National Oilwell Varco designs, manufactures and sells equipment and components used in oil and gas drilling, completion and production operations, and the provision of oilfield services to the upstream oil and gas industry.
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A company creates wealth for its long-term shareholders in 2 main ways - through dividend payments and through the accumulation of retained earnings. This graph shows the accumulation of per-share equity of long-term shareholders (green bars), which consists of the retained earnings plus all capital invested in the company, and the cumulative dividends the company has paid over time per share of its stock (blue bars).
In the words of Warren Buffett: "We're looking for... businesses earning good returns on equity while employing little or no debt."
Return on equity is a key metric of financial performance, indicating a company's ability to generate earnings using shareholder capital. Over time, ROE is one of the major determinants of the rate at which a company creates shareholder wealth. The average ROE for large U.S. companies is 12%, and many investors use it as a threshold for attractive investments.
Companies can boost ROE by increasing leverage, which reduces the safety of the investment. Therefore, it is useful to look at the return on assets (ROA), which measures a company's earning power regardless of its capital structure. A widening gap between ROE and ROA may be a warning sign that should be thoroughly investigated.
Earnings per share is a popular metric used to value a company (using P/E ratio); growth in EPS is often used to judge company growth potential. However, many investors believe that EPS is an inferior metric to ROE, because it ignores the amount of capital the company used to generate earnings.
Free cash flow shows how much cash a company generates from operations, above and beyond what is required to maintain or expand its productive assets. This cash can be returned to investors, or spent by management on growing the company or paying back its debts.
Balance sheets of many companies contain intangible assets such as goodwill, trademarks, patents, etc. Many investors consider intangibles more difficult to value than physical assets. If intangible assets had been valued incorrectly, they must be impaired, resulting in a loss charged against shareholder equity. This chart demonstrates the potential loss to shareholder equity from such impairments.
Companies often use debt financing to increase their return on equity. However, as the amount of debt financing increases relative to the amount of equity financing, the company becomes more sensitive to down turns and other negative events. As a result, many investors use the ratio of debt to equity as a measure of a company's financial risk, and avoid companies that have this ratio above 1.
This chart shows shareholder equity as a percentage of total assets, allowing investors to judge the overall leverage. Companies with a higher proportion of equity can be viewed as safer investments. This metric is particularly important for highly leveraged institutions, such as banks, where it must be at least 4% according to government regulations.
The ratio of current assets to current liabilities is known as the current ratio. This metric is a quick measure of the company's ability to pay its short-term obligations. A current ratio below 1 is a warning sign that should be investigated, especially for companies that cannot count on adequate cash flow from operations.
This chart shows the cumulative dilution of investor ownership in a company over time. Dilution reduces an investor's participation in the future earnings. Dilution increases when a company issues new shares, and decreases when a company buys its shares back. Many investors avoid companies with large chronic dilution.
analysis provides insight into factors affecting the Return On Equity of a company.
The DuPont equation decomposes ROE as follows:
ROE = (Net margin) * (Asset turnover) * (Asset to equity ratio)
Net margin indicates operating efficiency, Asset turnover measures the total asset use efficiency, and the Asset to equity ratio is a measure of financial leverage.
The dividend payout ratio tells investors what percentage of earnings a company returns to shareholders, and what percentage it retains and reinvests. This ratio represents a major capital allocation decision by the company, and can be used to judge management rationality. Rational management should pay out all earnings that cannot be productively reinvested. Therefore, a low dividend payout ratio for a profitable company with a low growth potential may be a warning sign.
Many investors use the P/B ratio as a quick way of judging company valuation. Value investors - followers of Graham and Dodd - specifically seek out companies with low P/B ratios. However, investors should be careful not to make investment decisions on this metric alone, without considering a company's earning and growth potential, since a low P/B ratio can be a sign of a bleak future for the business.
P/E ratio is a popular way of making a quick judgment of a company valuation. Value investors - followers of Graham and Dodd - often seek solid companies with low P/E ratios as investment opportunities. However, P/E ratio represents an oversimplified approach to business valuation, and can often lead to incorrect investment decisions.
Effective September 25, 1997, National-Oilwell completed a combination ("Combination") with Dreco Energy Services Ltd. ("Dreco"). As a result of the Combination, each Dreco Class "A" common share ("Dreco Common Share") outstanding was converted into a Dreco Exchangeable Share at an exchange ratio of .9159 of an Exchangeable Share for each Dreco Common Share outstanding at September 25, 1997 and, accordingly, approximately 7.2 million Exchangeable Shares were issued. Each Exchangeable Share is intended to have substantially identical economic and legal rights as, and will ultimately be exchanged on a one-for-one basis for, a share of National-Oilwell common stock.
On February 4, 2000, stockholders of Hitec ASA, a leading supplier of highly advanced systems and solutions, including leading-edge automation and remote control technologies, for the oil and gas industry, approved a merger with National Oilwell. Approximately 7.9 million shares of common stock and NOK 148.7 million (approximately $19 million) were issued in exchange for 98.7% of the outstanding shares of Hitec. Each Hitec share was exchanged for .2125904 of a National Oilwell share plus NOK 3.95152. Concurrently with the combination, the non-drilling related assets of Hitec were sold for NOK 148.7 million. National Oilwell will account for this transaction as a purchase for financial reporting purposes with goodwill related to this transaction approximating $150 million.
On March 15, 2000, National Oilwell signed a definitive merger agreement with IRI International Corporation (NYSE: IIR) whereby National Oilwell would issue approximately 13,500,000 shares of common stock in exchange for all of the outstanding common stock of IRI. The transaction is subject to stockholder approval of both companies and regulatory approval. The transaction would be accounted for as a pooling of interests.
Pursuant to our Amended and Restated Agreement and Plan of Merger with Varco International, Inc. ("Varco"), a Delaware corporation, effective as of August 11, 2004 (the "Agreement Date"), we issued 0.8363 shares of National Oilwell common stock for each Varco common share on March 11, 2005 (the "Merger"). We have included the financial results of Varco in our consolidated financial statements beginning March 11, 2005 (the "Merger Date"), the date Varco common shares were exchanged for National Oilwell common shares. We believe our merger with Varco will better position us to compete more effectively in the global marketplace and provide greater scale to increase service to our customers, increase our investment in research and development to accelerate innovation, and increase stockholder value. The Merger has been accounted for as a purchase business combination. Assets acquired and liabilities assumed were recorded at their fair values as of March 11, 2005. The total preliminary purchase price is $2,539.9 million, including the fair value of Varco stock options assumed and estimated acquisition related transaction costs...
Pursuant to our Amended and Restated Agreement and Plan of Merger with Varco International, Inc., effective as of August 11, 2004, we issued 0.8363 shares of National Oilwell common stock for each Varco common share on March 11, 2005. We have included the financial results of Varco in our consolidated financial statements beginning March 11, 2005, the date Varco common shares were exchanged for National Oilwell common shares. The Merger has been accounted for as a purchase business combination. The total preliminary purchase price is $2,539.9 million.
On April 21, 2008, the Company completed its previously announced acquisition of Grant Prideco, Inc., for a combination of approximately 56.8 million shares of National Oilwell Varco, Inc. common stock and $2.9 billion in cash. Total purchase price approximated $7.2 billion. In connection with the transaction, the Company also issued $150.8 million of 6 1/8% Senior Notes due 2015 in exchange for outstanding Grant Prideco notes assumed in the acquisition. To finance the cash portion of the Grant Prideco acquisition, the Company expanded its revolving line of credit to $3.0 billion, on which it borrowed approximately $2.0 billion at closing.
On February 20, 2013, the Company completed its previously announced acquisition of all of the shares of Robbins & Myers, Inc. (R&M), a U.S.-based designer and manufacturer of products and systems for the offshore oil and gas industry. Under the merger agreement for this transaction, R&M shareholders received $60.00 in cash for each common share for an aggregate purchase price of $2,375 million, net of cash acquired. The Company has included the financial results of R&M in its consolidated financial statements as of the date of acquisition with components of the R&M operations included in the Companys Rig Technology, Petroleum Services & Supplies and Distribution & Transmission segments. The Company believes the acquisition of R&M will advance its strategic goal of providing a broader selection of products and services to its customers.
The Company established a share repurchase program to purchase up to $3 billion of the Company's outstanding common stock. The Company may repurchase its shares on the open market at prevailing market prices. The timing and actual number of shares repurchased will depend on a variety of factors including market conditions and regulatory considerations. The duration of the share repurchase program is 36 months, although it may be increased, extended, suspended or discontinued without prior notice. The Company intends to fund the repurchases using its available U.S. cash balances, which may involve the repatriation of foreign earnings not indefinitely reinvested. However, depending on U.S. cash balances, the Company may choose to borrow against its revolving credit facility or its commercial paper program or issue new debt to finance the repurchases. As shares are repurchased, they are constructively retired and returned to an unissued state. During the three months ended March 31, 2015, the Company repurchased 24.5 million shares under the program for an average price of $54.35 per share an aggregate amount of $1,330 million.