HOUSTON, May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ION Geophysical Corporation (NYSE: IO) today announced that its board of directors has authorized the Company to terminate, effective immediately, the Distribution Agreement (the "Agreement") with Evercore Group L.L.C. (the "Agent") providing for the Company's "at-the-market" equity offering program (the "ATM Program"). The Agreement allowed the Company under the ATM Program to issue and sell, from time to time, through the Agent, shares of the Company's common stock, par value $0.01 per share, having an aggregate gross sales price of up to $20,000,000 (the "Shares"). No Shares were sold under the ATM Program and the Company has no further obligations thereunder.
"The intent behind our 'at-the-market' offering was to put a program in place to give us the ability to be opportunistic if opportunities that require additional capital present themselves. Unfortunately it was not well received by the markets as our short interest increased 50%. Given the pricing pressure on the stock, we do not feel it's in the best interests of ION's shareholders to continue the program," stated Brian Hanson, ION's President and Chief Executive Officer. "As a result, we are terminating the program."
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.
Steve A. Bate
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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