“Our North America margins are also temporarily being negatively impacted by the upfront roll out costs of our Frac of the Future initiative, by our commitment to our customers to remain active in the North America natural gas basins at lower margins, and by our decision to stack equipment during the fourth quarter.
“In 2013, we anticipate the North America rig count will improve from fourth quarter levels but will be down slightly compared to 2012. We are committed to our leadership position in North America, and are focused on rebuilding margins as we recover from last year’s elevated guar costs, reap the benefits of our strategic initiatives, and look at all of our costs. Lastly, we remain laser-focused on capital discipline, especially in pressure pumping,” concluded Lesar.
2012 Fourth Quarter Results
Completion and ProductionCompletion and Production (C&P) revenue in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $4.3 billion, an increase of $44 million, or 1%, from the third quarter of 2012. Higher completion activity in the Gulf of Mexico and increased direct sales internationally more than offset seasonally lower activity levels in the United States land market. C&P operating income in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $603 million, an increase of $12 million, or 2%, from the third quarter of 2012. Excluding the impact of the acquisition-related charge in the third quarter, C&P operating income decreased $36 million, or 6%. North America C&P operating income decreased $68 million, or 18%, compared to the third quarter of 2012. Excluding the third quarter acquisition-related charge, North America C&P operating income decreased $108 million, or 26%, from the third quarter of 2012, primarily due to seasonally affected activity levels, higher input costs, and pricing pressure associated with production enhancement services. Latin America C&P operating income improved $17 million, or 43%, compared to the third quarter of 2012. Excluding the third quarter acquisition-related charge, Latin America C&P operating income improved $9 million, or 19%, compared to the third quarter of 2012, as improved profitability in Argentina more than offset lower completions activity in Mexico. Europe/Africa/CIS C&P operating income increased $19 million, or 22%, from the third quarter of 2012, driven by increased completions activity in Angola and Norway. Middle East/Asia C&P operating income improved $44 million, or 55%, compared to the third quarter of 2012, as a result of higher activity in most product lines in Saudi Arabia and Australia, as well as increased direct sales in China and Saudi Arabia.
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