Schlumberger says 'pursuing broad and active M&A program'
Schlumberger says, "As the recovery builds momentum, industry cash flow and productivity remain under pressure and limit the industry's ability to increase present levels of E&P investment. At the same time, the value chain remains focused on trying to capture the limited value that is created, rather than seeking new ways to collectively create more value. This approach is not sustainable, either from addressing the underlying industry challenges or from ensuring that the future supply of hydrocarbons can meet the projected growth in demand. At Schlumberger, we are therefore actively seeking to position the company at the forefront of an industry that needs to evolve. We are doing this by proactively managing our base business and responding to the ongoing pressures of commoditization, tailoring our offering and performance to the prevailing market conditions. In parallel, we are constantly looking to expand our opportunity set by pursuing a broad and active M&A program; engaging with existing and new customers to establish closer collaboration and more aligned business models; and expanding our offering from technical support to investing alongside our customers in their projects-all with the aim of driving more activity for our 19 product and service lines. As we continue to carefully navigate the current industry landscape, we remain confident and optimistic about the future of Schlumberger, knowing very well that beyond the current market challenges lies a wealth of opportunity for the industry players who are ready and able to think new and to act new."