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David Kerr
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NOV Stomps on Estimates

October 25, 2013 | About:

As odd as it is to see an article pertaining to quarterly earnings on our site, I just couldn’t resist. National Oilwell Varco (NOV) has officially put up some pretty impressive numbers. On Oct. 25, 2013, the company reported that for the third quarter ending on Sept. 30, 2013, it earned a net income of $636 million ($1.49 per share). If we compare this to last quarter, which earned a net income of $531 million, we can see that in just one quarter NOV experienced almost a 20% increase in revenue. Even if we take away the $10 million in pre-tax transaction charges and the $102 million in pre-tax gains that are results from the settlement of an outstanding legal claim, net income has still increased almost 8%. Part of this is due to operating profit increasing 3% (to 15% of sales) for the quarter.

From a long term investor’s standpoint, that’s not the most impressive statistic that I took from the recent release. Most impressive to me is NOV’s constantly increasing backlog. As of Sept. 30, 2013, the company’s Rig Technology segment reached a record backlog level of $15.15 billion. This is a super impressive increase of 9% since the end of the second quarter of 2013, and a 30% increase from the same time last year (September 30, 2012). The company had $3.31 billion worth of new orders for the quarter, which represents over 21% of their backlog. This is mathematical proof of the strong demand for oilfield equipment.

Here’s what Pete Miller, chairman and CEO of National Oilwell Varco, had to say about the company’s most recent achievements:

“Outstanding execution enabled the Company to achieve solid results again this quarter. All three segments posted higher sequential revenues and margins, and collectively reduced the Company’s working capital requirements, which ultimately led to a quarterly record of $1 billion in cash flow from operations. We also added significant new bookings to our capital equipment backlog for the Rig Technology segment during the third quarter, as the industry’s demand for our suite of technologies remains strong.

We are excited about our recently announced plans to spin-off the Company’s distribution business from the remainder of the Company, creating two stand-alone, publicly traded corporations. We believe that the contemplated spin-off is very consistent with NOV’s strategy and commitment to continue to grow the Company and create significant shareholder value. As separate companies, the distribution business and the remainder of NOV will each be better positioned and have the enhanced operational flexibility to focus on their specific products, services and customers.”

Here is the recent quarterly comparison of consolidated statements of income.


The share price for NOV has increased 13% since my previous, and very brief, article about the company was written on Aug. 27, 2013. I believe that with the increasing demand for NOV’s services, as well as the impressive management, the company is poised for more. What are your thoughts? What do these impressive results mean to you?

End Notes

Disclosure: Currently long NOV.

Disclaimer: The opinions and ideas in this article are for informational and educational purposes only. They are not a recommendation to buy or sell any stock at any given time. As always, it is imperative for each individual investor to do their own due diligence and perform their own research on any and all stocks before making an investment decision.

About the author:

David Kerr
Previously licensed to sell securities, David now utilizes his knowledge and experience solely for the purpose of growing his own personal portfolio and educating those around him.

Rating: 3.9/5 (7 votes)


Praveen Chawla
Praveen Chawla premium member - 3 years ago
This is one of my favorite stocks. I really like the wide moat business. Buffet is buying as well.
David Kerr
David Kerr - 3 years ago    Report SPAM

I agree. The moat that NOV has is pretty amazing and allows them to dominate their field.

Parklanefamilyoffice - 3 years ago    Report SPAM
NOV is undoubtedly a great company, but let me ask you this:

What's your take on the sustainability of Rig Tech earnings at this level? How much can they realistically grow from here? This question is critical to the long term investor, I think.

The next few years may see very high order intake as we are in the midst of a major replacement cycle for offshore rigs, but order intake may ease off after that even with high oil prices remaining the case. This may (or may not) lead NOV to new highs in the short term, but the risk in the longer term will increase as well. It is not unthinkable that the stock will be priced as if rig tech earnings growth is sustainable in the long term at these levels (it is not) which would mean a major boost to the stock price in the near future and the risk of a major decline later bigger.

I haven't seen this aspect adequately covered by analysts, and I do not have a definitive answer. But working bottom up, trying to model the likely needed units, it seems to me that FV for NOV is probably not much above 95-100 USD even factoring in faster growth in after market services.

Hence, I don't see an adequate margin of safety much above 60 USD. Love the company, but it is not that cheap when you look at it from the point of view of sustainable earnings growth.

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