Weatherford International Ltd.

EANS-Adhoc: Weatherford International Ltd.
Weatherford Reports Fourth Quarter Results of $0.21 Per Share Before Charges, Primarily Tax Reorganization and Bond Tender Premiums

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ad-hoc disclosure transmitted by euro adhoc with the aim of a Europe-wide distribution. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- annual report 25.01.2011 GENEVA, Jan. 25, 2011 -- Weatherford International Ltd. (NYSE / SIX: WFT) today reported fourth quarter 2010 income of $156 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, excluding an after tax loss of $210 million. The excluded after tax loss is comprised of the following items: - $158 million book tax expense primarily incurred in connection with a tax reorganization to migrate Latin America operations out of the U.S. holding structure during the quarter to further strengthen global tax planning efforts. Of this amount, $54 million was a cash charge; - $34 million in bond tender premiums paid for the extinguishment of a portion of senior notes due in 2012 and 2013; - $21 million after-tax reserve taken against Venezuelan account receivables in light of the country's economic prognosis; - $12 million in after-tax severance related to restructuring initiatives; and - $15 million after-tax gain related to the November 2010 settlement of the TNK-BP put option which settled below the fair value liability recorded in the prior quarter. The company incurred no net costs related to the government investigations. Fourth quarter diluted earnings per share reflect an increase of $0.18 over the fourth quarter of 2009 diluted earnings per share of $0.03, before charges and fair value adjustment for the put option. Sequentially, the company's fourth quarter diluted earnings per share, before charges and the fair value adjustment to the put option, were $0.03 higher than the third quarter of 2010. Fourth quarter revenues of $2,901 million were the highest in company history and produced the highest quarterly sequential growth rate in the recent past. Revenues were 20 percent higher than the same period last year, and 14 percent higher than the prior quarter. International revenues were up 15 percent versus the prior quarter. Eastern Hemisphere revenues increased ten percent sequentially and 13 percent versus the year ago quarter, while North America revenue increased 14 percent and 70 percent, respectively, over the same period. Integrated Drilling, Completion Systems, Drilling Services, Stimulation and Chemicals, and Artificial Lift product lines posted strong sequential growth for the company. Segment operating income of $421 million improved 89 percent year-over-year and 13 percent sequentially. Margin performance was held back primarily due to asset write-offs, particularly in the Eastern Hemisphere, as well as unfavorable weather conditions in Australia. Asset write-offs, principally on inventory, totaled $50 million during the quarter and negatively impacted earnings per share by approximately $0.05. The company expects earnings per share before excluded items of $0.27 in the first quarter of 2011 and $1.30 for the full year 2011. The outlook for the international markets in 2011 is constructive, as supported by this quarter's healthy improvement in international revenues. The pace of recovery is expected to accelerate throughout the year and gain further momentum in 2012. North America Revenues for the quarter were $1,253 million, which is a 70 percent increase over the same quarter in the prior year and up 14 percent sequentially. Operating income was $252 million compared to $42 million for the fourth quarter of 2009 and was up $51 million, or 25 percent, sequentially. The current quarter's margins improved 180 basis points to 20.1%. Continued gains in the U.S. land market coupled with robust Canadian activity levels led to higher sequential results. Oil directed drilling and liquid rich plays continued to drive activity levels higher, while reduced Gulf of Mexico operations weighted negatively on region results. The Artificial Lift, Drilling Services and Stimulation and Chemicals product lines contributed strong results for the quarter. Middle East/North Africa/Asia Fourth quarter revenues of $681 million were 15 percent higher than the fourth quarter of 2009 and 13 percent higher than the prior quarter. On a sequential basis, Algeria and Iraq posted strong performances along with the Completion Systems and Integrated Drilling product lines. Year-over-year, revenue gains were meaningful in Iraq and China. The current quarter's operating income of $53 million decreased 35 percent as compared to the same quarter in the prior year and decreased 22 percent compared to the prior quarter. Asset write-offs and inclement weather in Australia negatively impacted profitability during the quarter. Europe/West Africa/FSU Fourth quarter revenues of $524 million were ten percent higher than the fourth quarter of 2009 and six percent higher than the prior quarter. On a sequential basis, the United Kingdom posted strong revenue performance along with the Drilling Services product line. The current quarter's operating income of $61 million was up 25 percent compared to the same quarter in the prior year and flat sequentially. Write-offs of inventory negatively impacted profitability in the quarter. Latin America Fourth quarter revenues of $442 million were 28 percent lower than the fourth quarter of 2009 and up 31 percent over the prior quarter. Brazil and Colombia throughout the year have delivered exemplary performance and are expected to continue to lead 2011 growth in Latin America as awarded contracts commence. The current quarter's operating income of $54 million increased ten percent as compared to the same quarter in the prior year and increased 30 percent compared to the prior quarter. Net Debt and Free Cash Flow Net debt for the quarter increased $23 million, after payment of $47 million for the settlement of the TNK put, $43 million in bond tender premiums and $38 million in acquisition consideration. Free cash flow (measured by changes in net debt) was $115 million for the full year 2010. 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 fourth quarter results on January 25, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. (CST). 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 55,000 people worldwide. Contacts: Andrew P. Becnel +41.22.816.1502 Chief Financial Officer Karen David-Green +1.713.693.2530 Vice President - Investor Relations end of ad-hoc-announcement ========================================== ====================================== 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 Twelve Months Ended December 31, Ended December 31, ------------------ ------------------- 2010 2009 2010 2009 ---- ---- ---- ---- Net Revenues: North America $1,252,918 $736,443 $4,163,662 $2,765,707 Middle East/ North Africa/ Asia 681,287 593,154 2,450,292 2,368,118 Europe/West Africa/FSU 524,374 478,259 1,980,649 1,616,460 Latin America 442,194 618,225 1,616,846 2,076,648 2,900,773 2,426,081 10,211,449 8,826,933 --------- --------- ---------- --------- Operating Income (Expense): North America 252,105 41,625 695,309 197,211 Middle East/ North Africa/ Asia 53,494 82,452 282,496 441,974 Europe/West Africa/FSU 60,962 48,893 223,149 230,918 Latin America 54,108 49,271 164,783 281,590 Research and Development (57,637) (50,216) (214,481) (194,650) Corporate Expenses (43,345) (48,990) (175,166) (173,695) Revaluation of Contingent Consideration 15,349 (6,295) 15,797 21,073 Exit and Adjustments (48,775) (26,897) (207,236) (100,566) ------- ------- -------- -------- 286,261 89,843 784,651 703,855 Other Income (Expense): Interest Expense, Net (115,409) (91,902) (405,785) (366,748) Bond Tender Premium (43,242) - (53,973) - Devaluation of Venezuelan Bolivar - - (63,859) - Other, Net (13,966) (9,177) (49,647) (37,633) ------- ------ ------- ------- Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes 113,644 (11,236) 211,387 299,474 Benefit (Provision) for Income Taxes: Benefit (Provision) for Operations (30,849) 2,710 (88,238) (10,157) Provision for Legal Entity Reorganization (157,699) (24,190) (165,589) (24,190) Benefit from Devaluation of Venezuelan Bolivar - - 23,973 - Benefit from Bond Tender and Exit and Restructurings 24,301 5,466 57,774 14,798 ------ ----- ------ ------ (164,247) (16,014) (172,080) (19,549) Net Income (Loss) (50,603) (27,250) 39,307 279,925 Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest (3,156) (3,141) (14,793) (26,159) ------ ------ ------- ------- Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Weatherford $(53,759) $(30,391) $24,514 $253,766 ======== ======== ======= ======== Earnings (Loss) Per Share Attributable to Weatherford: Basic $(0.07) $(0.04) $0.03 $0.35 Diluted $(0.07) $(0.04) $0.03 $0.35 Weighted Average Shares Outstanding: Basic 745,925 737,059 743,125 714,981 Diluted 745,925 737,059 750,128 723,449 Weatherford International Ltd. Selected Income Statement Information (Unaudited) (In 000's) Three Months Ended ----- 12/31/2010 9/30/2010 6/30/2010 ---------- --------- --------- Net Revenues: North America $1,252,918 $1,098,757 $921,443 Middle East/North Africa/ Asia 681,287 603,249 600,777 Europe/West Africa/FSU 524,374 495,800 505,774 Latin America 442,194 336,351 410,277 $2,900,773 $2,534,157 $2,438,271 ========== ========== ========== Operating Income (Expense): North America $252,105 $201,516 $129,361 Middle East/North Africa/ Asia 53,494 68,197 78,009 Europe/West Africa/FSU 60,962 60,825 62,834 Latin America 54,108 41,612 37,984 Research and Development (57,637) (54,457) (53,530) Corporate Expenses (43,345) (41,969) (42,732) Revaluation of Contingent Consideration 15,349 90,011 (81,753) Exit and Adjustments (48,775) (87,120) (27,309) $286,261 $278,615 $102,864 ======== ======== ======== Three Months Ended ----- 3/31/2010 12/31/2009 --------- ---------- Net Revenues: North America $890,544 $736,443 Middle East/North Africa/ Asia 564,979 593,154 Europe/West Africa/FSU 454,701 478,259 Latin America 428,024 618,225 $2,338,248 $2,426,081 ========== ========== Operating Income (Expense): North America $112,327 $41,625 Middle East/North Africa/ Asia 82,796 82,452 Europe/West Africa/FSU 38,528 48,893 Latin America 31,079 49,271 Research and Development (48,857) (50,216) Corporate Expenses (47,120) (48,990) Revaluation of Contingent Consideration (7,810) (6,295) Exit and Adjustments (44,032) (26,897) $116,911 $89,843 ======== ======= Supplemental Information (Unaudited) (In 000's) Three Months Ended ----- 12/31/2010 9/30/2010 6/30/2010 3/31/2010 12/31/2009 ---------- --------- --------- --------- ---------- Depreciation and Amortization: North America $83,996 $81,843 $81,040 $80,660 $83,658 Middle East/North Africa/Asia 81,596 75,968 75,139 72,290 72,739 Europe/West Africa/ FSU 53,095 58,847 52,058 48,958 50,376 Latin America 47,377 46,527 44,753 42,479 42,751 Research and Development 2,398 2,420 2,324 2,224 1,980 Corporate 3,075 3,491 2,943 2,781 2,197 ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- $271,537 $269,096 $258,257 $249,392 $253,701 ======== ======== ======== ======== ======== 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 December 31, 2010, September 30, 2010, and December 30, 2009 and for the twelve months ended December 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the Company's 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 ------------------ December September December 31, 30, 31, 2010 2010 2009 ---- ---- ---- Operating Income: GAAP Operating Income $286,261 $278,615 $89,843 Exit and Adjustments 48,775 87,120 26,897 Revaluation of Contingent Consideration (15,349) (90,011) 6,295 ------- ------- ----- Non-GAAP Operating Income $319,687 $275,724 $123,035 ======== ======== ======== Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes: GAAP Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes $113,644 $156,289 $(11,236) Exit and Adjustments 48,775 87,120 26,897 Revaluation of Contingent Consideration (15,349) (90,011) 6,295 Devaluation of Venezuelan Bolivar - - - Bond Tender Premium 43,242 10,731 - ------ ------ --- Non-GAAP Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes $190,312 $164,129 $21,956 ======== ======== ======= Benefit (Provision) for Income Taxes: GAAP Benefit (Provision) for Income Taxes $(164,247) $(7,157) $(16,014) Legal Entity Reorganization Charges 157,699 7,890 24,190 Devaluation of Venezuelan Bolivar - - - Benefit from Bond Tender and Exit and Restructurings (24,301) (28,142) (5,466) ------- ------- ------ Non-GAAP Benefit (Provision) for Income Taxes $(30,849) $(27,409) $2,710 ======== ======== ====== Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Weatherford: GAAP Net Income (Loss) $(53,759) $144,846 $(30,391) Total Charges, net of tax 210,066 (a) (12,412) (b) 51,916 (c) ------- ------- ------ Non-GAAP Net Income $156,307 $132,434 $21,525 ======== ======== ======= Diluted Earnings (Loss) Per Share Attributable to Weatherford: GAAP Diluted Earnings (Loss) per Share $(0.07) $0.19 $(0.04) Total Charges, net of tax 0.28 (a) (0.01) (b) 0.07 (c) ---- ----- ---- Non-GAAP Diluted Earnings per Share $0.21 $0.18 $0.03 ===== ===== ===== Twelve Months Ended ------------------- December December 31, 31, 2010 2009 ---- ---- Operating Income: GAAP Operating Income $784,651 $703,855 Exit and Adjustments 207,236 100,566 Revaluation of Contingent Consideration (15,797) (21,073) ------- ------- Non-GAAP Operating Income $976,090 $783,348 ======== ======== Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes: GAAP Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes $211,387 $299,474 Exit and Adjustments 207,236 100,566 Revaluation of Contingent Consideration (15,797) (21,073) Devaluation of Venezuelan Bolivar 63,859 - Bond Tender Premium 53,973 - ------ --- Non-GAAP Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes $520,658 $378,967 ======== ======== Benefit (Provision) for Income Taxes: GAAP Benefit (Provision) for Income Taxes $(172,080) $(19,549) Legal Entity Reorganization Charges 165,589 24,190 Devaluation of Venezuelan Bolivar (23,973) - Benefit from Bond Tender and Exit and Restructurings (57,774) (14,798) ------- ------- Non-GAAP Benefit (Provision) for Income Taxes $(88,238) $(10,157) ======== ======== Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Weatherford: GAAP Net Income (Loss) $24,514 $253,766 Total Charges, net of tax 393,113 (d) 88,885 (e) ------- ------ Non-GAAP Net Income $417,627 $342,651 ======== ======== Diluted Earnings (Loss) Per Share Attributable to Weatherford: GAAP Diluted Earnings (Loss) per Share $0.03 $0.35 Total Charges, net of tax 0.53 (d) 0.12 (e) ---- ---- Non-GAAP Diluted Earnings per Share $0.56 $0.47 ===== ===== Note (a): This amount is comprised of (i) a $34 million premium paid on tendering a portion of our senior notes, (ii) severance costs associated with our restructuring activities, (iii) a $21 million reserve taken against accounts receivable balances in Venezuela due to the country's economic prognosis and (iv) a $15 million gain on the settlement of contingent consideration included as part of our acquisition of the Oilfield Services Division ("OFS") of TNK-BP. We also incurred investigation costs in connection with on-going investigations by the U.S. government. In addition, we incurred a tax charge of $158 million primarily as a result of a tax reorganization initiative completed during the fourth quarter of 2010. Note (b): This amount is comprised of (i) a $90 million gain for the revaluation of contingent consideration included as part of our acquisition of OFS, (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 (c): This amount represents investigation costs incurred in connection with on-going investigations by the U.S. government and severance charges and facility closure costs associated with the Company's restructuring activities. In addition, the Company incurred a tax charge of $24 million as a result of a legal entity reorganization initiative completed during the fourth quarter of 2009. These charges were partially offset by a $6 million gain on the revaluation of the contingent consideration included as part of the OFS acquisition. 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 based management contracts in Mexico, (iv) a $41 million charge for premiums paid on tendering a portion of our senior notes and (v) a $21 million reserve taken against accounts receivable balances in Venezuela due to the country's economic prognosis. 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 tax charges of $8 million and $158 million primarily as a result of tax reorganization initiatives completed during the third and fourth quarters of 2010, respectively. Note (e): This amount represents investigation costs incurred in connection with on-going investigations by the U.S. government and costs related to the Company's withdrawal from sanctioned countries. Also included are severance charges and facility closure costs associated with the Company's restructuring activities. In addition, the Company incurred a tax charge of $24 million as a result of a tax reorganization initiative completed during the fourth quarter of 2009. These charges were partially offset by a $21 million gain on the revaluation of the contingent consideration included as part of the OFS acquisition. Weatherford International Ltd. Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheet (Unaudited) (In 000's) December December 31, 31, 2010 2009 ---- ---- Current Assets: Cash and Cash Equivalents $415,772 $252,519 Accounts Receivable, Net 2,618,983 2,504,876 Inventories 2,591,940 2,239,762 Other Current Assets 1,335,718 1,143,449 6,962,413 6,140,606 --------- --------- Long-Term Assets: Property, Plant and Equipment, Net 6,939,754 6,991,579 Goodwill 4,185,477 4,156,105 Other Intangibles, Net 740,681 778,786 Equity Investments 539,580 542,667 Other Assets 246,875 256,440 12,652,367 12,725,577 ---------- ---------- Total Assets $19,614,780 $18,866,183 =========== =========== Current Liabilities: Short-term Borrowings and Current Portion of Long-term Debt $235,392 $869,581 Accounts Payable 1,335,020 1,002,359 Other Current Liabilities 993,852 924,948 2,564,264 2,796,888 --------- --------- Long-term Liabilities: Long-term Debt 6,529,998 5,847,258 Other Liabilities 562,901 423,333 7,092,899 6,270,591 --------- --------- Total Liabilities 9,657,163 9,067,479 --------- --------- Shareholders' Equity: Weatherford Shareholders' Equity 9,893,701 9,719,672 Noncontrolling Interest 63,916 79,032 ------ ------ Total Shareholders' Equity 9,957,617 9,798,704 --------- --------- Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $19,614,780 $18,866,183 =========== =========== Weatherford International Ltd. Net Debt (Unaudited) (In 000's) Change in Net Debt for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2010: Net Debt at September 30, 2010 $(6,326,209) Operating Income 286,261 Depreciation and Amortization 271,537 Exit and Adjustments 48,775 Revaluation of Contingent Consideration (15,349) Capital Expenditures (258,987) Increase in Working Capital (74,396) Income Taxes Paid (92,998) Interest Paid (66,455) Acquisitions and Divestitures of Assets and Businesses, Net (33,016) TNK Put Settlement (46,966) Bond Tender Premium (43,242) Other 1,427 ----- Net Debt at December 31, 2010 $(6,349,618) =========== Change in Net Debt for the Year Ended December 31, 2010: Net Debt at December 31, 2009 $(6,464,320) Operating Income 784,651 Depreciation and Amortization 1,048,282 Exit and Adjustments 207,236 Revaluation of Contingent Consideration (15,797) Capital Expenditures (976,544) Increase in Working Capital (242,989) Income Taxes Paid (350,603) Interest Paid (421,132) Acquisitions and Divestitures of Assets and Businesses, Net 97,932 TNK Put Settlement (46,966) Bond Tender Premium (53,973) Other 84,605 ------ Net Debt at December 31, 2010 $(6,349,618) =========== September December 31, 30, December 31, Components of Net Debt 2010 2010 2009 ---- ---- ---- Cash $415,772 $951,382 $252,519 Short-term Borrowings and Current Portion of Long-Term Debt (235,392) (582,628) (869,581) Long-term Debt (6,529,998) (6,694,963) (5,847,258) ---------- ---------- ---------- Net Debt $(6,349,618) $(6,326,209) $(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. end of announcement euro adhoc -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Further inquiry note: Andrew P. Becnel +41.22.816.1502 Chief Financial Officer Karen David-Green +1.713.693.2530 Vice President - Investor Relations Branche: Oil & Gas - Upstream activities ISIN: CH0038838394 WKN: A0RF77 Börsen: Euronext Paris / stock market New York / stock market SIX Swiss Exchange / Main Standard

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