NOV VARCO 1Q REPORT
National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE: NOV) reported that for its first quarter ended March 31, 2015, it earned net income of $310 million, or $0.76 per fully diluted share, compared to fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014 net income of $595 million, or $1.39 per fully diluted share. Excluding other items of $122 million in pre-tax charges related to an early retirement program, $9 million of Venezuela asset write-down, and $69 million of nonrecurring foreign tax exposure, net income was $466million, or $1.14 per fully diluted share, down 33 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014, and down 12 percent from the first quarter of 2014, excluding other items from all periods.
Revenues for the first quarter of 2015 were $4.82 billion, a decrease of 15.6 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014 and a decrease of one percent from the first quarter of 2014. Operating profit for the quarter, excluding the other items, was $692 million, or 14.4 percent of sales.
EBITDA for the first quarter, excluding other items, was $837 million, or 17.4 percent of sales, down 18.1 percent from the prior year.
During the first quarter of 2015, the Company repurchased and retired 24.5 million shares of its common stock at an average price of $54.35 per share for a total purchase price of $1.3 billion. Since initiating a share buyback program in September 2014, the Company has repurchased 43.3 million shares or 10 percent of its shares outstanding, at an average price of $57.38 per share. Ending backlog for the first quarter of 2015 was $10.43 billion for the Company's Rig Systems segment and $1.46 billion for the Company's Completion & Production Solutions segment.
Clay C. Williams, Chairman, President and CEO of National Oilwell Varco, stated, "National Oilwell Varco executed well during the first quarter of 2015, despite the significant downturn in oil price and oilfield activity we faced. Our strong financial resources, $11.9 billion backlog, and outstanding workforce position us well to weather the current challenging market, and we plan to emerge stronger and better. In the short run we will continue with cost reduction initiatives implemented through the past few months to drive better efficiency and mitigate the impact of declining revenues, which we expect to continue through at least the next few quarters." Williams noted that the Company will continue to execute its long-term plans to increase shareholder value. "We have the financial resources to invest in acquisitions, as well as the transformative new technologies we have a long history of pioneering. Cyclical downturns provide extraordinary opportunities to deploy capital to better position our enterprise for a recovery. While we don't know the duration of this downturn, we know that we will be better when the recovery comes."
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