Baker Hughes Announces Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

Jan 26, 2010, 05:00 ET from Baker Hughes Incorporated

HOUSTON, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI) today announced that net income for the fourth quarter 2009 was $84 million or $0.27 per diluted share compared to $432 million or $1.41 per diluted share for the fourth quarter 2008 and $55 million or $0.18 per diluted share for the third quarter 2009. Net income for the fourth quarter 2009 includes expenses of $74 million before tax ($0.16 per diluted share) associated with reorganization, severance and acquisition-related costs, and an increase to our allowance for doubtful accounts.  Net income for the year 2009 was $421 million or $1.36 per diluted share, compared to $1.64 billion or $5.30 per diluted share for the year 2008.  Net income for the year 2009 includes expenses of $250 million before tax ($0.55 per diluted share) associated with reorganization, severance and acquisition-related costs, and an increase to our allowance for doubtful accounts.

As previously reported, net income for the third quarter 2009 included expenses of $38 million before tax ($0.08 per diluted share) associated with reorganization, severance and acquisition costs, and an increase to our allowance for doubtful accounts.  

Revenue for the fourth quarter 2009 was $2.43 billion, down 24% compared to $3.19 billion for the fourth quarter 2008 and up 9% compared to $2.23 billion for the third quarter 2009.  Revenue for the year 2009 was $9.66 billion, down 19% compared to $11.86 billion for the year 2008.  

Chad C. Deaton, Baker Hughes chairman, president and chief executive officer, said "The sequential improvement in our fourth quarter earnings was the result of increased revenue in every region, as well as the aggressive cost cutting measures we took throughout the year.  Incremental margins were particularly strong in North America driven by increased horizontal drilling in the US Land geomarket and improved rig mix in the Gulf of Mexico geomarket.  In the fourth quarter, international revenue benefitted from customer requests to accelerate delivery of some large product orders and improved geographic and customer mix.  

"We expect international activity to improve in 2010 driven by the global economy's increasing demand for oil and natural gas.  However, margins will remain under pressure as the impact of price discounts negotiated in 2009 are reflected in 2010 results.  In North America the oil-directed rig count has improved substantially and the gas-directed rig count has begun a steady increase.  We expect both trends to continue.

"The implementation of our geographic-centered organization structure announced last May continues to progress and we anticipate further improvements in our competitive position during 2010. Our plans for integrating BJ Services into Baker Hughes are on schedule and we expect to close the transaction by the end of the first quarter.  We look forward to welcoming the BJ Services employees to Baker Hughes, and we remain excited about the growth potential of the combined companies."

During the fourth quarter 2009, debt decreased $6 million to $1.80 billion and cash and cash equivalents increased $108 million to $1.59 billion as compared to the third quarter 2009.  Capital expenditures were $292 million, depreciation and amortization expense was $179 million and dividend payments were $46 million in the fourth quarter 2009.  For the year 2009, capital expenditures were $1.09 billion and depreciation and amortization expense was $711 million compared to $1.30 billion and $637 million in 2008, respectively.  

Contact:

Gary R. Flaharty, +1.713.439.8039, gflaharty @ bakerhughes.com

H. Gene Shiels, +1.713.439.8822, gene.shiels @ bakerhughes.com

Financial Information

Consolidated Statements of Operations

UNAUDITED

Three Months Ended

(In millions, except per share amounts)

December 31,

September 30,

2009

2008

2009

Revenues:

 Sales

$  1,251 

$  1,569 

$  1,091 

 Services and rentals

1,177 

1,617 

1,141 

  Total revenues

2,428 

3,186 

2,232 

Costs and Expenses:

 Cost of sales

968 

1,129 

937 

 Cost of services and rentals

911 

1,031 

824 

 Research and engineering

98 

114 

88 

 Marketing, general and administrative

285 

248 

270 

  Acquisition-related costs

16 

  Total costs and expenses

2,278 

2,522 

2,121 

Operating income

150 

664 

111 

Equity in income of affiliates

Gain (loss) on investments

(25)

Interest expense

(33)

(36)

(29)

Interest and dividend income

Income before income taxes

122 

609 

83 

Income taxes

(38)

(177)

(28)

Net income

$  84 

$  432 

$  55 

Basic earnings per share

$  0.27 

$  1.41 

$  0.18 

Diluted earnings per share

$  0.27 

$  1.41 

$  0.18 

Weighted average shares outstanding, basic

310 

306 

310 

Weighted average shares outstanding, diluted

311 

307 

311 

Depreciation and amortization expense

$  179 

$  177 

$  177 

Capital expenditures

$  292 

$  463 

$  222 

Financial Information

Consolidated Statements of Operations

UNAUDITED

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(In millions, except per share amounts)

2009

2008

Revenues:

 Sales

$  4,809 

$  5,734 

 Services and rentals

4,855 

6,130 

  Total revenues

9,664 

11,864 

Costs and Expenses:

 Cost of sales

3,858 

4,081 

 Cost of services and rentals

3,539 

3,873 

 Research and engineering

397 

426 

 Marketing, general and administrative

1,120 

1,046 

  Acquisition-related costs

18 

  Litigation settlement

62 

  Total costs and expenses

8,932 

9,488 

Operating income

732 

2,376 

Equity in income of affiliates

Gain on sale of product line

28 

Gain (loss) on investments

(25)

Interest expense

(131)

(89)

Interest and dividend income

27 

Income before income taxes

611 

2,319 

Income taxes

(190)

(684)

Net income

$  421 

$  1,635 

Basic earnings per share

$  1.36 

$  5.32 

Diluted earnings per share

$  1.36 

$  5.30 

Weighted average shares outstanding, basic

310 

307 

Weighted average shares outstanding, diluted

311 

309 

Depreciation and amortization expense

$  711 

$  637 

Capital expenditures

$  1,086 

$  1,303 

Table 1:  Calculation of EBIT and EBITDA (non-GAAP measures)(1)

UNAUDITED (In millions)

Three Months Ended

December 31,

September 30,

2009

2008

2009

Income before income taxes

$  122 

$  609 

$  83 

Interest expense

33 

36 

29 

Acquisition-related costs(2)

16 

(Gain) loss on investments(3)

(4)

25 

Earnings before interest expense and taxes (EBIT)

167 

670 

114 

Depreciation and amortization expense

179 

177 

177 

Earnings before interest expense, taxes, depreciation

    and amortization (EBITDA)

$  346 

$  847 

$  291 

UNAUDITED

(In millions)

Twelve Months Ended

December 31,

2009

2008

Income before income taxes

$  611 

$  2,319 

Acquisition-related costs

18 

(Gain) loss on investments(3)

(4)

25 

Gain on sale of product line(4)

(28)

Litigation settlement(5)

62 

Interest expense

131 

89 

Earnings before interest expense and taxes (EBIT)

756 

2,467 

Depreciation and amortization expense

711 

637 

Earnings before interest expense, taxes, depreciation

  and amortization (EBITDA)

$  1,467 

$  3,104 

(1)EBIT and EBITDA (as defined in the calculations above) are non-GAAP measurements.  Management uses EBIT and EBITDA because it believes that such measurements are widely accepted financial indicators used by investors and analysts to analyze and compare companies on the basis of operating performance and that these measurements may be used by investors to make informed investment decisions.

(2)Costs related to the pending acquisition of BJ Services.

(3)Gain on investments of $4 million after-tax ($0.01 per diluted share) in the fourth quarter 2009 and a loss on investments of $25 million after-tax ($0.08 per diluted share) in the fourth quarter 2008, both relating to auction rate securities.

(4)Gain of $28 million ($18 million after-tax or $0.06 per diluted share) on the sale of the Completion and Production segment's Surface Safety Systems ("SSS") product line.

(5)Net charge of $62 million ($40 million after-tax or $0.13 per diluted share) relating to the settlement of litigation with ReedHycalog announced May 22, 2008.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(UNAUDITED

In millions)

December 31,  2009

December 31,  2008

ASSETS

Current Assets:

 Cash and cash equivalents

$  1,595 

$  1,955 

 Accounts receivable, net

2,331 

2,759 

 Inventories, net

1,836 

2,021 

 Deferred income taxes

268 

231 

 Other current assets

195 

179 

Total current assets

6,225 

7,145 

Property, plant and equipment, net

3,161 

2,833 

Goodwill

1,418 

1,389 

Intangible assets, net

195 

198 

Other assets

440 

296 

Total assets

$  11,439 

$  11,861 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current Liabilities:

  Accounts payable

$  821 

$  888 

  Short-term borrowings and current portion of           long-term debt

15 

558 

  Accrued employee compensation

448 

530 

  Income taxes payable

95 

272 

  Other accrued liabilities

234 

263 

Total current liabilities

1,613 

2,511 

Long-term debt

1,785 

1,775 

Deferred income taxes and other tax liabilities

309 

384 

Liabilities for pensions and other postretirement     benefits

379 

317 

Other liabilities

69 

67 

Stockholders' Equity:

  Common stock

312 

309 

  Capital in excess of par value

874 

745 

  Retained earnings

6,512 

6,276 

  Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(414)

(523)

Total stockholders' equity

7,284 

6,807 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$  11,439 

$  11,861 

Table 2:  Revenue, Profit Before Tax, and Profit Before Tax Operating Margin(1)

(in millions)

Three Months Ended

12/31/2009

12/31/2008

9/30/2009

Segment Revenue

  Drilling and Evaluation

$  1,135   

$  1,572   

$  1,051   

  Completion and Production

1,293   

1,614   

1,181   

Oilfield Operations

$  2,428   

$  3,186   

$  2,232   

Geographic Revenue

  North America

$  890   

$  1,411   

$  817   

  Latin America

304   

341   

265   

  Europe Africa Russia Caspian

740   

844   

666   

  Middle East Asia Pacific

494   

590   

484   

Oilfield Operations

$  2,428   

$  3,186   

$  2,232   

Segment Profit Before Tax(1)

  Drilling and Evaluation

$  56   

$  335   

$  41   

  Completion and Production

186   

374   

146   

Oilfield Operations

$  242   

$  709   

$  187   

Geographic Profit Before Tax(1)

  North America

$  78   

$  330   

$  39   

  Latin America

7   

73   

10   

  Europe Africa Russia Caspian

107   

172   

87   

  Middle East Asia Pacific

50   

134   

51   

Oilfield Operations

242   

709   

187   

Corporate and Other Profit Before Tax(1)

  Acquisition-related costs(2)

(16)  

-   

(2)  

  Gain (loss) on investments(3)

4   

(25)  

-   

  Interest expense

(33)  

(36)  

(29)  

  Interest and dividend income

1   

5   

1   

  Corporate and other

(76)  

(44)  

(74)  

Corporate, net interest and other

(120)  

(100)  

(104)  

Total Profit Before Tax

$  122   

$  609   

$  83   

Profit Before Tax Operating Margin(1)

  Drilling and Evaluation

5%

21%

4%

  Completion and Production

14%

23%

12%

Oilfield Operations

10%

22%

8%

Profit Before Tax Operating Margin(1)

  North America

9%

23%

5%

  Latin America

2%

21%

4%

  Europe Africa Russia Caspian

14%

20%

13%

  Middle East Asia Pacific

10%

23%

11%

Oilfield Operations

10%

22%

8%

(1) Profit before tax operating margin is a non-GAAP measure defined as profit before tax ("income before income taxes") divided by revenue. Management uses the profit before tax operating margin because it believes it is a widely accepted financial indicator used by investors and analysts to analyze and compare companies on the basis of operating performance and that this measurement may be used by investors to make informed investment decisions.

(2) Costs related to the pending acquisition of BJ Services.

(3) Gain on investments of $4 million after-tax ($0.01 per diluted share) in the fourth quarter 2009 and a loss on investments of $25 million after-tax ($0.08 per diluted share) in the fourth quarter 2008, both relating to auction rate securities.

Table 3: Revenue, Profit Before Tax, and Profit Before Tax Operating Margin(1)

(in millions)

Twelve Months Ended

12/31/2009

12/31/2008

Segment Revenue

  Drilling and Evaluation

$  4,605 

$  6,049 

  Completion and Production

5,059 

5,815 

Oilfield Operations

9,664 

11,864 

Geographic Revenue

  North America

3,584 

5,178 

  Latin America

1,134 

1,127 

  Europe Africa Russia Caspian

2,925 

3,386 

  Middle East Asia Pacific

2,021 

2,173 

Oilfield Operations

9,664 

11,864 

Total revenues

$  9,664 

$  11,864 

Segment Profit Before Tax(1)

  Drilling and Evaluation

$  320 

$  1,398 

  Completion and Production

728 

1,282 

Oilfield Operations

1,048 

2,680 

Geographic Profit Before Tax(1)

  North America

250 

1,289 

  Latin America

77 

213 

  Europe Africa Russia Caspian

475 

735 

  Middle East Asia Pacific

246 

443 

Oilfield Operations

1,048 

2,680 

Corporate and Other Profit Before Tax(1)

  Acquisition-related costs(2)

(18)

  Gain on sale of product line(3)

28 

  Litigation settlement(4)

(62)

  Gain (loss) on investments(5)

(25)

  Interest expense

(131)

(89)

  Interest and dividend income

27 

  Corporate and other

(298)

(240)

Corporate, net interest and other

(437)

(361)

Total Profit Before Tax

$  611 

$  2,319 

Profit Before Tax Operating Margin(1)

  Drilling and Evaluation

7%

23%

  Completion and Production

14%

22%

Oilfield Operations

11%

23%

Profit Before Tax Operating Margin(1)

  North America

7%

25%

  Latin America

7%

19%

  Europe Africa Russia Caspian

16%

22%

  Middle East Asia Pacific

12%

20%

Oilfield Operations

11%

23%

(1) Profit before tax operating margin is a non-GAAP measure defined as profit before tax ("income before income taxes") divided by revenue. Management uses the profit before tax operating margin because it believes it is a widely accepted financial indicator used by investors and analysts to analyze and compare companies on the basis of operating performance and that this measurement may be used by investors to make informed investment decisions.

(2) Costs related to the pending acquisition of BJ Services.

(3) Gain of $28 million ($18 million after-tax or $0.06 per diluted share) on the sale of the Completion and Production segment's Surface Safety Systems ("SSS") product line.

(4) Net charge of $62 million ($40 million after-tax or $0.13 per diluted share) relating to the settlement of litigation with ReedHycalog announced May 22, 2008.

(5) Gain on investments of $4 million after-tax ($0.01 per diluted share) in the fourth quarter 2009 and a loss on investments of $25 million after-tax ($0.08 per diluted share) in the fourth quarter 2008, both relating to auction rate securities.

Table 4:  Expenses for Reorganization, Severance and Acquisition Costs, and Increases to Allowance for Doubtful Accounts Included in the Following(1)

This table reconciles "Revenue, Profit Before Tax, and Profit Before Tax Operating Margin" (tables 2 and 3) with "Revenue, Profit Before Tax, and Profit Before Tax Operating Margin Excluding Reorganization, Severance and Acquisition Costs, and Increases to Allowance for Doubtful Accounts" (Tables 5 and 6).

Three Months Ended

(In millions)

12/31/2009

12/31/2008

9/30/2009

Segment Expense

  Drilling and Evaluation

$  33 

$  12 

$  12 

  Completion and Production

15 

17 

Oilfield Operations

$  48 

$  16 

$  29 

Geographic Expense

  North America

$  9 

$  3 

$  15 

  Latin America

19 

  Europe Africa Russia Caspian

13 

14 

  Middle East Asia Pacific

(1)

Oilfield Operations

$  48 

$  16 

$  29 

Corporate Expense

  Corporate and other

26 

Total

$  74 

$    16 

$  38 

Twelve Months Ended

(In millions)

12/31/2009

12/31/2008

Segment Expense

  Drilling and Evaluation

$  120

$  16

  Completion and Production

91

5

Oilfield Operations

$  211

$  21

Geographic Expense

  North America

$  77

$  2

  Latin America

63

-

  Europe Africa Russia Caspian

44

17

  Middle East Asia Pacific

27

2

Oilfield Operations

$  211

$  21

Corporate Expense

  Corporate and other

39

-

Total

$  250

$  21

(1) Charges associated with reorganization and severance costs were approximately $36 million in the fourth quarter 2009; $31 million in the third quarter 2009; and $138 million in the year 2009.   Charges associated with allowances for doubtful accounts were approximately $22 million in the fourth quarter 2009; $5 million in the third quarter 2009; and $94 million in the year 2009.  Acquisition-related costs were approximately $16 million in the fourth quarter 2009; $2 million in the third quarter 2009; and $18 million in the year 2009.  Amounts related to 2008 are charges associated with allowances for doubtful accounts.

Table 5:  Revenue, Profit Before Tax, and Profit Before Tax Operating Margin Excluding Reorganization, Severance and Acquisition Costs, and Increases to Allowance for Doubtful Accounts(1)

The following table contains non-GAAP measures of segment profit before tax, geographic profit before tax, corporate and other profit before tax, and operating margins excluding expenses for, reorganization, severance and acquisition costs, and increases to allowance for doubtful accounts (see Table 4).  Management uses this measure to isolate the results of certain operations and believes that this information may be useful to investors.

Three Months Ended

12/31/2009

12/31/2008

9/30/2009

Segment Revenue

  Drilling and Evaluation

$  1,135   

$  1,572   

$  1,051   

  Completion and Production

1,293   

1,614   

1,181   

Oilfield Operations

$  2,428   

$  3,186   

$  2,232   

Geographic Revenue

  North America

$  890   

$  1,411   

$  817   

  Latin America

304   

341   

265   

  Europe Africa Russia Caspian

740   

844   

666   

  Middle East Asia Pacific

494   

590   

484   

Oilfield Operations

$  2,428   

$  3,186   

$  2,232   

Segment Profit Before Tax

  Drilling and Evaluation

$  89   

$  347   

$  53   

  Completion and Production

201   

378   

163   

Oilfield Operations

$  290   

$  725   

$  216   

Geographic Profit Before Tax

  North America

$  87   

$  333   

$  54   

  Latin America

26   

73   

13   

  Europe Africa Russia Caspian

120   

186   

90   

  Middle East Asia Pacific

57   

133   

59   

Oilfield Operations

290   

725   

216   

Corporate and Other Profit Before Tax

  Acquisition-related costs

-   

-   

-   

  Gain (loss) on investments

4   

(25)  

-   

  Interest expense

(33)  

(36)  

(29)  

  Interest and dividend income

1   

5   

1   

  Corporate and other

(66)  

(44)  

(67)  

Corporate, net interest and other

(94)  

(100)  

(95)  

Total Profit Before Tax

$  196   

$  625   

$  121   

Profit Before Tax Operating Margin(1)

  Drilling and Evaluation

8%

22%

5%

  Completion and Production

16%

23%

14%

Oilfield Operations

12%

23%

10%

Profit Before Tax Operating Margin(1)

  North America

10%

24%

7%

  Latin America

9%

21%

5%

  Europe Africa Russia Caspian

16%

22%

14%

  Middle East Asia Pacific

12%

23%

12%

Oilfield Operations

12%

23%

10%

(1) Profit before tax operating margin is a non-GAAP measure defined as profit before tax ("income before income taxes") divided by revenue. Management uses the profit before tax operating margin because it believes it is a widely accepted financial indicator used by investors and analysts to analyze and compare companies on the basis of operating performance and that this measurement may be used by investors to make informed investment decisions.

Table 6:  Revenue, Profit Before Tax, and Profit Before Tax Operating Margin Excluding Reorganization, Severance and Acquisition Costs, and Increases to Allowance for Doubtful Accounts(1)

The following table contains non-GAAP measures of segment profit before tax, geographic profit before tax, corporate and other profit before tax, and operating margins excluding expenses for, reorganization, severance and acquisition costs, and increases to allowance for doubtful accounts (see Table 4).  Management uses this measure to isolate the results of certain operations and believes that this information may be useful to investors.

Twelve Months Ended

12/31/2009

12/31/2008

Segment Revenue

  Drilling and Evaluation

$  4,605   

$  6,049   

  Completion and Production

5,059   

5,815   

Oilfield Operations

$  9,664   

$  11,864   

Geographic Revenue

  North America

$  3,584   

$  5,178   

  Latin America

1,134   

1,127   

  Europe Africa Russia Caspian

2,925   

3,386   

  Middle East Asia Pacific

2,021   

2,173   

Oilfield Operations

$  9,664   

$  11,864   

Segment Profit Before Tax

  Drilling and Evaluation

$  440   

$  1,414   

  Completion and Production

819   

1,287   

Oilfield Operations

$  1,259   

$  2,701   

Geographic Profit Before Tax

  North America

$  327   

$  1,291   

  Latin America

140   

213   

  Europe Africa Russia Caspian

519   

752   

  Middle East Asia Pacific

273   

445   

Oilfield Operations

1,259   

2,701   

Corporate and Other Profit Before Tax

  Acquisition-related costs

-   

-   

  Gain on sale of product line

-   

28   

  Litigation settlement

-   

(62)  

  Gain (loss) on investments

4   

(25)  

  Interest expense

(131)  

(89)  

  Interest and dividend income

6   

27   

  Corporate and other

(277)  

(240)  

Corporate, net interest and other

(398)  

(361)  

Total Profit Before Tax

$  861   

$  2,340   

Profit Before Tax Operating Margin(1)

  Drilling and Evaluation

10%

23%

  Completion and Production

16%

22%

Oilfield Operations

13%

23%

Profit Before Tax Operating Margin(1)

  North America

9%

25%

  Latin America

12%

19%

  Europe Africa Russia Caspian

18%

22%

  Middle East Asia Pacific

14%

20%

Oilfield Operations

13%

23%

(1) Profit before tax operating margin is a non-GAAP measure defined as profit before tax ("income before income taxes") divided by revenue. Management uses the profit before tax operating margin because it believes it is a widely accepted financial indicator used by investors and analysts to analyze and compare companies on the basis of operating performance and that this measurement may be used by investors to make informed investment decisions.

Table 7:  Comparison of Revenue to Prior Periods

Percent Increase (Decrease) for the

Three Months Ended 12/31/09 Compared to the

Three Months Ended 12/31/08

Three Months Ended 9/30/09

Twelve Months Ended 12/31/09 Compared to the Twelve Months Ended 12/31/08

Segment

  Drilling and Evaluation

(28%)

8%

(24%)

  Completion and Production

(20%)

10%

(13%)

Oilfield Operations

(24%)

9%

(19%)

Geographic

  North America

(37%)

9%

(31%)

  Latin America

(11%)

15%

1%

  Europe Africa Russia Caspian

(12%)

11%

(14%)

  Middle East Asia Pacific

(16%)

2%

(7%)

Oilfield Operations

(24%)

9%

(19%)

Operational Highlights

All comments in this section refer to information in tables 5 and 6 (Revenue, Profit Before Tax, and Profit Before Tax Operating Margin Excluding Reorganization, Severance and Acquisition Costs, and Increases to Allowance for Doubtful Accounts), and table 7 (Comparison of Revenue to Prior Periods).

North America

The decline in revenue and profit compared to the fourth quarter 2008 reflects the significant decrease in drilling in all North America geomarkets in 2009.

The 9% sequential increase in North America revenue was driven by an increase in oil-directed drilling in the Permian and Williston basins, an increase in horizontal gas directed drilling in US Land and Canada unconventional shale plays, and an increase in offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico geomarket.

Sequential incremental margins in excess of 45% in the North America region reflect the impact of increased activity and aggressive cost cutting earlier in 2009.  

For the year 2009 compared to the year 2008, revenue decreased 31% and operating profit before tax decreased 75%.  The pre-tax operating margin for 2009 was 9% compared to 25% in 2008.

Latin America

The decline in Latin America revenue compared to the fourth quarter 2008 was driven by significant decreases in activity in the Venezuela and Southern Cone (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile) geomarkets offset partially by modest increases in revenue in the Brazil and Mexico/Central America geomarkets.  The decline in profit compared to fourth quarter 2008 reflected lower pricing in all geomarkets.  Profit increased in the Brazil geomarket compared to the fourth quarter 2008 as incremental activity and equipment utilization offset lower pricing and start-up costs on new contracts.

Sequential improvement in the Latin America revenue was driven primarily by the seasonal increase in artificial lift sales in the Andean (Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia), Venezuela and Brazil geomarkets, offset partially by reduced activity in Mexico.

Sequential increases in operating profit were driven by the Andean, Brazil and Southern Cone geomarkets offset by declines in operating profit in the Mexico/Central America and Venezuela geomarkets.  Profits were negatively impacted by reduced spending in Mexico on the Alma Marine integrated operations project and reduced demand from the ATG drilling programs.

For the year 2009 compared to the year 2008, revenue increased 1% and operating profit before tax decreased 34%. The pre-tax operating margin for 2009 was 12% compared to 19% in 2008.

Europe Africa Russia Caspian

The revenue decline in fourth quarter 2009 compared to fourth quarter 2008 was driven primarily by declines in revenue from the Russia, UK and Angola geomarkets offset partially by higher revenue in the Norway, Nigeria and Sub-Sahara geomarkets.

The 11% sequential increase in revenue was led by the Norway, Nigeria, Sub-Sahara and Libya geomarkets.

Profit margin increased compared to the third quarter 2009 and was supported by higher activity and cost management offset by incremental price erosion.

For the year 2009 compared to the year 2008, revenue decreased 14% and operating profit before tax decreased 31%.  The pre-tax operating margin for 2009 was 18% compared to 22% in 2008.    

Middle East Asia Pacific

Revenue increases in the Southeast Asia and North Asia geomarkets compared to the fourth quarter 2008 were more than offset by lower revenue driven by decreased activity and price deterioration throughout the region.  The decline in profit compared to the fourth quarter 2008 was driven by lower utilization levels and price erosion offset partially by cost management programs.

The sequential revenue increase was driven by the North Asia, Southeast Asia, Egypt and Indonesia geomarkets offsetting lower revenues from the Saudi Arabia/Bahrain and India/Southwest Asia geomarkets.

For the year 2009 compared to the year 2008, revenue decreased 7% and operating profit before tax decreased 39%. The pre-tax operating margin for 2009 was 14% compared to 20% for 2008.  

Conference Call

The company has scheduled a conference call to discuss the results of today's earnings announcement.  The call will begin at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, 9:00 a.m. Central time, on Tuesday, January 26, 2010.  To access the call, which is open to the public, please contact the conference call operator at (800) 374-2469, or (706) 634-7270 for international callers, 20 minutes prior to the scheduled start time, and ask for the "Baker Hughes Conference Call."  A replay will be available through Tuesday, February 9, 2010.  The number for the replay is (800) 642-1687, or (706) 645-9291 for international callers, and the access code is 48158116.  The call and replay will also be web cast on www.bakerhughes.com/investor.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release (and oral statements made regarding the subjects of this release, including on the conference call announced herein) contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, (each a "forward–looking statement").  The words "anticipate," "believe," "ensure," "expect," "if," "intend," "estimate," "project," "forecasts," "predict," "outlook," "aim," "will," "could," "should," "would," "may," "probable," "likely," and similar expressions, and the negative thereof, are intended to identify forward–looking statements.  There are many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements are also affected by the risk factors described in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008; and those set forth from time to time in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").  The documents are available through the company's website at http://www.bakerhughes.com/investor or through the SEC's Electronic Data Gathering and Analysis Retrieval System (EDGAR) at http://www.sec.gov.  We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward–looking statement.

Our expectations regarding our business outlook and business plans; the business plans of our customers; oil and natural gas market conditions; cost and availability of resources; economic, legal and regulatory conditions and other matters are only our forecasts regarding these matters.

These forecasts may be substantially different from actual results, which are affected by many risks including the following risk factors and the timing of any of those risk factors:

Baker Hughes - BJ Services pending merger – the ability to obtain regulatory approvals for the transaction and the approval of the merger agreement by the stockholders of both parties;  the risk that the cost savings and any other synergies from the transaction may not be realized or take longer to realize than expected; disruption from the transaction making it more difficult to maintain relationships with customers, employees or suppliers; the ability to successfully integrate the businesses; unexpected costs or unexpected liabilities that may arise from the transaction, whether or not consummated; the inability to retain key personnel; deterioration of market conditions; the outcome of pending litigation; future regulatory or legislative actions that could adversely affect the companies and the business plans of the customers of the respective parties.

Economic conditions – the impact of worldwide economic conditions; the effect that declines in credit availability may have on worldwide economic growth and demand for hydrocarbons; the ability of our customers to finance their exploration and development plans; foreign currency exchange fluctuations and changes in the capital markets in locations where we operate; the condition of financial institutions and the debt, capital and equity markets in general, any impact on our ability to borrow to fund short-term cash requirements and retire long-term debt upon maturity as well as any impact on our customers' spending and ability to pay amounts owed to us; our ability to estimate the size of and changes in the worldwide oil and natural gas industry.

Oil and gas market conditions – the level of petroleum industry exploration, development and production expenditures; the price of, volatility in pricing of, and the demand for, crude oil and natural gas; drilling activity; excess productive capacity; crude and product inventories; LNG imports; seasonal and other adverse weather conditions that affect the demand for energy; severe weather conditions, such as hurricanes, that affect exploration and production activities; Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries ("OPEC") policy and the adherence by OPEC nations to their OPEC production quotas.

Terrorism and geopolitical risks – war, military action, terrorist activities or extended period of international conflict, particularly involving any major petroleum–producing or consuming regions; labor disruptions, civil unrest or security conditions where we operate; expropriation of assets by governmental action.

Price, market share, contract terms, and customer payments – our ability to obtain market prices for our products and services; the effect of the level and sources of our profitability on our tax rate; the ability of our competitors to capture market share; our ability to retain or increase our market share; changes in our strategic direction; the integration of newly-acquired businesses; the effect of industry capacity relative to demand for the markets in which we participate; our ability to negotiate acceptable terms and conditions with our customers, especially national oil companies, successfully execute these contracts, and receive payment in accordance with the terms of our contracts with our customers; our ability to manage warranty claims and improve performance and quality; our ability to effectively manage our commercial agents.

Costs and availability of resources – our ability to manage the costs and availability of sufficient raw materials and components (especially steel alloys, chromium, copper, carbide, lead, nickel, titanium, beryllium, barite, synthetic and natural diamonds, chemicals, and electronic components); our ability to manage energy-related costs; our ability to manage compliancerelated costs; our ability to recruit, train and retain the skilled and diverse workforce necessary to meet our business needs and manage the associated costs; manufacturing capacity and subcontracting capacity at forecasted costs to meet our revenue goals; the availability of essential electronic components used in our products; the effect of competition, particularly our ability to introduce new technology on a forecasted schedule and at forecasted costs; potential impairment of long-lived assets; the accuracy of our estimates regarding our capital spending requirements; unanticipated changes in the levels of our capital expenditures; the need to replace any unanticipated losses in capital assets; the development of technology by us or our competitors that lowers overall finding and development costs; labor-related actions, including strikes, slowdowns and facility occupations.

Litigation and changes in laws or regulatory conditions – the potential for unexpected litigation or proceedings; the legislative, regulatory and business environment in the US and other countries in which we operate; costs and changes in processes and operations related to or resulting from the activities of the compliance monitor appointed to assess our Foreign Corrupt Practices Act policies and procedures in connection with previously reported settlements with the SEC and Department of Justice ("DOJ") as well as compliance with the terms of the settlements as well as any future agreements with the SEC, DOJ or other authority; outcome of government and legal proceedings as well as costs arising from compliance and ongoing or additional investigations in any of the countries where the company does business; new laws, regulations and policies that could have a significant impact on the future operations and conduct of all businesses; changes in export control laws or exchange control laws; restrictions on doing business in countries subject to sanctions; customs clearance procedures; changes in laws in countries identified by management for immediate focus; changes in accounting standards; changes in tax laws or tax rates in the jurisdictions in which we operate; resolution of tax assessments or audits by various tax authorities; and the ability to fully utilize our tax loss carry forwards and tax credits.

Environmental matters – unexpected, adverse outcomes or material increases in liability with respect to environmental remediation sites where we have been named as a potentially responsible party; the discovery of new environmental remediation sites; changes in environmental regulations; the discharge of hazardous materials or hydrocarbons into the environment.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

Baker Hughes has filed with the SEC an amended Registration Statement on Form S-4, which includes a preliminary joint proxy statement of Baker Hughes and BJ Services that also constitutes a preliminary prospectus of Baker Hughes regarding the proposed transaction. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF BAKER HUGHES AND BJ SERVICES ARE URGED TO CAREFULLY READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT FILED WITH THE SEC AND THE DEFINITIVE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND ANY OTHER MATERIALS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC REGARDING THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN, OR WILL CONTAIN, IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING BAKER HUGHES, BJ SERVICES AND THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. A definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus will be sent to security holders of Baker Hughes and BJ Services seeking their approval of the proposed transaction. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed by Baker Hughes and BJ Services with the SEC at the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov.

The joint proxy statement/prospectus and such other documents (relating to Baker Hughes) may also be obtained from Baker Hughes for free from Baker Hughes' web site at www.bakerhughes.com/investor or by directing a request to: Baker Hughes Incorporated, 2929 Allen Parkway, Suite 2100, Houston, TX 77019, Attention: Corporate Secretary, or by phone at (713) 439-8600.

The joint proxy statement/prospectus and such other documents (relating to BJ Services) may also be obtained from BJ Services for free from BJ Services' web site at www.bjservices.com or by directing a request to: BJ Services Company, P.O. Box 4442, Houston, Texas 77210-4442, Attention: Investor Relations, or by phone at (713) 462-4239.

Participants in the Solicitation

Baker Hughes, its directors, executive officers and certain members of management and employees may be considered "participants in the solicitation" of proxies from Baker Hughes' stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction. Information regarding such persons and a description of their interests in the proposed transaction are contained in the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus filed.

BJ Services, its directors, executive officers and certain members of management and employees may be considered "participants in the solicitation" of proxies from BJ Services' stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction. Information regarding such persons and a description of their interests in the proposed transaction are contained in the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus filed.

Baker Hughes provides reservoir consulting, drilling, formation evaluation, completion and production products and services to the worldwide oil and gas industry.

SOURCE Baker Hughes Incorporated



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