ION Reports Second Quarter 2011 Results

Aug 02, 2011, 16:30 ET from ION Geophysical Corporation

HOUSTON, Aug. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ION Geophysical Corporation (NYSE: IO) today reported second quarter 2011 revenues of $88.5 million, a 17% increase from $75.4 million in the second quarter of 2010. Net income increased to $2.6 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2011, compared to $1.1 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2010.  

Bob Peebler, ION's Chief Executive Officer, said, "As expected, we saw continued strength in our marine, data library and new ventures businesses, while our data processing business continues to slowly recover from the impact of last year's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  We had growth in both revenues and earnings compared to last year, even with the slower-than-expected Gulf data processing business. We also experienced some delays in our Arctic new venture programs due to the bankruptcy of one of our Arctic contractors.  In addition, we experienced two months of weather delays in our Marcellus Shale new venture project, which finally commenced in early July and is now progressing nicely.

"We anticipated the slow-down in our data processing business when we saw a significant decline in our pipeline of bids last fall, but we underestimated the recovery time. The snail's pace of government permitting and delays in lease sales have caused the slow-down in the Gulf to last much longer than expected.  The good news is we have seen a substantial improvement in our Gulf of Mexico pipeline and even though we missed the timing of the recovery by four to six months, we expect continued strengthening with recovery in the fourth quarter of this year.  I might also add that 2012 is beginning to look like a strong year in the Gulf of Mexico for both our data processing business and for our marine contractor customers.

"As previously mentioned, INOVA's land equipment business has generally mirrored BGP's activity, which has been hit particularly hard by the turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East. We still believe that INOVA will finish the calendar year with improved revenues and earnings, but a stronger fourth quarter for INOVA will not appear in our financials until the first quarter of 2012 due to our lag accounting for INOVA.  We are very pleased that INOVA is on schedule to roll out a complete new product set, including a new version of FireFly®, a new version of their cabled system, and their first offering of land nodes.  All of these new products will be introduced at the industry's major trade show in late September and puts INOVA in an excellent position going into 2012.  

"In summary, we still expect the second half of the year to be significantly stronger than the first half and believe that momentum is building in exploration spending for 2012.  We are well positioned to participate in the overall improvement of the seismic industry."  

SECOND QUARTER 2011

Total revenues for the second quarter of 2011 increased to $88.5 million compared to $75.4 million a year ago. Solutions segment revenues increased by 38% over the same period a year ago, while Systems and Software segment revenues remained consistent with the prior period.  

Solutions segment sales increased to $49.0 million during the second quarter of 2011, compared to $35.5 million for the same period a year ago. Data library sales increased to $18.6 million, or 565% over the prior period as customers expressed interest in areas such as Brazil, East Africa and the Gulf of Mexico. New venture revenues doubled to $9.8 million related to programs in Northeast Greenland, East Africa and the Gulf of Mexico.  This solid overall performance by the multi-client business more than offset the decline in revenues from the data processing business, which continues to be impacted by the lagging effects of the slow-down in the Gulf of Mexico.

Systems segment sales were $29.5 million in the second quarter of 2011 compared to $29.8 million in the same period of 2010, as an increase in marine product sales was offset by a decrease in sales by the Company's sensor geophone business, which continues to be impacted by soft land seismic activity.

Software segment sales of $10.1 million in the second quarter of 2011 were essentially flat with the same period of 2010.  Excluding foreign currency effects, Software segment revenues decreased 9% from the prior period predominantly due to a large sale of Gator-related hardware in the prior period that was not repeated in the current period.

Consolidated gross margins increased slightly to 38% during the second quarter of 2011 compared to the prior period. Gross margins in the Systems and Software segments improved nine and six percentage points, respectively, predominantly related to sales mix, while Solutions segment gross margins slightly decreased by two percentage points.  

As a percentage of revenue, operating expenses declined slightly to 28% of sales during the second quarter of 2011 compared to the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA increased 61% to $26.1 million compared to $16.2 million in the second quarter of 2010.

The Company's effective tax rate during the second quarter was 27.6% compared to 59.8% for the same period of 2010.  The decrease in the Company's effective tax rate for the three months ended June 30, 2011 as compared to the corresponding period in 2010 was due to lower expected tax expense in certain foreign jurisdictions for 2011. The high effective rate in the three months ended June 30, 2010 was due to an update to the Company's expectation of the distribution of earnings between U.S and foreign jurisdictions resulting in a higher than usual estimated annual effective tax rate for that period.

The Company accounts for its 49% interest in INOVA Geophysical as an equity method investment on a one fiscal quarter-lag basis.  As a result, the Company's share of INOVA Geophysical's first quarter 2011 financial results is included in the Company's second quarter results.  For the second quarter of 2011, the Company recognized a loss on its INOVA equity investment of approximately $4.2 million, compared to a loss of $0.2 million in the second quarter of 2010, which represented the Company's share of INOVA Geophysical's results from March 26, 2010 to March 31, 2010.  

During the second quarter, the Company liquidated $41 million of short-term certificates of deposit for cash to cover the working capital required to bridge the funding of its multi-client projects. Total cash and cash equivalents plus short-term investments were $95.0 million as of June 30, 2011.  Additionally, the Company has no outstanding balance associated with its $100 million revolving credit facility, bringing total liquidity to $195 million.  

YEAR-TO-DATE 2011

Consolidated revenues for the first six months of 2011 increased 9% to $179.1 million compared to $164.1 million for the same period in 2010. Excluding the results of the Company's Legacy Land Systems (INOVA) segment in 2010, revenues for the first six months increased 21% or $31.5 million.

Solutions segment revenues increased $23.3 million or 28% over prior year, primarily as a result of strong sales from the Company's multi-client programs in Northeast Greenland, East Africa, Brazil and the Gulf of Mexico, partially offset by decreased data processing sales that were impacted by the continuing and lagging effects of the slow-down in the Gulf of Mexico.  Systems and Software segment revenues increased by 16% and 4%, respectively.  

Gross margins for the first six months of 2011 increased to 36% compared to 31% for 2010, and compared to 35% in the same period of 2010 after excluding the first quarter 2010 results of the Legacy Land Systems (INOVA) segment.

Operating expenses as a percentage of revenues for the first six months of 2011 decreased to 28% compared to 32% in the prior year period after excluding the first quarter 2010 results of the Legacy Land Systems (INOVA) segment, as revenue growth outpaced an increase in R&D and marketing expenditures.

The Company's effective tax rate during the first six months of 2011 was 27.2% (provision on income) compared to 26.0% (provision on a loss) for 2010. The increase in effective tax rate relates primarily to changes in the distribution of earnings between U.S. and foreign jurisdictions.

Income from operations for the first half of 2011 totaled $14.9 million compared to a loss from operations of ($5.0) million in the prior period. Excluding the results of the Legacy Land Systems (INOVA) segment, income from operations for the same period of 2010 was $4.6 million.  

For the first six months of 2011, the Company reported net income of $2.6 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to ($70.7) million, or ($0.52) per share, in 2010. Excluding the after-tax impact of the special items as shown in the table at the end of the second quarter 2010 press release, the Company reported a net loss of ($10.2) million, or ($0.07) per share for the first six months of 2010. Adjusted EBITDA for the period increased 77% to $56.6 million compared to $32.0 million in 2010.

OUTLOOK

Brian Hanson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, commented, "As we communicated during our first quarter earnings call, we continue to expect our year to be significantly back-end loaded, which is consistent with our historical pattern over the past several years.

"Our multi-client business is currently executing several new venture programs both on land and at sea. Our marine business continues to perform well and remains on track to recognize the revenue from the BGP twelve-streamer sale in the back half of the year. Our data processing business, which had a weaker performance in the first half of the year, primarily driven by the slow-down in the Gulf of Mexico, is showing signs of improvement. The Gulf of Mexico sales pipeline has increased significantly since Macondo, and we expect this increase to work its way through the business, improving the back half of the year. We expect that the run rate of the data processing business should be restored to pre-Macondo levels beginning in the fourth quarter.

"We continue to expect our investment in multi-client data libraries to achieve a full-year level in the range of $110 to $130 million with a significant amount of this investment to be underwritten by our customers."          

CONFERENCE CALL

The Company has scheduled a conference call for Wednesday, August 3, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time that will include a slide presentation.  To participate in the conference call, dial 480-629-9835 at least 10 minutes before the call begins and ask for the ION conference call.  Click here to access the earnings presentation slides.

A replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the live broadcast ends and will be accessible until August 17, 2011.  To access the replay, dial 303-590-3030 and use pass code 4452214#.

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.  Also, 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 allow E&P operators to obtain higher resolution images of the subsurface to reduce the risk of exploration and reservoir development, and enable seismic contractors to acquire geophysical data more efficiently.  Additional information about ION is available at www.iongeo.com.

CONTACTS: R. Brian Hanson Chief Financial Officer +1.281.879.3672

Jack Lascar DRG&L +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 include future sales and market growth, timing of sales, future liquidity and cash levels, future estimated revenues and earnings, benefits expected to result from the INOVA Geophysical joint venture 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 the timing and development of the Company's products and services and market acceptance of the Company's new and revised product offerings; risks associated with the operation of the INOVA Geophysical joint venture; risks associated with litigation; risks associated with the Company's level and terms of indebtedness; risks associated with 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; risks 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, 2010 and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed during 2011.

Tables to follow

ION GEOPHYSICAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

June 30,

Six Months Ended

June 30,

2011

2010

2011

2010

Product revenues

$  39,016

$  39,433

$  71,403

$  79,675

Service revenues

49,516

35,953

107,681

84,430

Total net revenues

88,532

75,386

179,084

164,105

Cost of products

17,624

20,576

32,263

51,067

Cost of services

37,277

26,748

82,051

62,610

Gross profit

33,631

28,062

64,770

50,428

Operating expenses:

Research, development and engineering

5,906

5,217

11,745

14,216

Marketing and sales

7,838

5,649

14,880

13,555

General and administrative

11,087

11,212

23,274

27,650

Total operating expenses

24,831

22,078

49,899

55,421

Income (loss) from operations

8,800

5,984

14,871

(4,993)

Interest expense, net

(1,187)

(1,373)

(2,802)

(27,016)

Loss on disposition of land division

(38,115)

Fair value adjustment of warrant

12,788

Equity in losses of INOVA Geophysical

(4,173)

(179)

(5,033)

(179)

Other income (expense)

497

(799)

(2,502)

2,418

Income (loss) before income taxes

3,937

3,633

4,534

(55,097)

Income tax expense

1,085

2,174

1,232

14,334

Net income (loss)

2,852

1,459

3,302

(69,431)

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

44

  —

69

  —

Net income (loss) attributable to ION

2,896

1,459

3,371

(69,431)

Preferred stock dividends

338

385

676

1,260

Net income (loss) applicable to common shares

$  2,558

$  1,074

$  2,695

$  (70,691)

Net income (loss) per share:

Basic

$  0.02

$  0.01

$  0.02

$  (0.52)

Diluted

$  0.02

$  0.01

$  0.02

$  (0.52)

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:

Basic

155,096

151,441

154,385

135,962

Diluted

156,553

152,036

156,058

135,962

ION GEOPHYSICAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

June 30,

December 31,

2011

2010

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$  55,953

$  84,419

Short-term investments

39,000

Accounts receivable, net

65,921

77,576

Unbilled receivables

45,306

70,590

Inventories

86,160

66,882

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

15,373

13,165

Total current assets

307,713

312,632

Deferred income tax asset

14,098

8,998

Property, plant and equipment, net

25,913

20,145

Multi-client data library, net

120,086

112,620

Investment in INOVA Geophysical

91,722

95,173

Goodwill

52,194

51,333

Intangible assets, net

17,654

20,317

Other assets

10,054

3,224

Total assets

$  639,434

$  624,442

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Notes payable and current maturities of long-term debt

$  5,119

$  6,073

Accounts payable

30,700

30,940

Accrued expenses

42,811

54,799

Accrued multi-client data library royalties

13,024

18,667

Deferred revenue and other current liabilities

36,558

22,887

Total current liabilities

128,212

133,366

Long-term debt, net of current maturities

100,153

102,587

Other long-term liabilities

7,499

8,042

Total liabilities

235,864

243,995

Equity:

Cumulative convertible preferred stock

27,000

27,000

Common stock

1,551

1,529

Additional paid-in capital

837,726

822,399

Accumulated deficit

(445,015)

(448,386)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(11,376)

(15,530)

Treasury stock

(6,565)

(6,565)

Total stockholders' equity

403,321

380,447

Noncontrolling interest

249

Total equity

403,570

380,447

Total liabilities and equity

$  639,434

$  624,442

ION GEOPHYSICAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Six Months Ended

June 30,

2011

2010

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income (loss)

$  3,302

$  (69,341)

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

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

7,476

15,766

Amortization of multi-client data library

36,748

18,858

Stock-based compensation expense

3,727

3,343

Amortization of debt discount

8,656

Write-off of unamortized debt issuance costs

10,121

Fair value adjustment of warrant

(12,788)

Loss on disposition of land division

38,115

Equity in losses of INOVA Geophysical

5,033

179

Deferred income taxes

(8,192)

8,250

Change in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

11,422

31,088

Unbilled receivables

25,284

(8,183)

Inventories

(22,051)

1,153

Accounts payable, accrued expenses and accrued royalties

(15,847)

(23,568)

Deferred revenue

16,630

1,768

Other assets and liabilities

(2,720)

(3,755)

Net cash provided by operating activities

60,812

19,572

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(7,240)

(2,056)

Investment in multi-client data library

(46,102)

(21,226)

Purchase of short-term investments

(80,000)

Proceeds from sale of short-term investments

41,000

Investment in a convertible note

(6,500)

Proceeds from disposition of land division, net of fees paid

99,790

Advances to INOVA Geophysical

(6,500)

Other investing activities

50

(1,272)

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

(98,792)

68,736

Cash flows from financing activities:

Borrowings under revolving line of credit

85,000

Repayments under revolving line of credit

(174,429)

Net proceeds from issuance of debt

105,695

Net proceeds from issuance of common stock

38,039

Payments on notes payable and long-term debt

(3,388)

(142,047)

Payment of preferred dividends

(676)

(1,260)

Contribution from noncontrolling interest

307

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

12,931

Other financing activities

(40)

(78)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

9,134

(89,080)

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

380

843

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(28,466)

71

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

84,419

16,217

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$  55,953

$  16,288

ION GEOPHYSICAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUMMARY OF SEGMENT INFORMATION

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

June 30,

Six Months Ended

June 30,

2011

2010

2011

2010

Net revenues:

Systems:

Towed Streamer

$  20,234

$  19,677

$  37,781

$  29,910

Ocean Bottom

507

1,137

509

1,311

Other

8,734

8,978

15,145

14,686

Total

$  29,475

$  29,792

$  53,435

$  45,907

Software:

Software Systems

$  9,541

$  9,641

$  17,968

$  17,257

Services

558

492

830

848

Total

$  10,099

$  10,133

$  18,798

$  18,105

Solutions:

Data Processing

$  20,634

$  27,753

$  40,933

$  51,718

New Venture

9,772

4,917

32,222

12,343

Data Library

18,552

2,791

33,696

19,521

Total

$  48,958

$  35,461

$  106,851

$  83,582

Legacy Land Systems (INOVA)

$  —

$  —

$  —

$  16,511

Total

$  88,532

$  75,386

$  179,084

$  164,105

Gross profit:

Systems

$  15,110

$  12,381

$  27,355

$  17,939

Software

7,331

6,811

12,909

12,180

Solutions

11,190

8,870

24,506

21,293

Legacy Land Systems (INOVA)

  —

  —

  —

(984)

Total

$  33,631

$  28,062

$  64,770

$  50,428

Gross margin:

Systems

51%

42%

51%

39%

Software

73%

67%

69%

67%

Solutions

23%

25%

23%

26%

Legacy Land Systems (INOVA)

  —%

  —%

  —%

(6%)

Total

38%

37%

36%

31%

Income (loss) from operations:

Systems

$  9,057

$  7,231

$  15,137

$  8,140

Software

6,439

6,256

11,292

11,062

Solutions

3,042

2,548

8,854

8,113

Legacy Land Systems (INOVA)

(9,623)

Corporate and other

(9,738)

(10,051)

(20,412)

(22,685)

Income (loss) from operations

$  8,800

$  5,984

$  14,871

$  (4,993)

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income (Loss)

(Non-GAAP Measure)

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measurement that is presented as an additional indicator of operating performance and is not a substitute for net income (loss) or net income (loss) per share calculated under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).  We believe that Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to investors because it is an indicator of the strength and performance of our ongoing business operations, including our ability to service our debt.  The calculation of Adjusted EBITDA shown below is based upon amounts derived from the Company's financial statements prepared in conformity with GAAP.

Three Months Ended

June 30,

Six Months Ended

June 30,

2011

2010

2011

2010

Net income (loss)

$  2,852

$  1,459

$  3,302

$  (69,431)

Interest expense, net

1,187

1,373

2,802

27,016

Income tax expense

1,085

2,174

1,232

14,334

Depreciation and amortization expense

16,828

11,004

44,224

34,624

Equity in losses of INOVA Geophysical

4,173

179

5,033

179

Loss on disposition of land division

38,115

Fair value adjustment of the warrant

  —

  —

  —

(12,788)

Adjusted EBITDA

$  26,125

$    16,189

$  56,593

$  32,049

Reconciliation of Income (Loss) from Operations Excluding the

Legacy Land Systems (INOVA) Segment

(Non-GAAP Measure)

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

The financial results reflected in the Consolidated Statements of Operations, Consolidated Balance Sheets and Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows contained in this press release 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 our income (loss) from operations excluding our Legacy Land Systems (INOVA) segment.  This segment was contributed to our joint venture (INOVA Geophysical) on March 25, 2010.  Therefore, beginning on March 26, 2010, this contributed business is no longer consolidated into our results of operations.  This adjusted income amount is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP.  Accordingly, it should not be considered as a substitute for income (loss) from operations 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 six months ended June 30, 2010:

Six Months Ended June 30, 2010

As

Reported

Legacy Land

Systems

As

Adjusted

Net revenues

$  164,105

$  (16,511)

$  147,594

Cost of sales

113,677

(17,495)

96,182

  Gross profit

50,428

984

51,412

Operating expenses:

  Research, development and engineering

14,216

(4,181)

10,035

  Marketing and sales

13,555

(1,559)

11,996

  General and administrative

27,650

(2,899)

24,751

     Total operating expenses

55,421

(8,639)

46,782

Income (loss) from operations

$    (4,993)

$  9,623

$  4,630

SOURCE ION Geophysical Corporation



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