HALLIBURTON NET LOSS $2.4 BLN
HOUSTON – May 3, 2016 - Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL) announced today that income from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2016 was $64 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, excluding special items. This compares to income from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2015 of $270 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, excluding special items. Adjusted operating income was $225 million in the first quarter of 2016, compared to adjusted operating income of $473 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Halliburton's total revenue in the first quarter of 2016 was $4.2 billion, compared to $5.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Market conditions continued to negatively impact Halliburton's business in the first quarter of 2016. The rig count declined to historic lows during the quarter, in the face of continued depressed commodity prices, which created further widespread pricing pressure and activity reductions for the company's products and services on a global basis. As a result of these conditions and their corresponding impact on the company's business outlook, Halliburton recorded company-wide charges related primarily to asset impairments and severance costs of approximately $2.1 billion, after-tax, or $2.39 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2016, compared to $192 million, after-tax, or $0.22 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2015.
In accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, and in conjunction with the termination of its merger agreement with Baker Hughes, Halliburton determined that its proposed businesses to be divested no longer meet the assets held for sale criteria as of March 31, 2016. As a result, the company recorded corresponding charges representing the associated depreciation and amortization expense previously suspended for these businesses, along with other divestiture-related costs, within "Baker Hughes acquisition-related costs." In total, Halliburton recorded Baker Hughes acquisition-related costs of $378 million, after-tax, or $0.44 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2016, compared to $79 million, after-tax, or $0.09 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2015. Halliburton also incurred $45 million, after-tax, or $0.05 per diluted share, of interest expense in the first quarter of 2016 associated with the $7.5 billion of debt issued in late 2015, compared to $27 million, after-tax, or $0.03 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Reported loss from continuing operations was $2.4 billion, or $2.81 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2016, compared to reported loss from continuing operations of $28 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2015. Reported operating loss was $3.1 billion for the first quarter of 2016, compared to reported operating income of $86 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.
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