Leading oilfield services company, Weatherford International Ltd. (WFT - Free Report) , reported second-quarter 2017 adjusted loss of 28 cents per share, in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate as well as the year-earlier number. The loss was mainly attributable to adverse impact of pressure pumping operations and lower product sales.
Second-quarter total revenue decreased to $1,363.0 million from $1,402.0 million in the year-ago quarter and also lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,417.0 million.
North American revenues for the second quarter were $475 million, up 18.5% from the year-ago comparable quarter. Increased drilling and completion activities resulted in higher revenues from all product lines in the U.S. Operating income during the quarter was $2 million. The company reported an operating loss of $101 million in the prior-year quarter.
Middle East/North Africa/Asia posted revenues of $340 million, down 15% or $60 million from the year-earlier period. Second-quarter operating income of $9 million decreased from $50 million in the prior-year quarter. The decline in revenues is attributable to lower product sales across the region and continued pricing pressure.
Europe/West Africa/FSU posted revenues of $244 million, down from $243 million from the year-earlier quarter. The decrease was mainly due to lower Secure Drilling product sales in Europe. Operating income in the reported quarter was $5 million compared to an operating income of $1 million in the prior-year quarter.
Latin American revenues of $203 million were down $46 million or 18.5% year over year. Second-quarter operating loss was $35 million compared with operating income of $1 million in the year-ago period. Revenues declined primarily due to a change in revenue accounting in Venezuela.
As of Jun 30, Weatherford had $584 million in cash and cash equivalents. Long-term debt amounted $7,538 million. The company spent approximately $42 million in capital expenditures during the reported quarter.
Q2 Price Performance
During Apr–Jun 2017, Weatherford’s shares underperformed the industry. During the aforesaid period, the stock has lost 41.8% compared with a 20.3% decline for the broader industry.
Currently, Weatherford carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). Some better-ranked stocks in the same space are Enbridge Energy, LP (EEP - Free Report) , Braskem S.A. (BAK - Free Report) and TransCanada Corp (TRP - Free Report) . While Braskem and TransCanada sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Enbridge Energy carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Enbridge Energy delivered a positive earnings surprise of 128.57% in the preceding quarter. The company beat estimates in three of the trailing four quarters with an average positive earnings surprise of 38.22%.
Braskem delivered a positive earnings surprise of 107.79% in the quarter ending September 2016.
TransCanada delivered a positive earnings surprise of 12.00% in the preceding quarter. It surpassed estimates in two of the trailing four quarters with an average positive earnings surprise of 4.06%.
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