Weatherford (WFT) Posts Narrower-Than-Expected Loss in Q1
Weatherford International Ltd. WFT posted first-quarter 2018 adjusted loss of 19 cents per share, narrower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 22 cents as well as the year-ago quarter’s adjusted loss of 32 cents. The downside was caused by adverse impact of pressure pumping operations as well as lower product sales.
Total revenues amounted to $1,423.0 million, up from $1, 386.0 million in the year-ago quarter. However, the reported figure lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,467.0 million.
The leading oilfield services company realigned its organization into two operating segments — Western Hemisphere and Eastern Hemisphere — during the fourth quarter of 2017. The Western Hemisphere segment will include the previous North America and Latin America businesses as well as land drilling rig operations in Colombia and Mexico.
The Eastern Hemisphere segment will comprise the previous Middle East/North Africa/Asia Pacific segment and Europe/SSA/Russia segment as well as land drilling rig operations in the Eastern Hemisphere. Research and development expenses will be incorporated in the Western and Eastern Hemisphere segment results.
In the first quarter, revenues from Western Hemisphere were $756 million, down 0.4% sequentially but up 3.1% year over year. Assets sale of the Pressure Pumping and Pump-Down Perforating as well as lower sale of pumping units affected quarterly results. This was partially offset by higher activity in Mexico and Argentina. The year-over-year increase can be attributed to improvement of activity in Canada, the United States and Mexico, offset by a decline in Venezuela.
Revenues in Eastern Hemisphere were $667 million, down 8.6% sequentially but up 2.1% year over year, respectively. The sequential fall was caused by lower product sales and activity in the North Sea and Russia. The year-over-year rise can be attributed to higher activity in Middle East and Russia, offset by overall decline in offshore markets of North Sea, West Africa and Asia.
As of Mar 31, Weatherford had $459 million in cash and cash equivalents. It had long-term debt of $7,639 million. Weatherford spent approximately $38 million in capital expenditures during the reported quarter.
Q1 Price Performance
During the January-March quarter of 2018, Weatherford’s shares lost 45.1% compared with industry’s decline of 9.7%.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Weatherford carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
A few better-ranked players in the same sector are Nine Energy Service, Inc NINE, BaytexEnergy Corp BTE and SunCoke Energy Inc SXC. All three stocks sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Nine Energy Service is engaged in delivering onshore completion and production services to unconventional oil and gas resource development. The company posted a positive earnings surprise of 6.25% in the preceeding quarter.
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