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Schlumberger’s Q1 shares fall slightly


HOUSTON, April 20, 2015 – US oilfield services operator Schlumberger announced a smaller-then-expected decrease in first quarter margins, Reuters reported on Friday, as the company continues to cut costs in order to combat a slump in global drilling activity.

Despite a 9-percent fall in quarterly revenue, Schlumberger’s shares increased by 3.3 percent to $94.89 during the first quarter of 2015, the highest the price has been since late 2014.

On the same day, the company said it would cut 11,000 jobs, in addition to the 9,000 it planned to axe following its announcement in January.


“Market pricing for certain products and services (in North America) has already reached unsustainable levels,” Paal Kibsgaard, CEO of Schlumberger, told analysts on Friday, Reuters reported.

Schlumberger’s cost of revenue shrunk by 7 percent during the first quarter of 2015, with operating margins decreasing from 19.3 percent last year to 17.6 percent in 2015.

The fall was less than industry specialists had expected, with analysts from advisory firm Evercore ISI predicting margins of around 14.5 percent.

“[Schlumberger] exceeded our expectations in its ability to swiftly reduce its cost structure to correspond to industry realities,” an analyst from the firm told Reuters.