Can Nabors' New Rigs Carry the Company?

One of the biggest struggles for a rig or an oil services company is to have outdated and legacy assets on its books, and Nabors Industries (NYSE: NBR  ) is finding itself in that very position. With its legacy rigs running at an awful utilization rate of 39% and its offshore rigs running at 55% at a time when more than 95% of the global marketed jack-up fleet is in use, Nabors has lots of older assets dragging on the balance sheet. To compound the problem, its smaller oil services business in America is in some of the most flooded parts of the market like pressure pumping. Unlike some of the larger oil services companies like Halliburton (NYSE: HAL  ) and Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB  ) , though, Nabors doesn't have a diverse enough oil services business to take the hits in that part of the business without it severely impacting earnings. 

While the company has some tricks up its sleeve to boost earnings in the short term, there is only one real way out of this lull for Nabors: its PACE-X Rig. Tune into the video below to find out why this top-of-the-line rig is the way to more profitable days in the future.

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  • Report this Comment On December 13, 2013, at 10:19 PM, JustAnotherGuy1 wrote:

    1) NBR's onshore fleet is second only to HP in terms of % of AC rigs and % pad capable rigs.

    2) While NAM drilling fundamentals are weak, int'l drilling remains strong. With similar rigs, you'll find 40k+ dayrates in say Colombia vs the 25k/d rates in NAM. (NBR has 50% leverage to int'l for their drilling business)

    3) SLB and HAL, while they are service companies, are not good comps for NBR.

    4) While yes they are slightly more leveraged than competitors like PTEN, it adds to their delevering story. Increasing capital returns is years away from the onshore space as top drillers are bringing on 20 newbuilds per year. Newbuild capex is whats keeping each company in the hunt. This is necessary for everyone in the industry and not unique to NBR.

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