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Schlumberger releases 1Q20 results

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Schlumberger has reported its financial results for 1Q20.


  • Worldwide revenue of US$7.5 billion decreased 9% sequentially and 5% y/y.
  • International revenue of US$5.1 billion decreased 10% sequentially, but increased 2% y/y.
  • North America revenue of US$2.3 billion decreased 7% sequentially and 17% y/y.
  • GAAP loss per share, including charges of US$5.57 per share, was US$5.32.
  • EPS, excluding charges, was US$0.25.
  • Cash flow from operations was US$784 million and free cash flow was US$179 million.
  • Board approved quarterly cash dividend of US $0.125 per share.

Schlumberger CEO, Olivier Le Peuch, commented: “First-quarter revenue of US$7.5 billion declined 9% sequentially and 5% y/y as the unprecedented global health and economic crisis sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic increasingly impacted industry activity during the quarter. The effect of this was amplified late in the quarter by a new battle for market share between the world’s largest oil producers. This double black swan event created simultaneous shocks in oil supply and demand resulting in the most challenging environment for the industry in many decades.

“Customer spending and drilling activity in North America declined as oil prices slipped early in the quarter before falling abruptly in March. This resulted in a 7% sequential decrease in North America revenue to US$2.3 billion as we accelerated our land strategy to high-grade our portfolio and resized our operational footprint. International activity, expected to be seasonally lower sequentially, suffered from Covid-19-related activity disruptions and initial customer spending cuts in response to falling oil prices. International revenue of US$5.1 billion declined 10% sequentially.

“The sequential international revenue decline was led by lower winter activity in the Europe/CIS/Africa area, particularly in the Russia & Central Asia and the United Kingdom & Continental Europe GeoMarkets. Latin America area revenue also decreased, mainly due to reduced WesternGeco® multi-client seismic license sales. Middle East & Asia area revenue declined on lower product sales following strong year-end sales and a seasonal decline in activity. Covid-19-related activity disruptions during the quarter impacted our operations, particularly in China, Malaysia, Iraq, Italy, Romania, the UK, Gabon, Mozambique, Congo, Nigeria, Angola, and offshore North America.

“Looking beyond the sequential results for the quarter, our international business showed some resilience with year-on-year growth of 2% against the backdrop of an increasingly difficult operating environment. Growth was driven by six GeoMarkets—Russia & Central Asia, Saudi Arabia & Bahrain, Far East Asia & Australia, Northern Middle East, Latin America North, and Norway & Denmark. Despite the challenging environment, cash flow performance during the quarter was strong as we generated US$784 million of cash flow from operations. This was more than double what we generated in the same quarter last year.

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