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Baker Hughes Third Quarter 2021 Results

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   |    Wednesday,October 20,2021

Baker Hughes Co. announced results today for the third quarter of 2021.


  • Orders of $5.4 billion for the quarter, up 6% sequentially and up 5% year-over-year.
  • Revenue of $5.1 billion for the quarter, down 1% sequentially and up 1% year-over-year.
  • GAAP operating income of $378 million for the quarter, up 95% sequentially and favorable year-over-year.
  • Adjusted operating income (a non-GAAP measure) of $402 million for the quarter was up 21% sequentially and up 72% year-over-year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA* (a non-GAAP measure) of $664 million for the quarter was up 9% sequentially and up 21% year-over-year.
  • GAAP earnings per share of $0.01 for the quarter which included $0.15 per share of adjusting items. Adjusted earnings per share (a non-GAAP measure) was $0.16.
  • Cash flows generated from operating activities were $416 million for the quarter. Free cash flow (a non-GAAP measure) for the quarter was $305 million.

Lorenzo Simonelli, Baker Hughes chairman and chief executive officer, said: "We are pleased with the way the team has continued to execute on our strategy over the course of the third quarter. At the total company level, we had a strong orders quarter, grew adjusted EBITDA and adjusted Operating Income margin rate sequentially and year-over-year, and we had another solid quarter of free cash flow. We did experience some mixed results across our segments during the quarter. TPS and OFE delivered solid orders, and TPS also delivered solid operating income and margin rates. OFS was negatively impacted by Hurricane Ida, cost inflation in our chemicals business, and delivery issues stemming from supply chain constraints, while DS also faced supply chain issues that impacted product deliveries. Despite these challenges, I want to thank our employees and partners for their continued hard work and commitment to safety.

“As we look ahead to the rest of 2021 and into 2022, we see continued signs of global economic recovery that should drive further demand growth for oil and natural gas. However, the pace of growth is being hampered by the COVID-19 Delta variant, global chip shortages, supply chain issues, and energy supply constraints. Despite these headwinds, global growth appears to be on relatively solid footing, underpinning a favorable outlook for the oil market, aided by continued spending discipline by the world’s largest producers. Natural gas and LNG fundamentals remain strong, with a combination of solid demand growth and extremely tight supply in many regions. In addition, we believe the positive case for structural demand growth in natural gas as part of the broader energy transition is becoming increasingly evident."

“We remain committed to evolving our company with the energy and industrial markets while continuing to prioritize higher margins, returning capital to our shareholders, and free cash flow. We look forward to supporting our customers, advancing our strategic priorities, and delivering for our shareholders,” concluded Simonelli.

Quarter Highlights

Supporting our Customers

The OFS segment secured several key contracts for Integrated Well Services (IWS). OFS secured an IWS contract for a new gas production startup project in Trinidad and Tobago, providing comprehensive well construction solutions including drilling services, drilling and completion fluids, cementing, drill bits and downhole tools, wellbore cleanout and completion services. The OFS team delivered the project scope 27 days ahead of the planned time.

OFS’s Completions and Well Intervention, Drilling Services, Drill Bit, and Drilling and Completion Fluids product lines continued to expand their presence in Guyana. Key contracts were secured for services and equipment for a third rig, in addition to two rigs already utilizing Baker Hughes services. OFS' Oilfield & Industrial Chemicals product line and TPS will also be providing equipment and products on a new floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel arriving in Guyana later this year.

The OFE segment continued to support customers with subsea projects in multiple regions. In Australia, OFE secured a contract with Chevron to deliver subsea compression manifold technology for the Jansz-lo Compression (J-lC) project. The contract was secured using OFE’s Subsea Connect portfolio of technologies and early engagement approach, allowing for the latest technologies to be utilized by J-IC. This award builds on OFE’s previous successes for subsea equipment orders for Chevron’s Gorgon natural gas facility.

The TPS segment continued to see growth in the offshore segment, securing several contracts to supply turbomachinery equipment for FPSO projects. In Brazil, TPS will supply critical turbomachinery technology for two FPSO projects, including LM2500 and LM6000 gas turbines for power generation and compression, electric motor driven compressors, and spare parts.

TPS also secured multiple contracts to supply its innovative and flexible NovaLT16 gas turbine technology for industrial applications. In India, TPS secured a contract to provide one NovaLT16 turbine for power generation at an ammonia plant. The customer awarded the contract based on the NovaLT’s superior performance in electrical efficiency (36% at ISO conditions), plant availability (35,000 hours mean time between maintenance) and emissions reduction capabilities. In China, TPS was awarded a contract for the supply two NovaLT16 turbines to be used in energy production for power and heating needs across a number of industrial segments, including electronics, and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

The DS segment continued to secure key contacts in multiple segments, including downstream oil and gas, renewable energy, pulp and paper, and transportation. The Panametrics product line secured a key contract with a major Mexican oil & gas operator for PanaFlow flowmeters and flare management solutions to be used in a refinery.

In Latin America, the Bently Nevada product line secured a contract with Aliança Energia, one of the largest private power generation companies in Brazil, to deploy System 1 and condition monitoring solutions to two hydroelectric plants and a wind farm. System 1 will deliver proactive asset management to more than 600 megawatts of power between the three power generation facilities, enabling safer and more reliable renewable energy.

The Nexus Controls product line secured a contract to upgrade two pumped-storage hydroelectric power generation facilities in Korea. The upgrade represents the first application of its kind for the Nexus Oncore Control System in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Druck and Waygate Technologies product lines secured several strategic contracts in the aerospace and transportation segments. Druck continued to see growth in its pressure measurement technologies in the recovering aerospace segment, securing contracts in North America, Asia and Europe, including orders for air data test sets (ADTS) and trench-etched resonant pressure sensors (TERPS) from both military and commercial customers.

Waygate Technologies secured a large contract with Deutsche Bahn (DB), the largest railway company in Europe, to inspect material flaws in the wheels of high-speed trains during scheduled maintenance. Waygate will provide its Krautkrämer ultrasonic testing technology to DB, significantly reducing inspection time over handheld methods and allowing the wheels to stay on the train due to the automatic process.

Executing on Priorities

During the third quarter, Baker Hughes announced a $2 billion share repurchase authorization in July 2021, representing the optimistic view of the Company’s future as well as its strong balance sheet and robust cash profile.

On October 1, 2021, OFE completed the merger of its Subsea Drilling Systems product line (SDS) with Akastor ASA’s subsidiary, MHWirth AS, to form a new joint venture company (JV). The new JV, known as HMH, provides integrated delivery capabilities, capital, renowned industry expertise and a full range of offshore drilling equipment solutions at scale. Baker Hughes owns a 50% stake in HMH.

OFE also advanced its non-metallic composite pipe applications, signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Primus Line to drive non-metallic pipeline growth in the pipeline integrity management market. The collaboration aims to rehabilitate and repurpose existing pressure pipelines, offering Baker Hughes’ scale and extensive non-metallics portfolio alongside Primus Line’s domain expertise and existing customer base in trenchless pipeline rehabilitation. The collaboration will also aim to jointly offer non-metallic solutions to repurpose existing pipeline networks for hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2) transportation.

AkerBP awarded a contract to TPS for the upgrade of the turbogenerator train systems at the Alveheim FPSO in Norway. The scope of supply includes Carbon Optimizer, a digital solution that enables the reduction of fuel gas and CO2 emissions by leveraging data gathered through the TPS iCenter data vault and combining it with control software to optimize the efficiency of the equipment at partial load. Combined with an Outcome Based Service contractual framework, Baker Hughes estimates that its solution will enable AkerBP to achieve up to a seven percent CO2 reduction per year, helping the customer reach its target to be net-zero by 2050.

TPS secured an award for the upgrade of control systems on rotating equipment for two different customers in Egypt and Italy for refinery and onshore gas reinjection applications, respectively. Baker Hughes will replace the current system with its Nexus OnCore solution from the DS segment. The advanced, fully configurable solution improves asset visibility, provides built-in troubleshooting and maintenance tools, simplified expansion capabilities, and reduces overall installation and training costs.

TPS also saw continued customer interest in carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and hydrogen applications. TPS was selected to supply booster and export centrifugal pumps to the Northern Lights CO2 transport and storage project in Norway. Once operational in 2024, the Northern Lights project will be the first ever cross-border, open-source CO2 transport and storage infrastructure network. TPS was selected for the project due to its proven CO2 pump injection capabilities and will be the first CCUS project for the Pumps product line.

OFS continued to advance customer collaborations in CCUS and geothermal by leveraging its subsurface domain expertise. In California, a CCUS study was conducted for Aemetis, Inc., an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company, confirming more than two million metric tonnes (MT) of CO2 can be captured annually from two ethanol plant sites and sequestered safely in local geologic formations. The project is the first of its kind globally and is projected to yield below zero carbon intensity once complete.

In geothermal, OFS delivered a significant technical and economic feasibility study in conjunction with the University of Oklahoma that is expected to advance the first SuperHot Rock (SHR) geothermal project in the U.S. The study was performed on behalf of Seattle-based AltaRock Energy and demonstrates the potential for scalable, low-cost geothermal energy using an engineered geothermal system (EGS) resource at Newberry Volcano in Oregon.

OFS continued to transform oilfield operations by making digital and automated improvements, enabling customers to increase production and reduce emissions. U.S.-based natural gas producer Vine Energy is deploying OFS’ artificial lift solution, ProductionLink™ Edge, across 100 natural gas wells in Louisiana’s Haynesville Shale. ProductionLink Edge uses advanced analytics and “smart” edge technology to boost production and reduce associated methane emissions from oil and gas wells by reducing well unloading events. During a three-month, 10-well joint pilot project, Vine’s gas production increased by 5% and well unloading events decreased by 94%.

DS continued growth in industrial asset management wins across in multiple end-markets and drove digital transformation for customers. In the Middle East, Bently Nevada secured a five-year strategic framework agreement with SABIC to deliver plant-wide condition monitoring and machine asset protection services across more than 1,200 assets and 16 facilities in Saudi Arabia. In Brazil, the Bently Nevada product line secured a contract with Vale, the world’s largest producer of iron ore, to deploy System 1 asset management software and edge devices to monitor critical components on mining haul trucks and shovels.

Leading with Innovation

The alliance (BHC3) announced that Canadian customer MEG Energy successfully deployed the AI-based BHC3 Production Optimization application to improve operational efficiency, productivity, and better visualize risk across the company’s upstream production operations. MEG Energy is using BHC3 Production Optimization to monitor moment-to-moment operations, allowing seamless integration between engineers and field staff. The application creates actionable predictive insights to improve the efficiency of MEG’s steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) production, with a system of virtual alerts and meters are providing measurements for emulsion, gas, and vapor across more than 300 thermal production wells.

OFS introduced the i-Trak™ automated reservoir navigation service (RNS), a first-of-its-kind offering that lets Baker Hughes engineers steer the bottomhole assembly to the most productive sections of a reservoir more consistently, faster and with fewer resources. The service uses reservoir models, reservoir mapping systems, real-time formation evaluation data, proprietary algorithms, and continuous steerable drilling systems to automate the process. I-Trak is already proven in the field, with an extra 100,000 barrels added to a customer's reserves in one recent well. It has already been used on more than 25 extended reach and multilateral wells to navigate more than 150,000 feet (45000 meters) of reservoir.

Waygate Technologies launched several new industrial inspection solutions to improve accuracy, digital connectivity and ergonomics for customers, including the new Krautkramer USM 100 handheld UT device and the Everest Mentor Flex VideoProbe. In addition, Waygate launched its latest InspectionWorks Analyze software for advanced automatic defect recognition (ADR) capabilities, helping customers to automatically detect defects, classify them and simply decision-making. These technologies are applicable to multiple industrial end-markets and already have significant customer adoption in the aerospace, automotive, electronics, rotating equipment, and power markets.

Orders for the quarter were $5,378 million, up 6% sequentially and up 5% year-over-year. The sequential increase was a result of higher order intake in Turbomachinery & Process Solutions, Oilfield Services, and Oilfield Equipment, partially offset by a reduction in Digital Solutions. Equipment orders were up 15% sequentially and service orders were down 1%.

Year-over-year, the increase in orders was a result of higher order intake in Oilfield Equipment, Oilfield Services, and Digital Solutions, partially offset by a decline in Turbomachinery & Process Solutions. Year-over-year equipment orders were down 7% and service orders were up 18%.

The Company's total book-to-bill ratio in the quarter was 1.1; the equipment book-to-bill ratio in the quarter was 1.1.

Remaining Performance Obligations (RPO) in the third quarter ended at $23.5 billion, a decrease of $0.3 billion from the second quarter of 2021. Equipment RPO was $7.6 billion, down 1%. Services RPO was $15.9 billion, down 2% sequentially.

Consolidated Revenue by Reporting Segment

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Revenue for the quarter was $5,093 million, a decrease of 1%, sequentially. The decrease in revenue was driven by Oilfield Equipment, Turbomachinery & Process Solutions, and Digital Solutions, partially offset by higher volume in Oilfield Services.

Compared to the same quarter last year, revenue was up 1%, driven by higher volume in Oilfield Services, Turbomachinery & Process Solutions, and Digital Solutions segments, partially offset by Oilfield Equipment.

Q3 Financials

On a GAAP basis, operating income for the third quarter of 2021 was $378 million. Operating income increased $185 million sequentially and increased $427 million year-over-year. Total segment operating income was $508 million for the third quarter of 2021, up 14% sequentially and up 46% year-over-year.

Adjusted operating income (a non-GAAP measure) for the third quarter of 2021 was $402 million, which excludes adjustments totaling $24 million before tax, mainly related to restructuring and separation related charges. A complete list of the adjusting items and associated reconciliation from GAAP has been provided in Table 1a in the section entitled “Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP Financial Measures.” Adjusted operating income for the third quarter of 2021 was up 21% sequentially, driven by volume in Oilfield Services, and margin expansion in Turbomachinery & Process Solutions, partially offset by margin contraction in Oilfield Equipment. Adjusted operating income was up 72% year-over-year driven by volume and margin expansion in the Turbomachinery & Process Solutions and Oilfield Services segments, partially offset by lower volume in Oilfield Equipment and margin contraction in the Digital Solutions segment.

Depreciation and amortization for the third quarter of 2021 was $262 million.

Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) for the third quarter of 2021 was $664 million, which excludes adjustments totaling $24 million before tax, mainly related to restructuring and separation related charges. Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter was up 9% sequentially and up 21% year-over-year.

Corporate costs were $105 million in the third quarter of 2021, down 5% sequentially and down 8% year-over-year.

Other Financial Items

Income tax expense in the third quarter of 2021 was $193 million.

Other non-operating loss in the third quarter of 2021 was $102 million. Included in other non-operating loss are losses from the net change in fair value of our investment in

GAAP diluted earnings per share was $0.01. Adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.16. Excluded from adjusted diluted earnings per share were all items listed in Table 1a in the section entitled "Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP Financial Measures" as well as the "other adjustments (non-operating)" found in Table 1c.

Cash flow from operating activities was $416 million for the third quarter of 2021. Free cash flow (a non-GAAP measure) for the quarter was $305 million. A reconciliation from GAAP has been provided in Table 1d in the section entitled "Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Capital expenditures, net of proceeds from disposal of assets, were $111 million for the third quarter of 2021.

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