Tue, Nov. 17, 6:30 PM
- Schlumberger’s (NYSE:SLB) proposed purchase of Cameron International (NYSE:CAM) is cleared by the U.S. Justice Department, putting the companies on track to close the deal early next year.
- The DoJ found that the transaction did not violate antitrust laws, and cleared the proposed merger without any conditions, the companies said.
- CAM shareholders still must sign off on the deal, and are expected to vote in a special meeting on Dec. 17; approval is not needed from SLB’s shareholders.
Fri, Nov. 6, 5:30 PM
- Oilfield service companies are in "survival mode," looking to cut costs large and small - from thousands of job cuts to capacity reductions to changing paint colors - WSJ reports.
- Example: Technip (OTCQX:TNHPF) is cutting 6K jobs and using white paint instead of yellow on underwater equipment because adding pigment is more expensive.
- The oil downturn has left even the world's biggest oil services company, Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB), vulnerable; in its Q3 results, the company reported big drops in earnings and revenue.
- Next year could be even worse as producers cut more than $200B in spending this year and next; consult Wood Mackenzie expects only 10 new projects globally to attract investment commitments, which would hit a sector that typically has the capacity to support an average of 40-50 new projects a year.
- Other relevant tickers include: HAL, BHI, CAM, WFT, AMFW, XLE, OIH, XES, IEZ
Thu, Oct. 22, 7:42 AM
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Wed, Sep. 16, 5:18 PM
- Cowen analyst James Crandell thinks the current down cycle in oil is "the worst ever" in terms of magnitude of the decline in exploration and production spending and thus in its impact on oil services companies (NYSEARCA:OIH); unlike past cycles, Crandell says there is a growing realization that a strong recovery in oil prices is not likely.
- Crandall estimates that when all is said and done, the 2015-16 down cycle will see a decline in global E&P spending of 35%-40%, with a drop internationally of 30% and in North America of 50%.
- The analyst cuts his price target on Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI) to $56 from $61, Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) to $38 from $40, and Schlumberge (NYSE:SLB) to $90 from $100, but raises his target on Cameron International (NYSE:CAM) to $65 from $51.
Fri, Sep. 4, 12:23 PM
- Sclumberger’s (NYSE:SLB) purchase of Cameron International (NYSE:CAM) should easily close, with optimism growing that Halliburton's (NYSE:HAL) bid for Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI) also will close, and the deals mean more oil company M&A is on the way, FBR Capital analyst Thomas Curran believes.
- The wave of heavyweight deals likely is not over yet, Curran says, seeing Weatherford (NYSE:WFT) as the highest probability takeout with the broadest set of plausible strategic suitors; National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV) is viewed as having a high likelihood of entering into a big deal, although probably as an acquirer, and FMC Tech (NYSE:FTI) could puruse a full combination with Technip, its 50/50% JV partner in Forsys Subsea.
Thu, Sep. 3, 9:52 AM
- Schlumberger (SLB +0.9%) is upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup, which says its strategy and ability to deliver will allow the stock to outperform with an average 15% annual upside over three years.
- SLB's "superior strategy, delivery platform, technology development and execution will facilitate a resumption to excess returns in 2017," analyst Scott Gruber writes.
- However, Gruber believes consensus earnings forecasts for SLB could prove too high, since he says they do not take into account the recent drop in oil prices; thus he cuts its target price for SLB to $87 from $93.
- Citi also upgrades Cameron (CAM +0.5%) to Buy from Neutral, seeing a 95% probability of CAM's acquisition by SLB being completed successfully.
Wed, Sep. 2, 6:47 PM
- Analysts at RBC Capital add five names - CNQ, OTCPK:DTNOY, WES, WFT and EXH - to the firm's Global Energy Best Ideas List, and removes five names.
- Canadian Natural Resources is well positioned to benefit from a rebound in crude oil as the largest heavy oil producer in Canada; DNO's near-term outlook is "set to be dominated" by regular oil payments from Kurdistan; Western Gas Partners is a defensive play given its solid but with ssignificant growth potential; Weatherford is the "next man up" on the M&A front; and Exterran Holdings is viewed favorably ahead of the proposed spin transaction.
- Removed from the RBC list: CAM, MIC, PDS, OTC:SECYF, OTCPK:AOIFF.
Mon, Aug. 31, 9:15 AM
- Singapore's Keppel Offshore & Marine agrees to acquire Cameron International's (NYSE:CAM) offshore rig business for $100M.
- The business consists of CAM's LeTourneau jackup rig designs, its rig kit business and aftermarket services; Keppel says the LeTourneau designs have been popular with certain market segments and will help it expand its suite of jackup rig offerings.
- CAM is set to be acquired by Schlumberger in a $14.8B deal.
Fri, Aug. 28, 2:56 PM
- Schlumberger (SLB +2.7%) is offering more than $66 in cash and stock per share while takeover target Cameron International’s (CAM +2.5%) private market value may be only $63, according to Gabelli analysts who lower their recommendation on CAM to Hold from Buy.
- The firm says arbitrageurs can earn a respectable ~10% annualized return on the deal, assuming a successful close by the end of Q1 2016 and given the current $3.62 deal spread.
- However, the firm believes the deal makes strategic sense for both companies, combining SLB’s subsurface and wellbore expertise with the largest surface technology and second-largest subsea equipment manufacturer, and expects the deal will close with minimal regulatory scrutiny.
Fri, Aug. 28, 11:29 AM
- Traders willing to bet Halliburton's (HAL +1.4%) proposed deal for Baker Hughes (BHI +1.2%) can survive regulatory scrutiny stand to amass more than $3B in profit, and Schlumberger’s (SLB +1.9%) purchase of Cameron International (CAM +1.7%) could help their chances, according to a Bloomberg analysis.
- With SLB - already the world’s largest oilfield-services provider - getting even bigger, HAL and BHI could have a better argument that they need to merge to get stronger, and the deal could provide more incentive for contractors to bid on HAL and BHI assets as they seek to stay competitive; HAL and BHI have committed to divest as much as $7.5B in assets, and several buyers appear to be interested.
- HAL shares stand to drop sharply without a deal, it would not have the merger’s cost-cutting opportunities to shield it from the slump in oil prices and shrinking revenue, and it would have to pay a $3.5B breakup fee if the deal fails to gain regulatory approval.
Wed, Aug. 26, 6:32 PM
- J.P. Morgan analyst Sean Meakim sees no recovery for oil services companies before 2017 at the earliest, anticipating a protracted period of fits and starts in activity before the sector’s overcapitalization is sufficiently eased through consolidation and attrition.
- Although the next 4-6 quarters likely will be extremely painful for the sector, Meakim thinks the more pain endured in the near term means more gain will be available for the survivors in the eventual next up-cycle.
- JPM's top picks in the group include Halliburton (NYSE:HAL), Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB), Cameron (NYSE:CAM), MRC Global (NYSE:MRC) and Superior Energy Services (NYSE:SPN), while its top Underweights include Ensco (NYSE:ESV), Noble (NYSE:NE) and Transocean (NYSE:RIG).
Wed, Aug. 26, 3:25 PM
- Analysts say Schlumberger’s (SLB -4.2%) acquisition of Cameron International (CAM +41.7%) is not particularly surprising, given SLB's two years of experience working alongside CAM through their OneSubsea joint venture and track record of soaking up JV partners.
- The combination effectively allows the two companies to extract the type of cost savings found at OneSubsea across the rest of their businesses; SLB thinks it can find pretax benefits of $600M in the second year after the deal, most of which will come from cost-cutting.
- Citigroup says the deal will firmly establish SLB as the dominant and most diversified oilfield service provider, with total estimated revenues for the combined entity of $46B in 2015, a figure the prospective Halliburton (HAL +2.3%) and Baker Hughes (BHI +2.5%) combo cannot match.
- SLB is making a strategic bet on a recovery in deepwater drilling, even if not in 2016, Tudor Pickering says; with 7M-plus bbl/day of global oil production coming from deepwater reservoirs, it makes sense that offshore activity eventually will rebound.
- The deal is not likely to touch off an M&A wave in the oilfield services industry because the global crude slump has strained the finances of many companies, leaving few able to make such a move, says Edward Jones analyst Rob Desai.
- But several potential acquisition targets in the services industry are higher: OII +8.3%, DRQ +7.4%, FTI +6.5%, NOV +4.1%, FET +3%.
Wed, Aug. 26, 12:45 PM
Wed, Aug. 26, 9:14 AM
Wed, Aug. 26, 6:32 AM
- Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB) is acquiring oilfield equipment maker Cameron International (NYSE:CAM) in a stock and cash transaction valued at $14.8B.
- Under the terms of the agreement, Cameron shareholders will receive 0.716 shares of Schlumberger common stock and a cash payment of $14.44 for each share held.
- The deal represents a 56.3% premium to Cameron's closing stock price on Tuesday.
- CAM +41.4% premarket
Cameron International Corp is a provider of flow equipment products, systems and services to worldwide oil, gas and process industries. It also works with drilling contractors, oil & gas producers, pipeline operators and refiners.
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