Land drilling contractor Nabors Industries Ltd. ( NBR) reported second-quarter 2014 earnings from continuing operations of 24 cents per share (excluding charges related to the sale of non-core assets), beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny. The bottom line also increased by a whopping 200% from the year-ago figure of 8 cents per share (from continuing operations). Impressive U.S. and international operations along with improved production services aided the results.
Total revenue of $1,623.5 million was up 10.1% from $1,474.2 million in the year-ago period. Higher sales from the Drilling and Rig Services segment and the Completion and Production Services unit led to the improvement.
Nabors reports its operations in two major segments: Drilling and Rig Services, comprising U.S., Canada, International and Rig Services; and Completion and Production Services that includes Production Services and Completion Services.
Drilling and Rig Services
During the quarter, Drilling and Rig Service revenues were up 13.9% year over year to $1,140.8 million, while the segment’s operating income improved approximately 48.7% to $149.8 million. Total rig years rose to 364.2 from 338.4 in the second quarter of 2013.
Nabors’ U.S. operations recorded quarterly revenues of $532.9 million, up 14.1% from the year-ago level. Moreover, operating income increased 28.9% year over year to $90.0 million.
The Canadian market registered a year-over-year decline of 15.3%, recording revenues of $54.9 million. The operating profit was reported at only $0.2 million, reflecting a 94.3% nosedive from the year-ago quarter.
Nabors’ international operations saw substantial progress in revenue generation (up 11.3% year over year) and operating income moved up 55.7% from second-quarter 2013. Increased rig activities supported the upside.
Revenues at the Rig Services segment were up 36.9% to $161.7 million from the prior-year quarter. The unit reported operating profit of $9.1 million, against operating loss of $5.4 million in the year-earlier quarter.
Completion and Production Services
Completion Services posted revenues of $276.6 million, up 8.9% from the year-ago quarter. However, the operating loss for the segment came in at $0.6 million against a profit of $6.9 million in second-quarter 2013. Unfavorable weather conditions affected the results.
Revenues and operating income at the Production Services segment increased 5.6% and 27.4% year over year, respectively.
The direct expenses related to operation came at $1,066.5 million, up 9.7% from the year-ago quarter.
As of Jun 30, 2014, Nabors had $486.3 million in cash and short-term investments and $3,956.3 million in long-term debt, with a debt-to-capitalization ratio of approximately 39.4%.
Nabors has entered into a definitive contract with C&J Energy Services, which primarily provides hydraulic fracturing, pressure pumping and related oilfield services.
Per the deal, Nabors will likely combine the operations of C&J Energy Services with its Completion & Production Services unit to expand the scope of its oilfield services.
Nabors Industries currently has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), implying that it is expected to outperform the broader U.S. equity market over the next one to three months.
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