Schlumberger Ltd. (SLB) Tops Q3 EPS by 3c

October 20, 2016 4:16 PM EDT

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Schlumberger Ltd. (NYSE: SLB) reported Q3 EPS of $0.25, $0.03 better than the analyst estimate of $0.22. Revenue for the quarter came in at $7 billion versus the consensus estimate of $7.08 billion.

Schlumberger Chairman and CEO Paal Kibsgaard commented, “After calling the bottom of the cycle in the second quarter of this year, our business stabilized in the third quarter following a drop of more than 50% in pro forma revenue during the previous seven quarters. Over the same period, we have removed $6 billion from our quarterly cost base.

“Our third-quarter revenue decreased 2% sequentially, driven largely by the expected reduction in activity at Cameron as the order backlog of products declined. In spite of the challenging business environment, Cameron delivered strong financial results that were partly supported by excellent progress in the integration process.

“Excluding Cameron, revenue increased 1% sequentially driven by higher activity in the North America and Middle East Areas as well as in the Australia and Russia GeoMarkets. In North America, a modest increase in activity on land was partially tempered by lower offshore rig count in the US Gulf of Mexico. At the same time, increased activity during the peak summer drilling campaigns in Russia and new projects in the Middle East and Australia GeoMarkets were offset by continued weakness in Latin America, the North Sea, Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

"The solid nature of these results is apparent through incremental and decremental margin performance. The 12% sequential drop in Cameron Group revenue translated to a decremental margin of only 19% as a result of strong execution, accelerated integration, and effective cost control; while the 1% sequential increase in revenue for the remainder of the company leveraged strong execution and transformation effects to generate incremental margins north of 65%, excluding the effects of last quarter’s impairment charges.

“Among the business segments, the third-quarter revenue of the Reservoir Characterization Group increased 5% due to increased WesternGeco marine surveys in the North Sea, additional land seismic surveys in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, solid progress on the early production facilities in Kuwait, and the seasonal increase of Wireline and Testing activity in Russia and Kazakhstan. Production Group revenue declined slightly by 1% as lower fracturing and completions activity in Latin America, the North Sea, and the Middle East was offset by increased fracturing activity on land in North America. Drilling Group revenue was also down by 1% due to the prolonged decline in deepwater activity in Sub-Saharan Africa, Brazil, and the Asia-Pacific region, which was only partially offset by the strong recovery in directional drilling activity in US land. Cameron Group revenue was sequentially lower by 12% primarily due to reduced product sales from a declining order backlog."

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