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Nabors (NBR) Q4 Loss Wider than Expected, Revenues Beat

Nabors Industries Ltd.NBR reported fourth-quarter 2017 adjusted loss from continuing operations of 34 cents per share, slightly wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 33 cents. Weaker-than-expected results can be attributed to lower than anticipated rig counts and margins in the International segment. The reported loss was also wider than the year-ago adjusted loss of 30 cents per share.

Quarterly revenues of $709.3 million were above the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $706 million. Further, the top line was 31.5% higher than the year-ago quarter level of $539.2 million. Improvement in the top line was primarily driven by increased rig activities and margins in the U.S. segment.

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Segments

Beginning this quarter, the company has segregated the reporting for 'Rig Services' into two segments namely 'Drilling Solutions' and 'Rig Technologies.'

Nabors' U.S. operations generated quarterly revenues of $233.2 million, up 56.5% from the year-ago level. This was mainly driven by an increase in dayrates and margins in Lower 48. Though U.S. operations incurred an operating loss of $41.1 million, it improved from the loss of $42.9 million in the prior-year period.

Canadian market witnessed 17.8% year-over-year growth in revenues to stand at $19.9 million in the quarter under review. Moreover, the segment's quarterly loss of $5.7 million was narrower than operating loss of $8.5 million in the year-ago quarter on the back of higher average daily rig margins and increased revenues.

International operations registered 11.1% year-over-year increase in revenues to $381.4 million due to higher average daily rig margins. Further, operating income rose 25.9% from fourth-quarter 2016 to $27.9 million. However, operating income declined from the prior-quarter figure of $32.3 amid reduction in rig counts and average daily margins.

Revenues at the Drilling Solutions segment increased to $44 million in fourth-quarter 2017 compared with $17.6 million figure recorded in the year-ago quarter. As such, the unit turned around from a loss of $2.7 million in the year-ago quarter to an operating profit of $8.1 million in the quarter under review.

Revenues at the Rig Technologies segment increased to $79.2 million against the prior-year quarter's level of $46.1 million. However, the segmental loss widened to $7.3 million compared with the prior-year loss of $2.8 million amid high development expenses related to the Robotics Drilling Systems acquired in the prior quarter.

Expenses

Total costs and expenses decreased 9.1% to $847.1 million from $931.9 million in the year-ago quarter on the back of lower impairment charges. However, the results were partly offset by direct expenses, general/administrative expenses, research/engineering expenses and interest costs, which increased in the reported quarter.

Balance Sheet

As of Dec 31, 2017, the company had $365.4 million in cash and short-term investments, and $4,027.8 million in long-term debt, with a debt-to-capitalization ratio of approximately 57.8%.

Zacks Rank & Key Picks

Drilling contractor Nabors, whose peers include Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. DO and Parker Drilling Company PKD among others, carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). A better-ranked player in the same industry is Helmerich & Payne, Inc. HP , holding a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 (Strong Buy) Rank stocks here.

Helmerich & Payne delivered an average positive earnings surprise of 37.06% in the trailing four quarters.

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