Yesterday, 12:13 PM
- Cameron International (CAM +2.2%) is higher despite a downgrade from RBC to Sector Perform from Outperform, which includes a price target cut to $50 from $60.
- RBC believes CAM faces headwinds across all of its business segments in 2015, including immediate pressure in its short cycle businesses and declining backlogs in its longer cycle businesses, adding that Street estimates are too high.
- CAM CEO Jack Moore reassured investors yesterday that he expects the company will be able to sell more products to its key customers.
Dec. 1, 2014, 3:19 PM
- A bit late, Guggenheim analyst Darren Gacicia downgrades Seadrill (SDRL -5.5%), Transocean (RIG -4.5%) and Diamond Offshore (DO +3.3%) to Neutral from Buy, finally admitting that downward pressure on oil prices and a potential for capital markets to become shy to fund newbuild deliveries has undercut the tenets of his previous bull thesis.
- SDRL and RIG remain the most levered to deteriorating offshore market conditions, he says, believing SDRL shares may also suffer from an ownership transition from income to value investors and RIG perhaps sharing the same fate, with a 2015 dividend cut likely amid the potential for further asset writedowns.
- At DO, Gacicia sees risk of a dividend cut, rig retirements and deteriorating offshore market fundamentals as negative near-term catalysts; the firm also downgrades Seventy Seven Energy (SSE -16.2%), Cameron (CAM -2.8%), Frank's International (FI -0.1%) and FMC Tech (FTI -0.1%).
- In the space, the analyst prefers drillers with high-quality assets, solid contract coverage and a lack of funding needs, such as Noble Corp. (NE -0.2%) - which also has a buyback catalyst - Atwood Oceanics (ATW -0.1%) and Pacific Drilling (PACD -3.7%).
Nov. 14, 2014, 12:48 PM
- Oil services companies are mostly higher as Halliburton (HAL +1.7%) is indeed in talks to buy Baker Hughes (BHI +0.5%), a deal that would provide a jolt to oilfield services companies contending with falling oil prices: SLB +0.4%, OIS +1.2%, SPN +2.3%, CAM +0.2%, FTI -0.3%, NOV -0.6%.
- Sterne Agee analyst Stephen Gengaro calls a potential HAL-BHI combo a “HAL of a Frac-ing Deal," seeing several positives for HAL including strengthening its relatively weak position in artificial lift and production chemicals which are critical to enhancing HAL’s mature field strategy, enabling it to leverage its unparalleled U.S. pressure pumping logistics chain to enhance the efficiency of BHI’s operations, and providing the opportunity for significant cost savings which likely would total $600M-$750M or more.
- While antitrust concerns could force some divestitures, Gengaro does not believe it would prevent a deal from happening.
- Other potentially attractive M&A targets among oil services companies could include Dril-Quip (DRQ +0.7%), Frank’s International (FI +2.6%) and Oceaneering (OII -0.2%), Simmons & Co. says.
Oct. 17, 2014, 10:17 AM
- Oil services (OIH +4%) stocks rip higher at the open following a strong earnings report from Schlumberger (SLB +7.4%) and as oil prices stabilize.
- Tumbling crude prices haven’t shaken the faith of at least two of the top providers of drilling and production services: SLB CEO Paal Kibsgaard describes the drop as “fear of short-term oversupply” and says the company is not changing a long-term view that its earnings will almost double from last year’s level by 2017, while Baker Hughes (BHI +4.7%) CEO Martin Craighead says his company's customers don't believe crude prices will stay low.
- HAL +5.5%, SPN +5.2%, WFT +5.1%, CAM +2.1%, NOV +2%, FTI +1.8%, DRQ +1.4%.
Oct. 16, 2014, 7:55 AM
- Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI) -10.8% premarket after Q3 earnings rose 10% Y/Y but missed estimates, as political tensions in Libya and Iraq plus a sharp fall in drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico weighed on margins.
- Q3 pre-tax profit margins in its operations in Europe, Africa and the Russia Caspian region fell to 8% from 17% in the year-ago quarter.
- Revenue of the North American segment, BHI's largest geographic business by revenue, rose 11% to $3.2B, and climbed 6% in the Middle East and Asia Pacific region, 8% in the Europe, Africa and Russia Caspian segment, and 3% in Latin America.
- Oil services stocks (NYSEARCA:OIH) to watch: HAL, SLB. SPN, NOV, CAM, FTI, DRQ.
Aug. 7, 2014, 4:12 PM
- Dresser-Rand (DRC +8.6%) spiked into close following a Bloomberg report that it hired Morgan Stanley to prepare for possible takeover bids from companies including Siemens (OTCPK:SIEGY).
- While DRC isn’t actively pursuing a sale, the company is said to have retained Stanley after potential suitors expressed interest; the report says CEO Vincent Volpe Jr. may not even want a sale and is seeking defense advice from the banker.
- Siemens reportedly has been evaluating a bid for DRC since at least 2011; analysts also have mentioned GE, Cameron International (NYSE:CAM) and National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV) as potential buyers in the past.
Apr. 28, 2014, 1:50 PM
- National Oilwell Varco (NOV -7.2%) is suffering its worst day in more than two years after reporting that Q1 orders for new offshore rig equipment fell 23% Y/Y to $2.33B and forecasting a continued slowdown in orders.
- Backlog for new rig technology equipment, which hit a record during Q1 at $16.4B, should fall to $14B-$15B by year-end, CEO Clay Williams said on today's earnings call.
- "The newbuild rig market is starting to show signs of shakiness," says Iberia Capital analyst Trey Stolz.
- Other energy equipment providers also are lower: SLB -1.1%, BHI -1.2%, CAM -1.4%, FTI -1.2%, DRQ -1.2%, FET -1%.
Apr. 24, 2014, 11:44 AM
- Cameron (CAM +1.5%) shares are higher after Q1 earnings beat estimates, although an 18% rise in revenues was offset by 20% higher expenses.
- Total Q1 orders were $2.5B, down Q/Q and Y/Y but the second-best Q1 results in CAM's history; with a more robust outlook for North America and several deepwater projects expected to move forward, CAM thinks orders could exceed 2013 levels.
- Backlog at the end of Q1 was $11.3B, +13% Y/Y but down slightly from its historical high of $11.4B at the end of 2013 reflecting the cancellation of the STX deepwater rig order during the quarter.
- Issues in-line guidance for Q2, seeing EPS of $0.84-$0.89 vs. $0.88 analyst consensus estimate; issues in-line guidance for FY 2014, seeing EPS of $3.80-$4.10 vs. prior guidance of $3.60-$4.00 and $3.82 consensus.
Mar. 21, 2014, 9:44 AM
- The company has repurchased 12.8M shares so far this year at a total cost of $780M.
- Cameron (CAM +1.1%) also gets into the commercial paper market for the first time, with the program authorized up to a maximum $500M.
- "The Company ... intends to aggressively repurchase shares when market conditions and other factors permit. The commercial paper program will allow us to more efficiently borrow in the market when necessary."
- Press release
Mar. 13, 2014, 3:59 PM
- National Oilwell Varco (NOV -2.8%) is downgraded to Neutral from Buy at ISI Group, which says deepwater and ultra-deepwater rig demand are diminishing, and dayrates are weaker than the market appreciates.
- Other oil services names also are lower: SLB -0.9%, HAL -0.2%, BHI -0.2%, NE -3.8%, CAM -1.3%, WFT -1.8%, SPN -2%, FTI -1.3%, DRQ -2.9%, KEG -0.9%.
Jan. 30, 2014, 9:52 AM
- Cameron International (CAM +4.6%) opens higher after Q4 earnings and revenue top analyst estimates; revenue rose 21% Y/Y to $2.94B but total costs and expenses jumped 22% to $2.62B.
- Issues downside guidance for Q1, seeing EPS of $0.70-$0.75 vs. $0.76 analyst consensus estimate; issues in-line guidance for FY 2014, seeing EPS of $3.60-$4.00 vs. $3.80 consensus.
- Q4 drilling and production business rose 39% to $1.94B, valves and measurement posted a 5.3% decrease, and process and compression systems reported a 1.8% decline.
- Orders booked for Q4 fell 2.9% to $3.3B, but the backlog ended the year at a record $11.5B, up 34% Y/Y.
- Expects to close the $550M sale of its reciprocating compression division to GE, announced earlier this month, in Q3, and expects to use net proceeds for share repurchases.
Jan. 24, 2014, 10:07 AM| Comment!
Jan. 7, 2014, 12:49 PM
- Cowen lowers its estimates on oil service and drilling stocks (OIH) after an internal survey estimates slower than expected 4% growth in exploration and production spending in 2014, presenting a difficult scenario for the stocks to perform well (Briefing.com).
- The firm downgrades and cuts earnings estimates for Baker Hughes (BHI -1.5%), Cameron (CAM -0.4%), Nabors Industries (NBR -2%), CGG (CGG -0.2%), Superior Energy (SPN -1.9%) and Helmerich & Payne (HP +1.1%) to Market Perform from Outperform as it reduces industry growth estimates for 2014 and 2015.
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Oct. 24, 2013, 12:45 PM
Oct. 24, 2013, 11:39 AM
- Cameron International (CAM -12.3%) gapped sharply lower at the open and has continued to drop to two-month lows after Q3 results missed earnings and revenue estimates.
- CAM's Q3 net profit fell 15% to $189M, with an after-tax charge of $8.6M related to the integration of its OneSubsea joint venture with Schlumberger, adding to a Y/Y cost hike of 15%.
- Revenues came in 13% higher at $2.5B while total orders rose to $3B from $2.3B a year earlier, with a record $11.2B backlog at the end of the quarter.
- Issues downside guidance for Q4, seeing EPS of $0.95-$1.00 vs. $1.13 analyst consensus.
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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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