Fourth Quarter Income from Continuing Operations of $0.31 Per Diluted Share, Excluding Special Items


Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL) announced that income from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $270 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, excluding special items. This compares to income from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2015 of $265 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, excluding special items. Adjusted operating income was $473 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to adjusted operating income of $506 million in the third quarter of 2015. Halliburton’s total revenue in the fourth quarter of 2015 was $5.1 billion, compared to $5.6 billion in the third quarter of 2015.

As a result of the downturn in the energy market and its corresponding impact on the company’s business outlook, Halliburton recorded company-wide charges related primarily to asset write-offs and severance costs of approximately $192 million, after-tax, or $0.22 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to $257 million, after-tax, or $0.30 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2015. Halliburton recorded Baker Hughes acquisition-related costs of $79 million, after-tax, or $0.09 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to $62 million, after-tax, or $0.07 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2015. Halliburton also incurred $27 million, after-tax, or $0.03 per diluted share, of interest expense associated with the $7.5 billion debt issuance in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Reported loss from continuing operations was $28 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to reported loss from continuing operations of $54 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2015. Reported operating income was $86 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to reported operating income of $43 million for the third quarter of 2015.

Total revenue for the full year of 2015 was $23.6 billion, a decrease of $9.2 billion, or 28%, from 2014. Reported operating loss for 2015 was $165 million, compared to reported operating income of $5.1 billion for 2014. Both revenue and operating income declines resulted from the impact of reduced commodity prices creating widespread pricing pressure and activity reductions on a global basis. Adjusted income from continuing operations for 2015 was $1.3 billion, or $1.56 per diluted share, compared to adjusted income from continuing operations for 2014 of $3.4 billion, or $4.02 per diluted share. Reported loss from continuing operations for 2015 was $666 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, compared to reported income from continuing operations for 2014 of $3.4 billion, or $4.03 per diluted share.

“We are pleased with our fourth quarter and full-year results in this challenging environment, as once again we outperformed our peer group in North America and international revenue, both sequentially and on a full-year basis,” said Jeff Miller, President.

“Total company annual revenue of $23.6 billion declined 28% year-over-year, outperforming a 35% decline in both the average worldwide rig count and global drilling and completions spend.

“Our international business was resilient during 2015. Annual revenue declined 16% from the prior year, outperforming our largest peer sequentially and on a full-year basis for both revenue and margins. Despite pricing and activity headwinds, we were able to improve 2015 operating margins due to a focus on cost management. North America revenue declined 39% compared to 2014, as a result of unprecedented declines in activity, with the U.S. land rig count ending the year down 64% from the 2014 peak.

“Fourth quarter total company revenue of $5.1 billion declined 9% sequentially, while adjusted operating income declined by 7% to $473 million.

“For our international business, fourth quarter revenue and operating income declined sequentially by 5% and 10%, respectively, as a result of price concessions and activity declines. In addition, due to customer budget constraints, we did not see the typical benefit from year-end equipment and software sales.

“In the Middle East / Asia region, revenue declined by 5% sequentially, with a similar decline in operating income of 6%. Lower activity levels in Saudi Arabia and Iraq were partially offset by modestly higher sales in China and increased activity in Kuwait and Oman.

“In Europe/Africa/CIS, revenue declined 6% sequentially with a decrease in operating income of 18%. The decline was primarily driven by activity reductions in the North Sea, partially offset by increased activity levels in Angola and Algeria.

“Latin America revenue and operating income declined sequentially by 6% and 9%, respectively, driven by reduced activity across most of the region. Partially offsetting this decline was improved activity levels in Mexico.

“North America revenue declined 13% sequentially, led by reduced activity and pricing concessions in US Land. Operating margins improved by 160 basis points, driven by cost reduction efforts, and year-end completion tool sales in the Gulf of Mexico. Our margins continue to include an elevated cost structure in North America, in anticipation of the pending Baker Hughes acquisition.

“Our strategy remains unchanged. We are focused on maintaining a strong customer portfolio, investing in more efficient technology, and delivering reliable, best-in-class service quality for our customers. We are looking through this cycle, drawing upon our management’s deep experience and preparing the business for growth when the industry recovers,” said Miller.

“We remain fully committed to closing the pending acquisition of Baker Hughes. We are continuing our discussions with competition authorities, and recently offered an enhanced set of divestitures in an effort to resolve competition-related concerns as soon as possible. We are diligently focused on pending regulatory reviews, the divestiture process, and planning for integration activities after the closing of the deal,” added Dave Lesar, Chairman and CEO.

“2016 is expected to be another challenging year for the industry. We believe our customers will remain focused on cost per barrel optimization and gaining higher levels of efficiency, both of which bode very well for Halliburton. Ultimately, when this market recovers we believe North America will respond the quickest and offer the greatest upside, and that Halliburton will be positioned to outperform,” concluded Lesar.

Completion and Production

Completion and Production (C&P) revenue in the fourth quarter of 2015 was $2.8 billion, a decrease of $369 million, or 12%, from the third quarter of 2015, primarily driven by activity and pricing headwinds in all regions. Sequentially, North America revenue declined as a result of seasonal activity reductions for pressure pumping as well as customer budget constraints, partially offset by higher year-end sales in the Gulf of Mexico. Latin America revenue declined sequentially for all product lines due to lower activity in Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and Colombia. Sequentially, Europe/Africa/CIS revenue declined as a result of lower cementing activity in the North Sea, and Middle East/Asia revenue improved due to increased stimulation services in Kuwait and Australia, as well as higher production solutions activity across the region.

C&P operating income was $144 million, which decreased $19 million, or 12%, compared to the third quarter of 2015. Sequentially, North America C&P operating income increased $15 million, or 31%, driven primarily by year-end sales in the Gulf of Mexico. Latin America C&P operating income decreased $37 million, or 70%, from the third quarter of 2015, as a result of lower completion sales in Mexico and lower stimulation activity in Argentina and Mexico. Europe/Africa/CIS C&P operating income fell $14 million, or 18%, sequentially, due to lower completion product sales and cementing services in the North Sea. Middle East/Asia C&P operating income improved by $17 million, or 21%, compared to the third quarter of 2015, resulting from higher stimulation services in Kuwait and Australia and higher production solution activity throughout the region.

Drilling and Evaluation

Drilling and Evaluation (D&E) revenue in the fourth quarter of 2015 was $2.3 billion, a decrease of $131 million, or 5%, from the third quarter of 2015, driven primarily by decreased drilling activity and logging services in the United States, Latin America, and Europe/Africa/CIS, along with reduced project management activity and drilling services in Middle East/Asia. This was partially offset by increased fluid services and software sales in Mexico.

D&E operating income was $399 million, which was essentially flat compared to the third quarter of 2015. North America D&E operating income increased $18 million, or 32%, sequentially, as a result of increased offshore activity and software sales in the United States. Latin America D&E operating income improved $27 million, or 49%, sequentially, primarily from increased fluid services, software sales, and testing activity in Mexico. Europe/Africa/CIS D&E operating income declined $13 million, or 18%, from the third quarter of 2015, mainly from reduced drilling services in Norway and Azerbaijan. Middle East/Asia D&E operating income fell $34 million, or 16%, sequentially, due to reduced drilling services in Saudi Arabia and Papua New Guinea, which coupled with lower project management services in Iraq more than offset higher drilling sales in China.

Corporate and Other

During the fourth quarter of 2015, Halliburton incurred $79 million, after-tax, for costs related to the pending Baker Hughes acquisition. Halliburton also incurred $27 million, after-tax, of interest expense associated with the $7.5 billion debt offering, which was recorded in “Interest expense, net”.

Significant Recent Events and Achievements

Halliburton issued $7.5 billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes in five tranches: $1.25 billion of 5-year notes bearing interest at a fixed rate of 2.7% per year and maturing on November 15, 2020; $1.25 billion of 7-year notes bearing interest at a fixed rate of 3.375% per year and maturing on November 15, 2022; $2.0 billion of 10-year notes bearing interest at a fixed rate of 3.8% per year and maturing on November 15, 2025; $1.0 billion of 20-year notes bearing interest at a fixed rate of 4.85% per year and maturing on November 15, 2035; and $2.0 billion of 30-year notes bearing interest at a fixed rate of 5.0% per year and maturing on November 15, 2045. Halliburton intends to use the net proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes, including financing a portion of the cash consideration component of Halliburton’s pending acquisition of Baker Hughes.

 
Halliburton officially opened its Elmendorf South Texas Sand Plant with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. It is the largest Halliburton sand facility in the world and represents a $36 million investment. The facility, with eight silos and a laboratory, is located at the Alamo Junction Rail Park in Elmendorf, near the company’s South Texas Operations Center in southern Bexar County. It has the capability to offload 150 railcars and load 450-500 trucks daily.

Halliburton’s Landmark business line and CGG, a global provider of fully integrated geoscience technology and services, announced a geosciences technology collaboration. The collaboration will allow shared customers to seamlessly access best-in-class interpretation and reservoir characterization technologies and geoscience data from both companies, using the industry’s first E&P enterprise class platform – Landmark’s DecisionSpace®. The technology collaboration will significantly enhance existing unconventional and 4D workflows by providing full interoperability of combined capabilities across the complete lifecycle of the reservoir. These next generation software suites will support improved prospect generation, well location and path definition, completion design, development planning and reservoir management.

 
Halliburton held its 22nd annual Halliburton Charity Golf Tournament and raised a record of more than $3 million for 43 nonprofit organizations across the U.S., making it one of the largest non-PGA golf tournament fundraisers in Texas. The tournament surpassed the 2014 record of $2.4 million, and has donated almost $14 million to charities over its 22-year history. (Original Source)

Shares of Halliburton Company closed last Friday at $30.19 . HAL has a 1-year high of $50.20 and a 1-year low of $27.64. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $33.75 and its 200-day moving average is $37.53.

On the ratings front, Halliburton has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on January 19, Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Urban maintained a Buy rating on HAL, with a price target of $53, which represents a potential upside of 75.6% from where the stock is currently trading. Separately, on January 5, KeyBanc’s Robin Shoemaker upgraded the stock to Buy and has a price target of $40.

According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Mike Urban and Robin Shoemaker have a total average return of -58.7% and -17.9% respectively. Urban has a success rate of 34.1% and is ranked #3608 out of 3608 analysts, while Shoemaker has a success rate of 41.4% and is ranked #3411.

Halliburton Co is a provider of services and products to the energy industry related to the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas.