Chief executive Dave Lesar said Halliburton “continues to be optimistic” about the second half of the year as a whole and to “continue growing our North America margins, and continued revenue and margin expansion in our international business”.
The quarterly bottom line compares to $739 million this time last year and $624 million in the first quarter, when a $637 million charge for Macondo settlements meant a net loss of $18 million.
The fall came despite a record revenue tally of $7.3 billion for the American contractor.
The company said the past three months had seen a Canadian seasonal spring lull, disappointing revenues in Latin America and a relatively flat US land rig count.
*Bill Lehane, Upstreamonline