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Nabors Industries Ltd. (NBR)

  • Mon, Mar. 2, 6:33 PM
    • Nabors Industries (NYSE:NBR) -2.7% AH after missing expectations for Q4 earnings and revenues.
    • Unadjusted earnings swung to an $891M Q4 loss, which included a $612M impairment NBR booked on its older rigs which have become less valuable as they are used less and the company is no longer able to justify maintenance, and a $387M writedown related to goodwill; NBR reported an unadjusted $152M profit in the year-ago quarter.
    • NBR says its drilling operations posted a Q/Q improvement in operating income, primarily attributable to new rig deployments and the seasonal ramp-up in Alaska, and its international drilling segment also benefited from new rig deployments and contract renewals, but rig services and completion and production services operations were hurt by lower activity and increased pricing competitiveness compared with the previous quarter.
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  • Tue, Feb. 24, 10:59 AM
    • Transocean (RIG -1.6%) is poised to be the first in a wave of energy-related debt issuers downgraded to junk status, according to a Barclays report that says RIG could be stripped of its investment-grade ratings soon after it reports earnings tomorrow.
    • The cost of credit swaps used to protect RIG debt against default within five years has soared to 714 bps, a level associated with junk-rated companies, from less than 200 in September, Bloomberg says.
    • Weatherford (NYSE:WFT), Nabors Industries (NYSE:NBR) and Canadian Oil Sands (OTCQX:COSWF) are among the other investment-grade energy companies at risk of a downgrade to junk by mid-2016, according to Barclays.
    • As much as $20B of energy-related debt may be cut to junk within 18 months, expanding what is already the largest part of the high-yield, high-risk market by 11%, the report says.
  • Mon, Feb. 9, 8:57 AM
    • C&J Energy Services (NYSE:CJES) +2.8% premarket on news the two companies have agreed to reduce the cash portion of its deal to buy Nabors Industries' (NYSE:NBR) production services unit by $250M to $688M.
    • Including stock, the deal was valued at $2.86B when it was announced in June.
    • A court had halted the deal in November, finding C&J’s board’s failure to seek out other buyers might have shortchanged its investors, but a higher court ruling in December allowed the transaction to proceed.
  • Wed, Jan. 28, 3:59 PM
  • Fri, Jan. 9, 12:40 PM
    • Nabors Industries (NBR -3.4%) and Helmerich & Payne (HP -1.7%) are both downgraded to Hold form Buy at KeyBanc (I, II) following this week's business update from HP, which reveals how quickly and dramatically U.S. rig activity is reacting to the drop in oil prices.
    • The firm expects the impact of a reduced number of working rigs and a drop on spot market dayrates to significantly hurt profitability at the two companies, at least until demand stabilizes; customers are sharply curtailing their drilling programs and releasing rigs as they come off contract.
    • KeyBanc forecasts NBR's contracted rigs in the lower 48 states falling from an average of ~200 in Q4 2014 to 170 in Q1 2015, and to average 155 for full-year 2015.
  • Wed, Jan. 7, 3:23 PM
    • Oil driller Helmerich & Payne (HP -6.5%) is the day's biggest S&P 500 loser after saying rates for its high-tech rigs have tumbled 10% Q/Q and warns of more softness ahead because of falling crude oil prices.
    • "Drilling activity and spot dayrate pricing are now expected to significantly decline in the U.S.," HP says in a presentation which indicates deteriorating utilization and dayrates among land drillers is spreading farther and faster than expected.
    • HP says the idle and available number of its FlexRigs has risen to 26 from 15 since Dec. 11, and sees expects to see another 40-50 FlexRigs become idle in the next 30 days from its current total of 287 but does not foresee further idling beyond that point.
    • SunTrust analysts think HP’s rig count will wind up lower by the mid-30s in percentage Q/Q, cutting their 2015 EPS estimates on HP to $2.60, well below the consensus of $5.56, and slashing their price target to $56 from $70.
    • Credit Suisse's James Wicklund, who offered little optimism for the oil service sector today, also slashed his estimates on land drillers HP, Nabors Industries (NBR -3.6%), Precision Drilling (PDS -2.1%) and Patterson-UTI (PTEN -3.6%) - "the result is ugly."
  • Mon, Jan. 5, 12:18 PM
  • Dec. 19, 2014, 5:36 PM
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  • Dec. 19, 2014, 12:56 PM
    • The Delaware Supreme Court overturns a lower court ruling that had halted a deal by C&J Energy Services (CJES +0.7%) and Nabors Industries (NBR +6.1%), saying there was not enough evidence showing the C&J board had short-changed its shareholders.
    • A lower court last month held up C&J’s merger with a Nabors unit, finding C&J’s board did not adequately shop the company; the situation was unusual in part because C&J's board and management would keep control, while the new entity is to be incorporated in NBR’s home of Bermuda and 53% controlled by NBR.
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  • Dec. 18, 2014, 9:59 AM
    • RBC recommends increasing weightings and exposure to oil service stocks (OIH +2.5%) heading into 2015, as it says oil prices will start to improve in H2 of next year and that oil service stocks typically discount this move by 6-9 months.
    • Down cycles such as 2000-02 and 2008-09 suggest North American land drillers and service companies provide the best returns off business cycle lows, RBC says as it expects a similar dynamic this time.
    • RBC upgrades Key Energy (KEG +24.6%) and Superior Energy (SPN +7.5%) to Outperform, and downgrades FMC Tech (FTI +1.8%), Franks (FI +4.9%), Oceaneering (OII +0.2%) and Oil States (OIS +2.3%) to Sector Perform; the firm also says since 1985 three of the top five performing stocks off lows have been Patterson-UTI (PTEN +6.6%), Precision Drilling (PDS +4%) and Nabors (NBR +7.2%).
  • Nov. 25, 2014, 10:13 AM
    • C&J Energy Services (CJES +3.6%) says it plans to appeal a Delaware court ruling that requires it to solicit offers from other buyers for 30 days before it can merge with a unit of Nabors Industries (NBR -0.5%).
    • NBR announced in June that it would merge its completion and production business with CJES and receive $2.86B in cash and stock; the deal is structured as a Reverse Morris Trust, a transaction that allows a parent company to sell its unit in a tax-efficient manner.
    • But CJES shares are higher, as investor appetite for the deal had been waning given the integration risk and less favorable industry outlook.
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  • Oct. 24, 2014, 8:41 AM
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  • Oct. 21, 2014, 7:09 PM
    • Nabors Industries (NYSE:NBR) +3% AH after Q3 earnings rose 26% Y/Y and beat Wall Street estimates, thanks to higher activity in the Bakken shale field in North Dakota and Permian Basin in Texas.
    • Total revenue rose 17%, its highest increase in nine quarters, to $1.81B; sales in the completion and production services business, which handles the post-drilling processes used to extract oil and gas, rose 19% to $612M despite two Pacific hurricanes crossing into Texas during the quarter.
    • NBR says the recent fall in oil prices could affect customer spending, but that it is "much better positioned to weather and potentially capitalize upon any significant downturn in industry activity" because of steps taken to improve financial flexibility, streamline operations and improve cost structure.
    • Onshore drillers such as NBR should be less affected by falling oil prices than offshore drillers, whose customers need higher prices to break even.
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  • Oct. 9, 2014, 3:43 PM
    • Offshore drillers have company now that falling oil prices are hitting the shares of land drillers such as Helmerich & Payne (HP -3.7%), Patterson-UTI (PTEN -6.8%), Nabors Industries (NBR -4.7%) and Seventy Seven Energy (SSE -5%) - with good reason, Susquehanna analysts say.
    • The firm views land drillers at considerable risk to estimate revisions, given high current dayrates and significant newbuild construction activity, which could be problematic if lower crude prices persist or a weaker outlook on U.S. E&P spending comes out of earnings season.
    • Nevertheless, the firm finds valuations much better in land drilling for now, and it prefers PTEN and NBR at a respective 3.7x and 4.5x 2015 EBITDA.
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  • Sep. 11, 2014, 9:14 AM
    • Nabors Industries (NYSE:NBR) -4.3% premarket on reports that activist investor Pamplona Capital has sold its ~8.5% stake in the company.
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  • Jul. 3, 2014, 3:07 PM
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    • Top losers, as of 2:45 p.m.: USU -9.1%. NBR -3.8%. SVM -3.3%. NG -3.0%. MUX -2.8%.
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Company Description
Nabors Industries Ltd is a Land drilling contracting company. Its business is conducted through two business lines: Drilling & Rig Services and Completion & Production Services.