Dawson Geophysical Reports Third Quarter And Nine Month Results Company Reports an Increase in Third Quarter Net Income And EBITDA over Comparative 2011 Quarter

MIDLAND, Texas, Aug. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Dawson Geophysical Company (NASDAQ: DWSN) today reported revenues of $68,348,000 for the quarter-ended June 30, 2012, the Company's third quarter of fiscal 2012, compared to $98,033,000 for the same quarter in fiscal 2011. Net income increased to $1,141,000, or $0.15 per share in the third quarter of fiscal 2012 compared to net income of $334,000, or $0.04 per share in the same quarter of fiscal 2011. EBITDA for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 increased to $10,437,000 compared to $8,821,000 in the comparable quarter of fiscal 2011. The Company's lower revenues during the third fiscal quarter of 2012 were primarily the result of lower utilization rates and lower third-party reimbursable charges during the quarter. The Company's improved net income and EBITDA during the third fiscal quarter of 2012 was primarily due to reduced operating expenses during the 2012 quarter as well as the high level of merger transaction costs during the third quarter of fiscal 2011.

Third Quarter and Nine Month Highlights

  • Generated an 18 percent increase in EBITDA to $10,437,000 compared to $8,821,000 for the quarter-ended June 30, 2011;
  • Generated a 241 percent increase in net income to $1,141,000, or $0.15 earnings per share for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012, compared to net income of $334,000, or $0.04 earnings per share for the corresponding 2011 period;
  • Generated revenues during the nine-month period ended June 30, 2012 of $246,276,000 compared to $249,023,000 for the comparable nine-month period of fiscal 2011;
  • Generated a 161 percent increase in EBITDA for the nine-month period ended June 30, 2012 to $38,985,000 compared to $14,939,000 for the nine-month period of fiscal 2011;
  • Generated net income of $9,961,000, or $1.27 earnings per share, for the nine-month period ended June 30, 2012 compared to a net loss of $6,190,000, or $0.79 loss per share, for the comparable nine-month period of fiscal 2011;
  • Strengthened order book capable of sustaining fourteen crews well into fiscal 2013 with current projects in the Permian Basin, Eagle Ford Shale, Mississippi Lime of Oklahoma and Kansas, Niobrara, Bakken and Marcellus Shale areas; and
  • Continued preparations to operate in Canada during the 2012-2013 winter season.

Third Quarter Results
The revenue decrease in the quarter ended June 30, 2012 was primarily the result of lower utilization rates during the second half of the quarter, higher than normal downtime due to weather and agricultural operations in several areas of the country and a significant reduction in third-party reimbursable charges as a percentage of revenue. Third-party charges, which are included in revenues, declined as a percentage of revenue during the third fiscal quarter of 2012 to a level more consistent with the Company's historical average for such charges. These third-party charges are related to the Company's use of helicopter support services, specialized survey technologies and dynamite energy sources in areas with limited access. The Company is reimbursed for these expenses by its clients.  The decline in third-party charges is primarily a result of the Company's movement of operations towards the more open terrain of the western United States.

As anticipated in the Company's fiscal second quarter earnings press release, the Company experienced lower utilization rates during the third fiscal quarter as crews were affected by project preparation, land access permit issues and client delays. In addition, the Company experienced further significant impact to utilization rates as a result of weather delays, agricultural activity on several projects and unanticipated crew moves as the Company worked to reschedule projects. Approximately one-half of the Company's fourteen crews were impacted during the quarter. The Company expects a return to higher utilization in the current quarter, the Company's fourth fiscal quarter ending September 30, 2012. 

Included in the third quarter fiscal 2011 results were transaction costs of $1,465,000 related to a terminated merger agreement. Reflected in the third fiscal quarter 2012 results was an increase in depreciation expenses of $428,000 from the same period of fiscal 2011. The increase in depreciation expense was related to the Company's investment in additional recording equipment and additional energy source units during the past 18 months.

Stephen Jumper, President and CEO of Dawson Geophysical Company, said, "While poor weather conditions, land permit access issues and client delays negatively impacted utilization rates during the quarter, demand for services remains strong. Order book levels are at their highest levels since 2008 as clients continue to search for hydrocarbons in predominantly oil and liquid-rich regions. We began to see improving utilization rates in late July and anticipate a return to higher utilization in the remaining months of our fiscal fourth quarter." 

Jumper continued, "Revenue for the quarter-end June 30, 2012 also declined due to lower third-party charges as projects required fewer outside support services ranging from helicopter support, specialized survey technologies and dynamite energy sources. We anticipate third-party charges as a percentage of revenue to be more consistent with historical levels going forward as exploration activity in eastern United States areas such as the Marcellus Shale reduces and we further ramp up seismic services in the more oil-rich western regions of the United States, including the Permian Basin, Mississippi Lime, Eagle Ford, Bakken and Niobrara Shale areas."

Nine Month Results
Revenues for the nine months ended June 30, 2012 were $246,276,000 compared to $249,023,000 for the nine months ended June 30, 2011. Net income for the nine months ended June 30, 2012 was $9,961,000, or $1.27 earnings per share, as compared to a net loss of $6,190,000, or $0.79 loss per share, for the same period of fiscal 2011. EBITDA for the nine months ended June 30, 2012 increased to $38,985,000 from $14,939,000 for the nine months ended June 30, 2011. Included in the Company's nine month fiscal 2012 results is a $0.18 per share one-time tax benefit, taken in the first quarter of 2012, related to transaction costs for a terminated merger agreement. Included in the nine month fiscal 2011 results were transaction costs of $2,422,000 related to the same terminated merger agreement. Depreciation expense for the nine months ended June 30, 2012 increased $1,325,000 compared to the same period in fiscal 2011. As with third fiscal quarter 2012 results, third-party charges, which are included in revenues, declined as a percentage of revenue during the first nine months of fiscal 2012.

In the fourth fiscal quarter 2012, utilization rates are improving as many of the issues encountered in the third quarter resolve themselves. A return to higher utilization rates in the fourth fiscal quarter 2012 and continuing into 2013 is anticipated. The Company is active in the Permian Basin, Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas, Mississippi Lime of Oklahoma and Kansas, Niobrara and Bakken Shale areas. The Company had one crew operating in the Marcellus Shale region, which started work late last quarter and completed operation in late July. The crew will return to the Marcellus Shale area early in the first fiscal quarter of 2013 and continue operations well into calendar 2013.

Interest levels and solicitations for proposals for fiscal 2013 remain high. Although the Company's clients may cancel, delay or modify the scope of their contracts on short notice, the Company's order book reflects commitments sufficient to maintain the Company's operation at full capacity well into fiscal 2013 and remains at its highest level since 2008 in terms of number of projects, project size and client mix. As always, the Company remains subject to delays related to weather, securing land access permits and other factors, which can affect operating results from quarter to quarter.

In response to continued robust demand, the Company's Board of Directors has approved a fiscal 2012 capital budget of $50,000,000. Through June 30, 2012, the Company has spent or committed $42,545,000 of the $50,000,000 capital budget primarily on equipment and energy sources, including nineteen INOVA vibrator energy source units, 10,500 additional OYO GSR single-channel recording units, 3,000 stations of OYO GSR three-channel units with three-component geophones and additional conventional geophones.  The balance of the capital budget will be used to meet additional needs as they arise. As of June 30, 2012, the Company owns 36,350 OYO GSR single-channel recording units, 4,000 OYO GSR four-channel recording units, 3,000 OYO GSR three-channel recording units and 7,000 three-component geophones. The Company's total cable-less channel count is in excess of 61,000 and overall channel count is approximately 167,000. The Company owns 168 vibrator energy source units. 

The Company is continuing its expansion into Canada and expects to begin operations in Western Canada during the 2012-2013 winter season with one or two crews. On June 1, 2012, the Company appointed Mr. Jason Nelson as the General Manager of the Calgary, Alberta office of its Canadian subsidiary, Dawson Seismic Services ULC. Mr. Nelson has more than twenty years of industry experience, primarily in Canada and Latin America. Mr. Nelson will work closely with Doug Schmidt, who as previously announced will be President of Dawson's operations in Canada.

Jumper continued, "Based on generally strong demand for seismic services in Canada, coupled with our desire to carefully expand the scope of our operations, we made a business decision to enter the Canadian seismic market. Jason Nelson's overall expertise and knowledge of the Canadian seismic market will help us maintain the strong Dawson Geophysical brand and build our operations in the Canadian seismic market. We all look forward to working with Jason and welcome him to the Dawson Geophysical team."

Conference Call Information

Dawson will host a conference call to review its third fiscal quarter 2012 financial results on August 1, 2012, at 9 a.m. CDT. Participants can access the call at (877) 317-6789 (US), (866) 605-3852 (Canada) or (412) 317-6789 (International). To access the live audio webcast or the subsequent archived recording, visit the Dawson website at www.dawson3d.com. Callers can access the telephone replay through August 6, 2012 by dialing (877) 344-7529 (US) or (412) 317-0088 (International). The passcode is 10016944. The Webcast will be recorded and available for replay on Dawson's website until August 6, 2012.

About Dawson

Dawson Geophysical Company is a leading provider of onshore seismic data acquisition services in the lower 48 states of the United States. Founded in 1952, Dawson acquires and processes 2-D, 3-D and multi-component seismic data solely for its clients, ranging from major oil and gas companies to independent oil and gas operators as well as providers of multi-client data libraries.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains information about the Company's EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure as defined by Regulation G promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company defines EBITDA as net income (loss) plus interest expense, interest income, income taxes, depreciation and amortization expense. The Company uses EBITDA as a supplemental financial measure to assess:

  • the financial performance of its assets without regard to financing methods, capital structures, taxes or historical cost basis;
  • its liquidity and operating performance over time in relation to other companies that own similar assets and that the Company believes calculate EBITDA in a similar manner; and
  • the ability of the Company's assets to generate cash sufficient for the Company to pay potential interest costs.

The Company also understands that such data is used by investors to assess the Company's performance. However, the term EBITDA is not defined under generally accepted accounting principles, and EBITDA is not a measure of operating income, operating performance or liquidity presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. When assessing the Company's operating performance or liquidity, investors and others should not consider this data in isolation or as a substitute for net income (loss), cash flow from operating activities or other cash flow data calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. In addition, the Company's EBITDA may not be comparable to EBITDA or similarly titled measures utilized by other companies since such other companies may not calculate EBITDA in the same manner as the Company. Further, the results presented by EBITDA cannot be achieved without incurring the costs that the measure excludes: interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. A reconciliation of the Company's EBITDA to its net income (loss) is presented in the table following the text of this press release.

In accordance with the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Dawson Geophysical Company cautions that statements in this press release which are forward-looking and which provide other than historical information involve risks and uncertainties that may materially affect the Company's actual results of operations. These risks include but are not limited to the volatility of oil and natural gas prices, dependence upon energy industry spending, disruptions in the global economy, industry competition, delays, reductions or cancellations of service contracts, high fixed costs of operations, external factors affecting our crews such as weather interruptions and inability to obtain land access rights of way, whether we enter into turnkey or term contracts, crew productivity, limited number of customers, credit risk related to our customers, the availability of capital resources and operational disruptions. A discussion of these and other factors, including risks and uncertainties, is set forth in the Company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2011. Dawson Geophysical Company disclaims any intention or obligation to revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

DAWSON GEOPHYSICAL COMPANY
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS


Three Months Ended June 30,


 Nine Months Ended June 30,


2012


2011


2012


2011


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)









Operating revenues

$    68,348,000


$    98,033,000


$ 246,276,000


$ 249,023,000

Operating costs:








   Operating expenses

55,652,000


85,431,000


199,668,000


225,324,000

   General and administrative

2,570,000


3,804,000


8,046,000


9,396,000

   Depreciation

8,328,000


7,900,000


24,092,000


22,767,000


66,550,000


97,135,000


231,806,000


257,487,000









Income (loss) from operations

1,798,000


898,000


14,470,000


(8,464,000)

Other income (expense):








   Interest income

5,000


2,000


16,000


33,000

   Interest expense

(134,000)


-


(422,000)


-

   Other income 

311,000


21,000


423,000


603,000

Income (loss) before income tax

1,980,000


921,000


14,487,000


(7,828,000)









Income tax (expense) benefit:

(839,000)


(587,000)


(4,526,000)


1,638,000









Net income (loss)

$      1,141,000


$         334,000


$      9,961,000


$    (6,190,000)









Basic income (loss) per common share 

$                0.15


$                0.04


$                1.27


$               (0.79)









Diluted income (loss) per common share

$                0.14


$                0.04


$                1.26


$               (0.79)









Weighted average equivalent common shares outstanding

7,846,417


7,812,519


7,839,983


7,801,396









Weighted average equivalent common








   shares outstanding-assuming dilution

7,924,009


7,925,181


7,934,367


7,801,396

 

DAWSON GEOPHYSICAL COMPANY
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS


June 30,


September 30,


2012


2011


(Unaudited)



ASSETS




Current assets:




   Cash and cash equivalents

$    48,739,000


$    26,077,000

   Short-term investments

2,750,000


-

   Accounts receivable, net of allowance for




      doubtful accounts of $250,000 and $155,000 at




      June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2011, respectively

56,017,000


86,716,000

   Prepaid expenses and other assets

5,037,000


4,254,000

   Current deferred tax asset

2,222,000


1,236,000





         Total current assets

114,765,000


118,283,000





Property, plant and equipment

321,095,000


302,647,000

   Less accumulated depreciation

(156,379,000)


(156,106,000)





      Net property, plant and equipment

164,716,000


146,541,000





         Total assets

$ 279,481,000


$ 264,824,000





LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




   Accounts payable

$    26,593,000


$    18,732,000

   Accrued liabilities:




      Payroll costs and other taxes

2,569,000


1,436,000

      Other

6,324,000


9,230,000

   Deferred revenue

4,320,000


9,616,000

   Current maturities of note payable and obligations




      under capital leases

5,866,000


5,290,000





         Total current liabilities

45,672,000


44,304,000





Long-term liabilities:




   Note payable and obligations under capital leases




      less current maturities

7,066,000


10,281,000

   Deferred tax liability

27,397,000


22,076,000





         Total long-term liabilities

34,463,000


32,357,000





Stockholders' equity:




   Preferred stock-par value $1.00 per share;




      5,000,000 shares authorized, none outstanding

-


-

   Common stock-par value $.33 1/3 per share;




      50,000,000 shares authorized, 8,031,369




      and 7,910,885 shares issued and outstanding at




      June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2011, respectively

2,677,000


2,637,000

   Additional paid-in capital

92,773,000


91,591,000

   Retained earnings 

103,896,000


93,935,000





         Total stockholders' equity

199,346,000


188,163,000





         Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$ 279,481,000


$ 264,824,000





 

Reconciliation of EBITDA to Net Income (Loss)









Three Months Ended 


Nine Months Ended 


June 30,


June 30,


2012


2011


2012


2011


(in thousands)


(in thousands)

Net income (loss)

$              1,141


$                 334


$              9,961


$            (6,190)

Depreciation

8,328


7,900


24,092


22,767

Interest expense (income), net

129


-


406


-

Income tax expense (benefit)

839


587


4,526


(1,638)

EBITDA

$            10,437


$              8,821


$            38,985


$            14,939

















Reconciliation of EBITDA to Net Cash Provided (Used) by Operating Activities

Three Months Ended 


Nine Months Ended 


June 30,


June 30,


2012


2011


2012


2011


(in thousands)


(in thousands)

Net cash provided (used) by operating activities

$            37,098


$            (3,558)


$            58,004


$                (469)

Changes in working capital and other items

(26,326)


12,760


(17,657)


17,043

Noncash adjustments to income

(335)


(381)


(1,362)


(1,635)

EBITDA

$            10,437


$              8,821


$            38,985


$            14,939









 

SOURCE Dawson Geophysical Company



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