Weatherford International Ltd. (WFT) is scheduled to report its Q2 2012 results on July 25, before the market opens. The street expects EPS and revenue of $0.24 and $3.63B, respectively.
In this article I will recap the historical results of the company, its latest EPS estimates vs. surprises, the latest news from WFT and the news from its closest competitors.
Recent EPS Actuals vs. Estimates
The company has failed to meet analysts' estimates in the last two quarters. In the last quarter it reported $0.25 EPS, failing to meet analyst estimates of $0.28.
The consensus EPS estimate is $0.24 based on 27 analysts' estimates, up from $0.17 a year ago. Revenue estimates are $3.63B, up from $3.05B a year ago. The median target price by analysts for the stock is $18.00.
Average recommendation: Overweight
- On April 24, 2012, Weatherford International Ltd. announced that for the second quarter of 2012, it expects diluted earnings per share (EPS) before excluded items of approximately $0.24 to $0.26. According to I/B/E/S Estimates, analysts were expecting the Company to report EPS of $0.27 for the second quarter of 2012.
- On April 10, 2012, Law office of Brodsky & Smith, LLC announced that it is investigating potential violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by Weatherford International, Ltd. ("Weatherford" or the "Company").
- On March 31, 2012, Weatherford International Ltd. (Weatherford Bermuda) and a subsidiary of Weatherford International Ltd., a Swiss joint-stock corporation("Weatherford"), announced the pricing of the offering by Weatherford Bermuda of $750 million aggregate principal amount of 4.50% Senior Notes due 2022 at a public offering price of 99.855% and $550 million aggregate principal amount of 5.95% Senior Notes due 2042 at a public offering price of 99.291%. Weatherford and Weatherford International, Inc., a Delaware corporation and subsidiary of Weatherford, will fully and unconditionally guarantee the notes on a senior, unsecured basis.
- On March 30, 2012, Weatherford International Ltd. announced that it has commenced an offering of senior notes. Weatherford and Weatherford International, Inc., a Delaware corporation and subsidiary of Weatherford, will fully and unconditionally guarantee the notes on a senior, unsecured basis.
- On March 26, 2012, Rigrodsky & Long, P.A. announced that a complaint has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of all purchasers of the securities of Weatherford International Ltd. (Weatherford or the Company) between March 2, 2011 and February 21, 2012 (the Class Period), alleging violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 against the Company and certain of its officers and directors (the Complaint).
- On March 24, 2012, Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP announced that it has filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Case No. 12 Civ. 2121, on behalf of all persons who purchased Weatherford International Ltd. common stock between March 2, 2011 and February 21, 2012 inclusive (the Class Period).
- On March 23, 2012, Weatherford International Ltd. announced that Mr. John H. Briscoe has been appointed as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Briscoe joined Weatherford in August of 2011 as Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer.
- On February 21, 2012, Weatherford International Ltd. announced that for the first quarter of 2012, it expects to report fully diluted earnings per share of approximately $0.30 before excluded items.
Baker Hughes (BHI), Flotek Industries (FTK), Halliburton Company (HAL), Oil States International (OIS), and Schlumberger Limited (SLB) are considered major competitors for Weatherford International and the table below provides the key metrics for these companies and the industry.
The chart below compares the stock price changes as a percentage for the selected companies for the last one year period.
Competitors' Latest Development
- On July 8, 2012, Anton Oilfield Services (Group) Ltd. announced that it has received a corporate substantial shareholder notice (the Notice) filed by Schlumberger NV (Schlumberger) pursuant to section 324 of Part XV of the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Chapter 571 of the Laws of Hong Kong) that Schlumberger has acquired 423,361,944 shares in Anton Oilfield Services, representing 20.10% of the issued share capital of Anton Oilfield Services, on July 6, 2012.
- On July 2, 2012, Oil States International, Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Oil States Industries, Inc., has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement to acquire Piper Valve Systems, Ltd. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Piper Valve Systems designs and manufactures high pressure valves and manifold components for oil and gas industry projects located offshore, onshore and subsea.
- On June 20, 2012, Reuters reported that Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) announced that it has awarded four contracts to drill mature oil fields in the second round of bidding to open up the country's nationalized oil industry to more private investment.
- On June 5, 2012, Schlumberger NV announces the launch of IsoMetrix marine isometric seismic technology and the IsoMetrix family of marine seismic products. This technology outputs isometrically sampled point-receiver data in both crossline and inline directions-capturing the returning wavefield in three dimensions and providing the accurate images of the subsurface ever recorded.
- On May 31, 2012, National Oilwell Varco, Inc. announced the closing of its previously announced acquisition of Wilson distribution business segment from Schlumberger Limited.
- On May 3, 2012, Reuters reported that BP plc won preliminary court approval of an estimated $7.8 billion settlement to resolve more than 100,000 claims by individuals and businesses stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
- On May 3, 2012, Halliburton Company And Gazprom International announced that it has signed a Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Gazprom International for the development and implementation of new oil and gas technologies in global exploration and production projects.
- On April 30, 2012, Tesco Corp and Schlumberger NV announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for Schlumberger to acquire Tesco's CASING DRILLING division for $45 million in cash.
- On April 26, 2012, Baker Hughes Inc. announced that the Board of Directors declared the regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share of common stock payable May 18, 2012, to holders of record on May 7, 2012.
- On April 19, 2012, Schlumberger Limited announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.275 per share of outstanding common stock. The dividend is payable on July 13, 2012 to stockholders of record at the close of business on June 1, 2012.
- On April 11, 2012, Schlumberger Limited announced that it has entered into an agreement with National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. to sell its Wilson distribution business. Schlumberger acquired Wilson International Inc. as part of the acquisition of Smith International in 2010.
- On March 12, 2012, Dow Jones reported that Baker Hughes Inc. has joined BP plc's and Schlumberger Limited on separate talks with Iraq to more than double output from the country's Kirkuk oil field in northern Iraq.
- On February 17, 2012, Halliburton Company announced that its Board of Directors have declared a 2012 first quarter dividend of $0.09 a share on the Company's common stock payable March 28, 2012, to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 7, 2012.
- On February 10, 2012, Halliburton Company and PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd announced that they have signed a Framework Agreement for the evaluation and development of global shale resources.
- On January 19, 2012, Schlumberger Limited announced that the Board of Directors has approved a 10% increase of the quarterly dividend. The increased dividend of $0.275 per share of outstanding common stock is payable on April 13, 2012 to stockholders of record at the close of business on February 22, 2012.
The stock has a market capitalization of $9.52B and is currently trading at $12.53 with a 52 week range of $10.85 - $22.76. The stock's year-to-date performance has been -14.41%. It is currently trading above 20 and 50 SMA, but below 200 SMA.
Sources: Yahoo Finance, Google Finance, Marketwatch, Finviz, Reuters.
Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.