HALLIBURTON NET LOSS $5.6 BLN
HALLIBURTON ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER 2016 RESULTS
"I am pleased with our third quarter results given the devastation our industry has faced over the last two years. These results reflect the hard work and determination of our organization. While the recent cycle has provided its fair share of challenges, we out-executed even against the very high expectations we place on our organization," said Dave Lesar, Chairman and CEO.
"Total company revenue was flat at $3.8 billion, operating income was $128 million, and cash flow from operating activities for the third quarter was in excess of $1.0 billion. These results were driven primarily by increased utilization in North America, as well as effective global cost and working capital management.
"During the quarter, North America results improved as we took advantage of the rig count growth by increasing utilization, working our surface efficiency model and relentlessly managing costs. Our North America business delivered 9% sequential revenue growth, and operating results improved by $58 million, which represents 41% incremental margins. This is a step in the right direction as we work to regain profitability in North America.
"As we look forward, we expect an increased commodity price to stimulate rig count growth. In the near term, we remain cautious around fourth quarter customer activity due to holiday and seasonal weather-related downtimes. However, it does not change our view that things are getting better for us and our customers.
"The Eastern Hemisphere continued to experience activity and pricing headwinds throughout the quarter, which was offset by our focus on cost management. As a result, revenue declined by 5%, while operating income margins increased 3%. In the Middle East/Asia region, further activity declines in Asia Pacific were coupled with pricing
headwinds across the region. In Europe/Africa/CIS, declining activity in Nigeria, Angola and Continental Europe was offset by further cost management in the region.
"Latin America revenue and operating income declined by 13% and 50% respectively, as a result of declining activity levels in Mexico, Argentina and Venezuela. Latin America results continue to suffer from the effects of restricted customer budgets, delayed projects, and rig counts at historical lows. However, we maintain a long-term positive outlook on the region and expect it to recover with improved commodity prices.
"For our international business, we believe the seasonal year-end sales will be minimal and customer pricing pressure will continue; however, these will likely be offset by continued cost management. As such, we expect fourth quarter results to come in flat compared to the third quarter.
"Globally, we will continue to expand our portfolio in unconventionals, mature fields and deepwater. We believe the underlying fundamentals driving our industry are strengthening, and I am optimistic about Halliburton's relative performance as we move into the new year," concluded Lesar.
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