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$NBR 1Q15 10-Q: At 1Q15-end, NBR had cash & cash equivalents of $586.00MM vs. $501.15MM at 4Q14-end. NBR had cash & short-term investments of $621.2MM vs. $536.2MM at Dec. 31, 2014 & working capital of $1Bil vs. $1.2Bil at Dec. 31, 2014. NBR had $1.3Bil of availability remaining under $1.725Bil revolving credit facility & commercial paper program.
During 4Q17, $HAL recorded an $882MM non-cash charge, primarily as a result of a preliminary provision for net impact of tax reform. Given current U.S. tax attributes, $HAL does not expect to pay any cash tax on deemed repatriation tax obligations. $HAL sees 2018 and 1Q effective tax rate to be about 23% based on expected geographic earnings mix.
$HAL said tax reform bill is a big positive and expects this to lower effective tax rate percentage from the high-20s to 21-23% range, reflecting the new U.S. corporate rate plus state and local taxes along with geographic earnings mix. This will positively impact future earnings and help level playing field with foreign domicile competitors.
$HAL's International revenue for 4Q17 increased 11% sequentially to $2.5Bil. This resulted primarily from increased activity across multiple product services lines in Latin America, and increases in drilling and stimulation activity in the Eastern Hemisphere.
$HAL's North America revenue for 4Q17 rose 7% sequentially to $3.4Bil. This was driven primarily by higher utilization and pricing throughout the U.S. land sector in the majority of product service lines, primarily pressure pumping, as well as higher drilling activity and completion tool sales in the Gulf of Mexico.
$HAL's Drilling and Evaluation revenue for 4Q17 grew 12% to $2.1Bil from last quarter and operating income climbed 62% to $291MM. These increases were primarily due to increased drilling activity in the Middle East and North America and higher software sales and services in Latin America.
$HAL's Completion and Production revenue for 4Q17 rose 8% to $3.8Bil from last quarter. In the U.S. land sector, higher pressure pumping activity and pricing led to higher revenue while higher costs and seasonality hindered profitability.
$HAL reported a wider loss in 4Q17 due to charges related to U.S. tax reform and Venezuela receivables. Net loss widened to $824MM or $0.94 per share from $149MM or $0.17 per share last year. Revenue grew to $5.94Bil from $4.02Bil. Adjusted EPS from continuing operations jumped to $0.53 from $0.04.
Excluding the impact of other items, $NOV expects consolidated results for 4Q17 to be at or above prior expectations. The company anticipates Rig Technologies will exceed prior guidance, Wellbore Technologies will be in-line with expectations, and Completion and Production Solutions will fall short of guidance.
$NBR said it has completed the previously announced acquisition of $TESO. Nabors acquired all common shares of Tesco in an all-stock transaction. Tesco shareholders will receive 0.68 common shares of Nabors for each share of Tesco stock owned. With the completion of the transaction, Tesco common stock has ceased trading on the NASDAQ Stock Market.
$QEP announced the expiration of the offers to purchase for cash up to $361MM aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 6.80% senior notes due 2020 and 6.875% senior notes due 2021. The company also announced the completion of the previously announced redemption of all of its outstanding 6.80% senior notes due 2018.
$NBR and $TESO provided a status update of the previously announced acquisition of $TESO by $NBR. Tesco shareholders approved the Arrangement pursuant to which Nabors will acquire all of Tesco's common shares in a stock-for-stock transaction. The companies expect the closing of the transaction to occur by year-end.