Global large-cap energy equipment maker,
National Oilwell Varco
), reported strong fourth-quarter 2013 results, aided by robust
activity levels as well as good project execution skills. Rig
Technology and Petroleum Services & Supplies, the two major
segments of the company, managed to significantly improve
revenues and operating profit over the year-ago period.
Earnings per share (excluding transaction costs) came in at
$1.56, exceeding the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.39 per share
and comfortably beating the year-ago adjusted profit by 5.0%.
Quarterly revenues jumped 8.6% year over year from $5,685.0
million to $6,172.0 million and also managed to beat the Zacks
Consensus Estimate of $5,840.0 million.
For the fiscal year ended Dec 31, 2013, National Oilwell reported
per share adjusted profits of $5.52, above the Zacks Consensus
Estimate of $5.35. However, the figure was 6.6% down from the
year-ago adjusted profit. Revenues of $22.8 billion were 13.6%
above the prior-year figure and 1.8% higher from the Zacks
Revenues in the Rig Technology segment surged 14.3% year over
year to $3,310 million, while revenues generated from project
backlog rose up 14% from the corresponding period last year.
The segment's operating profit was up 7.6% year over year to
$697.0 million. Rig Technology's profitability during the quarter
was aided by higher demand for capital equipment used for new
build offshore rigs. However, operating margin was recorded at
21.1%, down from 22.4% in the year-ago period.
Petroleum Services & Supplies:
The company's Petroleum Services & Supplies segment achieved
revenues of $1,925.0 million, up 8.8% from the year-ago period,
while operating profit climbed 3.1% from the fourth quarter of
2012 to $366.0 million.
Operating margin stood at 19.0% versus 20.1% in the year-ago
Distribution & Transmission:
Distribution & Transmission revenues fell 1.2% year over year
to $1,253.0 million. Operating profit was $60.0 million compared
with $78.0 million in the year-earlier quarter. Moreover,
operating margin came in at 4.8%, down from 6.2% in the year-ago
As of Dec 31, 2013, capital equipment orders' backlog in the
Rig Technology business unit came in at a record $16.24 billion,
reflecting an increase of 37% from the year-ago quarter level.
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At the end of fourth-quarter 2013, the company's cash on hand
stood at $3,436.0 million and debt reached $3,150.0 million. The
debt-to-capitalization ratio came in at approximately 12.4%.
National Oilwell relies on its ability to develop and acquire
essential products and technologies that drive its operational
performance and growth. If the company's technologies and/or
products become obsolete, or it cannot bring them to market in a
timely and competitive manner, it may face severe operational and
Houston, Texas-based National Oilwell currently retains a Zacks
Rank #4 (Sale), 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
Marathon Petroleum Corp.
Clayton Williams Energy Inc.
Profire Energy Inc.
). All these stocks sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).