Oilfield Srvs Co Weatherford in Financial Trouble

weatherfordWeatherford International is the fourth largest oilfield services company in the world, employing some 44,000 people. They have a branch office in Canonsburg, PA (Pittsburgh area) with major operations in the Marcellus/Utica. By comparison, Weatherford competitor Halliburton is the #2 largest oilfield services company in the world. A strange thing happened to Weatherford in September 2015. The public company floated new shares of stock and new IOUs (i.e., convertible notes) hoping to raise $1 billion in cash. But a few hours after they announced the offering, they withdrew it because “while investor interest was strong for this offering” the price those investors were willing to pay for the new stock and notes was not anywhere near what Weatherford wanted (see Oilfield Services Weatherford Flip Flops on Stock/Note Offering). Needless to say the company’s stock got hammered. Things didn’t improve. Weatherford has a branch office in Buckhannon, WV. In July they announced the company would lay of 147 positions in the Buckhannon office by the end of August (see Heartbreak: Weatherford, ECA Lay Off Combined 175 Jobs in WV). A stock analyst writing on the Seeking Alpha website offers evidence that Weatherford is insolvent and will either have to do an “equity raise” (wiping out existing shareholders) or continue to burn through the remaining cash it has and go belly up sometime next year…
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Heartbreak: Weatherford, ECA Lay Off Combined 175 Jobs in WV

cutting jobsA pair of companies operating in the Marcellus Shale announced late last week that they are laying off a collective 175 jobs in West Virginia between them . Energy Corporation of America (ECA), which ranked 20th for most production in the Marcellus Shale in 2015 according to NGI’s 2016 Shale & Resource Plays Factbook, announced last Thursday they will lay off 51 positions (28 of them in WV). Oilfield services company Weatherford International has a branch office in Buckhannon, WV. Weatherford announced last week that it will lay of 147 positions in the Buckhannon office by the end of August. The announcement hit the local community hard…
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Halliburton Laying Off Up to 20,000, More than 25% of Workforce

rumor millVery interesting development with Halliburton. As we previously reported, Halliburton is forcing Baker Hughes to the alter in a shotgun wedding/takeover (see Halliburton & Baker Hughes Vote to Approve Shotgun Wedding). Before the two can get hitched, regulators are forcing Halliburton to first sell certain assets (see Halliburton Shotgun Divorce – Forced to Sell Certain Divisions). The prime candidate to buy those assets was Weatherford. However, Weatherford just canceled a plan to raise $1 billion, presumably to be used to buy Halliburton’s cast-offs (see Oilfield Services Weatherford Flip Flops on Stock/Note Offering). Now we know why Weatherford wanted $1B–but the deal to buy Halliburton’s assets is now in doubt. Enter the latest news from Halliburton–that they’re about to lay off a massive 20,000 people–something like 25% of their workforce…
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Oilfield Services Weatherford Flip Flops on Stock/Note Offering

nevermindWeatherford International is the fourth largest oilfield services company in the world, employing some 44,000 people. They have a branch office in Canonsburg, PA (Pittsburgh area) with major operations in the Marcellus/Utica. By comparison, Weatherford competitor Halliburton is the #2 largest oilfield services company in the world. A strange thing happened to Weatherford on Monday. The public company floated new shares of stock and new IOUs (i.e., convertible notes) hoping to raise $1 billion in cash. But a few hours after they announced the offering, they withdrew it because “while investor interest was strong for this offering” (so said the company), the price those investors were willing to pay for the new stock and notes was not anywhere near what Weatherford wanted. After withdrawing the offering, Weatherford’s stock tanked. Last Thursday Weatherford’s stock (WFT) traded as high as $11.15 per share. Yesterday it closed at $8.87 per share, down 20% from Thursday’s high…
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Technology Advances Lead to “Greener” Hydraulic Fracturing

A somewhat technical, but informative article on how hydraulic fracturing technology is getting more environmentally friendly was recently published in Drilling Contractor. Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Schlumberger, Weatherford International, GasFrac Energy Services, Universal Well Services and Frac Tech Services went on the record with Drilling Contractor about the environmental aspects of hydraulic fracturing and “green” developments.

From the introduction of the article we see the critical role fracking plays in natural gas development:

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