Geospace Technologies Reports Fiscal Year 2015 First Quarter Results

HOUSTON--()--Geospace Technologies (NASDAQ:GEOS) today announced a net loss of $5.4 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, on revenues of $21.2 million for its fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2014. This compares with a net income of $24.2 million, or $1.85 per diluted share, on revenues of $101.3 million for the prior year.

Walter R. (“Rick”) Wheeler, Geospace Technologies’ President and CEO said, “Commensurate with current seismic industry weakness, our first quarter of fiscal year 2015 faced significant market challenges. Revenues for the quarter decreased $80.2 million or 79% from last year’s first quarter and comparative net income for the quarter dropped by $29.6 million or 123%. Reductions in our first quarter revenues were attributed to a continuing decline and perpetuation of lower market demand for our exploration-focused traditional and wireless seismic products. Revenues from these products were $13.4 million in the current quarter compared to last year’s first quarter where higher demand and large orders for these products resulted in revenue of $66.0 million. In addition, we had no contracts underway for permanent reservoir monitoring (PRM) systems. In contrast, we recognized $28.0 million in last year’s first quarter from the Statoil project.”

“Along with lower first quarter revenues, the product mix of revenues during the quarter was comprised of mostly low margin items. These thin product gross profit margins, rental fleet depreciation, and low factory productivity resulting in a high level of unabsorbed fixed overhead expenses pulled our first quarter gross profits just below breakeven. We expect our seismic product gross profit margins to be under significant stress throughout fiscal year 2015 due to expected lower manufacturing activity.”

“Customer and client interest in our cableless OBX ocean bottom nodal products continues to be a bright spot in an otherwise stark seismic instrument market. At various times during the first quarter, over 2,800 stations of our OBX system were utilized in rental programs executed with multiple customers. We expect to rent over 1,600 OBX stations at various times during the second quarter. We recently learned that the previously announced ocean bottom survey that was scheduled to utilize 4,000 stations of our OBX system has been delayed for an unspecified period of time. However, this customer is now quoting other projects which, if successful, would utilize much of the equipment during the same time frame. Regarding our discussions with Seafloor Geophysical Solutions (SGS), we understand that management continues to seek capital funding, albeit at significantly lower levels. If successful in raising the reduced targeted level of funding, SGS intends to rent our OBX equipment rather than purchase it. As a result, we will recognize as income in our second fiscal quarter the $3.0 million non-refundable purchase deposit we received from SGS in fiscal year 2014.”

“First quarter revenues from our reservoir products totaled $2.2 million, down 93% from the first quarter of last year. As previously mentioned, no PRM contracts were underway in the first quarter, and we do not anticipate any significant revenues from such systems in fiscal year 2015. We continue to discuss potential PRM projects with oil and gas companies, including some that are considering PRM systems for the first time. While we have no contracts today for PRM systems, we are committed to future product development in this area and we continue in our optimism that PRM systems will remain a large, yet lumpy part of our future business.”

“In adjusting to current market conditions, we have reevaluated the pace of our planned construction expenditures for our Pinemont facility. As a result, we are proceeding quite cautiously with any substantial new building investments until we have more visibility into future seismic product demand and PRM contract awards. We now expect our fiscal year 2015 capital expenditures for the Pinemont facility to range between $1 to $5 million versus our previous forecast of $15 million. We are adjusting our expected capital expenditures for other property and equipment from $10 million to approximately $5 to $7 million. Through personnel reductions and other cost controls, we have reduced factory hours over 60% since last year and we expect an additional $6.5 million of wage reductions in fiscal year 2015 through the elimination of incentive compensation payments. We will continue to evaluate our cost structure in light of industry conditions.”

“In other news, we are pleased to announce that we received our ISO 9001:2008 Quality Certification on November 28, 2014. Our internally developed Quality Management System was noted for its advanced functionality and tracking capabilities. All of our employees have long focused on delivering and maintaining high standards of quality and safety in our products and operations, and it is very satisfying to receive independently audited validation of these efforts.”

“Overall, our first quarter was negatively impacted by continued lower demand for our seismic products as a direct result of reduced activity in the seismic exploration market. We anticipate that our operations will remain challenged so long as the seismic market remains soft. However, as in similar periods in our past, we believe our strong balance sheet and leadership in products and services will help us prevail through these times.”

Conference Call Information

Geospace Technologies will host a conference call to review its fiscal year 2015 first quarter financial results on February 5, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Central). Participants can access the call at (866) 952-7534 (US) or (785) 424-1835 (International). Please reference the conference ID: GEOSQ414 prior to the start of the conference call. A replay will be available for approximately 60 days and may be accessed through the Investor tab of our website at

About Geospace Technologies

Geospace Technologies Corporation designs and manufactures instruments and equipment used by the oil and gas industry to acquire seismic data in order to locate, characterize and monitor hydrocarbon producing reservoirs. The company also designs and manufactures non-seismic products, including industrial products, offshore cables, thermal printing equipment and film.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements other than statements of historical fact included herein including statements regarding potential future products and markets, our potential future revenues, future financial position, business strategy, future expectations and estimates and other plans and objectives for future operations, are forward-looking statements. We believe our forward-looking statements are reasonable. However, they are based on certain assumptions about our industry and our business that may in the future prove to be inaccurate. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations include the level of seismic exploration worldwide, which is influenced primarily by prevailing prices for oil and gas, the extent to which our new products are accepted in the market, the availability of competitive products that may be more technologically advanced or otherwise preferable to our products, tensions in the Middle East and other factors disclosed under the heading “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Further, all written and verbal forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by such factors. We assume no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that we may make from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
Three Months Ended
December 31, 2014     December 31, 2013


$ 18,463 $ 97,820
Rental equipment   2,703   3,528
Total revenues 21,166 101,348

Cost of revenues:

Products 18,613 51,239
Rental equipment   2,574   3,018
Total cost of revenues   21,187   54,257

Gross profit (loss)

  (21 )   47,091

Operating expenses:

Selling, general and administrative 5,869 6,702
Research and development 3,301 4,375
Bad debt expense   697   347
Total operating expenses   9,867   11,424

Income (loss) from operations

  (9,888 )   35,667

Other income (expense):

Interest expense (112 ) (132 )
Interest income 59 31
Foreign exchange gains (losses) 1,589 (21 )
Other, net   (90 )   (26 )
Total other income (expense), net   1,446   (148 )

Income (loss) before income taxes

(8,442 ) 35,519
Income tax expense (benefit)   (2,997 )   11,343
Net income (loss) $ (5,445 ) $ 24,176

Basic earnings (loss) per share

$ (0.41 ) $ 1.86

Diluted earnings (loss) per share

$ (0.41 ) $ 1.85

Weighted average shares outstanding - Basic

  12,977,913   12,947,195
Weighted average shares outstanding - Diluted   12,977,913   13,000,113
(in thousands)
ASSETS December 31, 2014 September 30, 2014
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 30,290 $ 33,357
Short-term investments 19,655 19,861
Trade accounts receivable, net 13,365 24,602
Notes receivable, net 4,075 3,786
Inventories, net 147,274 145,890
Deferred income tax assets 7,286 7,244
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   10,107   9,268
Total current assets 232,052 244,008

Rent equipment, net

51,180 53,873
Property, plant and equipment, net 52,457 49,205
Goodwill 1,843 1,843
Non-current deferred income tax assets 54 75
Non-current notes receivable, net 24 28
Prepaid income taxes 5,396 5,848
Other assets   105   106
Total assets $ 343,111 $ 354,986



Current Liabilities:

Accounts payable trade $ 5,724 $ 4,964
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 10,546 14,590
Deferred revenue 3,544 3,752
Deferred income tax 60 23
Income tax payable   251   22
Total current liabilities 20,125 23,351

Non-current deferred income tax liability

  1,658   2,377
Total liabilities   21,783   25,728

Commitments and contingencies


Stockholders' equity:

Preferred stock
Common stock 131 131
Additional paid-in capital 70,873 70,704
Retained earnings 255,474 260,919
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (5,150 )   (2,496 )
Total stockholders' equity   321,328   329,258

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$ 343,111 $ 354,986
(in thousands)
Three Months Three Months
Ended Ended
December 31, 2014 December 31, 2013
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income (loss) $ (5,445 ) $ 24,176

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


Deferred income tax expense (benefit) (702 ) 248
Depreciation and amortization 3,933 3,474
Accretion of discounts on short-term-investments 57
Stock-based compensation expense 1,220 810
Bad debt expense 697 347
Inventory obsolescence expense 777 904
Gross loss (profit) from sale of used rental equipment 5 (5,331 )
Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment (31 )
Effects of changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Trade accounts and notes receivable 10,099 (2,243 )
Inventories (3,953 ) 13,717
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings 9,266

Prepaid expenses and other current assets




Prepaid income taxes 452 (2,031 )
Accounts payable trade 794 (1,086 )
Accrued expenses and other (6,766 ) (2,146 )
Deferred revenue (163 ) 4,496
Income taxes payable   257   12,321
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   (1,409)   52,734

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchase of property, plant and equipment (1,147 ) (1,382 )
Investment in rental equipment (29 ) (17,717 )
Proceeds from sale of used rental equipment 244 8,092
Purchase of short-term investments (1,550 )
Proceeds from the sale of short-term investments   1,715  
Net cash used in investing activities   (767 )   (11,007 )

Cash flows from financing activities:

Net payments under line of credit (931 )
Excess tax (expense) benefit from share-based compensation (1,051 ) 661
Proceeds from exercise of stock options     212
Net cash used in financing activities   (1,051 )   (58 )

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

  160   (2 )

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(3,067 ) 41,667

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

  33,357   2,726
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 30,290 $ 44,393
(in thousands)
Three Months Ended
December 31,     December 31,
2014 2013
Seismic segment revenues:
Traditional exploration products $ 7,721 $ 20,462
Wireless exploration products 5,694 45,508
Reservoir products   2,178     29,257  
15,593 95,227
Non-Seismic segment revenues 5,431 5,912
Corporate revenues   142     209  
Total revenues $ 21,166   $ 101,348  
Three Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2014 2013
Operating income (loss):
Seismic segment $ (7,385 ) $ 38,543
Non-Seismic segment 858 774
Corporate   (3,361 )   (3,650 )
Total operating income (loss) $ (9,888 ) $ 35,667  


Geospace Technologies
Walter R. Wheeler, 713-986-4444
President and CEO
FAX: 713-986-4445


Geospace Technologies
Walter R. Wheeler, 713-986-4444
President and CEO
FAX: 713-986-4445