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Baker Hughes Announces Second Quarter Results

July 22, 2014



ENP Newswire - 22 July 2014

Release date- 18072014 - HOUSTON - Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI) announced results for the second quarter of 2014.

Adjusted net income for the second quarter of 2014 excludes $62 million in before-tax charges ($39 million after-tax) relating to litigation settlements for labor claims ($0.09 per diluted share) and $12 million before and after-tax costs ($0.03 per diluted share) associated with a foreign exchange loss related to the Venezuela currency devaluation.

'This quarter we delivered record revenue and a 15% sequential increase in adjusted profit from operations,' said Martin Craighead, Baker Hughes Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. 'Our results reflect improved execution and the rapid deployment of innovative new products and services around the world.

'In North America, newly introduced well construction and production technologies, such as the Kymera hybrid drill bit and Production Wave production solution, are seeing unprecedented demand resulting in record revenue in our drilling services, drill bits, upstream chemicals, and artificial lift product lines. The rising sales of these products, along with an increase in onshore and offshore activity in the United States, more than offset the seasonal decline in our Canadian business.

'Internationally, we are leveraging new logging-while-drilling and wireline technologies to gain share within several critical offshore markets, including the United Kingdom, West Africa, and Australia. In the onshore markets, we are entering the early stages of global shale development. Products and services we recently introduced to improve the economics of North America shale production, are now finding new homes in the Middle East, Argentina, North Africa, Russia, and China.

'Around the world, the fundamentals of our business continue to strengthen. We anticipate increased activity for the remainder of the year in the form of higher international rig counts, and increased North American well counts. As a result, we project strong earnings growth as we fulfill the industry's growing need for innovative new technologies.'

Share repurchases amounted to $200 million or 2.9 million shares for the second quarter of 2014, which results in a remaining amount of $1.25 billion under the current authorization.

Total dividend payments were $65 million in the second quarter of 2014. In May 2014, the Board of Directors approved a 13% increase in the quarterly cash dividend for the third quarter of 2014.

The effective tax rate on net income for the second quarter of 2014 increased to 37.2%, primarily attributed to the geographic mix of earnings.

Capital expenditures were $424 million in the second quarter of 2014, compared to the depreciation and amortization expense of $454 million.

Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) in the second quarter of 2014 was $1,159 million, an increase of $112 million compared to the first quarter of 2014 and an increase of $299 million compared to the second quarter of 2013.

Innovations to Earnings

The following section provides operational and technical highlights outlining the successes aligned to our strategy.

Efficient Well Construction

Baker Hughes continues to see a strong demand for FASTrak logging-while-drilling (LWD) fluid analysis and testing service, the industry's first commercial service capable of retrieving fluid samples during the drilling process.

Since its introduction to the market, the FASTrak LWD service has been deployed in more than 50 critical deepwater projects. During the second quarter, the FASTrak service was used in one project in Nigeria to take more than 100 pressure tests and 10 fluid samples in a single run for an independent operator. The service was also successfully deployed in the United Arab Emirates, Trinidad, North Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico.

The AutoTrak Curve rotary steerable system drills more than one mile on a well in a single day. A service value combination of the AutoTrak Curve system with the NEXT-DRILL drilling fluid system and HCC AT505 drill bit technology safely drilled more than 5,870 ft (1789 m) in one day while maintaining 100% reservoir contact. During the quarter, the AutoTrak Curve system also surpassed 12.5 million cumulative feet drilled in the United States, and is now being deployed in Canada, Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and China.

Baker Hughes increases deepwater market share in West Africa. In Angola and Nigeria, Baker Hughes was awarded several, multiyear contracts to provide directional drilling, measurement-while-drilling, LWD, drill bits, and under reamers to deepwater operators.

Baker Hughes stimulation service grows in deepwater Brazil. During the quarter, Baker Hughes was awarded a two-year contract to provide gravel pack and acidizing services using a new, modular stimulation unit installed on a platform supply vessel.

Also in Brazil during the quarter, Baker Hughes delivered its first 2-in. TeleCoil intelligent coiled tubing services in the world. The technology is designed to efficiently service wells with small-diameter completions and was used to deliver zonal isolation, well stimulation, and production logging services simultaneously.

Optimizing Well Production

Baker Hughes takes the next step in redefining production potential from shale. During the quarter, FLEXPump Curve was successfully field tested. This product is the world's first artificial lift system engineered to be deployed below the tight bend angles that are common in shale wells, and set in the horizontal section at the maximum depth possible. By placing the pump deeper in the well, maximum drawdown rates are achieved, resulting in higher production rates. FLEXPump Curve is scheduled for launch in the third quarter.

Baker Hughes reshapes the possibilities of well construction with SHADOW series frac plugs. On one project last quarter, a customer used the SHADOW plug technology to completely redesign their wellbore. Several SHADOW plugs were deployed, with the deepest plug set at more than 25,000 ft (7620 m) measured depth, on a horizontal well stepping out nearly 15,000 ft (4572 m).

This trajectory surpasses the range of coil tubing. The SHADOW plug technology enables our customers to construct wellbores and access reserves that would not have been possible with conventional completions technology. Based on growing sales across every United States geomarket, we have expanded the commercialization of the SHADOW plug internationally, with our first deliveries scheduled for Russia and China.

In China, Baker Hughes successfully installs an advanced downhole, oil/water separation solution in an offshore, high water-cut oilfield scenario. Following a study by our Reservoir Development Services (RDS) group to identify an injection zone, a multidiscipline engineering team designed an integrated system that combines completions tools, electrical submersible pumping systems, and upstream chemicals. Within five days of installation, the well was producing 4,000 barrels of oil per day on the surface and injecting 14,000 barrels of water per day downhole.

Rapid adoption of the Production Wave production solution is exceeding expectations and continues to drive North America results. The Production Wave solution sales have surpassed 1,000 installations since its commercial launch late last year including working systems now producing in virtually every North American oil basin. During the quarter, several significant enhancements have been added to the Production Wave platform. The FLEXPump-ER was launched during the quarter and is capable of handling production rates from 3,000 barrels per day down to a level as low as 50 barrels per day with a single pump. This innovation prevents the need to install different pump types over the life of a typical shale well.

Baker Hughes secures a pilot project in the legendary Bazhenov basin in Russia. Baker Hughes has extended its unconventional reach internationally with an integrated work award in the Bazhenov shale basin in Western Siberia. On this project, Baker Hughes will deliver completions, wireline logging, plug and perf operations, geoscience, petrophysics, and RDS as the operator evaluates the potential of this play.

Increasing Ultimate Recovery

In Saudi Arabia, Baker Hughes delivers a game changing, all-electric intelligent well system, enabling controlled production of eight different zones simultaneously. The completions design includes three cased-hole laterals isolated by feed-through packers, and an open-hole main-bore, segregated into five zones by swelling-elastomer feed-through packers.

Numerous downhole sensors were deployed throughout the tubing and the annulus to allow real-time monitoring of production performance. Active flow control devices installed in each zone are actuated remotely to restrict production in high-water cut zones, increasing production from hydrocarbon rich zones and enabling greater recovery over the life of the well.

The entire network of flow control devices is deployed and operated using one single electric control line, as opposed to traditional systems requiring multiple hydraulic control lines. This significantly simplifies the installation process, improves system reliability, and enables highly accurate remote control, not possible before.

Leading in Sustainability

Baker Hughes recognized for efforts in corporate social responsibility. During the quarter, Baker Hughes achieved the highest rating for any public company in the energy sector in Newsweek's 2014 Green Rankings, placing #11 among the 500 largest United States companies.

Baker Hughes announces BrineCare, its newest environmentally friendly fracturing fluid system. The BrineCare system is transforming waste streams into cost-saving alternatives to fresh water systems by enabling operators to use untreated, produced, or brackish water-based fluids in frac applications.

The fluids are compatible with total dissolved solids, to create effective fracturing fluids and reduce the consumption of potable water without sacrificing performance. Recent deployments of the BrineCare system in New Mexico'sDelaware Basin have proven successful with production rates comparable to using fresh water fracturing fluids.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release (and oral statements made regarding the subjects of this release, including on the conference call announced herein) contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, (each a 'forward-looking statement').

The words 'anticipate,' 'believe,' 'ensure,' 'expect,' 'if,' 'intend,' 'estimate,' 'project,' 'foresee,' 'forecasts,' 'predict,' 'outlook,' 'aim,' 'will,' 'could,' 'should,' 'potential,' 'would,' 'may,' 'probable,' 'likely,' and similar expressions, and the negative thereof, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. There are many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our forward-looking statements.

These forward-looking statements are also affected by the risk factors described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013; Baker Hughes' subsequent quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2014 and those set forth from time-to-time in other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ('SEC').

The documents are available through the Company's website at: www.bakerhughes.com/investor or through the SEC's Electronic Data Gathering and Analysis Retrieval ('EDGAR') system at: www.sec.gov. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement.

Our expectations regarding our business outlook and business plans; the business plans of our customers; oil and natural gas market conditions; cost and availability of resources; economic, legal and regulatory conditions and other matters are only our forecasts regarding these matters.

These forward looking statements, including forecasts, may be substantially different from actual results, which are affected by many risks including the following risk factors and the timing of any of these risk factors:

Economic and political conditions - the impact of worldwide economic conditions; the effect that declines in credit availability may have on worldwide economic growth and demand for hydrocarbons; the ability of our customers to finance their exploration and development plans; foreign currency exchange fluctuations and changes in the capital markets in locations where we operate and the impact of government disruptions such as a U.S. government shutdown.

In addition, market conditions, such as the trading prices for our stock, as well as the terms of any stock purchase plans may impact stock repurchases. At our discretion, we may engage in or discontinue stock repurchases at any time.

Oil and gas market conditions - the level of petroleum industry exploration, development and production expenditures; the price of, volatility in pricing of, and the demand for crude oil and natural gas; drilling activity; drilling permits for and regulation of the shelf and the deepwater drilling; excess productive capacity; crude and product inventories; LNG supply and demand; seasonal and other adverse weather conditions that affect the demand for energy; severe weather conditions, such as tornadoes and hurricanes, that affect exploration and production activities; Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries('OPEC') policy and the adherence by OPEC nations to their OPEC production quotas.

Terrorism and geopolitical risks - war, military action, terrorist activities or extended periods of international conflict, particularly involving any petroleum-producing or consuming regions; labor disruptions, civil unrest or security conditions where we operate; expropriation of assets by governmental action; cybersecurity risks and cyber incidents or attacks.

Price, market share, contract terms, and customer payments - our ability to obtain market prices for our products and services; the ability of our competitors to capture market share; our ability to retain or increase our market share; changes in our strategic direction; the effect of industry capacity relative to demand for the markets in which we participate; our ability to negotiate acceptable terms and conditions with our customers, especially national oil companies, to successfully execute these contracts, and receive payment in accordance with the terms of our contracts with our customers; our ability to manage warranty claims and improve performance and quality; our ability to effectively manage our commercial agents.

Costs and availability of resources - our ability to manage the costs, availability, distribution and delivery of sufficient raw materials and components (especially steel alloys, chromium, copper, carbide, lead, nickel, titanium, beryllium, barite, synthetic and natural diamonds, sand, gel, chemicals, and electronic components); our ability to manage energy-related costs; our ability to manage compliance-related costs; our ability to recruit, train and retain the skilled and diverse workforce necessary to meet our business needs and manage the associated costs; the effect of manufacturing and subcontracting performance and capacity; the availability of essential electronic components used in our products; the effect of competition, particularly our ability to introduce new technology on a forecasted schedule and at forecasted costs; potential impairment of long-lived assets; unanticipated changes in the levels of our capital expenditures; the need to replace any unanticipated losses in capital assets; labor-related actions, including strikes, slowdowns and facility occupations; our ability to maintain information security.

Litigation and changes in laws or regulatory conditions - the potential for unexpected litigation or proceedings and our ability to obtain adequate insurance on commercially reasonable terms; the legislative, regulatory and business environment in the U.S. and other countries in which we operate; outcome of government and legal proceedings, as well as costs arising from compliance and ongoing or additional investigations in any of the countries where the Company does business; new laws, regulations and policies that could have a significant impact on the future operations and conduct of all businesses; laws, regulations or restrictions on hydraulic fracturing; any restrictions on new or ongoing offshore drilling or permit and operational delays or program reductions as a result of the regulations in the Gulf of Mexico and other areas of the world; changes in export control laws or exchange control laws; the discovery of new environmental remediation sites; changes in environmental regulations; the discharge of hazardous materials or hydrocarbons into the environment; restrictions on doing business in countries subject to sanctions; customs clearance procedures; changes in accounting standards; changes in tax laws or tax rates in the jurisdictions in which we operate; resolution of tax assessments or audits by various tax authorities and the ability to fully utilize our tax loss carry forwards and tax credits.

Baker Hughes is a leading supplier of oilfield services, products, technology and systems to the worldwide oil and natural gas industry. The Company's 59,000-plus employees work in more than 80 countries helping customers find, evaluate, drill, produce, transport and process hydrocarbon resources.

Investor Contact:

Trey Clark

Tel: +1.713.439.8039

Email: trey.clark@bakerhughes.com

Alondra Oteyza

Tel: +1.713.439.8822

Email: alondra.oteyza@bakerhughes.com

Media Contact:

Melanie Kania

Tel: +1.713.439.8303

Email: melanie.kania@bakerhughes.com


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