Halliburton says Eastern Hemisphere continued to experience pricing headwinds
"The Eastern Hemisphere continued to experience activity and pricing headwinds throughout the quarter, which was offset by our focus on cost management. As a result, revenue declined by 5%, while operating income margins increased 3%. In the Middle East/Asia region, further activity declines in Asia Pacific were coupled with pricing headwinds across the region. In Europe/Africa/CIS, declining activity in Nigeria, Angola and Continental Europe was offset by further cost management in the region. Latin America revenue and operating income declined by 13% and 50% respectively, as a result of declining activity levels in Mexico, Argentina and Venezuela. Latin America results continue to suffer from the effects of restricted customer budgets, delayed projects, and rig counts at historical lows. However, we maintain a long-term positive outlook on the region and expect it to recover with improved commodity prices. For our international business, we believe the seasonal year-end sales will be minimal and customer pricing pressure will continue; however, these will likely be offset by continued cost management. As such, we expect fourth quarter results to come in flat compared to the third quarter. Globally, we will continue to expand our portfolio in unconventionals, mature fields and deepwater. We believe the underlying fundamentals driving our industry are strengthening, and I am optimistic about Halliburton's relative performance as we move into the new year," concluded CEO Dave Lesar.