Offshore oil and gas-focused engineering and construction
) reported weak fourth-quarter 2013 results. The company's
operating loss in Malaysia-based deepwater pipelay development,
as one its vessels was not operational owing to thruster failure,
hampered the fourth-quarter results. This was however partially
compensated by a fall in total expenses. The weak results led to
a 9.5% decline in the company's share price on the NYSE, in
after-market trade hours.
Loss per share from continuing operations came in at $1.37
against the year-ago quarter earnings of 17 cents. The bottom
line also compared unfavorably with the Zacks Consensus Estimate
of earnings of 16 cents per share.
McDermott generated revenues of $517.3 million in the quarter,
down 48.1% from the fourth quarter of 2012. The figure also
failed to beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $825.0 million.
For the year ended Dec 31, 2013, McDermott reported loss from
continuing operations of $2.18 per share, much wider than the
Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 65 cents per share. The
number also compared unfavorably with a profit of 66 cents per
share in 2012. Revenues were recorded at $2.7 billion against the
year-ago number of $3.6 billion.
Total costs and expenses decreased 9.1% to $829.8 million from
the year-ago quarter.
At the end of the fourth quarter, McDermott had a backlog of
$4,802.2 million compared with $5,067.2 million a year ago.
Capital expenditure for McDermott during the quarter was $58.6
million. As of Dec 31, 2013, McDermott had cash and cash
equivalents of $118.7 million and long-term debt (including
current maturities) of approximately $88.6 million (representing
a debt-to-capitalization ratio of approximately 5.8%).
Zacks Rank & Other Picks
McDermott derives its revenues from companies in the oil and gas
exploration and production (E&P) industry, a highly volatile
and cyclical sector that is directly exposed to commodity prices.
A potential drop in oil and gas prices could restrain deepwater
drilling and dampen subsea equipment demand, adversely affecting
bookings at McDermott.
Moreover, McDermott has historically used bolt-on acquisitions to
plug holes in its product/service portfolio. The company may find
it difficult to complete accretive transactions in the future,
which could negatively impact its growth rate.
McDermott currently retains a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell), implying that
it is expected to underperform the broader U.S. equity market
over the next one to three months.
Meanwhile, one can look at better-ranked players in the energy
Range Resources Corporation
Helmerich & Payne Inc
Patterson-UTI Energy Inc.
). All the stocks sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
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