Schlumberger’s net loss contracts to £63.49 million in the fiscal third quarter

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on Oct 18, 2020
Updated: Feb 29, 2024
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  • Schlumberger’s net loss contracts to £63.49 million in the fiscal third quarter.
  • The oilfield services company reports a 38% decline in Q3 revenue.
  • The U.S. company earned 12.39 pence per share on an adjusted basis in Q3.

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Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB) said on Friday that its adjusted profit in the fiscal third quarter came in stronger than expected. Its revenue in Q3, however, posted a steeper decline than Wall Street estimates. The company attributed the decrease in revenue to the Coronavirus pandemic that weighed on its drilling business in recent months.

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The COVID-19 crisis has so far infected more than 40 million people worldwide and caused over 1.1 million deaths.

Shares of the company closed 5% down on Friday. At £11.61 per share, Schlumberger is now 60% down year to date in the stock market after recovering from an even lower £9.33 per share when the impact of COVID-19 was at its peak.

Schlumberger’s Q3 financial results versus analysts’ estimates

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Schlumberger said that its net loss in the third quarter contracted to £63.49 million that translates to 4.65 pence per share. In the same quarter last year, it had registered a sharply higher £8.81 billion of loss or £6.36 per share. In the prior quarter (Q2), Schlumberger had posted £2.66 billion of net loss.

Adjusted for one-time items, the oilfield services company earned 12.39 pence per share versus the year-ago figure of 33.29 pence. FactSet Consensus for per-share earnings stood at 9.29 pence. In terms of revenue, Schlumberger recorded a 38% decline in the third quarter to £4.07 billion. According to FactSet, experts had forecast a higher £4.18 billion in third-quarter revenue instead.

For Q4, Schlumberger said conditions were well-suited for continued momentum in the United States and Canada. Schlumberger announced plans of merging its U.S. fracking business with Liberty Oilfield Services in September.

Other prominent figures in Schlumberger’s earnings report

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Other prominent figures in the Houston-based company’s earnings report on Friday include a 43% decline in production revenue to £1.39 billion, 38% decline in drilling revenue to £1.18 billion, and a 39% decline in reservoir characterisation revenue to £780 million.

In comparison, analysts had anticipated Schlumberger to report £1.32 billion of production revenue, £1.29 billion of drilling revenue, and £830 million of reservoir characterisation revenue in the fiscal third quarter.

Schlumberger performed slightly upbeat in the stock market last year with an annual gain of close to 5%. At the time of writing, the oilfield services company has a market capitalisation of £16 billion.

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