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ION reports first quarter 2016 results

HOUSTON, May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ION Geophysical Corporation (NYSE: IO) today reported a first quarter 2016 net loss of $35.0 million, or $(3.30) per share, on revenues of $22.7 million, compared to a net loss of $55.3 million, or $(5.04) per share, on revenues of $40.6 million in first quarter 2015.  Excluding special items reported one year ago, the Company's first quarter 2015 adjusted net loss was $51.5 million, or $(4.70) per share.

At March 31, 2016, the Company's total liquidity was $102.5 million, consisting of cash and cash equivalents of $76.7 million and $25.8 million available on the Company's revolving credit facility.  While the Company had no borrowings under its maximum $40.0 million revolving credit facility, the amount available to draw under this facility was temporarily reduced due to a decline in eligible account and unbilled receivables that collateralize the facility. 

The Company consumed cash of $8.3 million during the first quarter 2016, compared to $29.2 million in the prior year period.  The Company reported EBITDA for the first quarter 2016 of $(17.2) million, compared to $(38.1) million one year ago.  A reconciliation of EBITDA can be found in the financial tables of this press release.

Brian Hanson, ION's President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We expected our first quarter results to be our weakest, with our revenues down approximately 44% compared to our first quarter 2015.  Despite this very low revenue quarter, our 2015 cost reduction initiatives resulted in first quarter cash from operations of $2.5 million, compared to $(6.7) million a year ago.

"In April, we implemented additional cost saving initiatives, further reducing our current workforce by over 12%.  While extremely difficult, we believe these steps were needed to further streamline our organization and rightsize our company to be in line with our current revenues.  We have maintained the necessary core capabilities to continue operations and to progress our strategic initiatives. These reductions will produce approximately $15 million in annualized savings, an estimated $9 million in 2016, on top of the $80 million in savings from our initiatives last year. 

"On a very positive note, as we announced yesterday, we are about to begin mobilizing our ocean bottom vessels and crew to conduct an OBS survey offshore Nigeria.  A letter of commitment for the project has been issued by an International Oil Company, and we expect the contract to be finalized within the next few weeks. We expect to begin acquiring data in late June or early July, and to complete full demobilization by late in the third quarter.  Our technology is well suited for additional opportunities in Nigeria and West Africa, and we continue to pursue active tenders and leads for projects in the area. We remain optimistic about our ability to keep the crew deployed upon completion of this project.

"Our first quarter Systems and Software segment revenues were indicative of the low capacity utilization among our installed base of equipment and of vessels utilizing our command and control software.  Our Solutions data processing revenues were very low due in part because we did not receive final sales orders under a significant data processing master contract by quarter end.  We expect our data processing revenues to increase through the remainder of the year as we receive these final sales orders.  Also, similar to last year, we expect our Solutions new venture and data library revenues to be stronger in the second half of the year, as our customers are just now locking in their budgets for 2016 and are assessing the impact of the recent increase in oil prices.

"In late April, we completed our bond exchange offer, retiring $26 million in principal value of our $175 million high yield bonds, using $15 million of our cash.  We extended the maturity of $121 million of our outstanding debt until the end of 2021, providing us with additional flexibility and liquidity and putting us in a better position to execute our strategic and operating plans in 2016 and for years to come.  As part of the Exchange Offer, we increased the interest rate on the new bonds by 1%, to 9.125%, and issued 1,205,477 of our common shares, utilizing 508,464 of our treasury shares.  We previously repurchased 451,791 shares, pursuant to our stock repurchase program, which effectively reduces the ultimate dilution attributable to the issuance of the 1,205,477 shares.

"Despite this very slow start to the year, we are pleased with our OBS crew going back to work and the completion of our financial restructurings.  We expect our second half to be stronger than the first, and we believe our current liquidity, coupled with our further operational and financial restructurings, will enable us to maintain our core capabilities and to continue to weather this deep economic storm."

FIRST QUARTER 2016

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



Three Months Ended March 31,





2016


2015


% Change

Solutions


$

13,018



$

18,999



(31)%

Systems


5,359



12,769



(58)%

Software


4,288



8,810



(51)%

Ocean Bottom Services






—%

Total


$

22,665



$

40,578



(44)%

Within the Solutions segment, new venture revenues were $3.3 million, a 34% decrease from first quarter 2015; data library revenues were $4.3 million, a 100% increase; and data processing revenues were $5.4 million, a 54% decrease.  While all businesses within the Solutions segment continue to be impacted by the slowdown in exploration spending, data processing revenues were also impacted because the Company did not receive the final sales orders under a significant master contract, thereby delaying the recognition of revenue.

The decrease in Systems segment revenues was primarily due to a reduction in new marine positioning system sales and repair and replacement revenues attributable to reduced activity by seismic contractors, as numerous vessels have been taken out of service.

The decrease in Software segment revenues was primarily due to lower Orca® licensing revenues.  While Software segment revenues were down 51% year over year, the segment generated positive gross and operating margins of 59% and 23%, respectively, during the quarter.

In the Ocean Bottom Services (OBS) segment, the Company's OBS crew remained idle during the first quarter 2016, resulting in a lack of revenue generation.  However, with the recent award, the Company is expected to begin recognizing project revenues starting in late June or early July, with project completion scheduled for late third quarter 2016.

Operating expenses were $21.2 million, down 31% from the $30.7 million of operating expenses, as adjusted, in first quarter 2015.  This reduction was a result of the Company's cost reduction efforts throughout 2015.  With additional cost reductions in second quarter 2016, the Company expects additional savings in the second half of 2016.

Consolidated gross margins were (39)%, compared to gross margins, as adjusted, of (34%) in first quarter 2015, and operating margins were (133)%, compared to operating margins, as adjusted, of (110%)  in the prior year quarter.  The decrease in operating margins was driven by the decline in revenues across all business segments and was partially offset by the Company's cost reduction efforts.

CONFERENCE CALL

The Company has scheduled a conference call for Thursday, May 5, 2016, 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 19, 2016.  To access the replay, dial (877) 660-6853 and use pass code 13634520#.

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 the Company does not prevail in its appeal of the judgment in the lawsuit with WesternGeco and that the ultimate outcome of the lawsuit 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, 2015 and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K filed during 2015.

Tables to follow

ION GEOPHYSICAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended March 31,


2016


2015

Service revenues

$

13,156



$

20,080


Product revenues

9,509



20,498


Total net revenues

22,665



40,578


Cost of services

25,837



45,534


Cost of products

5,758



10,832


Gross loss

(8,930)



(15,788)


Operating expenses:




Research, development and engineering

5,609



7,720


Marketing and sales

4,010



7,833


General, administrative and other operating expenses

11,580



15,348


Total operating expenses

21,199



30,901


Loss from operations

(30,129)



(46,689)


Interest expense, net

(4,734)



(4,625)


Other income (expense), net

120



(3,219)


Loss before income taxes

(34,743)



(54,533)


Income tax expense

293



983


Net loss

(35,036)



(55,516)


Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

22



252


Net loss attributable to ION

$

(35,014)



$

(55,264)


Net loss per share:




Basic

$

(3.30)



$

(5.04)


Diluted

$

(3.30)



$

(5.04)


Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:




Basic

10,600



10,971


Diluted

10,600



10,971


 

ION GEOPHYSICAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)


ASSETS

March 31, 
 2016


December 31,
 2015

Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

76,670



$

84,933


Accounts receivable, net

15,057



44,365


Unbilled receivables

17,730



19,937


Inventories

33,071



32,721


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

13,724



14,807


Total current assets

156,252



196,763


Property, plant, equipment and seismic rental equipment, net

65,785



72,027


Multi-client data library, net

123,581



132,237


Goodwill

25,595



26,274


Intangible assets, net

4,381



4,810


Other assets

3,029



2,977


Total assets

$

378,623



$

435,088


LIABILITIES AND EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Current maturities of long-term debt

$

32,933



$

7,912


Accounts payable

20,907



29,799


Accrued expenses

29,001



34,287


Accrued multi-client data library royalties

21,790



25,045


Deferred revenue

6,021



6,560


Total current liabilities

110,652



103,603


Long-term debt, net of current maturities

148,410



175,080


Other long-term liabilities

44,215



44,365


Total liabilities

303,277



323,048


Equity:




Common stock

106



107


Additional paid-in capital

895,481



894,715


Accumulated deficit

(794,545)



(759,531)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(16,243)



(14,781)


Treasury stock

(9,515)



(8,551)


Total stockholders' equity

75,284



111,959


Noncontrolling interest

62



81


Total equity

75,346



112,040


Total liabilities and equity

$

378,623



$

435,088


 

ION GEOPHYSICAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended March 31,


2016


2015

Cash flows from operating activities:




Net loss

$

(35,036)



$

(55,516)


Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash provided by (used in) operating activities:




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

5,672



6,525


Amortization of multi-client data library

7,139



5,289


Stock-based compensation expense

743



1,480


Deferred income taxes

54



(12)


Change in operating assets and liabilities:




Accounts receivable

29,211



74,388


Unbilled receivables

2,212



(1,523)


Inventories

350



(468)


Accounts payable, accrued expenses and accrued royalties

(10,558)



(39,144)


Deferred revenue

(527)



3,137


Other assets and liabilities

3,219



(862)


Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

2,479



(6,706)


Cash flows from investing activities:




Cash invested in multi-client data library

(6,327)



(9,088)


Purchase of property, plant, equipment and seismic rental assets

(266)



(11,994)


Other investing activities



257


Net cash used in investing activities

(6,593)



(20,825)


Cash flows from financing activities:




Repurchase of common stock

(964)




Payments on notes payable and long-term debt

(2,212)



(2,066)


Costs associated with issuance of debt

(1,315)




Other financing activities

13



31


Net cash used in financing activities

(4,478)



(2,035)


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

329



396


Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(8,263)



(29,170)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

84,933



173,608


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

76,670



$

144,438


 

ION GEOPHYSICAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUMMARY OF SEGMENT INFORMATION

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended March 31,


2016


2015

Net revenues:




Solutions:




New Venture

$

3,306



$

5,029


Data Library

4,272



2,137


Total multi-client revenues

7,578



7,166


Data Processing

5,440



11,833


Total

13,018



18,999


Systems:




Towed Streamer

2,457



5,165


Other

2,902



7,604


Total

5,359



12,769


Software:




Software Systems

4,150



7,729


Services

138



1,081


Total

4,288



8,810


Ocean Bottom Services

$




Total

$

22,665



$

40,578


Gross profit (loss):




Solutions

$

(9,773)



$

(10,392)


Systems

1,363



4,559


Software

2,526



5,590


Ocean Bottom Services

(3,046)



(15,545)


Total

$

(8,930)



$

(15,788)


Gross margin:




Solutions

(75)

%


(55)

%

Systems

25

%


36

%

Software

59

%


63

%

Ocean Bottom Services

%


%

Total

(39)

%


(39)

%

Income (loss) from operations:




Solutions

$

(15,477)



$

(21,778)


Systems

(2,509)



1,014


Software

996



3,335


Ocean Bottom Services

(4,214)



(17,559)


Corporate and other

(8,925)



(11,701)


Total

$

(30,129)



$

(46,689)


Operating margin:




Solutions

(119)

%


(115)

%

Systems

(47)

%


8

%

Software

23

%


38

%

Ocean Bottom Services

%


%

Corporate and other

(39)

%


(29)

%

Total

(133)

%


(115)

%

 

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

The term EBITDA represents net loss before interest expense, interest income, income taxes, and depreciation and amortization charges.  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 loss or cash flow measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles or as a measure of profitability or liquidity. Additionally, EBITDA may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. The Company has included EBITDA as a supplemental disclosure because its management believes that 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,


2016


2015

Net loss

$

(35,036)



$

(55,516)


Interest expense, net

4,734



4,625


Income tax expense

293



983


Depreciation and amortization expense

12,811



11,814


EBITDA

$

(17,198)



$

(38,094)


 

ION GEOPHYSICAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of Special Items to Diluted Loss per Share
(Non-GAAP Measure)
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

The financial results are reported in accordance with GAAP. However, management believes that certain non-GAAP performance measures may provide users of this financial information, additional meaningful comparisons between current results and results in prior operating periods. One such non-GAAP financial measure is adjusted loss from operations or adjusted net loss, which excludes certain charges or amounts. This adjusted loss amount is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP. Accordingly, it should not be considered as a substitute for loss from operations, net loss or other income data prepared in accordance with GAAP. See the table below for supplemental financial data and the corresponding reconciliation to GAAP financials for the three months ended March 31, 2015:



Three Months Ended March 31, 2015



As Reported


Special Items


As Adjusted

Net revenues


$

40,578



$



$

40,578


Cost of sales


56,366



(1,813)



54,553


Gross loss


(15,788)



1,813



(13,975)


Operating expenses


30,901



(198)



30,703


Loss from operations


(46,689)



2,011



(44,678)


Interest expense, net


(4,625)





(4,625)


Other income (expense), net


(3,219)



1,913



(1,306)


Income tax expense


983





983


Net loss


(55,516)



3,924



(51,592)


Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest


252



(172)



80


Net loss attributable to ION


$

(55,264)



$

3,752



$

(51,512)


Net loss per share:







Basic


$

(5.04)





$

(4.70)


Diluted


$

(5.04)





$

(4.70)


Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:







Basic


10,971





10,971


Diluted


10,971





10,971




(1)   

Represents severance and facility charges related to first quarter 2015 restructuring.

 

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SOURCE ION Geophysical Corporation

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