Weatherford Reports Third Quarter Results of $0.18 Per Share

Excludes After-Tax Gain of $0.01 Per Share

Oct 18, 2010, 18:23 ET from Weatherford International Ltd.

GENEVA, Switzerland, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Weatherford International Ltd. (NYSE: WFT) today reported third quarter 2010 income of $132 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, excluding an after tax gain of $0.01 per diluted share.  The excluded after tax gain includes the following items:

  • $90 million benefit for a fair value adjustment to the put option issued in connection with the TNK-BP acquisition;
  • $54 million charge, net of tax, for revisions to the company's profitability estimates on project management contracts in Mexico due to severe curtailment of client spending and activity;
  • $14 million for severance and restructuring costs;
  • $7 million charge for premiums paid on a public bond tender; and
  • $3 million of costs in connection with our government investigations.

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Third quarter diluted earnings per share reflect an increase of 100 percent over the third quarter of 2009 diluted earnings per share of $0.09, before severance, investigation costs and fair value adjustment for the put option.  

Sequentially, the company's third quarter diluted earnings per share, before charges and the fair value adjustment to the put option, were $0.07 higher than the second quarter of 2010 diluted earnings per share of $0.11, before severance, investigation costs and fair value adjustment for the put option.

Third quarter revenues were $2,534 million, or 18 percent higher than the same period last year, and four percent higher than the prior quarter.  Segment operating income of $372 million improved 59 percent year-over-year and 21 percent sequentially.  International revenues were down six percent versus the year ago quarter and down five percent versus the prior quarter.  Latin America was the driver of the international decline with revenues decreasing 36 percent versus the year ago quarter and 18 percent versus the prior quarter, while Eastern Hemisphere revenues increased nine percent versus the year ago quarter and were essentially flat versus the prior quarter.  North America revenue increased 77 percent versus the year ago quarter and grew 19 percent versus the prior quarter.  

The North American land market and strong gains in Russia led to improved performance during the quarter.  By product line artificial lift and drilling services product lines continued to provide superlative results.  Sequential earnings growth the last three quarters lead the company to believe that the fourth quarter and 2011 will continue to show additional improvement.  A return to improved market conditions in Mexico and the Middle East coupled with continued strength in North America, South America and Russia should drive improved results through 2011.  The company expects earnings per share before excluded items of $0.23 in the fourth quarter and $1.30 in 2011.  Expected improvements in Q4 should be nearly evenly split between North America and International markets, with a $0.01 offset for increased interest expense.  

North America

Revenues for the quarter were $1,099 million, which is a 77 percent increase over the same quarter in the prior year and up 19 percent sequentially.  

Operating income was $202 million compared to $33 million for the third quarter of 2009 and was up $72 million, or 56 percent, sequentially.  The current quarter's margins improved 430 basis points to 18.3%.  

The strong gains onshore in the U.S. coupled with a seasonal recovery in Canada more than offset the weak Gulf of Mexico environment.  The search for oil, unconventional gas and liquid-rich gas drove favorable North American results.

Middle East/North Africa/Asia

Third quarter revenues of $603 million were one percent higher than the third quarter of 2009 and flat as compared to the prior quarter.  On a sequential basis, Iraq and Kuwait posted strong performances.

The current quarter's operating income of $68 million decreased 33 percent as compared to the same quarter in the prior year and decreased 13 percent compared to the prior quarter as start-up expenses and operator delays impacted profitability.

Europe/West Africa/FSU

Third quarter revenues of $496 million were 23 percent higher than the third quarter of 2009 and two percent lower than the prior quarter.  Approximately half of the year-over-year increase was due to our acquisition of TNK-BP's oilfield service business in the third quarter of 2009.  On a sequential basis, strong performance in Russia and the United Kingdom was offset by decreases in Norway and parts of Sub-Sahara Africa.

The current quarter's operating income of $61 million was up 37 percent compared to the same quarter in the prior year and decreased three percent sequentially.  Results included a $6 million one-time depreciation charge as a result of finalizing third-party valuations on the acquired TNK-BP assets.  

Latin America

Third quarter revenues of $336 million were 36 percent lower than the third quarter of 2009 and 18 percent lower than the prior quarter.  Consistent with the prior quarter, Mexico was the largest contributor to the sequential decline in revenue due to a decrease in volumes of project-based work.  Both Brazil and Colombia posted strong operational results.    

The current quarter's operating income of $42 million declined 23 percent as compared to the same quarter in the prior year and increased ten percent compared to the prior quarter.  

Improved Liquidity and Free Cash Flow

Recently, the company refinanced its revolving credit facility by combining its two existing revolvers to create a new $1.75 billion three-year facility.   In addition, during the quarter it improved its liquidity position through the completion of a $1.4 billion debt offering and the launch of a $700 million tender offer.  The company had $2.7 billion of cash and uncommitted revolver availability at quarter-end.  In addition, free cash flow (measured by changes in net debt) was $85 million for the quarter, after payment of approximately $25 million in bond issuance costs and tender premiums.  For the first nine months the company reduced net debt by $138 million and remains intent on continuing to improve the balance sheet.

Announcement of Intention to List on the Swiss Exchange

Weatherford also announced today that it intends to list its shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange Ltd. ("SIX") in the fourth quarter of 2010.  Listing on the SIX is subject to approval by the SIX.  Weatherford's shares will continue to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the NYSE Euronext.

In the first quarter of 2009, Weatherford began its redomiciliation to Switzerland, by reincorporating in Switzerland and moving the company's principal executive offices from Houston, Texas to Switzerland.

The company's pursuit of a Swiss listing is an opportunity to enhance Eastern Hemisphere investors' awareness and knowledge of Weatherford, one of the world's leading international oilfield services companies.  While the company was fortunate to have a number of exchanges from which to choose, the company believes the SIX is the most complimentary fit given the company's reincorporation in Switzerland, as well as Switzerland's established presence as a major investment market.  The listing should reinforce the company's growing presence in the Eastern Hemisphere, which is the source of a significant portion of the company's current and anticipated future earnings.

Reclassifications and Non-GAAP

Non-GAAP performance measures and corresponding reconciliations to GAAP financial measures have been provided for meaningful comparisons between current results and results in prior operating periods.  

Conference Call

The company will host a conference call with financial analysts to discuss the 2010 third quarter results on October 19, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. (CDT).  The company invites investors to listen to a play back of the conference call and to access the call transcript at the company's website, http://www.weatherford.com in the "investor relations" section.  

Weatherford is a Swiss-based, multi-national oilfield service company.  It is one of the largest global providers of innovative mechanical solutions, technology and services for the drilling and production sectors of the oil and gas industry. Weatherford operates in over 100 countries and employs over 53,000 people worldwide.

Contacts:

Andrew P. Becnel

+41.22.816.1502

Chief Financial Officer

Karen David-Green

+1.713.693.2530

Vice President – Investor Relations

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 concerning, among other things, Weatherford's prospects for its operations which are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions.  These risks and uncertainties, which are more fully described in Weatherford International Ltd.'s reports and registration statements filed with the SEC, include the impact of oil and natural gas prices and worldwide economic conditions on drilling activity, the outcome of pending government investigations, the demand for and pricing of Weatherford's products and services, domestic and international economic and regulatory conditions and changes in tax and other laws affecting our business.  Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should the assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those currently anticipated.

Weatherford International Ltd.

Consolidated Condensed Statements of Income

(Unaudited)

(In 000's, Except Per Share Amounts)

Three Months

Nine Months

Ended September 30,

Ended September 30,

2010

2009

2010

2009

Net Revenues:

North America

$        1,098,757

$         620,496

$        2,910,744

$      2,029,264

Middle East/North Africa/Asia

603,249

600,110

1,769,005

1,774,964

Europe/West Africa/FSU

495,800

404,390

1,456,275

1,138,201

Latin America

336,351

524,883

1,174,652

1,458,423

2,534,157

2,149,879

7,310,676

6,400,852

Operating Income (Expense):

North America

201,516

33,259

443,204

155,586

Middle East/North Africa/Asia

68,197

101,943

229,002

359,522

Europe/West Africa/FSU

60,825

44,468

162,187

182,025

Latin America

41,612

54,343

110,675

232,319

Research and Development

(54,457)

(49,300)

(156,844)

(144,434)

Corporate Expenses

(41,969)

(44,272)

(131,821)

(124,705)

Revaluation of Contingent Consideration

90,011

27,368

448

27,368

Exit and Adjustments

(87,120)

(17,887)

(158,461)

(73,669)

278,615

149,922

498,390

614,012

Other Income (Expense):

Interest Expense, Net

(99,318)

(90,285)

(290,376)

(274,846)

Bond Tender Premium

(10,731)

-

(10,731)

-

Devaluation of Venezuelan Bolivar

-

-

(63,859)

-

Other, Net

(12,277)

(11,046)

(35,681)

(28,456)

Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes

156,289

48,591

97,743

310,710

Benefit (Provision) for Income Taxes:

Benefit (Provision) for Operations

(27,409)

31,766

(57,389)

(12,867)

Provision for Legal Entity Reorganization

(7,890)

-

(7,890)

-

Benefit from Devaluation of Venezuelan Bolivar

-

-

23,973

-

Benefit from Exit and Adjustments

28,142

2,603

33,473

9,332

(7,157)

34,369

(7,833)

(3,535)

Net Income (Loss)

149,132

82,960

89,910

307,175

Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest

(4,286)

(5,586)

(11,637)

(23,018)

Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Weatherford

$           144,846

$           77,374

$             78,273

$         284,157

Earnings (Loss) Per Share Attributable to Weatherford:

Basic

$                 0.19

$               0.11

$                 0.11

$               0.40

Diluted

$                 0.19

$               0.11

$                 0.10

$               0.40

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding:

Basic

745,502

724,114

742,192

707,621

Diluted

751,394

735,109

748,382

715,719

Weatherford International Ltd.

Selected Income Statement Information

(Unaudited)

(In 000's)

Three Months

Ended

9/30/2010

6/30/2010

3/31/2010

12/31/2009

9/30/2009

Net Revenues:

North America

$ 1,098,757

$    921,443

$    890,544

$    736,443

$    620,496

Middle East/North Africa/Asia

      603,249

      600,777

      564,979

      593,154

      600,110

Europe/West Africa/FSU

      495,800

      505,774

      454,701

      478,259

      404,390

Latin America

      336,351

      410,277

      428,024

      618,225

      524,883

$ 2,534,157

$ 2,438,271

$ 2,338,248

$ 2,426,081

$ 2,149,879

Operating Income (Expense):

North America

$    201,516

$    129,361

$    112,327

$      41,625

$      33,259

Middle East/North Africa/Asia

        68,197

        78,009

        82,796

        82,452

      101,943

Europe/West Africa/FSU

        60,825

        62,834

        38,528

        48,893

        44,468

Latin America

        41,612

        37,984

        31,079

        49,271

        54,343

Research and Development

      (54,457)

      (53,530)

      (48,857)

      (50,216)

      (49,300)

Corporate Expenses

      (41,969)

      (42,732)

      (47,120)

      (48,990)

      (44,272)

Revaluation of Contingent Consideration

        90,011

      (81,753)

        (7,810)

        (6,295)

        27,368

Exit and Adjustments

      (87,120)

      (27,309)

      (44,032)

      (26,897)

      (17,887)

$    278,615

$    102,864

$    116,911

$      89,843

$    149,922

Supplemental Information

(Unaudited)

(In 000's)

Three Months

Ended

9/30/2010

6/30/2010

3/31/2010

12/31/2009

9/30/2009

Depreciation and Amortization:

North America

$      81,843

$      81,040

$      80,660

$      83,658

$      79,737

Middle East/North Africa/Asia

        75,968

        75,139

        72,290

        72,739

        65,771

Europe/West Africa/FSU

        58,847

        52,058

        48,958

        50,376

        44,864

Latin America

        46,527

        44,753

        42,479

        42,751

        43,403

Research and Development

          2,420

          2,324

          2,224

          1,980

          1,940

Corporate

          3,491

          2,943

          2,781

          2,197

          2,194

$    269,096

$    258,257

$    249,392

$    253,701

$    237,909

We report our financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).  However, Weatherford's management believes that certain non-GAAP performance measures and ratios may provide users of this financial information additional meaningful comparisons between current results and results in prior operating periods.   One such non-GAAP financial measure we may present from time to time is operating income or income from continuing operations excluding certain charges or amounts.  This adjusted income amount is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP.  Accordingly, it should not be considered as a substitute for operating income, net income or other income data prepared in accordance with GAAP.  See the table below for supplemental financial data and corresponding reconciliations to GAAP financial measures for the three months ended September 30, 2010, June 30, 2010, and September 30, 2009 and for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 and September 30, 2009.  Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, our reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Weatherford International Ltd.

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

June 30,

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

2010

2010

2009

2010

2009

Operating Income:

GAAP Operating Income

$       278,615

$ 102,864

$       149,922

$       498,390

$       614,012

Exit and Adjustments

           87,120

     27,309

           17,887

         158,461

           73,669

Revaluation of Contingent Consideration

         (90,011)

     81,753

         (27,368)

              (448)

         (27,368)

Non-GAAP Operating Income

$       275,724

$ 211,926

$       140,441

$       656,403

$       660,313

Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes:

GAAP Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes

$       156,289

$   (7,041)

$         48,591

$         97,743

$       310,710

Exit and Adjustments

           87,120

     27,309

           17,887

         158,461

           73,669

Revaluation of Contingent Consideration

         (90,011)

     81,753

         (27,368)

              (448)

         (27,368)

Devaluation of Venezuelan Bolivar

                  -  

             -  

                  -  

           63,859

                  -  

Bond Tender Premium

           10,731

             -  

                  -  

           10,731

                  -  

Non-GAAP Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes

$       164,129

$ 102,021

$         39,110

$       330,346

$       357,011

Benefit (Provision) for Income Taxes:

GAAP Benefit (Provision) for Income Taxes

$         (7,157)

$ (16,207)

$         34,369

$         (7,833)

$         (3,535)

Legal Entity Reorganization Charges

             7,890

             -  

                  -  

             7,890

                  -  

Devaluation of Venezuelan Bolivar

                  -  

             -  

                  -  

         (23,973)

                  -  

Exit and Adjustments

         (28,142)

     (2,888)

           (2,603)

         (33,473)

           (9,332)

Non-GAAP Benefit (Provision) for Income Taxes

$       (27,409)

$ (19,095)

$         31,766

$       (57,389)

$       (12,867)

Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Weatherford:

GAAP Net Income (Loss)

$       144,846

$ (26,564)

$         77,374

$         78,273

$       284,157

Total Charges, net of tax

         (12,412)

(a)

   106,174

(b)

         (12,084)

(c)

         183,047

(d)

           36,969

(e)

Non-GAAP Net Income

$       132,434

$   79,610

$         65,290

$       261,320

$       321,126

Diluted Earnings (Loss) Per Share Attributable to Weatherford:

GAAP Diluted Earnings (Loss) per Share

$             0.19

$     (0.04)

$             0.11

$             0.10

$             0.40

Total Charges, net of tax

             (0.01)

(a)

         0.15

(b)

             (0.02)

(c)

               0.25

(d)

               0.05

(e)

Non-GAAP Diluted Earnings per Share  

$             0.18

$       0.11

$             0.09

$             0.35

$             0.45

Note (a): This amount is comprised of (i) a $90 million gain for the revaluation of contingent consideration included as part of our acquisition of the Oilfield Services Division ("OFS") of TNK-BP, (ii) a $54 million charge for revisions to our estimates in our project management contracts in Mexico and (iii) a $7 million charge for a premium paid on tendering a portion of our senior notes.  We also incurred investigation costs in connection with on-going investigations by the U.S. government and severance charges associated with our restructuring activities.  In addition, we incurred a tax charge of $8 million as a result of a legal entity reorganization initiative completed during the third quarter of 2010.

Note (b): This amount is comprised of an $82 million charge for the revaluation of contingent consideration included as part of our OFS acquisition.  We also incurred investigation costs in connection with on-going investigations by the U.S. government and severance charges associated with our restructuring activities.

Note (c): This amount is comprised of a $27 million gain for the revaluation of contingent consideration included as part of our OFS acquisition.  We also incurred investigation costs in connection with on-going investigations by the U.S. government and severance charges and facility closure costs associated with our restructuring activities.

Note (d): This amount is comprised of (i) a $38 million charge related to our supplemental executive retirement plan that was frozen on March 31, 2010, (ii) a $40 million charge related to the devaluation of the Venezuelan Bolivar, (iii) a $54 million charge for revisions to our estimates in our project management contracts in Mexico and (iv) a $7 million charge for a premium paid on tendering a portion of our senior notes.  We also incurred investigation costs in connection with on-going investigations by the U.S. government and severance charges associated with our restructuring activities.  In addition, we incurred a tax charge of $8 million as a result of a legal entity reorganization initiative completed during the third quarter of 2010.

Note (e): This amount represents investigation costs incurred in connection with on-going investigations by the U.S. government and costs related to our withdrawal from sanctioned countries.  Also included are severance charges and facility closure costs associated with our reorganization activities.

Weatherford International Ltd.

Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheet

(Unaudited)

(In 000's)

September 30,

December 31,

2010

2009

Current Assets:

Cash and Cash Equivalents

$           951,382

$         252,519

Accounts Receivable, Net

2,535,625

2,504,876

Inventories

2,493,289

2,239,762

Other Current Assets

1,203,868

1,143,449

7,184,164

6,140,606

Long-Term Assets:

Property, Plant and Equipment, Net

6,931,216

6,991,579

Goodwill

4,141,972

4,156,105

Other Intangibles, Net

741,796

778,786

Equity Investments

537,505

542,667

Other Assets

347,790

256,440

12,700,279

12,725,577

Total Assets

$      19,884,443

$    18,866,183

Current Liabilities:

Short-term Borrowings and Current Portion of Long-term Debt

$           582,628

$         869,581

Accounts Payable

1,200,627

1,002,359

Other Current Liabilities

984,857

924,948

2,768,112

2,796,888

Long-term Liabilities:

Long-term Debt

6,694,963

5,847,258

Other Liabilities

434,843

423,333

7,129,806

6,270,591

Total Liabilities

9,897,918

9,067,479

Shareholders' Equity:

Weatherford Shareholders' Equity

9,916,937

9,719,672

Noncontrolling Interest

69,588

79,032

Total Shareholders' Equity

9,986,525

9,798,704

Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

$      19,884,443

$    18,866,183

Weatherford International Ltd.

Net Debt

(Unaudited)

(In 000's)

Change in Net Debt for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2010:

Net Debt at June 30, 2010

($6,410,797)

Operating Income

278,615

Depreciation and Amortization

269,096

Exit and Adjustments

87,120

Revaluation of Contingent Consideration

(90,011)

Capital Expenditures

(268,806)

Increase in Working Capital

(72,241)

Income Taxes Paid

(33,488)

Interest Paid

(145,057)

Acquisitions and Divestitures of Assets and Businesses, Net

49,088

Other

10,272

Net Debt at September 30, 2010

($6,326,209)

Change in Net Debt for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2010:

Net Debt at December 31, 2009

($6,464,320)

Operating Income

498,390

Depreciation and Amortization

776,745

Exit and Adjustments

158,461

Revaluation of Contingent Consideration

(448)

Capital Expenditures

(717,557)

Increase in Working Capital

(168,593)

Income Taxes Paid

(257,605)

Interest Paid

(354,677)

Acquisitions and Divestitures of Assets and Businesses, Net

130,948

Other

72,447

Net Debt at September 30, 2010

($6,326,209)

September 30,

June 30,

December 31,

Components of Net Debt

2010

2010

2009

Cash

$951,382

$222,783

$252,519

Short-term Borrowings and Current Portion of Long-Term Debt

(582,628)

(628,108)

(869,581)

Long-term Debt

(6,694,963)

(6,005,472)

(5,847,258)

Net Debt

($6,326,209)

($6,410,797)

($6,464,320)

Net Debt is debt less cash.  Management believes that Net Debt provides useful information regarding the level of

Weatherford indebtedness by reflecting cash that could be used to repay debt.

Working capital is defined as accounts receivable plus inventory less accounts payable.

SOURCE Weatherford International Ltd.



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