GeoEye Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2010 Earnings Results

- Conference Call Scheduled for 8:30 a.m. EDT, Tuesday, March 15, 2011 -

Mar 14, 2011, 16:45 ET from GeoEye, Inc.

DULLES, Va., March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- GeoEye, Inc. (Nasdaq: GEOY), a premier provider of superior satellite and aerial geospatial information and services, announced today results for its fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2010.

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“We had a very successful year, met our corporate goals and delivered 22 percent revenue growth and strong margins,” said Matt O’Connell, GeoEye’s chief executive officer and president. “We won a ten-year, multi-billion-dollar award from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA); launched our Web dissemination services platform, EyeQ™; and acquired SPADAC, now renamed GeoEye Analytics, the leader in the field of predictive geospatial analytics. In 2011, we’ll build on these significant achievements by focusing on the construction of our next-generation, high-resolution satellite, GeoEye-2, and increasing our value-added information services and product offerings to our expanding customer base.”

FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS

Total revenues were $82.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, a 12.7% increase from $73.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2009. The net income available to common stockholders for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $15.2 million, or $0.68 per fully diluted share, compared to net income of $11.7 million, or $0.55 per fully diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2009. Adjusted net income available to common stockholders (a non-GAAP measurement that excludes the impact of non-operating charges, gains and one-time charges and tax benefits) for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $9.5 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, as compared to $6.8 million, or $0.32 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Domestic revenues were $60.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, which were 73.2% of total revenues for the period. International revenues were $22.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, which were 26.8% of total revenues for the period. Domestic revenues increased 5.2% for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to the same period in 2009. International revenues increased 40.0% for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to the same period in 2009.

Operating profit was $23.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, a $4.3 million increase from $19.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2009. Operating margin was 28.7% for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to 26.4% in the same period in 2009. Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measurement defined as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, non-cash recognition of stock compensation expense and other items) increased approximately $7.0 million, to approximately $43.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, from $36.7 million the same period in 2009.

The Company ended the fourth quarter of 2010 with unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $333.4 million; total assets of approximately $1.3 billion; stockholders’ equity of $443.2 million and long-term debt of $508.2 million.

TWELVE MONTH RESULTS

Total revenues for the twelve months ended Dec. 31, 2010, were $330.3 million, a 21.9% increase from $271.1 million in the twelve months ended Dec. 31, 2009. The Company’s Adjusted EBITDA for the twelve-month period ended Dec. 31, 2010, was $176.9 million, an increase of 33.9% from the $132.2 million reported in the same period in 2009. GAAP net income available to common stockholders for the twelve months ended Dec. 31, 2010, was $22.7 million, or $1.02 per fully diluted share, as compared to GAAP net income available to common stockholders of $32.1 million, or $1.55 per fully diluted share, in the same period of 2009.

Adjusted net income available to common stockholders for the twelve months ended Dec. 31, 2010, was $44.3 million, or $1.99 per diluted share, as compared to $25.4 million, or $1.23 per diluted share for the twelve months ended Dec. 31, 2009, excluding the impact of non-operating charges, gains and one-time charges and tax benefits in both periods.

FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL YEAR 2010 OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS

  • Significant new contract award
    • On Aug. 6, 2010, the Company was awarded a contract for up to $3.8 billion from the NGA under the EnhancedView program. The period of performance for the EnhancedView contract is 10 years. It began on Sept. 1, 2010, and continues through Aug. 31, 2011, with nine one-year options.
  • GeoEye-2 construction
    • Under the terms of the EnhancedView award, the NGA will contribute up to $337.0 million of the overall construction costs of GeoEye's next-generation satellite, GeoEye-2.
    • During the year, the Company invested $243.1 million for the continued development and construction of the GeoEye-2 satellite. To date, the Company has invested $309.9 million in the GeoEye-2 satellite program.
  • Additional cash proceeds
    • On Sept. 22, 2010, the Company completed a convertible preferred stock sale to Cerberus Capital Management, L.P., which generated proceeds of $78.0 million.
    • On Oct. 1, 2010, the Company issued $125.0 million of 8.625% Senior Secured Notes due 2016. The proceeds of $121.0 million will be used for general working capital purposes.
  • Information services developments
    • On Sept. 30, 2010, the Company launched the commercial EyeQ service to provide Web mapping services to commercial customers.
    • On Dec. 15, 2010, the Company completed the acquisition of SPADAC, now called GeoEye Analytics, the industry leader in the field of predictive analytics. GeoEye Analytics has approximately 170 employees who work at over 40 federal defense and intelligence agencies.

FIRST QUARTER AND FISCAL YEAR 2011 FINANCIAL OUTLOOK

The Company expects revenues for the first quarter of 2011 to be in the range of $86 to $90 million with an Adjusted EBITDA of $42 to $45 million and earnings per share of $0.37 to $0.45.

For the full year, the Company expects revenues to be in the range of $360 to $380 million with Adjusted EBITDA of $170 to $185 million and earnings per share of $1.70 to $2.00.

These estimates represent management's current expectations about the Company's future financial performance, based on information available at this time.

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

GeoEye, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEOY) will host a conference call for investors and analysts to discuss financial results for the fourth quarter and 2010 fiscal year, which ended Dec. 31, 2010.

When: March 15, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time

To Participate:

To participate in the call via phone, domestic callers may dial toll-free 1-877-776-4039 approximately 10 minutes prior to the start time. International callers may dial 1-631-291-4808. Callers may identify themselves to the operator as GeoEye conference call participants or by using the conference ID number: 40408544. Questions will be accepted from phone participants during the live call after prepared remarks and as time permits.

The conference call will also be webcast on the "Investor Relations" section of the Company's corporate Web site, www.geoeye.com. To directly access the live webcast go to: http://www.geoeye.com/CorpSite/corporate/investor-relations/Default.aspx and click on the "March 15, 2011 Investor Update Webcast" link. Please allow 15 minutes before the scheduled start time to register, download and install any necessary audio software.

Replay:

An audio replay of the fourth quarter conference call will be available through midnight March 22, 2011, by dialing (800) 642-1687 and typing in the conference ID number: 40408544.

An archived webcast of the conference call will be available at the same URL address approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call.

Selected financial results for the Company are as follows (dollars in thousands, except earnings per share):

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended

12/31/10

12/31/09

Change

(unaudited)

Revenues

$   82,543

$   73,249

$   9,294

Operating expenses:

Direct costs of revenue (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)

26,105

24,458

1,647

Depreciation and amortization

16,677

16,423

254

Selling, general and administrative

16,067

13,014

3,053

Total operating expenses

58,849

53,895

4,954

Income from operations

23,694

19,354

4,340

Interest expense, net

(6,204)

(8,181)

1,977

Gain from investments

2,500

-

2,500

Loss from early extinguishment of debt

-

(27,127)

27,127

Income (loss) before provision for income taxes

19,990

(15,954)

35,944

(Provision) benefit for income taxes

(1,900)

27,673

(29,573)

Net income

18,090

11,719

6,371

Preferred stock dividends

(1,008)

-

(1,008)

17,082

11,719

5,363

Income allocated to participating securities

(1,871)

-

(1,871)

Net income available to common stockholders

$   15,211

$   11,719

$   3,492

Earnings per share

Basic

$       0.70

$       0.60

$     0.10

Diluted

$       0.68

$       0.55

$     0.13

Weighted average shares basic

21,855

19,373

Weighted average shares diluted

22,523

21,139

Year Ended

12/31/10

12/31/09

Change

(unaudited)

Revenues

$ 330,345

$ 271,102

$ 59,243

Operating expenses:

Direct costs of revenue (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)

104,010

94,693

9,317

Depreciation and amortization

65,262

57,166

8,096

Selling, general and administrative

57,451

46,608

10,843

Total operating expenses

226,723

198,467

28,256

Income from operations

103,622

72,635

30,987

Interest expense, net

(27,918)

(31,020)

3,102

Other non-operating expense

(24,466)

-

(24,466)

Gain from investments

3,200

-

3,200

Loss from early extinguishment of debt

(37)

(27,127)

27,090

Write-off of prepaid financing costs

(6,412)

-

(6,412)

Income before provision for income taxes

47,989

14,488

33,501

(Provision) benefit for income taxes

(23,352)

17,573

(40,925)

Net income

24,637

32,061

(7,424)

Preferred stock dividends

(1,107)

-

(1,107)

23,530

32,061

(8,531)

Income allocated to participating securities

(783)

-

(783)

Net income available to common stockholders

$   22,747

$   32,061

$ (9,314)

Earnings per share

Basic

$       1.05

$       1.71

$   (0.66)

Diluted

$       1.02

$       1.55

$   (0.53)

Weighted average shares basic

21,622

18,753

Weighted average shares diluted

22,250

20,685

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands)

December 31,

December 31,

2010

2009

Change

(unaudited)

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$        283,233

$        208,872

$   74,361

Short-term investments

50,124

-

50,124

Accounts receivable - trade and unbilled receivables (net of allowances: 2010 - $957; 2009 - $923)

42,868

32,578

10,290

Income tax receivable

34,385

40,237

(5,852)

Restricted cash

3,952

52,268

(48,316)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

16,183

16,836

(653)

Total current assets

430,745

350,791

79,954

Property, plant and equipment, net

36,591

25,381

11,210

Satellites and related ground systems, net

696,459

505,035

191,424

Goodwill

71,568

34,264

37,304

Intangible assets, net

14,943

11,685

3,258

Non-current restricted cash

10,822

13,653

(2,831)

Other non-current assets

7,957

6,398

1,559

Total assets

$     1,269,085

$        947,207

$ 321,878

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$          70,936

$          33,997

$   36,939

Current portion of deferred revenue

50,533

52,221

(1,688)

Current deferred tax liabilities

6,656

4,744

1,912

Current portion of long-term debt

-

497

(497)

Total current liabilities

128,125

91,459

36,666

Long-term debt

508,160

380,594

127,566

Long-term deferred revenue, net of current portion

161,673

192,313

(30,640)

Non-current income tax reserve

626

248

378

Deferred tax liabilities

21,336

2,078

19,258

Other non-current liabilities

5,922

560

5,362

Total liabilities

825,842

667,252

158,590

Commitments and contingencies

-

-

-

Stockholders’ equity:

Series A convertible preferred stock

1

-

1

Common stock

221

199

22

Additional paid-in capital

367,723

227,988

139,735

Retained earnings

75,298

51,768

23,530

Total stockholders’ equity

443,243

279,955

163,288

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$     1,269,085

$        947,207

$ 321,878

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS INFORMATION

(in thousands)

Year Ended

12/31/10

12/31/09

Change

(unaudited)

Net cash provided by operating activities

$ 126,693

$ 100,207

$  26,486

Net cash used in investing activities

(265,921)

(123,034)

(142,887)

Net cash provided by financing activities

213,589

124,966

88,623

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

74,361

102,139

(27,778)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

208,872

106,733

102,139

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$ 283,233

$ 208,872

$  74,361

ADJUSTED EBITDA

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

12/31/10

12/31/09

12/31/10

12/31/09

Net income

$ 18,090

$ 11,719

$   24,637

$   32,061

Adjustments:

Interest expense, net

6,204

8,181

27,918

31,020

Loss from early extinguishment of debt

-

27,127

37

27,127

Write-off of prepaid financing costs

-

-

6,412

-

Income tax provision (benefit)

1,900

(27,673)

23,352

(17,573)

Depreciation and amortization

16,677

16,423

65,262

57,166

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense

2,192

876

6,877

2,371

Non-cash change in fair value of financial instrument

-

-

24,466

-

Gain from sale of investment

(2,500)

-

(3,200)

-

Acquisition costs

1,167

-

1,167

-

Adjusted EBITDA

$ 43,730

$ 36,653

$ 176,928

$ 132,172

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure that represents net income (loss) before net interest income or expense, income tax expense (benefit), depreciation and amortization expenses, non-cash stock-based compensation expense and other items.  We believe that Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to investors because it is an indicator of the strength and performance of our ongoing operations.  However, Adjusted EBITDA is not a recognized term under financial performance under GAAP, and our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to the calculation of similarly titled measures of other companies.

ADJUSTED NET INCOME AVAILABLE TO COMMON STOCKHOLDERS AND ADJUSTED DILUTED EPS

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended 12/31/10

Three Months Ended 12/31/09

Net income available to common stockholders

$            15,211

$            11,719

Adjustments:

Loss from early extinguishment of debt

-

27,127

Gain from investments

(2,500)

-

Acquisition costs

1,167

-

Impact of adjustments on income allocated to participating securities

703

-

Adjustment to normalize provision for income taxes

(5,085)

(32,030)

Adjusted net income available to common stockholders

$              9,496

$              6,816

Adjusted fully diluted shares

22,523

21,139

Adjusted diluted EPS

$                0.42

$                0.32

Year Ended 12/31/10

Year Ended 12/31/09

Net income available to common stockholders

$            22,747

$            32,061

Adjustments:

Non-cash change in fair value of financial instrument

24,466

-

Loss from early extinguishment of debt

37

27,127

Write-off of prepaid financing costs

6,412

-

Gain from investments

(3,200)

-

Acquisition costs

1,167

-

Impact of adjustments on income allocated to participating securities

(740)

-

Adjustment to normalize provision for income taxes

(6,628)

(33,803)

Adjusted net income available to common stockholders

$            44,261

$            25,385

Adjusted fully diluted shares

22,250

20,685

Adjusted diluted EPS

$                1.99

$                1.23

Adjusted Net Income Available to Common Stockholders is a non-GAAP financial measure that represents net income available to common stockholders before other items, net of tax.  Adjusted Diluted EPS is a non-GAAP financial measure that represents fully diluted earnings per share before other items, net of tax.  We believe that Adjusted Net Income Available to Common Stockholders and Adjusted Diluted EPS, using a normalized tax rate to 39%, provide useful information to investors because they allow investors to evaluate our performance for different periods on a more comparable basis by excluding items that are not related to the ongoing operations of our business.  However, Adjusted Net Income Available to Common Stockholders and Adjusted Diluted EPS are not recognized terms under financial performance under GAAP, and our calculation of Adjusted Net Income Available to Common Stockholders and Adjusted Diluted EPS may not be comparable to the calculation of similarly titled measures of other companies.

About GeoEye

GeoEye, Inc. is a leading international information services company serving government and commercial markets. The Company is recognized as one of the geospatial industry's imagery experts, delivering exceptional quality imagery products, services and solutions to customers around the world. In August 2010, GeoEye was named one of Fortune Magazine’s “100 Fastest-Growing Companies” in the United States. The Company has more than 700 employees dedicated to developing best-in-class geospatial information products and services. GeoEye is a public company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol GEOY. Additional information about GeoEye is available at www.geoeye.com

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