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Earnings Details
Quarter December 2022
Friday, January 20, 2023 6:50:00 AM
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Schlumberger N.V. Misses

Schlumberger N.V. (SLB) reported Quarter December 2022 earnings of $0.71 per share on revenue of $7.9 billion. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.69 per share on revenue of $7.8 billion. The Earnings Whisper number was $0.73 per share. Revenue grew 26.6% on a year-over-year basis.

SLB is a global technology company that drives energy innovation for a balanced planet.

Results
Reported Earnings
$0.71
Earnings Whisper
$0.73
Consensus Estimate
$0.69
Reported Revenue
$7.88 Bil
Revenue Estimate
$7.83 Bil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

SLB Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2022 Results

  • Fourth-quarter revenue of $7.9 billion increased 5% sequentially and 27% year on year
  • Fourth-quarter GAAP EPS of $0.74 increased 17% sequentially and 76% year on year
  • Fourth-quarter EPS, excluding charges and credits, of $0.71 increased 13% sequentially and 73% year on year
  • Fourth-quarter cash flow from operations was $1.6 billion and free cash flow was $0.9 billion
  • Board approved a 43% increase in quarterly cash dividend to $0.25 per share
  • Full-year revenue of $28.1 billion increased 23% year on year
  • Full-year GAAP EPS of $2.39 increased 81% year on year
  • Full-year EPS, excluding charges and credits, of $2.18 increased 70% year on year
  • Full-year net income attributable to SLB of $3.4 billion increased 83% year on year
  • Full-year adjusted EBITDA of $6.5 billion increased 31% year on year
  • Full-year cash flow from operations was $3.7 billion

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SLB (NYSE: SLB) today announced results for the fourth-quarter and full-year 2022.

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The exterior of the SLB corporate headquarters, Houston. (Photo: Business Wire)

The exterior of the SLB corporate headquarters, Houston. (Photo: Business Wire)

Fourth-Quarter Results

(Stated in millions, except per share amounts)
Three Months EndedChange
Dec. 31,
2022
Sept. 30,
2022
Dec. 31,
2021
SequentialYear-on-year
Revenue

$7,879

$7,477

$6,225

5%

 

27%

Income before taxes - GAAP basis

$1,347

$1,134

$755

19%

 

78%

Income before taxes margin - GAAP basis

17.1%

15.2%

12.1%

192 bps

 

495 bps

Net income attributable to SLB - GAAP basis

$1,065

$907

$601

17%

 

77%

Diluted EPS - GAAP basis

$0.74

$0.63

$0.42

17%

 

76%

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA*

$1,921

$1,756

$1,381

9%

 

39%

Adjusted EBITDA margin*

24.4%

23.5%

22.2%

89 bps

 

219 bps

Pretax segment operating income*

$1,557

$1,400

$986

11%

 

58%

Pretax segment operating margin*

19.8%

18.7%

15.8%

104 bps

 

393 bps

Net income attributable to SLB, excluding charges & credits*

$1,026

$907

$587

13%

 

75%

Diluted EPS, excluding charges & credits*

$0.71

$0.63

$0.41

13%

 

73%

 

 

 

Revenue by Geography

 

 

 

International

$6,194

$5,881

$4,898

5%

 

26%

North America

1,633

1,543

1,281

6%

 

27%

Other

52

53

46

n/m

 

n/m

$7,879

$7,477

$6,225

5%

 

27%

 
*These are non-GAAP financial measures. See sections titled "Charges & Credits", "Divisions", and "Supplemental Information" for details.
n/m = not meaningful
(Stated in millions)
Three Months EndedChange
Dec. 31,
2022
Sept. 30,
2022
Dec. 31,
2021
SequentialYear-on-year
Revenue by Division
Digital & Integration

$1,012

$900

$889

12%

 

14%

Reservoir Performance

1,554

1,456

1,287

7%

 

21%

Well Construction

3,229

3,084

2,388

5%

 

35%

Production Systems

2,215

2,150

1,765

3%

 

26%

Other

(132)

(113)

(104)

n/m

 

n/m

$7,879

$7,477

$6,225

5%

 

27%

 

 

 

Pretax Operating Income by Division

 

 

 

Digital & Integration

$382

$305

$335

25%

 

14%

Reservoir Performance

282

244

200

16%

 

41%

Well Construction

679

664

368

2%

 

85%

Production Systems

238

224

159

6%

 

49%

Other

(24)

(37)

(76)

n/m

 

n/m

$1,557

$1,400

$986

11%

 

58%

 

 

 

Pretax Operating Margin by Division

 

 

 

Digital & Integration

37.7%

33.9%

37.7%

386 bps

 

-2 bps

Reservoir Performance

18.2%

16.7%

15.5%

146 bps

 

265 bps

Well Construction

21.0%

21.5%

15.4%

-50 bps

 

564 bps

Production Systems

10.8%

10.4%

9.0%

32 bps

 

173 bps

Other

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

 

n/m

19.8%

18.7%

15.8%

104 bps

 

393 bps

 
n/m = not meaningful

SLB CEO Olivier Le Peuch commented, “We delivered strong fourth-quarter results and concluded a remarkable year for SLB with great success. Revenue grew across all Divisions and geographical areas, with robust year-end sales in digital and particularly strong service activity offshore and in the Middle East where we witnessed a significant inflection as capacity expansion projects mobilized.

“Sequentially, fourth-quarter revenue grew 5%; EPS, excluding charges and credits, expanded to $0.71; and adjusted EBITDA margins grew to 24.4%—219 basis points (bps) higher than the same quarter last year—exceeding our target exit rate. More importantly, fourth-quarter pretax segment operating margins and EPS were the highest since 2015, reflecting our enhanced earnings power and potential as activity growth momentum is sustained through the next few years.

An Outstanding Year of Success with Significant Tailwinds

“We concluded the year with 23% growth in revenue; 70% growth in EPS, excluding charges and credits; adjusted EBITDA margin expansion of 152 bps; cash flow from operations of $3.7 billion; and 13% ROCE, its highest level since 2014.

“Overall, 2022 was transformative for SLB as we set new safety, operational, and performance benchmarks for our customers and strengthened our market position both internationally and in North America. We launched our bold new brand identity, reinforcing our leadership position in energy technology, digital, and sustainability, and demonstrated our ability to deliver superior earnings in this early phase of a structural upcycle in energy.

“In North America, we seized the growth cycle throughout the year, increased our pretax operating margins close to 600 bps, and almost doubled our pretax operating income. We effectively harnessed our refocused portfolio, fit-for-basin technology, and performance differentiation to gain greater market access and improved pricing, particularly in the drilling markets where we significantly outperformed rig count growth. Today, we have built one of the highest-quality oilfield services and equipment businesses in North America through the implementation of our returns-focused strategy.

“In the international markets, after a first half of the year that was impacted by geopolitical conflict and supply chain bottlenecks, activity began to visibly inflect in the second half of the year, resulting in full year revenue growth of 20% and margin expansion of more than 150 bps. We laid the foundation for further growth and margin expansion through pricing improvements and a solid pipeline of incremental contract awards. In the Middle East, SLB is well positioned to be a key beneficiary of this visible market expansion, and we expect record levels of upstream investment by NOCs to continue in the next few years. During the year, we secured a sizeable share of tender awards in the region, driven by our differentiated performance, fit-for-purpose technology, and best-in-class local content. Similarly, across offshore basins, we continue to consolidate our advantaged position with new contract awards, particularly in Latin America and Africa.

“In this context, our investments in capex and inventory increased as we exited the year in support of new international and offshore project mobilizations. These factors, combined with lower-than-expected year-end collections, resulted in free cash flow reducing to $0.9 billion for the fourth quarter. Despite these effects, we continued to strengthen our balance sheet during the quarter by reducing both net and gross debt.

“Beyond our financial results, we made significant progress in our sustainability initiatives during the year. We reduced our Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions intensity and launched several new Transition Technologies* to support the decarbonization of oil and gas. Our Transition Technologies portfolio revenue grew more than 30% year on year, and we project it will cross the $1 billion revenue mark in 2023.

“Finally, we initiated increased returns to shareholders, demonstrating confidence in our strategy, our financial outperformance, and our commitment to superior returns. We increased our dividend by 40% in April 2022, followed by a further 43% increase today, and we resumed our share buyback program this month.

“I am extremely proud of our full-year results, and I would like to extend my thanks to the entire team for their outstanding performance.”

Primed for Strong Growth and Returns—A Distinctive New Phase in the Upcycle

Le Peuch said, “The fourth quarter affirmed a distinctive new phase in the upcycle. In the Middle East, revenue increased by double digits sequentially, with growth in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and the United Arab Emirates in the solid teens, affirming the much-anticipated acceleration of activity in the region. Offshore activity continued to strengthen, partially offset by seasonality in the Northern Hemisphere. In North America, US land rig count remains at robust levels, although the pace of growth is moderating. Additionally, pricing continues to trend favorably, extending beyond North America and into the international regions, supported by new technology and very tight equipment and service capacity in certain markets.

“These activity dynamics, improved pricing, and our commercial success—particularly in the Middle East, offshore, and North American markets—combine to set a very strong foundation for outperformance in 2023.

“Looking ahead, we believe the macro backdrop and market fundamentals that underpin a strong multi-year upcycle for energy remain very compelling in oil and gas and in low-carbon energy resources. First, oil and gas demand is forecast by the International Energy Agency (IEA) to grow by 1.9 million barrels per day in 2023 despite concerns for a potential economic slowdown in certain regions. In parallel, markets remain very tightly supplied. Second, energy security is prompting a sense of urgency to make further investments to ensure capacity expansion and diversity of supply. And third, the secular trends of digital and decarbonization are set to accelerate with significant digital technology advancements, favorable government policy support, and increased spending on low-carbon initiatives and resources.

“Based on these factors, global upstream spending projections continue to trend positively. Activity growth is expected to be broad-based, marked by an acceleration in international basins. These positive activity dynamics will be amplified by higher service pricing and tighter service sector capacity. The impact of loosening COVID-19 restrictions and an earlier than expected reopening of China could support further upside potential over 2023.

“Overall, the combination of these effects will result in a very favorable mix for SLB with significant growth opportunities in our Core, Digital, and New Energy. We expect another year of very strong growth and margin expansion. We have a clear strategy, an advantaged portfolio, and the right team in place to drive our business forward. I look forward to another successful year for our customers and our shareholders.”

Other Events

On October 26, 2022, SLB announced it entered into an agreement to acquire Gyrodata Incorporated, a global company specializing in gyroscopic wellbore positioning and survey technology. The acquisition will integrate Gyrodata’s wellbore placement and surveying technologies within SLB’s Well Construction business, to bring customers innovative drilling solutions. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2023.

In December 2022, SLB repurchased $804 million of its outstanding notes, consisting of $395 million of 3.75% Senior Notes due 2024 and $409 million of 4.00% Senior Notes due 2025.

On January 19, 2023, SLB’s Board of Directors approved a 43% increase in SLB’s quarterly cash dividend from $0.175 per share of outstanding common stock to $0.25 per share, beginning with the dividend payable on April 6, 2023, to stockholders of record on February 8, 2023.

Fourth-Quarter Revenue by Geographical Area

(Stated in millions)
Three Months EndedChange
Dec. 31,
2022
Sept. 30,
2022
Dec. 31,
2021
SequentialYear-on-year
North America

$1,633

$1,543

$1,281

6%

27%

Latin America

1,619

1,508

1,204

7%

34%

Europe/CIS/Africa

2,067

2,039

1,587

1%

30%

Middle East & Asia

2,508

2,334

2,107

7%

19%

Eliminations & other

52

53

46

n/m

n/m

$7,879

$7,477

$6,225

5%

27%

 

 

International

$6,194

$5,881

$4,898

5%

26%

North America

$1,633

$1,543

$1,281

6%

27%

 
n/m = not meaningful

International

Revenue in Latin America of $1.6 billion increased 7% sequentially due to higher Well Construction revenue from increased drilling activity and improved pricing, mainly in Mexico and Brazil. Increased Production Systems sales in Brazil and higher APS project activity in Ecuador also contributed to the sequential revenue growth. Year on year, revenue grew 34% due to higher drilling activity and increased pricing across the area. Higher APS project activity in Ecuador, increased stimulation and drilling activity in Argentina, and higher Production Systems sales and drilling in Brazil also contributed to the year-on-year revenue growth.

Europe/CIS/Africa revenue of $2.1 billion increased 1% sequentially due to strong activity across all Divisions in Africa, mainly in Angola, Central & East Africa, and higher reservoir evaluation and intervention activity in the Caspian, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan. These increases, however, were almost fully offset by activity declines in Russia, Scandinavia, and Europe due to the onset of seasonal effects. Compared to the same quarter last year, revenue grew 30% due to strong Well Construction activity and improved pricing across the area, higher Production Systems sales in Europe and Scandinavia, and activity increases in Africa across Divisions.

Revenue in the Middle East & Asia of $2.5 billion increased 7% sequentially mainly due to double-digit growth across the Middle East, primarily in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, and Qatar, from strong activity led by Well Construction and Production Systems. Asia was sequentially flat as revenue growth in East Asia, India, and Australia was offset by declines in Indonesia and China, with the latter due to the onset of seasonal effects. Year on year, revenue increased 19% due to increased activity across Divisions in Asia and higher activity from new projects in the Middle East—notably, increased drilling and stimulation activity in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, and Qatar.

North America

North America revenue of $1.6 billion increased 6% sequentially driven by strong year-end exploration data licensing sales in the US Gulf of Mexico boosting North America offshore revenue. US land revenue increased sequentially due to drilling revenue growth, which outperformed the rig count growth. Compared to the same quarter last year, North America revenue grew 27%. All Divisions experienced significant year-on-year revenue growth, led by Well Construction and Production Systems.

Fourth-Quarter Results by Division

Digital & Integration

(Stated in millions)
Three Months EndedChange
Dec. 31,
2022
Sept. 30,
2022
Dec. 31,
2021
SequentialYear-on-year
Revenue
International

$723

$671

$624

8%

 

16%

North America

288

229

263

26%

 

9%

Other

1

-

2

n/m

 

n/m

$1,012

$900

$889

12%

 

14%

 

 

 

Pretax operating income

$382

$305

$335

25%

 

14%

Pretax operating margin

37.7%

33.9%

37.7%

386 bps

 

-2 bps

 
n/m = not meaningful

Digital & Integration revenue of $1.0 billion increased 12% sequentially, propelled by year-end exploration data licensing sales in the Gulf of Mexico and Africa; increased APS project activity in Ecuador; and higher digital sales in Europe, Africa, and Latin America.

Year on year, revenue growth of 14% was driven primarily by higher APS project revenue in Ecuador and increased exploration data and digital sales both in North America and internationally.

Digital & Integration pretax operating margin of 38% expanded 386 bps sequentially, due to improved profitability in exploration data licensing and digital solutions. Year on year, pretax operating margin was essentially flat.

Reservoir Performance

(Stated in millions)
Three Months EndedChange
Dec. 31,
2022
Sept. 30,
2022
Dec. 31,
2021
SequentialYear-on-year
Revenue
International

$1,430

$1,335

$1,194

7%

 

20%

North America

123

119

92

3%

 

33%

Other

1

2

1

n/m

 

n/m

$1,554

$1,456

$1,287

7%

 

21%

 

 

 

Pretax operating income

$282

$244

$200

16%

 

41%

Pretax operating margin

18.2%

16.7%

15.5%

146 bps

 

265 bps

 
n/m = not meaningful

Reservoir Performance revenue of $1.6 billion increased 7% sequentially from new stimulation and intervention projects and activity gains in the Middle East, mainly in Saudi Arabia; intervention activity in the Caspian; and higher exploration evaluation activity as a result of new technology adoption in Europe and Africa, primarily in offshore Scandinavia, Angola, and Ivory Coast.

Year on year, revenue growth of 21% was broad, with double-digit growth across all areas due to increased activity. The revenue growth was led by the Middle East & Asia, which grew 22%. Intervention and stimulation services experienced double-digit growth, both on land and offshore.

Reservoir Performance pretax operating margin of 18% expanded 146 bps sequentially. Profitability was boosted by higher offshore and exploration activity, mainly in Africa, and strong development activity, particularly in US land, and in the Middle East & Asia. Year on year, pretax operating margin expanded 265 bps, with profitability improving both in evaluation and intervention, and geographically improving in US land, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Well Construction

(Stated in millions)
Three Months EndedChange
Dec. 31,
2022
Sept. 30,
2022
Dec. 31,
2021
SequentialYear-on-year
Revenue
International

$2,522

$2,406

$1,901

5%

 

33%

North America

652

621

441

5%

 

48%

Other

55

57

46

n/m

 

n/m

$3,229

$3,084

$2,388

5%

 

35%

 

 

 

Pretax operating income

$679

$664

$368

2%

 

85%

Pretax operating margin

21.0%

21.5%

15.4%

-50 bps

 

564 bps

 
n/m = not meaningful

Well Construction revenue of $3.2 billion increased 5% sequentially, outperforming global rig count growth due to strong activity from new projects and solid pricing improvements internationally, particularly in the Middle East & Asia and Latin America. Revenue growth in the Middle East was particularly strong in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, while in Latin America, drilling activity increased mainly in Brazil and Mexico. Europe/CIS/Africa was flat as strong growth in Africa—mainly in Angola, Gabon, Namibia, and South Africa—was offset by seasonal effects in the Northern Hemisphere. In North America, sequential revenue growth outpaced the rig count increase in US land. All business lines, which include measurement, drilling, fluids, and equipment, posted sequential increases, with equipment reporting double-digit growth during the quarter.

Year on year, revenue growth of 35% was driven by strong activity and solid pricing improvements, led by Latin America, which grew 54%, and North America which increased 48%. Europe/CIS/Africa revenue increased 29% while Middle East & Asia revenue grew 24% year on year. High double-digit growth was recorded across the Division’s business lines led by drilling fluids and measurements—both on land and offshore.

Well Construction pretax operating margin of 21% contracted 50 bps sequentially, as improved profitability from increasing activity in the Middle East & Asia, North America, and Latin America was more than offset by the onset of seasonal effects in the Northern Hemisphere. Year on year, pretax operating margin expanded 564 bps, with profitability improving across all areas, driven by higher activity and improved pricing.

Production Systems

(Stated in millions)
Three Months EndedChange
Dec. 31,
2022
Sept. 30,
2022
Dec. 31,
2021
SequentialYear-on-year
Revenue
International

$1,638

$1,569

$1,278

4%

 

28%

North America

575

578

484

-1%

 

19%

Other

2

3

3

n/m

 

n/m

$2,215

$2,150

$1,765

3%

 

26%

 

 

 

Pretax operating income

$238

$224

$159

6%

 

49%

Pretax operating margin

10.8%

10.4%

9.0%

32 bps

 

173 bps

 
n/m = not meaningful

Production Systems revenue of $2.2 billion increased 3% sequentially on higher international sales of artificial lift, completions, and midstream production systems, partially offset by reduced sales of valves and subsea production systems. International revenue was boosted by double-digit growth in the Middle East & Asia, particularly in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, East Asia, and Australia; and in Latin America, mainly in Brazil, Mexico, and Guyana.

Year on year, double-digit revenue growth of 26% was driven by new projects and increased product deliveries mainly in Europe/CIS/Africa, North America, and Latin America.

Production Systems pretax operating margin of 11% in the quarter expanded 32 bps sequentially due to a more favorable revenue mix. Year on year, pretax operating margin expanded 173 bps driven by higher sales and execution efficiency as supply chain and logistics constraints eased.

Quarterly Highlights

CORE

Contract Awards

As the strong growth cycle in oil and gas advances, SLB continues to secure new contracts in North America and internationally, particularly in offshore basins and the Middle East. During the quarter, SLB secured the following notable projects:

  • Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) awarded SLB a $1.4 billion framework agreement for integrated drilling fluids services to support onshore and offshore production over the next five years. The services include drilling fluids, liquid mud plants, personnel, and waste management. The agreement builds on existing SLB contributions to ADNOC’s vision to expand lower-cost, lower-carbon production and supports the acceleration of its production capacity target of five million barrels of oil per day by 2027.
  • In Malaysia, Sarawak Shell Berhad awarded SLB a long-term integrated drilling services (LTIDS) contract for exploration and development of offshore wells. The LTIDS will deliver solutions via technology, synergy, and simplification of processes across multiple business lines with a contract scope that encompasses drilling services and products inclusive of drilling and measurement, electrical wireline, drilling fluids, solids control, cementing, casing drilling, bits, mud logging, and management of third-party subcontractors. SLB will leverage its sustainability portfolio to help Shell deliver cleaner well operations in complex environments.
  • Offshore Angola, Azule Energy awarded SLB a contract for integrated completions in Block 15/06, including Agogo Field wells. This full-field development plan uses a completion design for these producing and injection wells that includes fit-for-purpose technologies suited for the deepwater environment, such as Alternate Path®† sand screens, FORTRESS* premium isolation valves, BluePack* production packers, Metris Extreme* high-pressure and high-temperature permanent pressure testing gauges, and a deep-set TRC-II* tubing-retrievable charged safety valve.
  • In the UK, Equinor awarded SLB a four-year contract extension to continue support for Mariner Field development in the North Sea. The integrated drilling and well services contract includes drilling, measurement, electric wireline logging, drilling and completions fluids, solids control, cementing, completions, and electrical submersible pump systems, together with engineering and project management. Including delivery of more than 20 wells over the four years, the contract extension builds on the collaboration between Equinor and SLB and the implementation of well construction technologies and digital solutions that have enabled highest achievements in safety, performance, and sustainability in Mariner Field.
  • Offshore Trinidad and Tobago, bp awarded to Subsea Integration Alliance a large contract for its Cypre project, a two-phase liquid natural gas tieback. The contract scope covers the engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) of the subsea production systems and subsea pipelines. The award represents Subsea Integration Alliance’s first fully integrated EPCI single contract with bp and the alliance’s first development in the Caribbean nation.
  • In India, Cairn Oil & Gas, Vedanta Limited awarded SLB a $400 million contract to provide integrated services on its Rajasthan block over a five-year period. The scope of work encompasses 14 services from across all four of SLB’s Divisions, with the objective of improving efficiency in the intervention and workover space, thereby boosting production from the block.

Oil & Gas Decarbonization, New Technology, and Performance

SLB continues to develop and deploy innovative technologies that lower operational emissions and environmental impact in reservoir evaluation, well construction, production, and integrated operations for customers globally. Customer adoption of SLB technology is accelerating and continues to significantly impact performance leading to more efficient operations, lower carbon emissions, and higher returns for our customers. Notable highlights include:

  • In the US’ Midland Basin, Pioneer Natural Resources successfully deployed novel SLB cement-free slurry technology on an 18-well field testing campaign. This pilot in North America resulted in the complete elimination of Portland cement from slurry designs, offering a unique opportunity for the oilfield industry to substantially decrease CO2 emissions related to well construction. In addition to aligning with Pioneer’s objective to lead in environmental stewardship through proactive measures, the field trials validated the ability of the technology to fit within standard oilfield cementing workflows without major changes to the design process, onsite execution, or post-job evaluation. This innovative SLB solution will be available to customers later this year to help lower oilfield operations emissions and achieve net-zero objectives.
  • The SLB fit-for-basin frac plug portfolio achieved significant global market adoption milestones. The FracXion Micro* fully composite frac plugs eclipsed 100,000 installations. The full portfolio of ReacXion* fully dissolvable frac plugs, an SLB footprint-reducing technology, achieved 50,000 installations and lowered operators’ CO2e emissions by reducing diesel consumption by an estimated 5.7 million liters. These technologies represent how SLB creates new opportunities by understanding customer needs to amplify our sustainability impact and reduce our customers' cost to operate.
  • In Saudi Arabia, during November 2022 and working in collaboration with Saudi Aramco Unconventional Resources, SLB’s integrated fracturing services team exceeded previous SLB records for stages and pumping hours per month by 19%. This was achieved through applying latest technologies, best field practices, and close collaboration between Saudi Aramco and SLB. This level of efficiency rivals that of the most efficient fracturing crews in North America. Additionally, real-time job visibility and digitalization of SLB maintenance operations increased asset efficiency and reliability while reducing carbon footprint.
  • Offshore Norway, the Well Intervention and Stimulation Alliance comprising Aker BP, StimWell Services, and SLB conducted the world's first successful wireline and slickline autonomous operations. These are examples of the SLB Neuro* autonomous solutions, which offer enhanced technologies for improved well economics with repeatability, reliability, and reduced carbon. The automatic conveyance and spooling technology functions without user intervention and matches the performance achieved by experienced operators for safe and efficient execution. The system is now successfully integrated into routine wireline and slickline operations for the Well Intervention and Stimulation Alliance.

DIGITAL

Customers are increasingly choosing to leverage SLB’s portfolio of digital products and services to drive transformation, improve efficiency, and elevate productivity.

  • In Brazil, Petrobras has awarded SLB a five-year contract to deploy digital solutions for E&P integrated workflows across the board with AI and machine-learning capabilities for more than 500 users. Enabled by the DELFI* cognitive E&P environment, the digital deployment will drive efficiency increases, innovation, and faster decision making to support Petrobras’ aggressive production development plans while helping to lower greenhouse gas emissions with proven reductions in processing time.
  • In Norway, Equinor awarded SLB a contract to deploy digital leak detection and virtual flow metering solutions for the multiphase production network during phase two of the Johan Sverdrup field. The SLB solution is based on the OLGA Online* production management system, which was selected by Equinor for its technical capabilities. The system will support early pipeline leak detection workflows and deliver accurate virtual flow metering solutions in a challenging technical and regulatory environment. The Johan Sverdrup field is an offshore oil discovery located in the Norwegian Continental Shelf and at plateau the field will produce 720,000 barrels of oil per day.
  • Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) Innovation & Technology Group, Information Management Team, collaborated with SLB to build an integrated digital workflow using the DELFI cognitive E&P environment to continuously monitor water production in a producing oil field, enabling KOC to avoid potential oil losses of 465,000 barrels. Conventional approaches were unable to detect changes in water cut quickly, preventing KOC engineers from taking timely action to avoid oil losses. A solution was implemented using DELFI Data Science, a package of AI and analytics solutions for energy workflows that includes embedded technology from Dataiku, the platform for everyday AI. The solution provides automated water cut estimation and prediction that is 5,400 times faster than the conventional method. This enables data-driven decision making to minimize oil loss with a few simple clicks that yield results in seconds. Based on the success of this project, KOC recommended full implementation of this solution.

NEW ENERGY

SLB’s domain expertise and experience in technology industrialization is helping to lead the energy transition. We continue to work with partners across various industries to innovate clean energy solutions for a balanced planet.

  • SLB and Linde entered into a strategic collaboration on carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) projects to accelerate decarbonization solutions across industrial and energy sectors. The collaboration will combine decades of experience in CO2 capture and sequestration; innovative technology portfolios; project development and execution expertise; and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) capabilities. CO2 is found or produced in many industrial and energy applications. This collaboration will focus on hydrogen and ammonia production, where CO2 is a by-product, and on natural gas processing. CCUS abates the emissions from these energy-intensive industries, creating new low-carbon energy sources and products. Using SLB and Linde’s global footprint across multiple sectors and industries, the collaboration will expand customer reach and will focus on designing business and operating models that maximize value for all stakeholders.
  • Genvia, the clean hydrogen technology venture of SLB, France’s CEA, and partners, was selected by the European Commission as part of the Important Project of Common European Interest in the hydrogen technology program (IPCEI-Hy2Tech). Genvia will receive up to 200 million euros from the French Government’s France 2030 fund as part of the program. The grant will be used to accelerate the time to market of Genvia high-performance electrolyzer technology.
  • SLB is collaborating with Oman’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals and the Oman Investment Authority in building a national strategy to develop the potential of Oman’s geothermal resources. This follows the completion of an extensive project to evaluate data from more than 7,000 oil, gas, and water wells, with the objective of mapping sweet spots for geothermal prospects in the country. The next phase will include assessment of the economic feasibility of the development of potential geothermal resources. This collaboration between the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Oman Investment Authority, and SLB is in line with Oman’s efforts to decarbonize the energy sector, achieve its net zero goal, and implement Oman Vision 2040.
  • Celsius Energy, a venture of SLB’s New Energy business focused on heating and cooling solutions for buildings, was awarded a contract for one of the 10 largest geoenergy projects in Europe, where demand for low-carbon and locally sourced energy is rising. This project, based in the eastern region of France, will provide heating and cooling to dozens of buildings by combining geoenergy and waste heat from the world’s largest particle accelerator. Celsius Energy’s proprietary technology will enable the project to be completed with a limited drilling footprint of 174 bores and will leverage patented digital modeling and control capability for smart grid performance optimization.

FINANCIAL TABLES

Full-Year Results(Stated in millions, except per share amounts)
Twelve Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2022Dec. 31, 2021Change
Revenue

$28,091

$22,929

23%

Income before taxes - GAAP basis

$4,271

$2,374

80%

Income before taxes margin - GAAP basis

15.2%

10.4%

485 bps

Net income attributable to SLB - GAAP basis

$3,441

$1,881

83%

Diluted EPS - GAAP basis

$2.39

$1.32

81%

 

Adjusted EBITDA*

$6,462

$4,925

31%

Adjusted EBITDA margin*

23.0%

21.5%

152 bps

Pretax segment operating income*

$5,011

$3,365

49%

Pretax segment operating margin*

17.8%

14.7%

316 bps

Net income attributable to SLB, excluding charges & credits*

$3,138

$1,831

71%

Diluted EPS, excluding charges & credits*

$2.18

$1.28

70%

 

Revenue by Geography

 

International

$21,895

$18,295

20%

North America

5,995

4,466

34%

Other

201

168

n/m

$28,091

$22,929

23%

 
*These are non-GAAP financial measures. See sections titled "Charges & Credits", "Divisions", and "Supplemental Information" for details.
n/m = not meaningful
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income

(Stated in millions, except per share amounts)

Fourth QuarterTwelve Months
Periods Ended December 31,

2022

 

2021

 

2022

 

2021

 
Revenue

$7,879

$6,225

$28,091

$22,929

Interest & other income, net (1)

174

57

610

148

Expenses
Cost of revenue

6,308

5,136

22,930

19,271

Research & engineering

178

145

634

554

General & administrative

99

109

376

339

Interest

121

137

490

539

Income before taxes (1)

$1,347

$755

$4,271

$2,374

Tax expense (1)

264

144

779

446

Net income (1)

$1,083

$611

$3,492

$1,928

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

18

10

51

47

Net income attributable to SLB (1)

$1,065

$601

$3,441

$1,881

 
Diluted earnings per share of SLB (1)

$0.74

$0.42

$2.39

$1.32

 
Average shares outstanding

1,420

1,403

1,416

1,400

Average shares outstanding assuming dilution

1,442

1,430

1,437

1,427

 
Depreciation & amortization included in expenses (2)

$549

$532

$2,147

$2,120

(1)

See section entitled “Charges & Credits” for details.

(2)

Includes depreciation of property, plant and equipment and amortization of intangible assets, exploration data costs and APS investments.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

(Stated in millions)

Dec. 31,Dec. 31,
Assets

2022

2021

Current Assets
Cash and short-term investments

$2,894

$3,139

Receivables

7,032

5,315

Inventories

3,999

3,272

Other current assets

1,078

928

15,003

12,654

Investment in affiliated companies

1,581

2,044

Fixed assets

6,607

6,429

Goodwill

12,982

12,990

Intangible assets

2,992

3,211

Other assets

3,970

4,183

$43,135

$41,511

 
Liabilities and Equity
Current Liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$9,121

$8,382

Estimated liability for taxes on income

1,002

879

Short-term borrowings and current portion of long-term debt

1,632

909

Dividends payable

263

189

12,018

10,359

Long-term debt

10,594

13,286

Postretirement benefits

165

231

Other liabilities

2,369

2,349

25,146

26,225

Equity

17,989

15,286

$43,135

$41,511

Liquidity

(Stated in millions)

Components of LiquidityDec. 31,
2022
Sept. 30,
2022
Dec. 31,
2021
Cash and short-term investments

$2,894

$3,609

$3,139

Short-term borrowings and current portion of long-term debt

(1,632)

(899)

(909)

Long-term debt

(10,594)

(12,452)

(13,286)

Net Debt (1)

$(9,332)

$(9,742)

$(11,056)

 
Details of changes in liquidity follow:
TwelveFourthTwelve
MonthsQuarterMonths
Periods Ended December 31,

2022

2022

2021

 
Net income

$3,492

$1,083

$1,928

Charges and credits, net of tax (2)

(303)

(39)

(50)

3,189

1,044

1,878

Depreciation and amortization (3)

2,147

549

2,120

Stock-based compensation expense

313

77

324

Change in working capital

(1,709)

105

(45)

US federal tax refund

-

-

477

Other

(220)

(161)

(103)

Cash flow from operations

3,720

1,614

4,651

 
Capital expenditures

(1,618)

(572)

(1,141)

APS investments

(587)

(167)

(474)

Exploration data capitalized

(97)

(20)

(39)

Free cash flow (4)

1,418

855

2,997

 
Dividends paid

(848)

(248)

(699)

Proceeds from employee stock plans

222

51

137

Business acquisitions and investments, net of cash acquired plus debt assumed

(58)

(13)

(103)

Proceeds from sale of Liberty shares

732

218

109

Proceeds from sale of ADC shares

223

223

-

Proceeds from sale of real estate

120

-

-

Purchases of Blue Chip Swap securities

(259)

(259)

-

Proceeds from sales of Blue Chip Swap securities

111

111

-

Taxes paid on net settled stock-based compensation awards

(93)

(1)

(24)

Other

(105)

14

(81)

Decrease in net debt before impact of changes in foreign exchange rates

1,463

951

2,336

Impact of changes in foreign exchange rates on net debt

261

(541)

488

Decrease in Net Debt

1,724

410

2,824

Net Debt, beginning of period

(11,056)

(9,742)

(13,880)

Net Debt, end of period

$(9,332)

$(9,332)

$(11,056)

(1)

“Net Debt” represents gross debt less cash and short-term investments. Management believes that Net Debt provides useful information regarding the level of SLB’s indebtedness by reflecting cash and investments that could be used to repay debt. Net Debt is a non-GAAP financial measure that should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, total debt.

(2)

See section entitled “Charges & Credits” for details.

(3)

Includes depreciation of property, plant and equipment and amortization of intangible assets, exploration data costs, and APS investments.

(4)

“Free cash flow” represents cash flow from operations less capital expenditures, APS investments, and exploration data costs capitalized. Management believes that free cash flow is an important liquidity measure for the company and that it is useful to investors and management as a measure of SLB’s ability to generate cash. Once business needs and obligations are met, this cash can be used to reinvest in the company for future growth or to return to shareholders through dividend payments or share repurchases. Free cash flow does not represent the residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures. Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure that should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, cash flow from operations.

Charges & Credits

In addition to financial results determined in accordance with US generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this fourth-quarter and full-year 2022 earnings release also includes non-GAAP financial measures (as defined under the SEC’s Regulation G). In addition to the non-GAAP financial measures discussed under “Liquidity”, net income, excluding charges & credits, as well as measures derived from it (including diluted EPS, excluding charges & credits; SLB Net income attributable to SLB, excluding charges & credits; effective tax rate, excluding charges & credits; and adjusted EBITDA) are non-GAAP financial measures. Management believes that the exclusion of charges & credits from these financial measures enables it to evaluate more effectively SLB’s operations period over period and to identify operating trends that could otherwise be masked by the excluded items. These measures are also used by management as performance measures in determining certain incentive compensation. The foregoing non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. The following is a reconciliation of certain of these non-GAAP measures to the comparable GAAP measures. For a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to the comparable GAAP measure, please refer to the section titled “Supplementary Information” (Question 10).

(Stated in millions, except per share amounts)

Fourth Quarter 2022
PretaxTaxNoncont.
Interests
NetDiluted
EPS
Net income attributable to SLB (GAAP basis)

$1,347

$264

$18

$1,065

$0.74

Gain on ADC equity investment

(107)

(3)

-

(104)

(0.07)

Gain on sale of Liberty shares

(84)

(19)

-

(65)

(0.05)

Gain on repurchase of bonds

(11)

(2)

-

(9)

(0.01)

Loss on Blue Chip Swap transactions

139

-

-

139

0.10

Net income attributable to SLB, excluding charges & credits

$1,284

$240

$18

$1,026

$0.71

 
Fourth Quarter 2021
PretaxTaxNoncont.
Interests
NetDiluted
EPS
Net income attributable to SLB (GAAP basis)

$755

$144

$10

$601

$0.42

Gain on sale of Liberty shares

(28)

(4)

-

(24)

(0.02)

Early repayment of bonds (1)

10

-

-

10

0.01

Net income attributable to SLB, excluding charges & credits

$737

$140

$10

$587

$0.41

(Stated in millions, except per share amounts)

Twelve Months 2022

Pretax

 

Tax

 

Noncont.
Interests

 

Net

 

Diluted
EPS *

Net income attributable to SLB (GAAP basis)

$4,271

$779

$51

$3,441

$2.39

Fourth Quarter
Gain on ADC equity investment

(107)

(3)

-

(104)

(0.07)

Gain on sale of Liberty shares

(84)

(19)

-

(65)

(0.05)

Gain on repurchase of bonds

(11)

(2)

-

(9)

(0.01)

Loss on Blue Chip Swap transactions

139

-

-

139

0.10

Second Quarter
Gain on sale of Liberty shares

(215)

(14)

-

(201)

(0.14)

Gain on sale of certain real estate

(43)

(2)

-

(41)

(0.03)

First Quarter
Gain on sale of Liberty shares

(26)

(4)

-

(22)

(0.02)

Net income attributable to SLB, excluding charges & credits

$3,924

$735

$51

$3,138

$2.18

 
Twelve Months 2021

Pretax

 

Tax

 

Noncont.
Interests

 

Net

 

Diluted
EPS

Net income attributable to SLB (GAAP basis)

$2,374

$446

$47

$1,881

$1.32

Fourth Quarter
Gain on sale of Liberty shares

(28)

(4)

-

(24)

(0.02)

Early repayment of bonds (1)

10

-

-

10

0.01

Third Quarter
Unrealized gain on marketable securities

(47)

(11)

-

(36)

(0.03)

Net income attributable to SLB, excluding charges & credits

$2,309

$431

$47

$1,831

$1.28

* Does not add due to rounding.

Unless otherwise noted, all Charges & Credits are classified in Interest & other income, net in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income.

(1) Classified in Interest in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income.

Divisions

(Stated in millions)
Three Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2022Sept. 30, 2022Dec. 31, 2021
RevenueIncome
Before
Taxes
RevenueIncome
Before
Taxes
RevenueIncome
Before
Taxes
Digital & Integration

$1,012

$382

$900

$305

$889

$335

Reservoir Performance

1,554

282

1,456

244

1,287

200

Well Construction

3,229

679

3,084

664

2,388

368

Production Systems

2,215

238

2,150

224

1,765

159

Eliminations & other

(131)

(24)

(113)

(37)

(104)

(76)

Pretax segment operating income

1,557

1,400

986

Corporate & other

(169)

(155)

(140)

Interest income(1)

14

8

14

Interest expense(1)

(118)

(119)

(123)

Charges & credits(2)

63

-

18

$7,879

$1,347

$7,477

$1,134

$6,225

$755

(Stated in millions)

Full Year 2022
RevenueIncome
Before
Taxes
Depreciation
and
Amortization (3)
Net
Interest
Income (4)
Adjusted
EBITDA (5)
Capital
Investments (6)
Digital & Integration

$3,725

$1,357

$504

$11

$1,872

$689

Reservoir Performance

5,553

881

386

(34)

1,233

478

Well Construction

11,397

2,202

524

(25)

2,701

687

Production Systems

7,862

748

311

(11)

1,047

346

Eliminations & other

(446)

(177)

271

(1)

95

102

5,011

1,996

(60)

6,948

2,302

Corporate & other

(637)

151

(486)

Interest income (1)

27

Interest expense (1)

(477)

Charges & credits (2)

347

$28,091

$4,271

$2,147

$(60)

$6,462

$2,302

(Stated in millions)

Full Year 2021
RevenueIncome
Before
Taxes
Depreciation
and
Amortization (3)
Net
Interest
Expense (4)
Adjusted
EBITDA (5)
Capital
Investments (6)
Digital & Integration

$3,290

$1,141

$446

$13

$1,600

$516

Reservoir Performance

4,599

648

415

-

1,063

348

Well Construction

8,706

1,195

537

1

1,733

424

Production Systems

6,710

634

302

-

936

267

Eliminations & other

(376)

(253)

269

(1)

15

99

3,365

1,969

13

5,347

1,654

Corporate & other

(573)

151

(422)

Interest income (1)

31

Interest expense (1)

(514)

Charges & credits (2)

65

$22,929

$2,374

$2,120

$13

$4,925

$1,654

(1)

Excludes amounts which are included in the segments’ results.

(2)

See section entitled “Charges & Credits” for details.

(3)

Includes depreciation of property, plant and equipment and amortization of intangible assets, APS, and exploration data costs.

(4)

Excludes interest income and interest expense recorded at the corporate level.

(5)

Adjusted EBITDA represents income before taxes excluding depreciation and amortization, interest income, interest expense and charges & credits.

(6)

Capital investments includes capital expenditures, APS investments, and exploration data costs capitalized.

(Stated in millions)
Twelve Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2022Dec. 31, 2021Change
Revenue
Digital & Integration

$3,725

$3,290

13%

Reservoir Performance

5,553

4,599

21%

Well Construction

11,397

8,706

31%

Production Systems

7,862

6,710

17%

Other

(446)

(376)

n/m

$28,091

$22,929

23%

 

Pretax Segment Operating Income

 

Digital & Integration

$1,357

$1,141

19%

Reservoir Performance

881

648

36%

Well Construction

2,202

1,195

84%

Production Systems

748

634

18%

Other

(177)

(253)

n/m

$5,011

$3,365

49%

 

Pretax Segment Operating Margin

 

Digital & Integration

36.4%

34.7%

177 bps

Reservoir Performance

15.9%

14.1%

177 bps

Well Construction

19.3%

13.7%

560 bps

Production Systems

9.5%

9.5%

6 bps

Other

n/m

n/m

n/m

17.8%

14.7%

316 bps

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

Digital & Integration

$1,872

$1,600

17%

Reservoir Performance

1,233

1,063

16%

Well Construction

2,701

1,733

56%

Production Systems

1,047

936

12%

Other

95

15

n/m

$6,948

$5,347

30%

Corporate & other

(486)

(422)

n/m

$6,462

$4,925

31%

 

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

 

Digital & Integration

50.3%

48.6%

165 bps

Reservoir Performance

22.2%

23.1%

-91 bps

Well Construction

23.7%

19.9%

380 bps

Production Systems

13.3%

14.0%

-63 bps

Other

n/m

n/m

n/m

24.7%

23.3%

141 bps

Corporate & other

n/m

n/m

n/m

23.0%

21.5%

152 bps

n/m = not meaningful

Geographical

(Stated in millions)

Full Year 2022
RevenueIncome
Before
Taxes
Depreciation
and
Amortization (3)
Net
Interest
Income (4)
Adjusted
EBITDA (5)
International

$21,895

$4,063

$1,433

$(71)

$5,425

North America

5,995

1,106

353

12

1,470

Eliminations & other

201

(158)

210

(1)

53

5,011

1,996

(60)

6,948

Corporate & other

(637)

151

(486)

Interest income (1)

27

Interest expense (1)

(477)

Charges & credits (2)

347

$28,091

$4,271

$2,147

$(60)

$6,462

(Stated in millions)

Full Year 2021
RevenueIncome
Before
Taxes
Depreciation
and
Amortization (3)
Net
Interest
Expense (4)
Adjusted
EBITDA (5)
International

$18,295

$3,090

$1,353

$2

$4,445

North America

4,466

561

343

12

916

Eliminations & other

168

(286)

273

(1)

(14)

3,365

1,969

13

5,347

Corporate & other

(573)

151

(422)

Interest income (1)

31

Interest expense (1)

(514)

Charges & credits (2)

65

$22,929

$2,374

$2,120

$13

$4,925

(1)

Excludes amounts that are included in the segments’ results.

(2)

See section entitled “Charges & Credits” for details.

(3)

Includes depreciation of property, plant and equipment and amortization of intangible assets, APS, and exploration data costs.

(4)

Excludes interest income and interest expense recorded at the corporate level.

(5)

Adjusted EBITDA represents income before taxes excluding depreciation and amortization, interest income, interest expense and charges & credits.

(Stated in millions)
Twelve Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2022Dec. 31, 2021Change
Revenue
North America

$5,995

$4,466

34%

Latin America

5,661

4,459

27%

Europe/CIS/Africa

7,201

5,778

25%

Middle East & Asia

9,033

8,058

12%

Other

201

168

n/m

$28,091

$22,929

23%

 

International

21,895

$18,295

20%

North America

5,995

4,466

34%

Other

201

168

n/m

$28,091

$22,929

23%

 

Pretax Segment Operating Income

 

International

$4,063

$3,090

31%

North America

1,106

561

97%

Other

(158)

(286)

n/m

$5,011

$3,366

49%

 

Pretax Segment Operating Income Margin

 

International

18.6%

16.9%

167 bps

North America

18.4%

12.6%

589 bps

Other

n/m

n/m

n/m

17.8%

14.7%

316 bps

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

International

$5,425

$4,445

22%

North America

1,470

916

61%

Other

53

(14)

n/m

$6,948

$5,347

30%

Corporate & other

(486)

(423)

n/m

$6,462

$4,925

31%

 

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

 

International

24.8%

24.3%

47 bps

North America

24.5%

20.5%

404 bps

Other

n/m

n/m

n/m

24.7%

23.3%

142 bps

Corporate & other

n/m

n/m

n/m

23.0%

21.5%

152 bps

n/m = not meaningful

Supplementary Information
Frequently Asked Questions

1)

What is the capital investment guidance for the full-year 2023?

 

Capital investment (composed of capex, exploration data costs, and APS investments) for the full-year 2023 is expected to be approximately $2.5 to $2.6 billion. Capital investment for the full-year 2022 was $2.3 billion.

 

 

2)

What were cash flow from operations and free cash flow for the fourth quarter of 2022?

 

Cash flow from operations for the fourth quarter of 2022 was $1.6 billion, and free cash flow was $0.9 billion.

 

 

3)

What were cash flow from operations and free cash flow for the full year 2022?

 

Cash flow from operations for the full year 2022 was $3.7 billion, and free cash flow was $1.4 billion.

 

 

4)

What was included in “Interest & other income, net” for the fourth quarter of 2022?

 

“Interest & other income, net” for the fourth quarter of 2022 was $174 million. This consisted as follows (in millions):

Gain on ADC equity investment*

$107

Gain on sale of Liberty shares*

84

Gain on repurchase of bonds*

11

Interest income

33

Earnings of equity method investments

78

Loss on Blue Chip Swap transactions*

(139)

$174

*Refer to Question 12
5)

How did interest income and interest expense change during the fourth quarter of 2022?

 

Interest income of $33 million for the fourth quarter of 2022 increased $1 million sequentially. Interest expense of $121 million decreased $1 million sequentially.

 

 

6)

What is the difference between SLB’s consolidated income before taxes and pretax segment operating income?

 

The difference consists of corporate items, charges and credits, and interest income and interest expense not allocated to the segments as well as stock-based compensation expense, amortization expense associated with certain intangible assets, certain centrally managed initiatives, and other nonoperating items.

 

 

7)

What was the effective tax rate (ETR) for the fourth quarter of 2022?

 

The ETR for the fourth quarter of 2022, calculated in accordance with GAAP, was 19.6% as compared to 18.9% for the third quarter of 2022. Excluding charges and credits, the ETR for the fourth quarter of 2022 was 18.7%. There were no charges and credits in the third quarter of 2022.

 

 

8)

How many shares of common stock were outstanding as of December 31, 2022, and how did this change from the end of the previous quarter?

 

There were 1.420 billion shares of common stock outstanding as of December 31, 2022, and 1.418 billion shares outstanding as of September 30, 2022.

(Stated in millions)

Shares outstanding at September 30, 2022

1,418

Shares issued under employee stock purchase plan

-

Shares issued to optionees, less shares exchanged

1

Vesting of restricted stock

1

Shares outstanding at December 31, 2022

1,420

9)

What was the weighted average number of shares outstanding during the fourth quarter of 2022 and third quarter of 2022? How does this reconcile to the average number of shares outstanding, assuming dilution, used in the calculation of diluted earnings per share?

The weighted average number of shares outstanding was 1.420 billion during the fourth quarter of 2022 and 1.418 billion during the third quarter of 2022. The following is a reconciliation of the weighted average shares outstanding to the average number of shares outstanding, assuming dilution, used in the calculation of diluted earnings per share.

(Stated in millions)

Fourth Quarter
2022
Third Quarter
2022
Weighted average shares outstanding

1,420

1,418

Unvested restricted stock

20

21

Assumed exercise of stock options

2

-

Average shares outstanding, assuming dilution

1,442

1,439

10)

What was SLB’s adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2022, the third quarter of 2022, the fourth quarter of 2021, the full-year 2022, and the full-year 2021?

 

SLB’s adjusted EBITDA was $1.921 billion in the fourth quarter of 2022, $1.756 billion in the third quarter of 2022, and $1.381 billion in the fourth quarter of 2021, and was calculated as follows:

(Stated in millions)

Fourth Quarter
2022
Third Quarter
2022
Fourth Quarter
2021
Net income attributable to SLB

$1,065

$907

$601

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

18

12

10

Tax expense

264

215

144

Income before taxes

$1,347

$1,134

$755

Charges & credits

(63)

0

(18)

Depreciation and amortization

549

533

532

Interest expense

121

122

127

Interest income

(33)

(33)

(15)

Adjusted EBITDA

$1,921

$1,756

$1,381

SLB’s adjusted EBITDA was $6.462 billion in full-year 2022 and $4.925 billion in full-year 2021, and was calculated as follows:

(Stated in millions)

2022

2021

Net income (loss) attributable to SLB

$3,441

$1,881

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

51

47

Tax expense

779

446

Income before taxes

$4,271

$2,374

Charges & credits

(347)

(65)

Depreciation and amortization

2,147

2,120

Interest expense

490

529

Interest income

(99)

(33)

Adjusted EBITDA

$6,462

$4,925

Adjusted EBITDA represents income before taxes, excluding charges & credits, depreciation and amortization, interest expense, and interest income. Management believes that adjusted EBITDA is an important profitability measure for SLB and that it allows investors and management to more efficiently evaluate SLB’s operations period over period and to identify operating trends that could otherwise be masked. Adjusted EBITDA is also used by management as a performance measure in determining certain incentive compensation. Adjusted EBITDA should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

11)

What were the components of depreciation and amortization expense for the fourth quarter of 2022, the third quarter of 2022, and the fourth quarter of 2021?

 

The components of depreciation and amortization expense for the fourth quarter of 2022, the third quarter of 2022, and the fourth quarter of 2021 were as follows:

(Stated in millions)
Fourth Quarter
2022
Third Quarter
2022
Fourth Quarter
2021
Depreciation of fixed assets

$347

$343

$345

Amortization of intangible assets

75

76

76

Amortization of APS investments

102

96

71

Amortization of exploration data costs capitalized

25

18

40

$549

$533

$532

12)

What were the components of the pretax net credit of $63 million recorded during the fourth quarter of 2022 related to?

 

The components of the pretax net credits were as follows (in millions):

Gain on ADC equity investment(a)

$107

Gain on sale of Liberty shares(b)

84

Gain on repurchase of bonds(c)

11

Loss on Blue Chip Swap transactions(d)

(139)

$63

(a)

SLB has an investment in the Arabian Drilling Company (“ADC”), an onshore and offshore gas and oil rig drilling company in Saudi Arabia, that it accounts for under the equity method. During the fourth quarter of 2022, ADC completed an initial public offering (“IPO”). In connection with the IPO, SLB sold a portion of its interest in a secondary offering that resulted in SLB receiving net proceeds of $223 million. As a result of these transactions, SLB’s ownership interest in ADC decreased from 49% to approximately 34%. SLB recognized a gain of $107 million, representing the gain on the sale of a portion of its interest as well as the effect of the ownership dilution of its equity investment due to the IPO. This gain is classified in Interest & other income, net in the Consolidated Statement of Income.

(b)

During the fourth quarter of 2022, SLB sold 14.1 million of its shares in Liberty and received net proceeds of $218 million. This gain is classified in Interest & other income, net in the Consolidated Statement of Income. As of December 31, 2022, SLB had a 5% equity interest in Liberty.

(c)

During the fourth quarter of 2022, SLB repurchased $395 million of its 3.75% Senior Notes due 2024 and $409 million of its 4.00% Senior Notes due 2025 for $790 million, resulting in a gain of $11 million after considering the write-off of the related deferred financing fees and other costs. This gain is classified in Interest & other income, net in the Consolidated Statement of Income.

(d)

The Central Bank of Argentina maintains certain currency controls that limit SLB’s ability to access US dollars in Argentina and remit cash from its Argentine operations. A legal indirect foreign exchange mechanism exists, in the form of capital market transactions known as Blue Chip Swaps, which effectively results in a parallel US dollar exchange rate. This parallel rate, which cannot be used as the basis to remeasure SLB’s Argentine peso-denominated net monetary assets in US dollars under US GAAP, was approximately 93% higher than Argentina’s official exchange rate at December 31, 2022. During the fourth quarter of 2022, SLB entered into Blue Chip Swap transactions that resulted in a loss of $139 million. This loss is classified in Interest & other income, net in the Consolidated Statement of Income.

13)

How does SLB calculate ROCE (return on capital employed)?

 

SLB calculates ROCE as a ratio, the numerator of which is (a) net income, excluding charges and credits plus (b) after tax net interest expense, and the denominator of which is (x) stockholders’ equity, including non-controlling interests (average of beginning and end of each quarter in the year), plus (y) net debt (average of beginning and end of each quarter in the year). ROCE is a measure of the efficiency of our capital employed, and is a comprehensive indicator of long-term company and management performance.

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