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Revenues up 16% to $129.7 million

HOUSTON, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — ION Geophysical Corporation (NYSE: IO) today reported first quarter 2013 revenues of $129.7 million, a 16% increase from revenues of $111.7 million in first quarter 2012.  First quarter 2013 net income was $1.5 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared to net income of $8.2 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, in first quarter 2012.  Adjusted EBITDA was $25.7 million compared to $36.7 million in first quarter 2012.

Brian Hanson, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Our first quarter results were impacted by several one-off items that collectively reduced our earnings significantly.  Nevertheless, our underlying growth trend and momentum continue and we remain confident in our full year outlook as we continue to build upon the momentum delivered in 2012.

“Our GeoVentures® division delivered a strong revenue quarter driven by new ventures revenues.  Our data library sales were impacted somewhat by delays in licensing rounds offshore Tanzania and Greenland, but we remain confident these sales will be realized later this year.  We continued a multi-quarter 3D marine program during the quarter, positioning us strategically in some key growth markets, which will result in great margins when complete.  While we recorded a bad debt reserve related to a bankruptcy filing of one of our underwriting clients in a land program, we expect the data from this program to remain extremely valuable to constituents that pick up these leases from our client. 

“Our data processing business remained strong as we continued to benefit from improvement in U.S. Gulf of Mexico activity and international diversification. We are opening a new processing center in Perth, Australia, further expanding our global footprint.  Additionally, we’re continuing to benefit from increased penetration of our WiBandTM broadband solution.

“Our Software segment achieved relatively flat revenues in the first quarter, which is typical for this business, with growth in sales of our Orca® software and on-board acquisition optimization services offset by a slight decline in sales of our traditionally more transactional seabed software.

“Our Systems segment revenues declined in the first quarter, driven by lower demand for positioning products due to a slowdown of new vessel builds as well as a decline in revenues in our land sensors business.

“We recorded a slight loss on our 30% share in the GeoRXT joint venture in the first quarter.  We expect to comment more specifically about the joint venture and our ongoing discussions to increase to a 50% share in the near future.  At that time, we can provide more granularity for the full year outlook and our plans to expand the operations beyond Brazil.”

FIRST QUARTER 2013

Total revenues for the first quarter of 2013 increased 16% to $129.7 million, compared to $111.7 million a year ago.  Solutions segment revenues increased 35% over the same period in 2012; Software segment revenues were relatively flat; Systems segment revenues declined by 13%.

Solutions segment revenues increased to $89.2 million in first quarter 2013, compared to $66.1 million a year ago, driven primarily by a 67% increase in new ventures activity and 16% growth in the data processing business, partially offset by an 8% decline in data library sales.

Software segment sales were $8.7 million compared to $8.9 million in first quarter 2012. Excluding foreign currency effects, Software segment revenues were relatively flat. 

Systems segment sales declined to $31.8 million from $36.7 million in first quarter 2012, principally due to lower marine positioning equipment and land sensors revenue, partially offset by modest growth in marine seabed revenues.

Consolidated gross margins were 27%, compared to 37% in first quarter 2012. The gross margin decrease was driven primarily by the mix of products sold within the Systems business, with a decline in higher margin positioning products, partially offset by growth in lower margin marine seabed and marine streamer products, combined with the land sensors revenue decline.  Additionally, the GeoVentures 3D program weather delays negatively impacted gross margins by nearly $6 million in first quarter 2013.

First quarter operating margins were 1%, compared to 10% in first quarter 2012.  The operating margin deterioration was caused by a combination of gross margin deterioration as explained above, as well as approximately $2.9 million in bad debt reserves, primarily due to the bankruptcy of a GeoVentures underwriting client as noted above.

The Company’s effective tax rate during the first quarter was 40%, compared to 29% in first quarter 2012.  During the first quarter, the Company recorded a one-time adjustment to tax that adversely impacted the effective tax rate.  Excluding the one-time adjustment, the Company’s effective tax rate for first quarter 2013 was 29%.

The Company’s equity investments include its 49% interest in INOVA Geophysical and its 30% interest in GeoRXT B.V.  The Company accounts for its 49% interest in INOVA Geophysical on a one fiscal quarter-lag basis.  As a result, the Company’s share of INOVA Geophysical’s fourth quarter 2012 financial results is included in the Company’s first quarter results.  INOVA Geophysical reported revenues of $59.6 million, compared to $59.0 million in fourth quarter 2011.  INOVA Geophysical reported earnings of $3.7 million for fourth quarter 2012, compared to earnings of $5.7 million in fourth quarter 2011.  The Company recognized earnings on its INOVA equity investment of approximately $1.9 million in its first quarter 2013, compared to earnings of $2.5 million for the prior year period.  Additionally, during the first quarter 2013, the Company recorded a loss on its GeoRXT equity investment of approximately $(0.7) million

The Company’s total cash and cash equivalents were $66.6 million as of March 31, 2013.  Additionally, the Company had $77.7 million of unused capacity under its $175 million credit facility as of March 31, 2013.

OUTLOOK

Greg Heinlein, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, commented, “We delivered solid revenue growth in the first quarter, but a combination of factors resulted in a disappointing bottom-line.  While each factor is something we deal with in our business every quarter, we were not able to overcome the combination of licensing delays impacting library sales, weather-related delays and associated costs in our 3D program, and a reserve for a customer bankruptcy.  Despite the weak first quarter, we remain enthusiastic and steadfast in our belief that 2013 will ultimately result in solid year-over-year growth, but we’ve clearly got additional work to do to improve margins and earnings through the remainder of the year.

INOVA generated solid revenues in their fourth quarter, driven by sales of G3iTM channels (cable-based recording channels), vibrators, and UniVibTM units (peak force small vibrators), as reflected in our first quarter equity income.  We expect to record an equity loss from INOVA in our second quarter due to softness in INOVA‘s first quarter revenues, but we expect INOVA to be modestly profitable for full year 2013.

“As we look ahead to the second quarter, we appear to be picking up momentum in our three business segments.  However, we expect to be adversely impacted by a slow first quarter at INOVA, and another modest loss in our seabed joint venture.  Should we decide to increase to a 50% ownership position in our seabed joint venture, our investment and global relationships should start to develop a larger, sustainable backlog to allow the venture to expand internationally throughout the remainder of 2013.  We view seabed technology as an important strategic growth driver for ION and believe there are many market opportunities associated with solving some of our customers’ toughest challenges using our seabed technology.”

CONFERENCE CALL

The Company has scheduled a conference call for Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 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 480-629-9644 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 15, 2013.  To access the replay, dial 303-590-3030 and use pass code 4614671#.

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 Geophysical Corporation is a leading provider of geophysical technology, services, and solutions for the global oil & gas industry. ION’s offerings are designed to allow E&P companies to obtain higher resolution images of the subsurface to reduce the risk of exploration and reservoir development, and to enable seismic contractors to acquire geophysical data safely and efficiently. Additional information about ION is available at www.iongeo.com

Contacts
Greg Heinlein
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
+1.281.552.3011

Jack Lascar 
Dennard-Lascar Associates 
+1.713.529.6600

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 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 the INOVA Geophysical and GeoRXT joint ventures and related transactions 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 litigation, including the lawsuit brought by WesternGeco; the timing and development of the Companys products and services and market acceptance of the Companys new and revised product offerings; the operation of the INOVA Geophysical and GeoRXT joint ventures; the Companys 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 Companys revenues is derived from foreign sales; that sources of capital may not prove adequate; the Companys inability to produce products to preserve and increase market share; collection of receivables; and technological and marketplace changes affecting the Companys 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, 2012 and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K filed during 2013.

 

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ION GEOPHYSICAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended March 31,

2013

2012

Service revenues

$

89,949

$

66,634

Product revenues

39,788

45,076

Total net revenues

129,737

111,710

Cost of services

69,273

47,406

Cost of products

25,507

23,148

Gross profit

34,957

41,156

Operating expenses:

Research, development and engineering

9,290

7,726

Marketing and sales

7,980

7,417

General, administrative and other operating expenses

15,764

14,370

Total operating expenses

33,034

29,513

Income from operations

1,923

11,643

Interest expense, net

(1,066)

(1,518)

Equity in earnings of investments

1,116

2,468

Other income (expense)

1,027

(686)

Income before income taxes

3,000

11,907

Income tax expense

1,201

3,445

Net income

1,799

8,462

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

76

113

Net income attributable to ION

1,875

8,575

Preferred stock dividends

338

338

Net income applicable to common shares

$

1,537

$

8,237

Net income per share:

Basic

$

0.01

$

0.05

Diluted

$

0.01

$

0.05

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:

Basic

156,465

155,543

Diluted

157,315

156,547

 

ION GEOPHYSICAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

March 31,

2013

December 31,

2012

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

66,575

$

60,971

Accounts receivable, net

91,034

127,136

Unbilled receivables

77,846

89,784

Inventories

68,083

70,675

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

23,527

25,605

Total current assets

327,065

374,171

Deferred income tax asset

34,503

28,414

Property, plant, equipment and seismic rental equipment, net

34,153

33,772

Multi-client data library, net

224,993

230,315

Equity method investments

76,518

73,925

Goodwill

53,753

55,349

Intangible assets, net

13,817

14,841

Other assets

17,602

9,796

Total assets

$

782,404

$

820,583

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Current maturities of long-term debt

$

3,402

$

3,496

Accounts payable

33,499

28,688

Accrued expenses

92,252

124,095

Accrued multi-client data library royalties

22,223

26,300

Deferred revenue

19,631

26,899

Total current liabilities

171,007

209,478

Long-term debt, net of current maturities

101,057

101,832

Other long-term liabilities

8,813

8,131

Total liabilities

280,877

319,441

Redeemable noncontrolling interest

2,151

2,123

Equity:

Cumulative convertible preferred stock

27,000

27,000

Common stock

1,567

1,564

Additional paid-in capital

850,832

848,669

Accumulated deficit

(358,422)

(360,297)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(15,542)

(11,886)

Treasury stock

(6,565)

(6,565)

Total stockholders’ equity

498,870

498,485

Noncontrolling interests

506

534

Total equity

499,376

499,019

Total liabilities and equity

$

782,404

$

820,583

 

ION GEOPHYSICAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended March 31,

2013

2012

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income

$

1,799

$

8,462

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

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

4,200

3,090

Amortization of multi-client data library

18,592

22,620

Stock-based compensation expense

2,011

1,484

Equity in earnings of investments

(1,116)

(2,468)

Deferred income taxes

(6,150)

(1,063)

Change in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

35,307

61,018

Unbilled receivables

11,938

(23,016)

Inventories

1,381

965

Accounts payable, accrued expenses and accrued royalties

(28,686)

(13,025)

Deferred revenue

(7,153)

(4,736)

Other assets and liabilities

2,155

(1,491)

Net cash provided by operating activities

34,278

51,840

Cash flows from investing activities:

Investment in multi-client data library

(13,270)

(24,527)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(3,969)

(1,768)

Investment in and advances to GeoRXT

(9,500)

Maturity of short-term investments

20,000

Investment in convertible notes

(1,000)

Other investing activities

76

Net cash used in investing activities

(27,663)

(6,295)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Payments on long-term debt

(848)

(1,431)

Payment of preferred dividends

(338)

(338)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

716

249

Other financing activities

350

453

Net cash used in financing activities

(120)

(1,067)

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

(891)

216

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

5,604

44,694

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

60,971

42,402

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

66,575

$

87,096

 

ION GEOPHYSICAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUMMARY OF SEGMENT INFORMATION

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended March 31,

2013

2012

Net revenues:

Solutions:

New Venture

$

48,436

$

28,994

Data Library

9,448

10,268

Total multi-client revenues

57,884

39,262

Data Processing

31,286

26,865

Total

$

89,170

$

66,127

Systems:

Towed Streamer

$

13,549

$

15,804

Ocean Bottom

6,765

3,519

Other

11,533

17,383

Total

$

31,847

$

36,706

Software:

Software Systems

$

7,941

$

8,370

Services

779

507

Total

$

8,720

$

8,877

Total

$

129,737

$

111,710

Gross profit:

Solutions

$

20,197

$

18,985

Systems

8,380

15,812

Software

6,380

6,359

Total

$

34,957

$

41,156

Gross margin:

Solutions

23%

29%

Systems

26%

43%

Software

73%

72%

Total

27%

37%

Income from operations:

Solutions

$

7,357

$

9,606

Systems

934

8,740

Software

5,161

5,482

Corporate and other

(11,529)

(12,185)

Total

$

1,923

$

11,643

Operating margin:

Solutions

8%

15%

Systems

3%

24%

Software

59%

62%

Corporate and other

(9)%

(11)%

Total

1%

10%

 

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income

(Non-GAAP Measure)

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

The term Adjusted EBITDA represents net income before interest expense, interest income, income taxes, depreciation and amortization and other similar non-cash charges including, without limitation, equity in (earnings) losses of joint ventures. 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 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 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,

2013

2012

Net income

$

1,799

$

8,462

Interest expense, net

1,066

1,518

Income tax expense

1,201

3,445

Depreciation and amortization expense

22,792

25,710

Equity in earnings of investments

(1,116)

(2,468)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

25,742

$

36,667

SOURCE ION Geophysical Corporation