Subscribe

Baker Hughes to lay off 7,000 workers amid low oil prices

Baker Hughes, a Houston-based oil services company, will lay off thousands of workers as the company plans for a downturn amid collapsing oil prices. 

  • close
    The Baker Hughes share price is seen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The oil services company is planning thousands of lay offs as oil prices plunge.
    Brendan McDermid/Reuters/File
    View Caption
  • About video ads
    View Caption
of

Oil services company Baker Hughes Inc. will lay off about 7,000 workers as it prepares for a downturn in orders because of the plunge in crude prices, the company said Tuesday.

The layoffs represent about an 11 percent cut to the 62,000-plus workers Baker Hughes says it employs worldwide.

The announcement came in a conference call after the Houston-based company exceeded analysts' estimates with a record $663 million in net income in the fourth quarter of 2014, more than double its earnings during the same period of the prior year. Leading the growth was the company's North American division, which posted revenue of $3.3 billion.

Recommended: Oil prices: 5 reasons they keep falling

However, the company expects a "sharp drop in product sales" because of the plummeting price of crude, chief financial officer Kimberly Ross said during Tuesday's call. Prices have fallen by nearly half in just six months, with major benchmarks trading below $50 a barrel.

Last week, Baker Hughes reported the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. tumbled by 74 to 1,676. With activity in the oil fields in decline, "we're approaching this year one quarter at a time," Ross said.

The world's largest oil services provider, Schlumberger Ltd., said last week it would reduce its workforce by 9,000 employees.

Oil services rival Halliburton had announced in November it would acquire Baker Hughes for $34.6 billion. It said Tuesday that its fourth-quarter net income rose to $901 million from $793 million a year earlier.

Houston-based Halliburton said last month that it would cut about 1,000 employees from its workforce in the Eastern hemisphere due to the tough market environment. A company spokeswoman said the cuts had nothing to do with the Baker Hughes acquisition.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome
 
 
Make a Difference
Inspired? Here are some ways to make a difference on this issue.
FREE Newsletters
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.
 

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK