Baker Hughes, a GE company Announces Fourth Quarter and Total Year 2017 Results

  • Orders of $5.8 billion for the quarter, up 1% sequentially and down 2% year-over-year on a combined business basis*
  • Revenue of $5.8 billion for the quarter, up 7% sequentially and down 3% year-over-year on a combined business basis
  • GAAP operating loss of $92 million for the quarter, decreased 25% sequentially and increased unfavorably year-over-year on a combined business basis
  • Adjusted operating income (a non-GAAP measure) of $303 million for the quarter, up 26% sequentially and down 16% year-over-year on a combined business basis
  • GAAP net loss per share of $(0.07) for the quarter, which included $0.22 per share of adjusting items. Adjusted earnings per share (a non-GAAP measure) were $0.15
  • Cash flows used in operating activities were $(215) million for the quarter. Free cash flow (a non-GAAP measure) for the quarter was $(367) million. Included in free cash flow is a $(1.2) billion cash usage relating to ending the receivables monetization program
LONDON & HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 24, 2018-- Baker Hughes, a GE company (NYSE:BHGE) ("BHGE" or the "Company") announced results today for the fourth quarter of 2017 and the total year ended December 31, 2017.

  Three Months Ended   



Business Basis

(in millions except per share amounts) 

December 31,


September 30,


December 31,



Orders $5,757  $5,722  $5,869  1% (2)%
Revenue 5,763  5,375  5,924  7% (3)%
Operating loss (92) (122) (22) 25% U
Adjusted operating income (non-GAAP)* 303  240  361  26% (16)%
Net loss attributable to BHGE (29) (104) N/A  72% N/A 
Adjusted net earnings (non-GAAP) attributable to BHGE* 65  23  N/A  F  N/A 
EPS attributable to Class A shareholders (0.07) (0.24) 


  71% N/A 
Adjusted EPS (non-GAAP)* attributable to Class A shareholders 0.15  0.05  N/A  F  N/A 
Cash flow used in operations (215) (195) N/A  (10)% N/A 
Free cash flow (non-GAAP)* (367) (405) N/A  9% N/A 

*These are non-GAAP financial measures. See section entitled "Charges and Credits" for a reconciliation from GAAP.


“In the first 180 days as BHGE, we have made strong progress on our integration efforts and aligning our team to the priorities of growing market share, improving margins and generating more cash. We secured important customer wins in a market environment that continues to be uncertain. Our team continues to execute on critical integration steps as planned, delivering approximately $80 million of synergies in the quarter,” said Lorenzo Simonelli, BHGE chairman and chief executive officer.

“For the fourth quarter, we delivered $5.8 billion in orders and $5.8 billion in revenues. We saw growth in our shorter-cycle businesses and declines in our longer-cycle businesses. Total year 2017 orders were $22 billion on a combined business basis. Orders in Turbomachinery & Process Solutions were up slightly versus 2016 despite the continued low demand for new LNG projects, while the Digital Solutions and Oilfield Equipment businesses grew orders substantially. For the total year 2017, we delivered revenues of $21.9 billion on a combined business basis.

“In our Oilfield Services segment, we achieved solid growth driven by our well construction product lines in North America, the Middle East and Latin America. All product lines grew in North America, despite the rig count being down versus the third quarter. International activity remains muted with some pockets of healthy activity. Asia Pacific rig count saw an increase in the fourth quarter after having been flat much of the year, while Latin America increased steadily through the quarter. The Middle Eastheld stable for the year as rig count growth in Iraq and the UAE offset declines in other markets.

"In our Oilfield Equipment segment, the subsea market remains challenging with low activity levels and pricing challenges. We expect tree awards to continue to grow in 2018, though at a slower rate than in 2017 and with totals still more than 50% below prior cycle peaks. We continue to expect offshore activity to be muted in the short term.

"In our Turbomachinery & Process Solutions segment, on- and offshore production driven demand is improving, however new LNG activity is muted as the market remains oversupplied. Downstream application driven demand continues to grow as refinery utilization increases and petrochemical demand rises.

"In our Digital Solutions segment, we see continued growth both for our measurement and controls business lines as well as our Digital offerings. Customers are eager to explore the opportunity to unlock value through better connectivity and we're making great progress in using existing active projects to showcase our value proposition.

“Overall, we continue to see improvement in activity as early indications of customer capital spending in 2018 are encouraging, particularly for our shorter cycle businesses. International activity is stabilizing, and we are seeing signs of activity increase both in the volume and size of tenders for new work as customers feel more confident about their operating costs and commodity price stability. The subsea market continues to be challenging and activity remains low, with prices continuing to be pressured. We expect activity in the LNG space to increase as customers position to make new capacity available in 2022 and beyond.

“Our strategy is well suited to market conditions and customer needs. Reducing product and service cost, integrating equipment and service modules, and a focus on outcomes are all aligned with the goal of creating value for customers and for BHGE.”

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