What Impacted Weatherford’s 1Q17 Performance?

Weatherford’s North America region’s 1Q17 operating loss improved to $18 million—compared its operating loss of $128 million last year.

Alex Chamberlin - Author

May 1 2017, Published 9:12 a.m. ET

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Weatherford International’s performance

Revenues from Weatherford International’s Land Drilling Rigs segment fell the most (25% fall) from 1Q16 to 1Q17. Weatherford’s Europe/Sub Saharan Africa/Russia region’s revenues fell moderately (~5% fall) during the same period. In comparison, Schlumberger’s (SLB) 1Q17 revenues rose 6% compared to the previous year. Weatherford accounts for 0.36% of the ProShares Ultra Oil & Gas ETF (DIG).

Weatherford’s North America region’s 1Q17 operating loss improved to $18 million—compared its operating loss of $128 million last year. Weatherford’s Latin America operations had an 80% fall in operating income in 1Q17—compared to 1Q16.

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Positive factors 

  • There was a nearly 25% higher North America rig count in 1Q17 compared to 4Q16. The higher rig count had a positive impact on artificial lift, completion, drilling services, and wireline product line sales.
  • There were savings from cost reduction following Weatherford’s North America pressure pumping operation shutting down.
  • Sub-Sahara Africa and Europe had increased low margin product sales.
  • There were higher well construction and secure drilling services sales in Latin America, which have a high operating margin.

Negative factors 

  • The Middle East/North Africa/Asia Pacific region had lower product sale and depressed pricing.
  • The Gulf States had drilling and contract activity.

New contracts 

  • Weatherford received a contract in western Canada for more than 40 pumping units for an upstream operator.
  • Weatherford received a 30-month contract to provide integrated services in shallow-water Mexico. The contract is valued at $178 million.
  • In the Middle East, Weatherford’s contracts with two large national oil companies have been extended through 2018.

Next, we’ll discuss Weatherford International’s returns.


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