Baker Hughes warns of broad inflation after missing estimates

Baker Hughes tanks Source: Tokoly Group

Baker Hughes Co. reported lower than expected first-quarter earnings and said the rest of the year will be impacted by “broad-based inflation and supply pressures,” exacerbated by “unfortunate geopolitical events.” 

The world’s second-biggest oil servicer reported earnings of 15 cents a share, excluding certain items, that missed analysts’ expectations, according to the statement. Shares fell 2.7 per cent in pre-market trading.

“Our first quarter results reflect operating in a very volatile market environment during the first few months of 2022,” chief executive officer Lorenzo Simonelli said Wednesday in a statement. “As we look ahead to the rest of 2022, we see a favorable oil and gas price backdrop but also a dynamic operating environment.”

Service companies, which do the fracking and drilling onshore and offshore, are staging a return to growth after a two year stretch that included cratering energy prices and the pandemic-driven slump in worldwide economic activity. While their clients have been raking in record free cash flow, the contractors who provide the manpower to find oil and drill the wells have lagged financially as they navigate supply chain snarls and attempt to pass on cost inflation in the form of higher service prices.

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