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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.
Ahead of its quarterly earnings announcement, scheduled for February 22, 2017, oil exploration company $APA said it expects adj. international production to be in the range of 138,000 to 140,000 BOE per day in 4Q17. In the US, production is currently estimated to be at the high end of the company's guidance range of 218,000 to 224,000 BOE per day.
$ITRI has completed its acquisition of Silver Spring Networks, Inc. The legacy Silver Spring Networks business is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Itron, Inc. and will be integrated and reported as a new business segment, Itron Networked Solutions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Energy utility firm $D has entered into an agreement with $SCG, under which the companies will merge in a stock-for-stock transaction. SCANA shareholders will receive 0.6690 share of Dominion for each SCANA share. The transaction is expected to be accretive to Dominion’s earnings. SCANA will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Dominion.
Electricity utility company $SRE has commenced separate offerings of $2.5Bil of its common shares and $1.5Bil of its Series-A Convertible Preferred Stock. Sempra intends to use the net proceeds from the offerings and the related sale of shares to finance, in part, its proposed merger with Energy Future Holdings Corp. and related costs and expenses.
South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. (SCE&G), principal subsidiary of $SCG, filed a formal request with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to withdraw the combined operating licenses for VC Summer Station Units 2 & 3. SCE&G states that it has irrevocably abandoned its interests in the VCS Units 2 and 3.
$ITRI signed a contract with Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana - South, a subsidiary of Vectren Corp., to modernize its energy grid. Itron's OpenWay Riva IoT solution for electricity and gas with Itron Total Outcomes will help transform customer experience and improve reliability.
$NOG Chairman Rich Weber announced his resignation to allow him to focus his time on his responsibilities as Chairman and CEO of PennEnergy Resources. The Board appointed current director Bahram Akradi as Lead Independent Director and a member of Executive Committee. Akradi and the Executive Committee will provide leadership on an ongoing basis.
$NOG's Board approved a preliminary 2018 capital budget of up to $176MM, which contemplates 20-22 net wells added to production during 2018. Based on this preliminary budget, 2018 annual production is expected to increase by 10-14% when compared to 2017. The Board also sees a 10-15% reduction in general and administrative expenses from 2017.
$NOG now expects 4Q17 average daily production to increase by 4-6% over 3Q17, compared to prior guidance indicating flat sequential production at the mid-point. The company now expects to add about 5-6 net wells to production and oil differential to improve by $1.50 per barrel.