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|Item 7.01|| |
Regulation FD Disclosure.
On November 3, 2022, Stephane Biguet, chief financial officer of Schlumberger Limited (“SLB” or the “Company”), addressed the Company’s 2022 Investors Conference, in person in New York, New York, and simultaneously via virtual webcast, where he discussed, among other things, SLB’s capital allocation plans. Mr. Biguet’s discussion included announcements of the Company’s intent to:
increase SLB’s quarterly cash dividend by 43% to $0.25 per share of outstanding common stock, beginning with the dividend payment in April 2023, as and when declared by SLB’s board of directors (the “Board”); and
resume repurchases under SLB’s existing share repurchase program, commencing in the first quarter of 2023.
The Board plans to formally declare future dividends each quarter, in line with this announcement.
On October 20, 2022, the Board approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.175 per share of outstanding common stock, payable on January 12, 2023, to stockholders of record on December 7, 2022. Today’s announcement does not affect this previously declared dividend.
In accordance with General Instructions B.2. of Form 8-K, the information in this Item 7.01 will not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, nor will it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This Form 8-K contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws, which include any statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements address matters that are, to varying degrees, uncertain, such as statements about SLB’s capital allocation plans, including planned dividend increases, planned share repurchases, and the timing and payment of dividends that have not been declared by the Board. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, declaration and approval by the Board, with respect to any undeclared dividends; changing global economic and geopolitical conditions; changes in exploration and production spending by our customers, and changes in the level of oil and natural gas exploration and development; the results of operations and financial condition of our customers and suppliers; the inability to achieve its financial and performance targets and other forecasts and expectations; the inability to achieve our net-zero carbon emissions goals or interim emissions reduction goals; general economic, geopolitical, and business conditions in key regions of the world; the ongoing conflict in Ukraine; foreign currency risk; inflation; changes in monetary policy by governments; pricing pressure; weather and seasonal factors; unfavorable effects of health pandemics; availability and cost of raw materials; operational modifications, delays, or cancellations; challenges in our supply chain; production declines; the extent of future charges; the inability to recognize efficiencies and other intended benefits from our business strategies and initiatives, such as digital or new energy; as well as our cost reduction strategies; changes in government regulations and regulatory requirements, including those related to offshore oil and gas exploration, radioactive sources, explosives, chemicals, and climate-related initiatives; the inability of technology to meet new challenges in exploration; the competitiveness of alternative energy sources or product substitutes; and other risks and uncertainties detailed in SLB’s most recent Forms 10-K, 10-Q, and 8-K filed with or furnished to the SEC. If one or more of these or other risks or uncertainties materialize (or the consequences of any such development changes), or should SLB’s underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results or outcomes may vary materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking and other statements in the presentations regarding SLB’s environmental, social and other sustainability plans and goals are not an indication that these statements are necessarily material to investors or required to be disclosed in SLB’s filings with the SEC. In addition, historical, current, and forward-looking environmental, social and sustainability-related statements may be based on standards for measuring progress that are still developing, internal controls and processes that continue to evolve, and assumptions that are subject to change in the future. The forward-looking statements speak only as of November 3, 2022, and SLB disclaims any intention or obligation to update publicly or revise such statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
/s/ Dianne B. Ralston
|Dianne B. Ralston|
|Chief Legal Officer and Secretary|
|Date: November 3, 2022|