Weatherford Reports Second Quarter 2016 Results

BAAR, Switzerland, July 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Weatherford International plc (NYSE: WFT) reported GAAP net loss for the second quarter of 2016 of $565 million, or a net loss of $0.63 per share, and adjusted net loss before charges and credits of $253 million ($0.28 adjusted net loss per share) on revenues of $1.40 billion for the second quarter of 2016.

Second Quarter 2016 Highlights

 

 

Bernard J. Duroc-Danner, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “During the second quarter, we continued to drive progress both operationally and financially.

On the operational front, our results show the impact of the cost transformation of Weatherford, resulting in our adjusted operating income declining by only $11 million on a sequential revenue decline of 11% or $183 million, with an improvement in our adjusted earnings per share. Underlying our operating results are benefits from our continued cost reduction efforts, supporting strong adjusted operating income decrementals of 6% sequentially and 24% year-over-year.

North America revenue declined 26%, outperforming a 35% reduction in average rig count and continued pricing headwinds. However, operating losses were reduced substantially with the aggressive cost actions taken this year. We believe North America activity levels have hit a bottom.

Internationally, our revenue declined 3% on a sequential rig count reduction of 7%. Latin America bore the brunt of the decline with steep customer spending cuts across the board. Eastern Hemisphere revenue increased by 4% sequentially. In the Europe/Caspian/Russia/Sub-Sahara Africa region, sharp activity reductions in offshore West Africa were only partly mitigated by a seasonal recovery in Russia. In the Middle East/North Africa/Asia Pacific region, the revenue increase reflected the final contract settlement of the Zubair project and higher activity in Algeria more than offsetting declines across several Asia Pacific operations. Revenue for the Land Drilling Rigs business declined with lower sequential utilization rates.

On the financial front, we successfully completed two upsized capital markets transactions, materially de-risking our near-term financial profile and meaningfully improving our liquidity position. We reduced near term debt maturities over the next three years from $2.1 billion down to $639 million, ensuring that we can meet our obligations under any business scenario. The settlement of the Zubair early production facility contract located in Iraq was an important milestone during the quarter.  We also substantially completed our full year headcount reduction and continued to optimize our headcount support ratio, all of which should positively impact our results moving forward.

The industry has now hit a bottom on both the activity and pricing fronts. Customers have begun to recognize that reliable, high quality  products and services have been discounted below economic minimums and are at unsustainable levels. Our conversations with  several customers support expectations that both activity and pricing levels will improve gradually over the next several quarters.

With our legacy issues now behind us, and a fundamentally transformed cost structure, Weatherford is positioned for the market recovery.  As we look forward to a gradual improving macro environment, our core set of differentiated product lines and technology, along with a very disciplined approach and a much strengthened operational team, all support strong incremental operating income margin improvement and future free cash flow generation.

Our performance to come will reflect our transformation in all metrics.”

Second Quarter 2016 Results

Revenue for the second quarter of 2016 was $1.40 billion compared with $1.59 billion in the first quarter of 2016 and $2.39 billion in the second quarter of 2015. Second quarter revenues declined 11% sequentially and 41% from the prior year. The sequential decline was 26% in North America and 3% for International operations.

GAAP net loss for the second quarter of 2016 was $565 million (net loss of $0.63 per share), compared to a net loss of $498 million in the first quarter of 2016 (net loss of $0.61 per share), and a net loss of $489 million in the second quarter of the prior year (net loss of $0.63 per share).

Adjusted net loss for the second quarter of 2016 was $253 million (adjusted net loss of $0.28 per share), compared to a net loss of $239 million in the first quarter of 2016 (adjusted net loss of $0.29 per share), and a net loss of $77 million in the second quarter of the prior year (adjusted net loss of $0.10 per share).

After-tax charges, net of credits, of $312 million for the second quarter include:

The above charges were partly offset with $45 million of income from the settlement of our Zubair legacy contract.

Operating margin of -4.7% for the second quarter improved  by 520 basis points sequentially, and deteriorated  621 basis points from the second quarter of 2015. Adjusted operating margin of -8.3%, for the second quarter decreased by 168 basis points sequentially, and declined 1,318 basis points from the second quarter of 2015. Sequentially, an overall 11% reduction in revenue resulted in adjusted operating income decrementals of 6%. Year-over-year revenue was down 41% with adjusted operating income decrementals of 24%. The negative operating margins continue to include about $50 million of costs per quarter to preserve the operating infrastructure and structural organization to enable the company to respond effectively to the anticipated increase in activity levels.

Segment Highlights

North America

 

Second quarter revenues of $401 million were down $142 million, or 26% sequentially, and down $407 million, or 50%, over the same quarter in the prior year. Second quarter operating losses decreased by $27 million sequentially to $101 million (-25.2% margin) and increased $9 million from an operating loss of $92 million in the same quarter of the prior year. The 26% decrease in sequential revenue in the region outperformed the 35% drop in the North American rig count and reflected reduced customer activity and spending as well as the Canadian seasonal spring break-up, coupled with continued pricing headwinds. Operating losses decreased sequentially, resulting in incrementals of 19%.  Driving these results were the benefits from aggressive cost saving actions taken during the first half of 2016. Year-over-year decrementals were a respectable 2%.

International Operations

 

Second quarter revenues of $892 million were down $31 million, or 3% sequentially, and lower by $505 million, or 36% compared to the same quarter in the prior year. Second quarter operating income of $52 million (5.8% margin) was $55 million higher sequentially and $72 million lower versus the same quarter in the prior year. Second quarter adjusted operating income of $2 million (0.2% margin) was lower by $47 million sequentially and $203 million lower versus the same quarter in the prior year. Adjusted operating income excludes both charges and credits associated with our Zubair legacy contract. The decline in international sequential revenue outperformed the rig count decrease of 7%.

Second quarter revenues of $249 million were down $56 million, or 18% sequentially, and down $214 million, or 46%, compared to the same quarter in the prior year. Second quarter operating income of $1 million (0.6% margin) was down 97% sequentially and down 98% compared to the same quarter in the prior year. Activity declines, particularly in  Mexico, Brazil and Colombia were the primary drivers of both the revenue and operating income declines as customers continued to reduce their spend. Cost reduction actions taken late in the second quarter did not impact the results of the quarter.

Second quarter revenues of $243 million were down $14 million, or 5% sequentially, and down $175 million, or 42%, over the same quarter in the prior year. Second quarter operating income of $1 million (0.3% margin) increased $2 million or 156% sequentially, and down 99% when compared to the same quarter in the prior year. The revenue and operating loss decline was primarily due to customer activity reductions across offshore West Africa, principally in Angola, partly offset by the seasonal recovery in Russia.

Second quarter revenues of $400 million were up $39 million, or 11% sequentially, and down $116 million, or 23%, from the same quarter in the prior year. Operating income of $50 million (12.5% margin) was up 209% sequentially and up 394% from the same quarter in the prior year. Adjusted operating income, which excludes the impact of the Zubair contract, was essentially at break-even levels. The sequential revenue increase was primarily due to the settlement of the Zubair legacy contract in Iraq and was partially offset by activity declines across many of the Asia Pacific operations. Sequentially, the adjusted operating income decreased due to the lower activity levels during the quarter.

Land Drilling Rigs

Second quarter revenues of $109 million were down $10 million, or 9% sequentially, and down $76 million, or 41%, compared to the same quarter in the prior year. The termination fees earned in the first quarter of 2016 and the completion of certain projects during the second quarter were the main constituents of the sequential revenue decline. Second quarter operating loss of $17 million (-15.7% margin) was up $9 million sequentially and down $21 million from the same quarter in the prior year. The operating loss improved sequentially due to increased activity in Saudi Arabia and continued structural cost reductions.

Operational Highlights

Free Cash Flow

Net cash used in operating activities was $139 million and free cash flow used in operations was $160 million for the second quarter of 2016. Working capital balances did not generate as much cash as expected, primarily due to much slower receivable collections from some of our key customers and to a certain extent, lower than expected inventory reductions due to the decline in product sales. Capital expenditures of $31 million were down $156 million, or 83% versus the same quarter in the prior year and reduced by $12 million, or 28%, from the first quarter of 2016. Also included in the quarter’s free cash flow were $97 million of debt interest payments, including an accelerated $27 million payment due to the early retirement of Weatherford’s senior notes. Additionally, $50 million of cash severance and restructuring costs were paid, to further reduce operating costs going forward.

The Company’s second quarter capital market transactions provide plenty of near-term financial flexibility and liquidity, and successfully extend Weatherford’s near-term maturity obligations.

Reclassifications

Certain prior year amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current year presentation related to the adoption of new accounting standards.

About Weatherford

Weatherford is one of the largest multinational oilfield service companies providing innovative solutions, technology and services to the oil and gas industry. The Company operates in over 100 countries and has a network of approximately 1,000 locations, including manufacturing, service, research and development, and training facilities and employs approximately 32,000 people. For more information, visit www.weatherford.com and connect with Weatherford on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call with financial analysts to discuss the quarterly results on July 28, 2016, at 7:00 a.m. eastern time (ET), 6:00 a.m. central time (CT). Weatherford invites investors to listen to the call live via the Company’s website, www.weatherford.com, in the Investor Relations section. A recording of the conference call and transcript of the call will be available in that section of the website shortly after the call ends.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains, and the conference call announced in this release may include, forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, among other things, the Company’s quarterly non-GAAP earnings per share, effective tax rate, free cash flow, net debt, forecasts or expectations regarding business outlook, and capital expenditures, and are also generally identified by the words “believe,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “outlook,” “budget,” “intend,” “strategy,” “plan,” “guidance,” “may,” “should,” “could,” “will,” “would,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will likely result,” and similar expressions, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs of Weatherford’s management, and are subject to significant risks, assumptions and uncertainties. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated in our forward-looking statements. Readers are also cautioned that forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future events or results, including possible changes in the size and components of the expected costs, expenses, savings and charges associated with prior workforce reduction and prior and ongoing facility closures; and risks associated with the Company’s ability to achieve the benefits and cost savings of such activities. Forward-looking statements are also affected by the risk factors described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and those set forth from time-to-time in the Company’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). We undertake no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except to the extent required under federal securities laws.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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