Helmerich & Payne (HP) Q1 Loss Wider Than Expected

Have you been eager to see how contract drilling services provider Helmerich & Payne Inc.HP performed in fiscal Q1 in comparison with the market expectations? Let's quickly scan through the key facts from this Tulsa, OK-based company's earnings release this morning:

About Helmerich & Payne: Incorporated in 1940, Helmerich & Payne is engaged in the contract drilling of oil and gas wells in the U.S. and internationally. The company supplies drilling rigs, equipment, personnel, and camps on a contractual basis to explore for and develop oil and gas from onshore areas and from fixed platforms, tension-leg platforms, and spars in offshore areas. Helmerich & Payne's contract drilling business consists of three business segments: U.S. land drilling, offshore drilling and international land drilling.

Zacks Rank & Surprise History: Currently, Helmerich & Payne has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) but that could change following its fiscal first quarter 2017 earnings report which has just released. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here .

Coming to earnings surprise history, the company has a mixed record: its missed estimates in two of the last four quarters.

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We have highlighted some of the key details from the just-released announcement below:

A Wider-than-Expected Loss: Helmerich & Payne reports loss. Net operating loss per share - excluding special items - came in at 41 cents, wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate for a loss of 37 cents.

Revenue Came in Higher than Expected: Revenues beat expectations. Revenues of $368.6 million were above the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $328.8 million.

Key Stats: The 'U.S. Land' segment swung to an operating loss of $30.9 million, as against income of $55.5 million in the year-earlier quarter. Helmerich & Payne's 'Offshore' unit earned $6.8 million in the first quarter, down 12% from last year. Lastly, the 'International Land' segment reported a small operating profit of $825,000, turning around from the $6.7 million loss incurred in the first quarter of fiscal 2016.

Total operating costs decreased by approximately 7% to $417.8 million.

For 2017, Helmerich & Payne now expects a capital budget of $350 million, up from its previous guidance of $200 million.

Share Performance: Shares have risen almost 5% year-to-date, while the Zacks categorized Oil & Gas - Drilling industry has gained over 12%. Over the last 12 months, Helmerich & Payne stock has risen 76%.

Check back later for our full write up on this Helmerich & Payne earnings report later!

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