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Oilfield service companies, including bellweather Schlumberger NV and Halliburton Co, are planning to spend less in 2019, following in the footsteps of oil producers who have cut budgets in response to shareholder pressure for capital discipline rather than spending to grow their top line. Baker Hughes on Tuesday posted negative free cash flow of $419 million, compared with analysts' estimates of a positive $188.5 million. Baker Hughes Chief Financial Officer Brian Worrell attributed the reasons for the negative cash flow to annual payments related to employee compensation, delay in realizing some revenue and higher inventory that was built in expectations of more activity in the forthcoming quarters.
The 92 million shares of Baker Hughes for sale by GE was priced at $23.00, below the stock's $23.81 closing price on Tuesday, and came a day earlier than planned. GE, which is struggling to rebuild its industrial businesses, said on Tuesday it would sell a portion of its stake in Baker Hughes to repay debt. GE will be able to raise nearly $4 billion from the sale if underwriters exercise options to buy an additional 9.2 million shares, with Baker Hughes repurchasing another 65 million shares in a private transaction at a maximum aggregate of $1.5 billion.
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Saudi Arabia is trying to drown out the noise surrounding journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death by hailing multibillion-dollar business deals this week.
The energy sector enjoyed a strong surge last week as oil price recorded its weekly gain in two months ending their longest run of weekly losses since 2015.
Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB) met expectations in its second-quarter earnings report. The world’s largest oilfield services firm grew both earnings and revenue as exploration and production (E&P) begins its climb from the recent slump in oil prices. Despite increasing SLB earnings, Schlumberger’s stock still trades near multi-year lows.
Baker Hughes, General Electric Co's oilfield services arm, on Friday reported a slight profit miss on weaker revenues in its oilfield equipment and turbomachinery businesses, but delivered an upbeat outlook for the second half of the year. Revenue from its oilfield equipment business, which includes deepwater drilling, fell 9.4 percent to $617 million in the second quarter, missing analysts' estimate of $648.2 million. "North American production is increasing as operators grow rig and well counts, and we are seeing signs of increasing international activity in some geomarkets," Chief Executive Officer Lorenzo Simonelli said.