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Baker Hughes Announces First Quarter Results

HOUSTON, May 4, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI) today announced that net income for the first quarter 2010 was $129 million or $0.41 per diluted share compared to $195 million or $0.63 per diluted share for the first quarter 2009 and $84 million or $0.27 per diluted share for the fourth quarter 2009. As previously reported, net income for the first quarter 2009 and the fourth quarter 2009 included expenses of $83 million before tax ($0.18 per diluted share) and $74 million before tax ($0.16 per diluted share), respectively, associated with reorganization, severance and acquisition costs, and increases to our allowance for doubtful accounts.

Revenue for the first quarter 2010 was $2.54 billion, down 5% compared to $2.67 billion for the first quarter 2009 and up 5% compared to $2.43 billion for the fourth quarter 2009.

Chad C. Deaton, Baker Hughes chairman, president and chief executive officer, said "I am pleased with our first quarter results. North America operations performed well in an improving market delivering strong incremental margins driven by efficiency and without the benefit of significant price improvement. The shift to more horizontal drilling requiring multi-stage fracing fits well with our new capabilities.

"Our international business was impacted by pricing deterioration in the quarter as a result of last year's tender awards. We expect that international spending will continue a multi-year expansion as the industry works to develop reservoirs around the world to satisfy the energy demands of the global economy. As customer spending increases we expect profit margins to improve as the year progresses.

"Our geographic and products and technology organizations, implemented one year ago, are fully functioning. Last week we closed on the BJ Services merger and we have begun to fold their operations into the geographic organization - first in the international markets and later, following the government-required divestiture of certain assets, into our US operations."

During the first quarter 2010, debt increased $220 million to $2.02 billion and cash increased $19 million to $1.61 billion as compared to the fourth quarter 2009. Capital expenditures were $246 million, depreciation and amortization expense was $189 million and dividend payments were $47 million in the first quarter 2010.

Financial Information
Consolidated Statements of Operations


Three Months Ended
UNAUDITED ------------------
(In millions, except per share December
amounts) March 31, 31,
--------- ---------
2010 2009 2009
---- ---- ----

Revenues:
Sales $1,253 $1,311 $1,251
Services and rentals 1,286 1,357 1,177
-------------------- ----- ----- -----
Total revenues 2,539 2,668 2,428
-------------- ----- ----- -----

Costs and Expenses:
Cost of sales 943 1,027 968
Cost of services and rentals 969 933 911
Research and engineering 94 109 98
Marketing, general and
administrative 305 281 285
Acquisition-related costs 10 - 16
------------------------- --- --- ---
Total costs and expenses 2,321 2,350 2,278
------------------------ ----- ----- -----

Operating income 218 318 150
Gain on investments - - 4
Interest expense (25) (35) (33)
Interest income 1 1 1
--------------- --- --- ---
Income before income taxes 194 284 122
Income taxes (65) (89) (38)
------------ --- --- ---
Net income $129 $195 $84
========== ==== ==== ===

Basic earnings per share $0.41 $0.63 $0.27

Diluted earnings per share $0.41 $0.63 $0.27

Weighted average shares outstanding,
basic 313 310 310
Weighted average shares outstanding,
diluted 313 310 311

Depreciation and amortization
expense $189 $173 $179

Capital expenditures $246 $281 $292




Table 1: Calculation of EBIT and EBITDA (non-GAAP measures) (1)



UNAUDITED Three Months Ended
(In millions) ------------------
December
March 31, 31,
--------- ---------
2010 2009 2009
---- ---- ----
Income before income taxes $194 $284 $122
Interest expense 25 35 33
Acquisition-related costs
(2) 10 - 16
(Gain) on investments (3) - - (4)
------------------------- --- --- ---
Earnings before interest
expense and taxes (EBIT) 229 319 167
Depreciation and
amortization expense 189 173 179
--------------------- --- --- ---
Earnings before interest
expense, taxes,
depreciation $418 $492 $346
and amortization (EBITDA)



(1) EBIT and EBITDA (as defined in the calculations above) are non-
GAAP measurements. Management uses EBIT and EBITDA because it
believes that such measurements are widely accepted financial
indicators used by investors and analysts to analyze and compare
companies on the basis of operating performance and that these
measurements may be used by investors to make informed investment
decisions.
(2) Costs related to the acquisition of BJ Services.
(3) Gain on investments of $4 million before-tax ($0.01 per diluted
share) in the fourth quarter 2009 relating to the sale of auction
rate securities.



Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In millions) (UNAUDITED) (AUDITED)
============= =========== =========
March 31, December 31,
2010 2009
==== ====
ASSETS
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $1,614 $1,595
Accounts receivable, net 2,464 2,331
Inventories, net 1,952 1,836
Deferred income taxes 268 268
Other current assets 223 195
Total current assets 6,521 6,225
-------------------- ----- -----

Property, plant and equipment, net 3,051 3,161
Goodwill 1,419 1,418
Intangible assets, net 185 195
Other assets 454 440
Total assets $11,630 $11,439
============ ======= =======

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current Liabilities:
Accounts payable $858 $821
Short-term borrowings 232 15
Accrued employee compensation 420 448
Income taxes payable 37 95
Other accrued liabilities 245 234
Total current liabilities 1,792 1,613
------------------------- ----- -----

Long-term debt 1,788 1,785
Deferred income taxes and other tax
liabilities 261 309
Liabilities for pensions and other
postretirement 369 379
benefits
Other liabilities 73 69

Stockholders' Equity:
Common stock 312 312
Capital in excess of par value 890 874
Retained earnings 6,594 6,512
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (449) (414)
Total stockholders' equity 7,347 7,284
-------------------------- ----- -----
Total liabilities and stockholders'
equity $11,630 $11,439
=================================== ======= =======



Table 2: Revenue, Profit Before Tax, and Profit Before Tax Operating Margin (1)



(in millions) Three Months Ended
------------------
3/31/2010 3/31/2009 12/31/2009
========= ========= ==========
Segment Revenue
Drilling and Evaluation $1,235 $1,304 $1,135
Completion and Production 1,304 1,364 1,293
------------------------- ----- ----- -----
Oilfield Operations $2,539 $2,668 $2,428
=================== ====== ====== ======

Geographic Revenue
North America $1,030 $1,083 $890
Latin America 279 288 304
Europe Africa Russia Caspian 762 776 740
Middle East Asia Pacific 468 521 494
------------------------ --- --- ---
Oilfield Operations $2,539 $2,668 $2,428
=================== ====== ====== ======


Segment Profit Before Tax
(1)
Drilling and Evaluation $99 $150 $56
Completion and Production 178 230 186
------------------------- --- --- ---
Oilfield Operations $277 $380 $242
=================== ==== ==== ====

Geographic Profit Before Tax
(1)
North America $153 $131 $78
Latin America 9 25 7
Europe Africa Russia Caspian 83 151 107
Middle East Asia Pacific 32 73 50
------------------------ --- --- ---
Oilfield Operations 277 380 242
------------------- --- --- ---

Corporate and Other Profit
Before Tax (1)
Acquisition-related costs
(2) (10) - (16)
Gain on investments (3) - - 4
Interest expense (25) (35) (33)
Interest and dividend income 1 1 1
Corporate and other (49) (62) (76)
------------------- --- --- ---
Corporate, net interest and
other (83) (96) (120)
--------------------------- --- --- ----
Total Profit Before Tax $194 $284 $122
======================= ==== ==== ====

Profit Before Tax Operating
Margin (1)
Drilling and Evaluation 8% 12% 5%
Completion and Production 14% 17% 14%
------------------------- --- --- ---
Oilfield Operations 11% 14% 10%
=================== === === ===

Profit Before Tax Operating
Margin (1)
North America 15% 12% 9%
Latin America 3% 9% 2%
Europe Africa Russia Caspian 11% 19% 14%
Middle East Asia Pacific 7% 14% 10%
------------------------ --- --- ---
Oilfield Operations 11% 14% 10%
=================== === === ===



(1) Profit before tax operating margin is a non-GAAP measure defined
as profit before tax ("income before income taxes") divided by
revenue. Management uses the profit before tax operating margin
because it believes it is a widely accepted financial indicator used
by investors and analysts to analyze and compare companies on the
basis of operating performance and that this measurement may be used
by investors to make informed investment decisions.
(2) Costs related to the acquisition of BJ Services.
(3) Gain on investments of $4 million before-tax ($0.01 per diluted
share) in the fourth quarter 2009 relating to the sale of auction
rate securities.


Table 3: Expenses for Reorganization, Severance and Acquisition Costs, and Increases to Allowance for Doubtful Accounts (1)

This table reconciles "Revenue, Profit Before Tax, and Profit Before Tax Operating Margin" (Table 2) with "Revenue, Profit Before Tax, and Profit Before Tax Operating Margin Excluding Reorganization, Severance and Acquisition Costs, and Increases to Allowance for Doubtful Accounts" (Table 4 ).



Three Months Ended
------------------
(In millions) 3/31/2010 3/31/2009 12/31/2009
------------- --------- --------- ==========


Segment Expense
Drilling and Evaluation $49 $33
Completion and Production 34 15
------------------------- --- ---
Oilfield Operations $83 $48
=================== === ===

Geographic Expense
North America $39 $9
Latin America 18 19
Europe Africa Russia Caspian 19 13
Middle East Asia Pacific 7 7
------------------------ --- ---
Oilfield Operations $83 $48
------------------- --- ---

Corporate Expense
Corporate and other $10 - 26
------------------- --- --- ---
Total $10 $83 $74
===== === === ===




(1) Charges associated with reorganization and severance costs were
approximately $36 million in the fourth quarter 2009 and $54 million
in the first quarter 2009. Charges associated with allowances for
doubtful accounts were approximately $22 million in the fourth
quarter 2009 and $29 million in the first quarter 2009.
Acquisition-related costs were approximately $16 million in the
fourth quarter 2009 and $10 million in the first quarter 2010.
Charges associated with reorganization, severance costs, and changes
to our allowances for doubtful accounts in the first quarter 2010
were not significant and as such have not been highlighted.

Table 4: Revenue, Profit Before Tax, and Profit Before Tax Operating Margin Excluding Reorganization, Severance and Acquisition Costs, and Increases to Allowance for Doubtful Accounts (1)

The following table contains non-GAAP measures of segment profit before tax, geographic profit before tax, corporate and other profit before tax, and operating margins excluding expenses for reorganization, severance and acquisition costs, and increases to allowance for doubtful accounts (see Table 3). Management uses this measure to isolate the results of certain operations and believes that this information may be useful to investors.



(In millions) Three Months Ended
------------------
3/31/2010 3/31/2009 12/31/2009
--------- --------- ----------
Segment Revenue
Drilling and Evaluation $1,235 $1,304 $1,135
Completion and Production 1,304 1364 1,293
------------------------- ----- ---- -----
Oilfield Operations $2,539 $2,668 $2,428
=================== ====== ====== ======

Geographic Revenue
North America $1,030 $1,083 $890
Latin America 279 288 304
Europe Africa Russia Caspian 762 776 740
Middle East Asia Pacific 468 521 494
------------------------ --- --- ---
Oilfield Operations $2,539 $2,668 $2,428
=================== ====== ====== ======
Segment Profit Before Tax
Drilling and Evaluation $99 $199 $89
Completion and Production 178 264 201
------------------------- --- --- ---
Oilfield Operations $277 $463 $290
=================== ==== ==== ====
Geographic Profit Before Tax
North America $153 $170 $87
Latin America 9 43 26
Europe Africa Russia Caspian 83 170 120
Middle East Asia Pacific 32 80 57
------------------------ --- --- ---
Oilfield Operations 277 463 290
------------------- --- --- ---
Corporate and Other Profit
Before Tax
Acquisition-related costs (2) - - -
Gain on investments (3) - - 4
Interest expense (25) (35) (33)
Interest and dividend income 1 1 1
Corporate and other (49) (62) (66)
------------------- --- --- ---
Corporate, net interest and
other (73) (96) (94)
--------------------------- --- --- ---
Total Profit Before Tax $204 $367 $196
======================= ==== ==== ====
Profit Before Tax Operating
Margin (1)
Drilling and Evaluation 8% 15% 8%
Completion and Production 14% 19% 16%
------------------------- --- --- ---
Oilfield Operations 11% 17% 12%
=================== === === ===
Profit Before Tax Operating
Margin (1)
North America 15% 16% 10%
Latin America 3% 15% 9%
Europe Africa Russia Caspian 11% 22% 16%
Middle East Asia Pacific 7% 15% 12%
------------------------ --- --- ---
Oilfield Operations 11% 17% 12%
=================== === === ===



(1) Profit before tax operating margin is a non-GAAP measure defined
as profit before tax ("income before income taxes") divided by
revenue. Management uses the profit before tax operating margin
because it believes it is a widely accepted financial indicator used
by investors and analysts to analyze and compare companies on the
basis of operating performance and that this measurement may be used
by investors to make informed investment decisions.
(2) Costs related to the acquisition of BJ Services.
(3) Gain on investments of $4 million before-tax ($0.01 per diluted
share) in the fourth quarter 2009 relating to the sale of auction
rate securities.


Table 5: Comparison of Revenue to Prior Periods



Percent Increase (Decrease) for
the
Three Months Ended 3/31/10
Compared to the
Three Months Three Months
Ended Ended
3/31/09 12/31/09
------- --------
North America (5)% 16%
Latin America (3)% (8)%
Europe Africa Russia
Caspian (2)% 3%
Middle East Asia
Pacific (10)% (5)%
---------------- ---- ---
Oilfield Operations (5)% 5%
=================== === ===



Operational Highlights

All comments in this section refer to information in Table 4 (Revenue, Profit Before Tax, and Profit Before Tax Operating Margin Excluding Reorganization, Severance and Acquisition Costs, and Increases to Allowance for Doubtful Accounts), and Table 5 (Comparison of Revenue to Prior Periods).

North America

North America profit decreased in the first quarter 2010 compared to the first quarter 2009 as a result of reduced pricing, partially offset by aggressive cost reductions in 2009 and a change in the mix of activity favoring horizontal wells in the unconventional oil and gas shales on land in the US and Canada. Revenue declined over the same period reflecting the impact of significant declines in realized pricing.

Sequentially the increase in our revenue and profit reflect the increase in drilling in oil and gas basins in the US and Canada. Rigs drilling horizontal wells, which are more service-intensive, comprised nearly 50% of the Baker Hughes rig count in the first quarter 2010. Pricing did not improve materially in the quarter; however, the sequential incremental margin (sequential change in profit before tax divided by the sequential change in revenue) exceeded 45%.

In North America in the first quarter 2010:

  • Baker Hughes and CGGVeritas, through our VS Fusion joint venture, completed a micro seismic survey of a 75 frac hydraulic fracturing program, delivering real-time information to the wellsite and to the customer's office which allowed them to customize each stage of the program.
  • We were awarded a total of 32 steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) Electric Submersible Pumps (ESPs) by several operators in Canada's heavy oil fields.
Latin America

In Latin America the decline in revenue and profit in the first quarter 2010 compared to the first quarter 2009 reflected pricing deterioration in all geomarkets as well as activity declines in the Venezuela and Southern Cone (Argentina/Bolivia/Chile) geomarket and activity mix changes, favoring workover activity over drilling activity, in the Brazil geomarket. These declines were partially offset by increased artificial lift and drilling fluids sales in the Andean geomarket and directional drilling and wireline work in the Mexico / Central America geomarket. The devaluation of the Venezuelan Bolivar decreased Latin America profit by approximately $8 million in the first quarter 2010.

The sequential decline in revenue and profit reflected seasonal sales of artificial lift equipment in the fourth quarter 2009 that were not repeated in the first quarter 2010, the impact of the devaluation of the Venezuelan Bolivar, activity mix changes in Brazil, and lower product and service pricing.

In Latin America in the first quarter 2010:

  • We executed our contract with PEMEX for the ATG laboratory field optimization program.
  • We introduced our new large-diameter sidewall coring tool, MaxCor(TM), into Brazil providing the customer with the industry's largest sidewall coring samples.
  • In Colombia we drilled and completed the industry's first multi-lateral well using our thru-tubing rotary drilling technology.
Europe Africa Russia Caspian

Europe Africa Russia Caspian revenue declined 2% in quarter 1 2010 compared to quarter 1 2009 as increased revenue and activity in the Sub-Sahara, Norway and Nigeria geomarkets partially offset pricing declines in all geomarkets and activity declines in the balance of the regions' geomarkets in the first quarter 2010 compared to the first quarter 2009.

The sequential improvement in revenue was driven by directional drilling and fluids sales in the UK and Norway geomarkets, completions systems sales in the Nigeria geomarket and wireline work in the Sub-Sahara geomarket. In Russia, low margin product sales offset the seasonal decline in Russian activity.

In Europe Africa Russia Caspian in the first quarter 2010:

  • We provided directional drilling, logging-while-drilling and tri-cone and PDC bits which allowed our client in Denmark to drill a Danish record 31,000' extended reach well.
  • We enabled a North Sea operator to abandon a well, within new environmental guidelines, in one run, resulting in time savings of approximately 6 days. Our Sentio Intervention Dynamics Service, provided real-time monitoring of the milling operation allowing the operator to minimize formation damage.
Middle East Asia Pacific

Revenue and profit in the first quarter 2010 declined compared to both the first quarter 2009 and fourth quarter 2009 as a result of price declines throughout the region.

In Middle East Asia Pacific in the first quarter 2010:

  • We installed the first FracPoint(TM) multi-stage completion system in a sandstone gas field in Saudi Arabia.
  • We are drilling the water injection wells for the Manifa fields in Saudi Arabia. Baker Hughes is the only service company that can provide nuclear magnetic resonance logging-while-drilling services in the desired wellbore size with our 4-3/4" MagTrak tool.
  • We were awarded a contract to supply 162 ESPs in the Rumailah field in Iraq.
BJ Services Results

Since we completed the previously announced merger with BJ Services on April 28, 2010, there will be no publicly reported quarterly financial statements for BJ Services operations for the period ended March 31, 2010. BJ Services has informed Baker Hughes that its revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2010 was approximately $1.1 billion and that the profit before tax was approximately $59 million, excluding $31 million of merger-related costs, $16 million loss associated with the liquidation of an equipment partnership and $9 million foreign exchange loss associated with the devaluation of the Venezuelan Bolivar.

Conference Call

The company has scheduled a conference call to discuss the results of today's earnings announcement. The call will begin at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time, 7:30 a.m. Central time, on Tuesday, May 4, 2010. To access the call, which is open to the public, please contact the conference call operator at (800) 374-2469, or (706) 634-7270 for international callers, 20 minutes prior to the scheduled start time, and ask for the "Baker Hughes Conference Call." A replay will be available through Tuesday, May 18, 2010. The number for the replay is (800) 642-1687, or (706) 645-9291 for international callers, and the access code is 58693127. The call and replay will also be web cast on www.bakerhughes.com/investor.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release (and oral statements made regarding the subjects of this release, including on the conference call announced herein) contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, (each a "forward-looking statement"). The words "anticipate," "believe," "ensure," "expect," "if," "intend," "estimate," "project," "forecasts," "predict," "outlook," "aim," "will," "could," "should," "would," "may," "probable," "likely," and similar expressions, and the negative thereof, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. There are many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are also affected by the risk factors described in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009; BJ Services' Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2009 and those set forth from time to time in other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). The documents are available through the company's website at http://www.bakerhughes.com/investor or through the SEC's Electronic Data Gathering and Analysis Retrieval System (EDGAR) at http://www.sec.gov. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement.

Our expectations regarding our business outlook and business plans; the business plans of our customers; the integration of BJ Services, including its financial results and operations as well as divestitures; oil and natural gas market conditions; cost and availability of resources; economic, legal and regulatory conditions and other matters are only our forecasts regarding these matters.

These forecasts may be substantially different from actual results, which are affected by many risks including the following risk factors and the timing of any of those risk factors:

Baker Hughes - BJ Services merger - the inability to confirm historical and transitional information and achieve the expected benefits of the merger, including financial and operating results; the risk that the cost savings and any other synergies from the transaction may not be realized or take longer to realize than expected; the ability to successfully integrate the businesses; unexpected costs or unexpected liabilities that may arise from the transaction; the uncertainty of the timing, proceeds and impact of the government-required divestiture of assets used in the sand control and stimulation services businesses in the Gulf of Mexico on the combined company or divested assets; the inability to retain key personnel; continuation or deterioration of market conditions; the outcome of any litigation; future regulatory or legislative actions that could adversely affect the company and the business plans of our customers; and with respect to the historical financial information for BJ Services disclosed in this news release the following: the estimates have not been audited and actual results may differ materially, no assurance can be given that these results were realized or can be considered predictive of actual or future results, and that we do not intend to update or otherwise revise these estimates.

Economic conditions - the impact of worldwide economic conditions; the effect that declines in credit availability may have on worldwide economic growth and demand for hydrocarbons; the ability of our customers to finance their exploration and development plans; foreign currency exchange fluctuations and changes in the capital markets in locations where we operate; the condition of financial institutions and the debt, capital and equity markets in general, any impact on our ability to borrow to fund short-term cash requirements and retire long-term debt upon maturity as well as any impact on our customers' spending and ability to pay amounts owed to us; our ability to estimate the size of and changes in the worldwide oil and natural gas industry.

Oil and gas market conditions - the level of petroleum industry exploration, development and production expenditures; the price of, volatility in pricing of, and the demand for, crude oil and natural gas; drilling activity; excess productive capacity; crude and product inventories; LNG imports; seasonal and other adverse weather conditions that affect the demand for energy; severe weather conditions, such as hurricanes, that affect exploration and production activities; Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries ("OPEC") policy and the adherence by OPEC nations to their OPEC production quotas.

Terrorism and geopolitical risks - war, military action, terrorist activities or extended period of international conflict, particularly involving any major petroleum-producing or consuming regions; labor disruptions, civil unrest or security conditions where we operate; expropriation of assets by governmental action.

Price, market share, contract terms, and customer payments - our ability to obtain market prices for our products and services; the effect of the level and sources of our profitability on our tax rate; the ability of our competitors to capture market share; our ability to retain or increase our market share; changes in our strategic direction; the integration of newly-acquired businesses; the effect of industry capacity relative to demand for the markets in which we participate; our ability to negotiate acceptable terms and conditions with our customers, especially national oil companies, successfully execute these contracts, and receive payment in accordance with the terms of our contracts with our customers; our ability to manage warranty claims and improve performance and quality; our ability to effectively manage our commercial agents.

Costs and availability of resources - our ability to manage the costs and availability of sufficient raw materials and components (especially steel alloys, chromium, copper, carbide, lead, nickel, titanium, beryllium, barite, synthetic and natural diamonds, chemicals, and electronic components); our ability to manage energy-related costs; our ability to manage compliancerelated costs; our ability to recruit, train and retain the skilled and diverse workforce necessary to meet our business needs and manage the associated costs; manufacturing capacity and subcontracting capacity at forecasted costs to meet our revenue goals; the availability of essential electronic components used in our products; the effect of competition, particularly our ability to introduce new technology on a forecasted schedule and at forecasted costs; potential impairment of long-lived assets; the accuracy of our estimates regarding our capital spending requirements; unanticipated changes in the levels of our capital expenditures; the need to replace any unanticipated losses in capital assets; the development of technology by us or our competitors that lowers overall finding and development costs; labor-related actions, including strikes, slowdowns and facility occupations.

Litigation and changes in laws or regulatory conditions - the potential for unexpected litigation or proceedings; the legislative, regulatory and business environment in the US and other countries in which we operate; costs and changes in processes and operations related to or resulting from the activities of the compliance monitor appointed to assess our Foreign Corrupt Practices Act policies and procedures in connection with previously reported settlements with the SEC and Department of Justice ("DOJ") as well as compliance with the terms of the settlements as well as any future agreements with the SEC, DOJ or other authority; outcome of government and legal proceedings as well as costs arising from compliance and ongoing or additional investigations in any of the countries where the company does business; new laws, regulations and policies that could have a significant impact on the future operations and conduct of all businesses; restrictions on hydraulic fracturing; any restrictions on new or ongoing offshore drilling; changes in export control laws or exchange control laws; restrictions on doing business in countries subject to sanctions; customs clearance procedures; changes in laws in countries identified by management for immediate focus; changes in accounting standards; changes in tax laws or tax rates in the jurisdictions in which we operate; resolution of tax assessments or audits by various tax authorities; and the ability to fully utilize our tax loss carry forwards and tax credits.

Environmental matters - unexpected, adverse outcomes or material increases in liability with respect to environmental remediation sites where we have been named as a potentially responsible party; the discovery of new environmental remediation sites; changes in environmental regulations; the discharge of hazardous materials or hydrocarbons into the environment.


Baker Hughes provides reservoir consulting, drilling, pressure
pumping, formation evaluation, completion and production products and
services to the worldwide oil and gas industry.



Contact:
Gary R. Flaharty, +1.713.439.8039, gflaharty @ bakerhughes.com
H. Gene Shiels, +1.713.439.8822, gene.shiels @ bakerhughes.com



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