Have Schlumberger’s Acquisitions Paid Off?

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Schlumberger Ltd. (NYSE: SLB) reported its most recent quarterly results on Friday morning. The oilfield services firm said that it had $0.36 in earnings per share (EPS) and $8.18 billion in revenue, which compares with consensus estimates calling for $0.36 in EPS on revenue of $8.03 billion. The same period of last year reportedly EPS of had $0.48and $8.18 billion in revenue.

Overall, fourth-quarter revenue declined 4% sequentially driven by lower activity and pricing for most production- and Cameron-related businesses in North America. Lower revenue from OneSubsea also drove the decline, but management has booked more than $600 million in new project orders during the quarter.

During this quarter, Shearwater GeoServices completed the purchase of the WesternGeco marine seismic acquisition assets and operations. Schlumberger received a cash consideration of $600 million plus a 15% post-closing equity interest in Shearwater GeoServices.

The board of directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.50 per share of outstanding common stock, payable on April 12, 2019, to stockholders of record on February 13, 2019.

Paal Kibsgaard, board chair and chief executive, commented:

Full-year 2018 revenue of $32.8 billion increased 8% year-on-year and grew for the second successive year. Performance was driven by North America where revenue of $12.0 billion increased 26% due to the results of our OneStim business, which grew by 41%. Full-year international revenue of $20.4 billion was essentially flat compared with 2017. However, excluding Cameron, international revenue for the second half of 2018 showed year-over-year growth of 3%, marking the beginning of a positive activity trend after three consecutive years of declining revenues.

Shares of Schlumberger closed Thursday at $41.37, in a 52-week range of $34.99 to $80.35. The stock has a consensus analyst price target of $56.68. Following the announcement, the stock was up about 3% at $42.60 in early trading indications Friday.

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