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Q1 2020 Earnings Call
Apr 23, 2020, 8:00 a.m. ET


  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by, and welcome to the TechnipFMC First Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call [Operator Instructions].

I would now like to hand the conference over to your speaker today, Matthew Seinsheimer. Thank you. Please go ahead, sir.

Matthew Seinsheimer -- Vice President, Investor Relations

Good afternoon, and welcome to TechnipFMC's First Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call. Our news release and financial statements issued yesterday can be found on our website.

I'd like to caution you with respect to any forward-looking statements made during this call. Although these forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, beliefs and assumptions regarding future developments and business conditions, they are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by these statements.

Known material factors that could cause our actual results to differ from our projected results are described in our most recent 10-K, most recent 10-Q and other periodic filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the French AMF and the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority. We wish to caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.

We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any of our forward-looking statements after the date they are made, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

I'll now turn the call over to Doug Pferdehirt, TechnipFMC's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Douglas J. Pferdehirt -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Matt. Good morning and good afternoon. Thank you for participating in our first quarter earnings call. With me today are Maryann Mannen, Chief Financial Officer and Catherine MacGregor, President of Technip Energies. I also note that we have dialed-in from different locations across the globe, another sign of the impact that COVID-19 continues to have on our daily lives.

Two months ago, we provided our initial view of 2020. Over those two months, much about the world has changed, including the spread of COVID-19, the shift in OPEC policy, and the sharp sell-off in equity markets. Most of these effects will normalize while others will lead to real, lasting change.

Today I want to share with you some of the specific actions we are taking in direct response to the market environment and how these actions will further reshape TechnipFMC as we transition to the new energy landscape. Over the short term, we are taking immediate actions to protect our people, reduce cost and preserve liquidity.

First among these is the responsibility we all have to protect the health and safety of our employees, contractors and customers who we serve, and we are taking a number of specific actions in this effort. These include onsite prevention measures such as social distancing, staggered shifts and health screening to ensure safe work environment and a strict self-isolation procedures for employees who may have been exposed to the virus that extend beyond recommended guidelines.

We are also maintaining business continuity by providing our employees with the appropriate equipment and services to work remotely when possible, establishing protocols that allow for remote inspection of manufacturing processes and leveraging our global footprint by transferring lessons learned. Collectively, these actions have allowed most of our vessels, manufacturing and service locations to operate throughout this period, providing us with the ability to advance many projects and meet customer requirements, albeit at a reduced productivity.

Second, on April 1st, we announced a series of cost reduction initiatives that will result in an annualized savings of at least $130 million from our Surface Technologies segment and Corporate. And we have now identified actions that will result in additional savings of more than $220 million that will extend across the entire Company. The total annualized savings are now estimated to exceed $350 million and we anticipate achieving the targeted run-rate by the end of this year.

Additionally, we have announced a revision to executive compensation, which includes a 30% reduction to my salary and a 20% reduction to the Executive Leadership team through the end of the year. Our Directors are also reducing their cash retainer by 30%.

And the third measure we are taking is intended to further preserve our cash and liquidity. The Company's Board of Directors announced earlier this week that it has chosen to lower the annual dividend by 75% to $0.13 per share, reducing the annual cash outflow by $175 million when compared to the previous year's distribution.

Back in March, we also announced our decision to postpone the Company's separation into two diversified pure plays. This was a very difficult decision, particularly given the late-stage of separation activities. However, the strategic rationale remains unchanged and we are fully committed to completing the transaction over the medium term. And to further emphasize this point, we have renamed we Onshore/Offshore segment to Technip Energies and have completed nearly all of the work required to ensure that the two companies are ready for separation when the markets sufficiently recover.

Looking longer-term, it is clear that the energy industry must continue to evolve. The challenges we face will not resolve themselves. Things will be different and companies must adapt. TechnipFMC has been an agent of change from the beginning, and in the current environment, we will look to accelerate our own agenda for change by protecting our core competencies, investing in new technologies and expanding our digital platforms and we will continue to play a key role in the energy transition.

Importantly, we will further strengthen our partner relationships and more closely align with those clients that demonstrate a willingness to embrace the new commercial models and new technologies that are critical to success. The change will be most profound for us in Subsea. We are taking additional actions to further streamline our organization in support of our vision toward simplification, standardization and reduce cycle times.

We are playing to our strengths. Our success is evidenced by the strong order growth in 2019 and the clear adoption of our integrated model iEPCI. We anticipate as much as 40% of new equipment orders will come from Subsea 2.0 with nearly half of our customers now focused on 2.0 as their system of choice and our Subsea Studio Digital Platform will host 70% of our front-end and system engineering studies, transforming conventional concept FEED and tender phases into ultrafast digital development.

IEPCI, Subsea 2.0, Subsea Studio; these are not conventional solutions only those that adapt will stay ahead in the new energy landscape, meeting the needs of the individual customers in a bespoke fashion requires too many resources, introduces too much cost and project risk and creates too much organizational complexity.

Our recognition of the need for change resulted in the creation of TechnipFMC and our pioneering culture will ensure that we remain an industry leader. Looking ahead, we will accelerate change where possible and we will align with those clients and partners that see the shared benefits of our way forward.

TechnipFMC is well positioned to manage the unprecedented uncertainty due to our strong foundation, one built on the strength of our backlog and balance sheet. $22 billion, that's the amount of total Company backlog in hand today. We are not immune to the impacts of reduced capital spending, however, the effects have been largely limited to changes in project scheduling, not project cancellations. This has reduced our near-term revenue from backlog, but it also extends the backlog duration.

We have over $8 billion in backlog scheduled for execution over the remainder of 2020 with the remaining $14 billion scheduled for 2021 and beyond. The size and duration of our backlog in addition to net liquidity of $5.6 billion, which Maryann will cover in more detail, provide us with the flexibility to take aggressive and bold actions that will better position our company for the future.

Turning to the market outlook, For Technip Energies, LNG accounts for more than 50% of our current backlog and provides us with very good visibility that extends over several years. Today, we have three LNG projects that are contributing to our financial results; Yamal LNG, which is largely complete and is successfully progressing through the warranty phase; Coral floating LNG, which is now more than two years into project delivery and over 60% complete; and Arctic LNG 2, our largest project currently under way whose revenue contribution will grow in 2020 and extend well beyond.

While the near-term outlook for new LNG prospects to reach final investment decision has changed because of COVID-19 and the challenging macro backdrop, the long-term fundamentals for natural gas, and LNG in particular, remain strong given its critical role as a transition fuel.

We continue to be engaged in a range of additional LNG projects. These include; Sempra's Costa Azul, which the customer's indicated will be sanctioned in the near term; Rovuma remains an important project for Technip Energies, and despite ExxonMobil's recent decision to delay the project's FID, we continue to engage with the customer to further optimize the project development and we are continuing with our scope under a limited notice to proceed.

In addition to these projects we are involved in the commercial process for a major LNG prospect in the Middle East and we have recently secured FEED roles on several new prospects. But whether the ultimate project count stays at three or grows to four, TechnipFMC remains a partner of choice with project selectivity foremost in our mind, as we consider future opportunities.

Turning to downstream, this sector typically proves to be more resilient through a downturn. Over the course of 2018 and 2019, we secured nearly $9 billion of refining and petrochemical inbound and we remain laser focused on executing these projects. We see potential for additional prospects to be awarded to us during 2020, one of which could exceed $1 billion.

And our strong foothold in energy transition markets beyond LNG continues to increase. In the first quarter, we announced an alliance with Neste to provide front-end loading services for future NEXBTL projects, which also covers our participation during the execution phase. We are proud to be Neste's partner of choice for renewable diesel projects. We have also had notable recent success in the area of recycling, including an extension to our long-held alliance with BP to include the Infinia technology that enables circularity for difficult to recycle plastic waste.

Moving to Surface Technologies; in North America, the quick and significant cuts to industry capital expenditures have impacted the services across the board. Market expectations now call for the rig count for the second quarter to be down by approximately 50% from year-end. Outside North America, investment continues to move forward, but it has been constrained mainly due to logistics. In light of recent events, additional deferrals are likely.

We also expect to benefit from our differentiated capabilities. Our high level of vertical integration provides us with more control over our manufacturing and product deliveries and less dependency on external supply chains. This differentiation has helped mitigate delivery disruptions and afforded us new opportunities where industry supply has been challenged. We therefore, anticipate that international revenues in 2020 will prove to be far more resilient than North America.

Moving to Subsea, we believe the deep water will become an even more prevalent piece of the energy mix as project economics remain attractive, particularly for brownfield developments. In the near term, we continue to assess the likely impacts of lower capital spending on major project FIDs. Many of our clients are still reviewing their plans are prioritizing their projects. Based on currently available information, we believe that approximately 50% of the nearly $15 billion of total project value reflected on our Subsea opportunities list is still likely to move forward over the next 24 months. All other projects remain active but potentially extend beyond this 24 month timeframe.

When we think about the next 12 months, we believe as much as 20% of the project value is likely to reach FID and we are well positioned for many of these opportunities. We will provide updates to the list as we gain greater clarity from our clients over the coming months. In addition, as we have demonstrated, TechnipFMC has access to a proprietary set of opportunities. These come from our alliance partners or from our unique integrated FEED capabilities, which often lead to direct iEPCI project awards.

And beyond project activity, we generate additional revenue from Subsea services activity where we benefit from the industry's largest installed base of Subsea equipment in operation today. We anticipate resiliency in services activity as a result of the expected shift by some clients from greenfield developments to brownfield intervention.

In our earnings release yesterday, we provided an updated view on guidance for 2020. Although market uncertainty remains and clarification around client capital expenditures is ongoing, I want to offer some additional thoughts in support of these updates at this time. All of the guidance items we have provided assume no further material degradation from the impacts of COVID-19 on our current ability to execute on our project portfolio.

In Subsea, where we are benefiting from near record levels of inbound, a strong backlog, and our resilient subsea services business, we have a solid foundation to navigate through the near term. We continue to engage with our alliance partners and customers in order to align on project scheduling and new capital expenditures. Given this dynamic situation, in lieu of traditional guidance, we have provided our expectations for the major inputs that continue to influence our outlook for subsea revenue and margin.

Turning to revenue first. Our current estimate for backlog to be converted into revenue for the remainder of the year is $3.1 billion. We are still in discussion with many of our customers over project scheduling and there remains risks that some of this backlog could still be rescheduled for execution in future periods.

However, the strong inbound booked in 2019 provides us with much greater flexibility to manage our business through this challenging period. If we had not generated the record inbound last year, the planning scenario will look very different for us. It is also clear that the change in backlog scheduling will only deferred revenues to future periods, providing more revenue coverage in 2021 and beyond.

In Subsea services, we provide aftermarket services on over 50% of the Subsea installed base, generating a resilient revenue stream of approximately $1 billion for the full year. This incorporates our expectation for some modest level of activity deferral, a decrease from our prior expectation for growth.

And lastly, with respect to book and turn revenue, our current view is that inbound orders, which serve as the basis for this revenue source could be down as much as 50% versus full year 2019.

Next, the factors impacting Subsea margin include; our revised expectations for less inbound and therefore less book and turn revenue for 2020 which we will not be able to fully offset through cost reductions. Several of our manufacturing plants have been running at high utilization. COVID-19 presents real challenges to both the supply chain and our manufacturing workflows. Our prior margin expectation also assumed increased fleet utilization as we've progressed through the year.

We have several installation campaigns that are increasingly at risk of deferment to 2021 due to the impact of travel restrictions, leaving us with a limited flexibility to mitigate costs or find replacement work for these fixed assets over the very near term.

Looking at the second quarter, we do anticipate a sequential decline in adjusted EBITDA margin when compared to the first quarter, largely due to more significant impact from COVID-19. However, in order to navigate through these headwinds, we are advancing our restructuring plans in Subsea and we will begin to recognize the benefit of these actions in the second half of the year.

In summary, having greater clarity on the duration of COVID-19 and the ultimate scheduling of our backlog will provide us the ability to more fully assess our Subsea outlook for the remainder of the year.

Moving to guidance for Technip Energies, we are relatively insulated in the period -- in the current period due to the long cycle nature of the business, the resilience and maturity of the projects in backlog, and our diversified global footprint. To-date, we have been able to mitigate a very significant portion of COVID-19 operational impacts where the effects relate more to operational efficiencies and timing issues, but not to stoppage of projects.

However, the revenue outlook for the year has been impacted by, first, the delay in a few key project FIDs and the impact of this lower inbound for execution in 2020, much of which we believe has simply shifted beyond the current year. And second, revise schedules on some of our projects within backlog where certain scopes were originally planned for 2020 and partly shifted into 2021.

Due to these effects, we are revising our revenue guidance to a range of $6.3 billion to $6.8 billion which still remains at or above our 2019 results. Guidance for adjusted EBITDA margin is unchanged from our prior view of at least 10%. The resilience in margin, even with the reduction in revenue, is driven by the continued strength in project execution in this exceptional environment and some benefit from project mix.

And finally, Surface Technologies, our shortest cycle business, has been most impacted by recent events. Outside of North America, our Surface business is much less impacted by the global spending reductions. International markets are typically more resilient in a downturn, and we expect to benefit from the flight to quality associated with our higher tier products as we have experienced during recent -- during previous cycles.

We anticipate our business mix outside of North America will now represent as much as 60% of total segment revenue in 2020. In North America, the actions taken by our clients in response to the sharp decline in commodity prices are almost unprecedented.

We are responding aggressively, as evidenced by the prior announcement of our intent to deliver more than $100 million in annualized cost savings, most of this will occur in North America where the industry spending reductions have been particularly severe. With these actions, we believe that we can be modestly profitable in North America for the full year, when excluding charges, based on our current outlook.

Moving beyond the operating segments, we have also provided updates to several other items that were included in our earnings press release and presentation deck. We will provide additional segment guidance and updates as we gain more clarity over the coming months. Without question, this is the most challenging business environment that our industry has ever faced. We are not simply responding to a health crisis or commodity a crisis or an economic crisis, we are responding to all three on a global stage at the same time.

In the face of such extreme uncertainty, we are focusing on what we can control. We are taking steps to ensure that all of our employees and contractors remain safe. We are spending more time with clients than ever before working with them to better understand their priorities and working together to solve our collective issues, strengthening the relationships we have, and building new ones for the road ahead.

And we are focused on ensuring business continuity, working diligently and innovatively to solve problems and better anticipate new complexities that may arise from the unforeseen challenges of COVID-19. We are also taking swift and decisive actions in response to the near-term challenges. We are preserving our liquidity with the Board's decision to revise the dividend policy.

We have significantly increased our annualized savings target to more than $350 million. This includes additional cost reductions from all of our business segments, our support functions, and Executive and Director Compensation. We are uniquely positioned with our strong balance sheet and backlog. This includes $5.6 billion in cash and liquidity and nearly $22 billion in total Company backlog that extends for several years.

And we are doing all of these things with the support, dedication and commitment of the exceptional women and men of TechnipFMC. Through everything we have faced, they have shown a level of strength and resiliency that is nothing short of inspiring in these most difficult times.

I will now turn the call over to Maryann to briefly discuss a few highlights of the first quarter and provide you with an update on our cash and liquidity position, Maryann?

Maryann Mannen -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Doug. Total Company revenue was $3.1 billion in the quarter, an increase of 8% versus the prior year, driven by solid growth in Technip Energies as well as most growth -- modest growth in Subsea. Adjusted EBITDA was $220 million. First quarter cash flow from operations was $28 million. Adjusted loss per share was $0.11 in the quarter when excluding after-tax charges and credit of $7.17 per diluted share.

The total after-tax charges and credit of $3.2 billion largely reflect non-cash charges for goodwill impairment in the Subsea and Surface Technology segments. These impairments were due to significant decline in the Company's market capitalization since our last measurement period. We have also identified direct COVID-19 expenses totaling $9 million in the quarter.

It is important to note that these expenses do not capture the disruption related to overhead absorption, utilization and other operational impacts, which are not specifically called out, but included in our adjusted results. Also included in our adjusted earnings are items for which we do not provide guidance, including an expense resulting from increased liability to the joint venture partners of $0.08 per diluted share and foreign exchange losses of $0.10 per diluted share. These two items impacted EPS by $0.18 in the period, and if excluded, our adjusted earnings would have been $0.07 per diluted share.

We are responding to the current environment by taking a series of actions in an effort to further reduce cost and preserve liquidity. Doug spoke earlier to the significant increase in our cost reduction target which now total $350 million in annualized savings, and we expect this run-rate by the end of the year.

I also want to reiterate our previously announced reduction to capital expenditures, where we have reduced our prior guidance by $150 million to approximately $300 million for the full year. And this week, the Board -- our Board revised the dividend policy to $0.13 per share on an annualized basis. The 75% reduction to our annual pay-out will preserve $175 million in liquidity when compared to the prior year.

Turning to liquidity, we had $5.6 billion in cash and net liquidity at the end of the quarter. In a recent filing, we provided further transparency to our cash position, which we have updated with our first quarter results. Cash and cash equivalents totaled $5 billion as of March 31st. We had just over $3 billion held in project joint ventures. This cash is readily available to us to execute the remaining liabilities on our JV projects.

Of this total, approximately $1.8 billion was related to Yamal LNG. This cash is held in support of $1.2 billion in outstanding contract liabilities from which just over 50% of any future profitability should remain with TechnipFMC. Operating cash and cash equivalent was approximately $1.8 billion, a significant portion of which is readily available for corporate use.

We also have a $2.5 billion secured -- senior secured revolving credit facility. At the end of the quarter, our net borrowing capacity under the facility was approximately $600 million, reflecting $1.4 billion of commercial paper outstanding and $500 million of direct borrowing under the revolver. Taken together, this brings our net liquidity to $5.6 billion and provides us with sufficient funds to cover our net project liabilities, near-term debt maturities and any distributions to joint venture partners.

Operator, you may now open the call for questions.

Questions and Answers:


Thank you. [Operator Instructions] And our first question comes from the line of Sean Meakim from J.P. Morgan. Your line is open.

Sean Meakim -- J.P.Morgan -- Analyst

Thank you. Hi, everyone.

Douglas J. Pferdehirt -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Sean, how are you?

Sean Meakim -- J.P.Morgan -- Analyst

I'm doing well, thank you. So, I appreciate you making the best efforts here to fill in parameters for 2020 where you have visibility over. Just pulling all of it, it's very helpful. And I certainly appreciate the uncertainty given COVID and the shifting plans on -- for your customers on their projects. Given the outlook, there is also an emphasis in the market on balance sheet strength and maximizing free cash, minimizing cash burn.

You reduce the dividend, you cut capex, you're taking cost out, but there are also likely be some cash drag in 2020 that -- to effect that. Perhaps prepays are less in this year than what you would have thought coming into it, particularly with the reduction in the Energies' revenue guidance. So if I pool all that together, how should investors be thinking about your cash balance and liquidity, where those could be when we exit this year and head into 2021?

Douglas J. Pferdehirt -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Sean, thank you very much for the question. And I think you frame it very well. I think you've hit on many of the key elements and the parameters that we are dealing with as a company and more broadly that the industry is currently dealing with. And as you pointed out, we've taken very swift and decisive steps to ensure that our utmost focus is -- always has been and remains on the liquidity and the strength of our Company.

As you know, we have a very strong balance sheet and we have a very strong backlog. Those provide the key foundations on which for us to continue to operate. At the same time, we'll move forward with the aggressive cost reduction activities and some of the other items that you noted.

I'll hand it over to Maryann to add some additional details around this subject, Maryann?

Maryann Mannen -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Doug. Yeah, thanks, Sean. So, look, based on the outline of our segment performance and the views that Doug has provided and that incorporates all of that, we expect cash flow from operations to be positive. But it will be below the $1 billion that we previously provided or we previously guided. Our guidance assumed then that certain inbound projects along with their corresponding milestones, as you've outlined, and payments would -- we would receive in 2020.

And as we shared, we are seeing some deferrals of those project awards and therefore obviously some cash flow impact of those deferrals. A good example is one that Doug talked about, that's the ExxonMobil's Rovuma project being delayed into 2021.

But as we further develop the segment views and have greater clarity on the range of outcomes, we'll update our cash flow projections. But again, we continue to expect cash flow from operations to be positive this year, but it will be below the $1 billion previously guided.

Sean Meakim -- J.P.Morgan -- Analyst

Got it. I appreciate that. Thanks for all that feedback. And then, in the opening comments, I thought the ones around digital with Subsea Studio were interesting, it's becoming a consistent theme this earning season. These initiatives aren't new, but they're getting highlighted given the pressure your customers are facing. Could you maybe elaborate on the impact of these types of initiatives around further reducing FEED cycle times, manufacturing cycle times, ultimately time to first oil for customers. Is there any more you can elaborate around how that could help drive project economics?

Douglas J. Pferdehirt -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

With pleasure Sean, thank you for the question. So, we have been systematically attacking the cycle time of Subsea since the creation of TechnipFMC. It was one of the fundamental reasons for creating the Company. We've done that very successfully in the execution phase. We're now able to execute projects with a 50% reduction in the -- in the normal -- in the time that it would take to do those projects and using a traditional approach.

And we've done that on a consistent basis. Hence the reason we have received repeat awards in almost all cases from the clients that we have served with our new iEPCI model. At the same time, we realize that we need to attack the front end and we also need to reduce the cycle time associated with the front end. And there is actually two ways to do that Sean. There is the digital platform, which we call Subsea Studio, which is very exciting and dramatically reduces that cycle time and we'll begin to also include machine learning, which will allow us to even further improve the field design, the optimization and the cycle time.

In addition to that, it is the importance of the ability to be able to deliver technology and that new technology, coupled with the Subsea Studio Digital Platform will dramatically decrease the cycle time of the front-end. As we do that, we'll be able to further reduce the cycle time of Subsea Projects and vastly improve the project returns, which will become even more critical, as we move forward.

Sean Meakim -- J.P.Morgan -- Analyst

Very helpful, thanks, Doug.


Our next question comes from the line of Michael Alsford from Citigroup. Your line is open.

Michael Alsford -- Citigroup -- Analyst

Hello and thanks for taking my question. So firstly, Doug, I was just hoping you could elaborate a little bit more on your comments around the Subsea business. EBITDA margin was about 400 basis points down quarter-on-quarter and I'm just wondering if you could perhaps give a bit more granularity as to what was driving that decline between seasonality, I guess the backlog mix, and clearly the challenges that you're facing around the COVID-19 situation. And really the reason for the question was to try and quantify and understand how big the sequential decline would be into 2Q? Thank you.

Douglas J. Pferdehirt -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

No. Michael, thank you very much for the question. It needs to be clarified. It's obviously been a topic of discussion over the last 12 hours and I think it's important that we clarify. When we provided the 2020 guidance, we specifically stated that Q1, as always, would be the seasonal low point for our Company, which was our view at the time and that seasonal impact really has to do with the ability or the inability for our vessels to operate in certain geographies due to the weather conditions, which always leads to the first quarter being the softest quarter.

The consensus number, I have to say, did not take that into account even though that that was clearly articulated, so that's point number one. Point number two is the COVID-19 impacts are real and they are meaningful and I just want to share with you a little bit of what's happening and what we are -- how we're addressing it as a Company. I spoke about, in my prepared remarks that we're going above and beyond recommended guidelines, what does that mean?

Michael, what that means is that we will never put a price on employee health and well-being. So we are taking extraordinary efforts to ensure that especially in confined environments like operating on our vessels or operating offshore, we don't put other employees at risk or other -- or contractors and clients that we're working with.

So we actually had a situation on a vessel where we identified symptoms, look -- with potential COVID related symptoms on an -- with an individual. We didn't just remove that individual and continue business as normal. We went above and beyond. We took the extraordinary decision to shut down operations on that vessel for 14 days, to test all employees on that vessel. As a result of that we now know we prevented what could have been a much more significant impact on the health and well-being of our employees.

We're now doing that across the entire fleet. We are testing all individuals prior to them going into service and we're finding a number of positive cases and being able to prevent that. In addition, we had two vessels that were unable to operate for a period of time, simply due to crew availability due to travel restrictions that were in place and imparted in different parts of the world.

If you take all of that into account, it almost had a 100 basis point impact on the adjusted EBITDA margin for the business. So these are real and these are meaningful. In addition to that, we continue to manage a very complex supply chain in terms of impacts on delivery and our ability to achieve certain milestones of delivery of finished products or finished goods.

But it's not just the supply chain. It's also the logistics. We've worked very hard to keep most of our manufacturing footprint open and to be able to continue to advance progress on projects. But often it comes down to the inability to be able to ship or transport due to local regulatory constraints in terms of the closure of ports -- airports, marine ports etc.

So these are all of the type of things that we're dealing with. So I'm going to just recap by saying, Michael, you know the seasonal impact needed was there. It needed to be taken into account and wasn't. On top of that, we had a significant impact on the utilization of our fleet, some of which was simply imposed by ourselves.

We weren't going to just keep working in an environment that we thought could put the health and well-being of our people at risk, we won't do that. So instead we took that additional impact to our operating margin, but I will always make that decision.

And then finally, the ongoing challenges, constraints to the supply chain and logistics and shipping that we'll continue to face and we'll face additional constraints in the second quarter. So looking toward the second quarter, as stated in my prepared remarks, we won't just have the 30 to 40 days of the COVID impact, we'll obviously have even more. So as we've said that we expect further margin degradation in the second quarter.

That being said, we are taking very swift and decisive action and we are busy. Let's not forget, Subsea has an incredible foundation built upon a proven winning strategy with our alliance partners, our technology and our differentiated offering of iEPCI has clearly proven to be the winning combination. We have the strength of our backlog, almost $8 billion of backlog, $3.1 billion remaining to be delivered in the remaining quarters of 2020.

We have not had any cancellations. Yes, we're in discussions about potential deferrals on backlog and we'll continue to work closely with our clients to achieve what's best for our Company and to achieve what's best for their company and we have this on the foundation of a resilient Subsea services business and we have reaffirmed we'll deliver over $1 billion and additional book and turn backlog or revenue for our Company in 2020. Thank you, Michael.

Michael Alsford -- Citigroup -- Analyst

Thanks, Doug. That was really helpful. If you don't mind, a quick follow-up actually on the previous question around the balance sheet and Maryann's -- with the cash flow, sorry, and Maryann's comments. Maryann, could you maybe say whether you think you'll be free cash flow positive i.e., after capex in 2020, given the lower capex guidance that you provided? And maybe just to sort of cover off the payments around the redeemable liability, it was $4 million I think in the quarter, $300 million is on the balance sheet. How much do you think you'll pay this year? Thank you.

Maryann Mannen -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yes, sure, Michael. Thank you. So, we expect to make another payment to partners in the second quarter that will further reduce that $300 million MRL liability. And then, we'll evaluate that in the back half of the year. It will not be all of that MRL in Q2 however. So you may want to assume maybe half of that in the second quarter, if that's helpful. And we continue to expect to see full year for Yamal in a range of $400 million to $500 million in incremental revenues in total as we -- as we have explained before and that guidance -- that guidance remains.

To your first question, again, still a little bit in a range of outcomes to talk about, you're absolutely right, we have reduced capex and that will certainly be contributing as you heard $175 million in further benefit coming from the dividend reduction. We do expect cash flow from operations to be positive but that's in a range of outcomes.

And as we continue to get the feedback from our clients and further refine our guidance, we'll be able to give you some clarity. But certainly, all of the things that we're doing truly help us improve that position. But at this time, a little too soon to call free cash flow.

Michael Alsford -- Citigroup -- Analyst

That's great. Thanks very much to you both.


Your next question comes from the line of Angie Sedita from Goldman Sachs. Your line is open.

Angie Sedita -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Thanks, good morning.

Douglas J. Pferdehirt -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning, Angie.

Angie Sedita -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

So, Doug, maybe you could talk a little bit about the separation and the conditions that you would need to see to move forward again on that separation. And you think about, could factors change around what was originally planned such as Technip Energies having a U.S. ADR and is there a scenario where you believe it should not move forward as far as the separation. If you could give us a little more color?

Douglas J. Pferdehirt -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yes Angie, thanks for the question. Look we still consider to be -- we still consider the transaction to have a very strong strategic rationale, that has not changed, and we do believe that it is -- it is a way to create shareholder value. Our intent is to continue to track and complete the transaction in a timeframe that would be conducive.

There is a variety of different factors that we are considering, but clearly, the current market environment and the dynamics in the market would not be an appropriate time. So it's unlikely to be in the near term, but in the medium term, we would intend to move forward.

I appreciate you asking the question specifically about potential ADR listings for Technip Energies as we would move forward as a separate company. That is very much a consideration and very much a part of the workflow and the processes that we have ongoing that would -- we would be communicating further as we move forward to advance our decisions.

I want to make it very clear so that there is not a sense of, let's say, uncertainty in the -- how the transaction would move forward when the market conditions will prevail. We will be able to move very swiftly. We believe that we will be able to complete from announcement to the completion of the transaction in a 90-day window. That's really important because we don't want to create this period of information vacuum.

So we now have advanced all of the critical steps, both internally and with the regulators to be able to -- from announcement very quickly provide things like perspectives, Capital Markets Day, ADR listing requirements, things like that in a very swift manner, removing that uncertainty that was created through the process initially. So I appreciate you asking me that question, so I could clarify that.

Angie Sedita -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Thanks. So that's very, very helpful Doug. I appreciate that. And then, maybe we could go to Maryann on the Subsea margins and I know it's challenging to give a lot of color here. But is it fair or maybe not to think that Q2 could be the trough for the year or the installation campaigns and the push out of that. Does that -- how does that play in the second half, coupled with the cost reduction program that you clearly have under way and do we move back on track to where the original path was as we go into '21 or is it linger as we go into '21?

Douglas J. Pferdehirt -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, I'll go ahead and take that Angie. I think that's a really -- again, I think it's a key question. At this time, and again, none of us fully understand the duration or the ultimate impact of the COVID-19. But from what we know at this time about the virus, what we know at this time about the business etc. looking forward; indeed, we would expect Q2 to be the trough. We would expect the recovery in the second half.

Again, it's important to know TechnipFMC, in our Subsea business, we're very active. We are very busy. We had record inbound in 2019. We had $8 billion of inbound. We had a book to bill of 1.45 over -- almost 50% of that was enabled by the creation of TechnipFMC and the iEPCI model. In Q1 alone, we booked this year $1.2 billion, almost a 1.0 book-to-bill and two new iEPCI awards this quarter.

So we continue to have a lot of activity that we have to execute and a lot of milestones that we have to deliver upon. As the COVID-19 issues mitigate, which we all hope will occur in the second quarter, we would expect that to be the trough and a more resilient second half of the year. And keep in mind, whatever the ultimate results for 2020 may be, they will include the clear challenges and disruptions of vivid and a very swift shift in the market demand.

It in no way reflects a normalized operating environment for our Company and will not be indicative of what we may be able to deliver in 2021. So again, I think it has to be looked in the context of this very unique environment, not as an indication or a rebase lining of what we're able to deliver as a Company.

Angie Sedita -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Thanks, Doug. Fair enough. Thank you, I'll turn it over.


And our next question comes from the line of Mick Pickup from Barclays. Your line is open.

Mick Pickup -- Barclays -- Analyst

Good afternoon, everyone. Couple of questions if I may, bit of a follow-on, first from Angie. On the slippage of projects, I can understand onshore you slowed down engineering and you slowed down procurement and your crews and your staff onsite to reduced numbers. But in the offshore, you have vessels that are involved these days. I'm just wondering if the slippage of projects into '21 given that you already have a pretty healthy '21 already lined up is starting to cause issues and whether there will be availability issues middle of next summer, if this year's workload starts moved on top of next year's workload.

Douglas J. Pferdehirt -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yes, thank you, Mick. Indeed, the offshore installation activity in Subsea was ramping up in second half of 2021 and ultimately to '22. That being said, we are working very closely with our customers aligning schedules. I'm still fluid. As Maryann pointed out, and I want to reemphasize, our clients have not made their decisions yet. We're working very closely with them in a very collaborative way and they are only -- they are now working on, and reworking their project schedules.

And in some cases, we don't expect to have that final deliverable from our clients, which is, if you will, be input for our plans until the middle of this upcoming months if not the end of May, is the schedule that they are on and the decisions that are being made by our clients. That being said, from what we can see at this point, and we have a fair amount of visibility in terms of the vessel requirements, we're confident Mick that we'll be able to deliver upon those needs. Although, yes, it will create a bit of a stacking effect, but we think it's manageable at this time.

Mick Pickup -- Barclays -- Analyst

Okay, thank you. And a follow from that is, can you just talk about the conversations you're having with clients. Clearly you'll have some solutions, which would unlock the Subsea going forward. Can you just talk about the early conversations you have and whether they're coming to you and talking about things you haven't previously talked about, what sort of changes. They are making?

Douglas J. Pferdehirt -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. So obviously, all of the conversations that I am having with clients right now are under the strictest confidentiality because they're making very serious decisions about their plans and the scheduling of their projects and that has impact on their partners, and it has impacts on local governments and other key stakeholders. So, I'll just speak at a very, very high level and I have to be a bit opaque here.

The good news is we're having those conversations across our Company. That's the benefit of having these deep intimate client relationships that we have built up over many, many years. We're in a very unique position. They are telling us. They are speaking to us. They are not talking to others. They consider us to be a trusted partner. They are trying to work with us to mitigate the impact of our Company. There will be an impact on our Company, but to mitigate the impact in our Company versus some others.

Our customers are becoming very aware that not everyone will make it through this cycle, Mick. So they are reaching out and trying to ensure that they are shifting their spend and shoring up if you will, who they believe will be the winners. I don't want to say survivors. It's more than surviving, who will be the winners when we get through this period. There could be up to a 50% reduction in available capacity in the marketplace both in terms of people and assets -- in terms of companies and assets, excuse me, when this is all said in done.

I would say that's the biggest realization this cycle. It's not just about squeezing and hammering and trying to enforce changes of commercial terms. There is a real serious discussion at least going on with our Company, I can only speak for our Company and I believe at least for what our clients are saying it is somewhat unique to the discussions they're having with us versus others. It's really about ensuring that we're going to be there and we're going to be strong for them when this is all said and done.

Mick Pickup -- Barclays -- Analyst

Okay, thank you very much and stay safe.


Our next question comes from the line of Kurt Hallead from RBC. Your line is open.

Kurt Hallead -- RBC Capital Markets -- Analyst

Doug and Maryann and Catherine, hope everybody is healthy on your fronts.

Douglas J. Pferdehirt -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you. Likewise, same to you.

Maryann Mannen -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you.

Kurt Hallead -- RBC Capital Markets -- Analyst

Thanks. So Doug as you did mention, your company is in a very unique position with $22 billion total backlog and obviously for anybody, the key here is a look beyond 2020. So I'm hoping you could provide some insights as to kind of the margin and backlog for Subsea and Energies? And what can be done, above and beyond, what you've already discussed this morning to protect or maximize those margins, any insights on that would be would be fantastic?

Douglas J. Pferdehirt -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. So I'll start with Subsea and then I'm going to pass it over to Catherine to talk about Technip Energies. Look, Kurt, an important question. It's -- we've emphasized a couple of times in the script and again verbally here and I wondered just do it one last time. We have not had cancellations [Phonetic] from our backlog. We are talking to our customers about deferrals which is us all working and sharing and trying to reach the same objective, which is preservation of cash etc.

But they're working with us, again, in an open and collaborative way, which is allowing us to mitigate some of the impact that it would have on our Company. And in some cases, more than some, in several cases where they're actually shifting work to us from others for reasons that I mentioned earlier, when I was talking to Mick. So we consider ourselves to be privileged and humbled and we'll continue to do everything we can to help and support our customers. So it hasn't affected the margin in the backlog, if you will, which is, to get into your question, and that margin has been -- has been improving.

We went through the period where the margin and backlog was declining as we are working through some higher margin backlog from the past. It was replaced with some less favorable backlog and it's now being more influenced by iEPCI including almost 50% of the record inbound last year of $8 billion for Subsea where almost $4 billion of that came from iEPCI and that's good, high quality gross margin.

So yes, the gross margin and backlog is something that's very important to us. Now it comes down to execution. The challenge we'll have this quarter is the ability to execute, and I think that was the comment I was making to Angie, and I think it's really important, you can't look at the company in the lens of today and say, "This is their ability to execute."

We are extremely, extremely restrained in our ability to execute from the delivery of materials to the transportation of finished products to restrictions on our ability to be able to work in certain geographies to the -- what we think is aggressive and in the highest standard of the managing of the health and well-being of our employees, including the examples I gave -- the offshore vessel example that I gave earlier where we're going to put the health and well-being of our people first and foremost; always have and always will and we're demonstrating that today in these most challenging times.

But you have to set that aside then, Kurt, and you have to look forward and you have to say this Company still has $22 billion of backlog total. It still has $8 billion in Subsea. That backlog will still be executed. It was under good terms and conditions and our ability to execute, I think we've demonstrated repeatedly the high quality ability to be able to execute.

So therefore, when you look past is COVID scenario and it doesn't end when the COVID viruses is addressed. It obviously will have some lingering effects. But it doesn't -- it should not be a reflection or rebase lining of our ability and what we'll be able to deliver in 2021 and beyond. And I thank you for the question. Catherine?

Catherine MacGregor -- President Onshore/Offshore

Yeah, thank you. Thanks for the question Kurt and everybody. So I think very much along the lines of what Doug was saying, on the Technip Energy we have first very, very strong backlog. We have $13.8 billion. And if you look at what that means in terms of calendar revision that gives us a very nice perspectives, since 65% of that's roughly, would be delivered in '21 and beyond.

Now, if I look at the underlying margins of this backlog, it's very similar because it's the result of our well-advertised selective approach to prospects that we've adopted now for quite a while. The backlog is about 60% of LNG and the rest in downstream. And in the downstream portfolio, we typically engaged in prospects where we have either direct customer engagement, a technology, early on engagement, prior experience, incumbency and also, and it's a combination of all of that, which helps us protect our margin and, more importantly, the T&C's under which we will deliver the project, which as you know, in the EPC word, the T&C's are quite difficult.

So really, when I look at our backlog. I'm really comfortable. Obviously, you will always have to normalize for the Yamal winding down, but I think the rest of the project is indeed very healthy and it is underpinned by our ability to execute, which again, is something we always put forward.

Technip Energies, we like remind the market that we have been able to execute projects and it is a conditions needed [Phonetic] to protect margins, and almost more importantly than the absolute number is the consistency of these margins over time. And at this stage. I'm very, very comfortable on where we stand and I'll turn it back to you.

Kurt Hallead -- RBC Capital Markets -- Analyst

Great. I really appreciate the color and insights from both. Thanks, appreciate it. That's it for me.


And our last question today will come from the line of James Evans from Exane BNP Paribas. Your line is open.

James Evans -- Exane BNP Paribas -- Analyst

Hi, good afternoon and thank you for taking my one question. Doug, I wanted to ask about the Subsea order outlook. You said it could be down as much as 50%. Frankly feels a little bit bullish to me, given the fact that customers seems to have bought everything to a halt. But I know you spent the lot of time with them. So maybe if you could give us a little bit more detail, around geographically or by theme just where you may be do see some additional commitments being made by the customer base through the back nine months of this year. Thank you.

Douglas J. Pferdehirt -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, James. You know, clearly we're sharing our view with you of the information that we have available to us at this time. As stated earlier, our customers are still working through their plans and final decisions have not been made with internally, nor have they been shared with our Company, but we have had a series of decisions or discussions.

Those discussions have led to the information that we provided was based upon those, let's say, real time discussions that we're having. Clearly, if you look at the opportunity outlook map that we shared with you, the large greenfield projects, all but maybe one or two are likely to be shifted maybe even outside of the 24 month timeframe. There are a few mid-sized greenfield projects that we expect to continue to move forward.

Again, they may have a deferral from the original timeframe, which we anticipated in 2020 to 2021. But for a variety of different reasons, which are obviously first and foremost, economic, but there's also other things that our clients consider in terms of lease rights, in terms of other stakeholders, including local governments, etc. and in some cases and we're seeing more of it not less of it, incentives to actually move projects forward.

So, when we look at -- when we look at South America, when we look at the North Sea, when we look at brownfield opportunities globally, is what allows us to be able to give you the confidence that we have, at this time, again based on the information that's available to us, which is not complete. I'm sharing with you as openly and transparently as possible at this time versus just saying we're pulling guidance or no guidance. We're going a bit above and beyond and I understand the risk associated with that, James.

But that's the spirit of how we've always operated and we will continue to operate. So that's our view at this time. That's kind of where we see the activity and -- both in terms of geographically as well as in terms of the type of projects, bearing in mind when you put together the combination of now Subsea Studio with the integrated execution model iEPCI with Subsea 2.0 Technology, you can achieve some pretty significant project economics both in terms of the acceleration of time and reduction in capital, while at the same time, the portion of the subsea development that we don't directly influence, i.e. the drilling, those costs are likely to be even -- reduced even further than where they are today, making the Subsea project economics even more attractive.

James Evans -- Exane BNP Paribas -- Analyst

Okay, understood. Thank you for the response. I'll turn over.

Douglas J. Pferdehirt -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, James.


I would now like to turn the call back over to Matthew Seinsheimer for closing remarks.

Matthew Seinsheimer -- Vice President, Investor Relations

Thank you. This concludes our first quarter conference call. A replay of our call will be available on our website beginning at approximately 8:00 p.m. British Summer Time today. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Investor Relations team. Thank you for joining us. Lisa, you may now end the call.


[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 67 minutes

Call participants:

Matthew Seinsheimer -- Vice President, Investor Relations

Douglas J. Pferdehirt -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Maryann Mannen -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Catherine MacGregor -- President Onshore/Offshore

Sean Meakim -- J.P.Morgan -- Analyst

Michael Alsford -- Citigroup -- Analyst

Angie Sedita -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Mick Pickup -- Barclays -- Analyst

Kurt Hallead -- RBC Capital Markets -- Analyst

James Evans -- Exane BNP Paribas -- Analyst

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