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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.
$SLB plans to tackle this year's activity growth without raising CapEx, as it has started to benefit from increased asset utilization. With the counter-cyclical business development program being completed, Schlumberger will now shift focus to project execution. It has also been decided to maintain dividends at the current level for another year.
$SLB has initiated reactivation of equipment to tap the growth potential outside the US. The process will result in an increase in short-term costs, which the company expects to absorb in 1Q18. Schlumberger expects the decline in EPS in 1Q18 to be 2-3% more than the normal seasonal dip, due to the large size of its business in Russia and North Sea.
$SLB said a reduction in tax rate, pursuant to the tax reform, will offset the effect of an estimated 2-3% rise in its effective tax rate this year, due to higher profitability in N. America. The company attributed the $3Bil pre-tax charge incurred in 4Q17 to its exit from the seismic acquisition business and write-down of investments in Venezuela.
$SLB’s 4Q17 revenue growth was driven mainly by a 40% upturn in the Production Group. The Cameron Group registered a 5% growth to $1.41Bil, and Drilling Group revenues advanced 8% to $2.2Bil. Meanwhile, Reservoir and Characterization Group saw revenues falling 2% to $1.64Bil. Region-wise, North America continued to top the list with a 59% growth.
Oilfield technology firm $SLB incurred a huge charge in 4Q17 related to restructuring of its operations in crisis-stricken Venezuela, resulting in a sharply wider loss. Excluding the charge, Schlumberger posted a 78% growth in earnings to $0.48 per share, which exceeded expectations. The upturn was supported by a 15% rise in revenues to $8.2Bil.
Global specialty chemicals industry leader $ALB said it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its polyolefin catalysts and components business to $GRA in cash for approx. $416MM. The organometallics and curatives portions of the Performance Catalysts Solutions business will remain with $ALB. The deal is expected to close during 1Q18.