Baker Hughes: Rig Counts Will Slide Another 30% in 2Q16

trending-down.jpgYesterday Baker Hughes released its first quarter 2016 update. According to BH CEO Martin Craighead, “the industry faced another precipitous decline in activity” in 1Q16, which means it wasn’t good for BH. The company reported that revenues were down 42% year over year during the first quarter. Ouch. The company list $981 million for the quarter, nearly $1 billion! Double ouch. The company, which maintains THE rig count everyone watches, said rig counts will stabilize in the second half of the year, but the company expects 2Q16 rig count numbers to slide another 30%, to all-time historic lows. Triple ouch. What about the Halliburton buyout of BH? The deal expires in two days on April 30. BH says beyond that date the merger agreement does not automatically terminate–they may decide to continue riding the merger horse. Time will tell. Here’s the BH update from yesterday…

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