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ION reports first quarter 2017 results
First Quarter Highlights:
- Revenues of $32.6 million, a 44% increase over first quarter 2016
- Net loss of $23.3 million, or $(1.98) per share, or an adjusted net loss of $18.3 million, or $(1.55) per share, compared to a net loss of $35.0 million, or $(3.30) per share in first quarter 2016
- Break-even Adjusted EBITDA compared to $(17.2) million in first quarter 2016
- Positive net cash flows from operations of $2.0 million in first quarter 2017
- Accrual of $5.0 million established as patent litigation with WesternGeco is nearing completion

HOUSTON, May 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ION Geophysical Corporation (NYSE: IO) today reported a first quarter 2017 net loss of $23.3 million, or $(1.98) per share, on revenues of $32.6 million, compared to a net loss of $35.0 million, or $(3.30) per share, on revenues of $22.7 million in first quarter 2016.  Adjusted net loss in the first quarter 2017 was $18.3 million, or $(1.55) per share, after excluding the special item resulting from a $5.0 million loss contingency related to the Company's patent litigation with WesternGeco.

The Company reported a break-even Adjusted EBITDA for first quarter 2017, compared to $(17.2) million in the same period last year.  A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to the closest comparable GAAP numbers can be found in the financial tables of this press release. 

Net cash flows from operations were $2.0 million during the first quarter 2017, compared to $2.5 million in first quarter 2016.  Total net cash flows including investing and financing activities were $(3.0) million, compared to $(8.3) million in first quarter 2016.

Brian Hanson, ION's President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "As indicated in our year-end earnings call, our first quarter revenues were up compared to one year ago, driven in part by our 3D multi-client Campeche reimaging program.  We continue to receive very positive feedback on the unprecedented turnaround time and significant imaging improvements we have made in both subsalt and above-salt imaging.  We are seeing a significant increase in the sales pipeline for this program, as customers are looking to evaluate the data to help them make informed decisions in advance of the upcoming bid rounds scheduled later this year.  We also experienced a significant increase in data library sales primarily associated with our offshore South America and our onshore North America data libraries.

"Regarding our patent litigation with WesternGeco, the District Court recently indicated in a ruling from the bench that we will be ordered to pay WesternGeco an additional $5 million, when a final order is issued by the District Court.  This amount is in addition to the $20.8 million award previously paid by ION in November of last year.

"We continue to believe that the E&P industry reached the bottom of this cycle during 2016 as we are now seeing leading indicators of recovery.  Ocean Bottom Seismic (OBS) tender activity continues to pick up and there is renewed customer interest in underwriting new venture programs for the first time in two years.  We recently sanctioned three programs, which met our conservative underwriting standards, to kick off in the next 90 days.  We continue to believe 2017 will deliver a modest improvement over 2016 as the market recovers.  We also believe we have positioned ourselves to take full advantage of what should be a more robust 2018."

The Company's cash balance, excluding borrowings under the revolving credit facility at March 31, 2017, was $39.6 million.  The Company had outstanding borrowings of $10.0 million and $9.5 million remained available under its maximum $40.0 million revolving credit facility at March 31, 2017.  The current available amount has been reduced due to a decline in eligible receivables that collateralize the facility.

FIRST QUARTER 2017

The Company's segment revenues for the first quarter were as follows (in thousands):



Three Months Ended March 31,





2017


2016


% Change

E&P Technology & Services


$

23,310



$

13,018



79

%

E&P Operations Optimization


9,246



9,647



(4)

%

Ocean Bottom Seismic Services







Total


$

32,556



$

22,665



44

%

Within the E&P Technology & Services segment, data library revenues were $10.6 million, a 148% increase from first quarter 2016; new venture revenues were $6.9 million, a 110% increase; and Imaging Services revenues were $5.8 million, a 6% increase.  The increase in new venture revenues was the result of the Company's 3D multi-client Campeche reimaging program and the increase in data library sales was primarily related to the Company's offshore South America and onshore North America data libraries.  

Within the E&P Operations Optimization segment, Devices revenues were $5.0 million, a 7% decrease from first quarter 2016.  Devices continues to be impacted by reduced seismic contractor activity.  Optimization Software & Services revenues were $4.3 million, flat compared to the revenues from first quarter 2016.

The OBS Services segment contributed no revenues during the first quarter 2017 as its crew and vessels have been idle since completion of a survey offshore Nigeria in the third quarter 2016.  The crew and vessels have remained cold-stacked, significantly reducing costs, while OceanGeo actively pursues tenders for long-term work in 2017.

Consolidated gross margin was 19%, compared to (39)% in first quarter 2016.  Gross margin in E&P Technology & Services increased to 17%, up from (75)% one year ago.  This increase was the result of the increase in revenues associated with the Company's higher margin Campeche reimaging program and increase in data libraries sales.  E&P Operations Optimization gross margin increased to 52% during the first quarter 2017, up from 49% in first quarter 2016.

Consolidated operating expenses were $20.0 million, down 6% from $21.2 million in first quarter 2016.  Operating margin was (43)%, compared to (133)% in first quarter 2016.  The improvement in operating margin was the result of a higher margin revenue mix, together with the impact of the $95 million annualized cost reduction initiatives enacted during 2014 - 2016.

CONFERENCE CALL

The Company has scheduled a conference call for Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time that will include a slide presentation to be posted in the Investor Relations section of the ION website by 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time.  To participate in the conference call, dial (877) 407-0672 at least 10 minutes before the call begins and ask for the ION conference call.  A replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the live broadcast ends and will be accessible until May 18, 2017.  To access the replay, dial (877) 660-6853 and use pass code 13660144#.

Investors, analysts and the general public will also have the opportunity to listen to the conference call live over the Internet by visiting www.iongeo.com.  An archive of the webcast will be available shortly after the call on the Company's website.

About ION

ION is a leading provider of technology-driven solutions to the global oil & gas industry.  ION's offerings are designed to help companies reduce risk and optimize assets throughout the E&P lifecycle. For more information, visit www.iongeo.com.

Contact
Steve Bate
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
+1.281.552.3011

The information included herein contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  These forward-looking statements may include future sales, earnings and market growth, timing of sales, future liquidity and cash levels, future estimated revenues and earnings, sales expected to result from backlog, benefits expected to result from OceanGeo, expected outcome of litigation and other statements that are not of historical fact.  Actual results may vary materially from those described in these forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements reflect numerous assumptions and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include risks associated with pending and future litigation, including the risk that any additional damages or adverse rulings in the WesternGeco litigation could have a material adverse effect on the Company's financial results and liquidity; the timing and development of the Company's products and services and market acceptance of the Company's new and revised product offerings; the performance of OceanGeo; the Company's level and terms of indebtedness; competitors' product offerings and pricing pressures resulting therefrom; the relatively small number of customers that the Company currently relies upon; the fact that a significant portion of the Company's revenues is derived from foreign sales; that sources of capital may not prove adequate; the Company's inability to produce products to preserve and increase market share; collection of receivables; and technological and marketplace changes affecting the Company's product lines.  Additional risk factors, which could affect actual results, are disclosed by the Company from time to time in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K filed during 2017.

Tables to follow

ION GEOPHYSICAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended March 31,



2017


2016


Service revenues

$

23,828



$

13,156



Product revenues

8,728



9,509



Total net revenues

32,556



22,665



Cost of services

22,299



25,837



Cost of products

4,156



5,758



Gross profit (loss)

6,101



(8,930)



Operating expenses:





Research, development and engineering

3,495



5,609



Marketing and sales

4,486



4,010



General, administrative and other operating expenses

12,032



11,580



Total operating expenses

20,013



21,199



Loss from operations

(13,912)



(30,129)



Interest expense, net

(4,464)



(4,734)



Other income (expense), net

(5,068)



120



Loss before income taxes

(23,444)



(34,743)



Income tax expense (benefit)

(418)



293



Net loss

(23,026)



(35,036)



Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

(316)



22



Net loss attributable to ION

$

(23,342)



$

(35,014)



Net loss per share:





Basic

$

(1.98)



$

(3.30)



Diluted

$

(1.98)



$

(3.30)



Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:





Basic

11,818



10,600



Diluted

11,818



10,600



 

ION GEOPHYSICAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)


ASSETS

March 31,
2017


December 31,
2016

Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

49,640



$

52,652


Accounts receivable, net

16,173



20,770


Unbilled receivables

17,423



13,415


Inventories

15,220



15,241


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

7,262



9,559


Total current assets

105,718



111,637


Property, plant, equipment and seismic rental equipment, net

63,173



67,488


Multi-client data library, net

101,493



105,935


Goodwill

22,542



22,208


Intangible assets, net

2,745



3,103


Other assets

2,457



2,845


Total assets

$

298,128



$

313,216


LIABILITIES AND EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Current maturities of long-term debt

$

12,966



$

14,581


Accounts payable

26,662



26,889


Accrued expenses

29,878



26,240


Accrued multi-client data library royalties

23,613



23,663


Deferred revenue

10,834



3,709


Total current liabilities

103,953



95,082


Long-term debt, net of current maturities

144,373



144,209


Other long-term liabilities

18,026



20,527


Total liabilities

266,352



259,818


Equity:




Common stock

119



118


Additional paid-in capital

900,056



899,198


Accumulated deficit

(848,021)



(824,679)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(21,231)



(21,748)


Total stockholders' equity

30,923



52,889


Noncontrolling interest

853



509


Total equity

31,776



53,398


Total liabilities and equity

$

298,128



$

313,216


 

ION GEOPHYSICAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended
March 31,



2017


2016

Cash flows from operating activities:





Net loss


$

(23,026)



$

(35,036)


Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash provided by operating activities:





Depreciation and amortization (other than multi-client data library)


4,677



5,672


Amortization of multi-client data library


9,258



7,139


Stock-based compensation expense


634



743


Accrual for loss contingency related to legal proceedings


5,000




Deferred income taxes


(1,909)



54


Change in operating assets and liabilities:





Accounts receivable


4,756



29,211


Unbilled receivables


(5,348)



2,212


Inventories


(274)



350


Accounts payable, accrued expenses and accrued royalties


(2,488)



(10,558)


Deferred revenue


7,193



(527)


Other assets and liabilities


3,510



3,219


Net cash provided by operating activities


1,983



2,479


Cash flows from investing activities:





Cash invested in multi-client data library


(3,363)



(6,327)


Purchase of property, plant, equipment and seismic rental assets


(49)



(266)


Net cash used in investing activities


(3,412)



(6,593)


Cash flows from financing activities:





Repurchase of common stock




(964)


Payments on notes payable and long-term debt


(1,706)



(2,212)


Costs associated with issuance of debt




(1,315)


Costs associated with issuance of equity


(123)




Other financing activities


(163)



13


Net cash used in financing activities


(1,992)



(4,478)


Effect of change in foreign currency exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents


409



329


Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents


(3,012)



(8,263)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


52,652



84,933


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$

49,640



$

76,670


 

 

ION GEOPHYSICAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUMMARY OF SEGMENT INFORMATION

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 



Three Months Ended March 31,


2017


2016

Net revenues:




E&P Technology & Services:




New Venture

$

6,949



$

3,306


Data Library

10,606



4,272


Total multi-client revenues

17,555



7,578


Imaging Services

5,755



5,440


Total

23,310



13,018


E&P Operations Optimization:




Devices

4,990



5,359


Optimization Software & Services

4,256



4,288


Total

9,246



9,647


Ocean Bottom Seismic Services




Total

$

32,556



$

22,665


Gross profit (loss):




E&P Technology & Services

$

4,010



$

(9,773)


E&P Operations Optimization

4,787



4,719


Ocean Bottom Seismic Services

(2,696)



(3,876)


Total

$

6,101



$

(8,930)


Gross margin:




E&P Technology & Services

17

%


(75)

%

E&P Operations Optimization

52

%


49

%

Ocean Bottom Seismic Services

%


%

Total

19

%


(39)

%

Income (loss) from operations:




E&P Technology & Services

$

(1,096)



$

(14,714)


E&P Operations Optimization

1,549



1,601


Ocean Bottom Seismic Services

(4,008)



(7,631)


Support and other

(10,357)



(9,385)


Loss from operations

(13,912)



(30,129)


Interest expense, net

(4,464)



(4,734)


Other income (expense), net

(5,068)


(1)

120


Loss before income taxes

$

(23,444)



$

(34,743)




(1) 

 Includes a $5 million loss contingency related to the Company's patent litigation with WesternGeco.

ION GEOPHYSICAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Loss
(Non-GAAP Measure)
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

The term Adjusted EBITDA represents net loss before interest expense, interest income, income taxes, depreciation and amortization charges, and other non-cash charges including an accrual for loss contingency related to legal proceedings.  Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles and should not be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for net income (loss) or cash flow measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles or as a measure of profitability or liquidity. Additionally, Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. The Company has included Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental disclosure because its management believes that Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information regarding our liquidity, ability to service debt and to fund capital expenditures and provides investors a helpful measure for comparing its operating performance with the performance of other companies that have different financing and capital structures or tax rates.


Three Months Ended March 31,



2017


2016


Net loss

$

(23,026)



$

(35,036)



Interest expense, net

4,464



4,734



Income tax expense (benefit)

(418)



293



Depreciation and amortization expense

13,935



12,811



Accrual for loss contingency related to legal proceedings

5,000





Adjusted EBITDA

$

(45)



$

(17,198)



 

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SOURCE ION Geophysical Corporation