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Core Laboratories Posts In-Line Q3 Earnings, Guides Down

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Oilfield service company, Core Laboratories N.V.CLB reported diluted third-quarter 2015 earnings of 83 cents per share, in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Despite challenging market conditions, the company's cost-management initiatives and technological developments favored the results.

However, the bottom line was substantially below the year-ago quarter earnings of $1.50 per share. Reduced drilling activity levels affected the results.

Total quarterly revenue came at $197.3 million, failing to surpass the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $199 million. The top line also decreased 28.6% from the prior-year quarter revenues of $276.1 million.

Segment Performance

Reservoir Description: Segment revenues were $117.9 million compared with $131.4 million in third-quarter 2014.

Operating income (excluding foreign exchange losses) for the unit was about $32 million and operating margin was 27.1%.

Production Enhancement: Segment revenues were approximately $64.9 million in the reported quarter against $122.2 million in third-quarter 2014. Reduced North American drilling activity affected the results.

Operating income (excluding foreign exchange losses) was $12.6 million and operating margin was 19.3%.

Reservoir Management: Segment revenues of about $14.4 million were down 36.3% year over year.

Operating income (excluding foreign exchange losses) was $4.9 million and operating margin was about 34%.

Balance Sheet & Free Cash Flow

As of Sep 30, 2015, Core Laboratories had cash and cash equivalents of $18.5 million. Capital expenditures for the third quarter were $5.9 million.

The company generated free cash flow of approximately $37.5 million.

Share Repurchase

During the reported quarter, Core Laboratories bought back 269,000 shares, thereby reducing its outstanding share count to a 17-year low.

Guidance

For the fourth quarter, Core Laboratories expects earnings per share of 63-67 cents, lower than the previous guidance of 84-86 cents. Revenues for the fourth quarter are expected to decrease 9% sequentially to $180 million.

Zacks Rank

Currently, Core Laboratories carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell). Some better-ranked players in the energy sector are NuStar Energy LP NS , Exterran Partners LP EXLP and Natural Gas Services Group Inc. NGS . All the three stocks sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

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