HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Seitel, Inc., a leading provider of onshore seismic data to the oil and gas industry in North America, today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.
First Quarter Highlights -
- Total revenue was $19.5 million compared to $20.6 million in Q1 2017.
- Cash resales totaled $14.3 million compared to $14.0 million in Q1 2017.
- Cash flows from operating activities were $20.4 million compared to $14.1 million in Q1 2017.
- Cash EBITDA was $9.1 million compared to $8.9 million in Q1 2017.
Total revenue for the first quarter of 2018 was $19.5 million, consisting of acquisition underwriting revenue of $3.2 million, resale licensing revenue of $15.8 million and solutions and other revenue of $0.5 million. This compares to total revenue of $20.6 million in the first quarter of 2017, consisting of acquisition underwriting revenue of $6.9 million, resale licensing revenue of $13.2 million and solutions and other revenue of $0.5 million. Cash resales, a component of resale licensing revenue, were $14.3 million in the first quarter of 2018 compared to cash resales of $14.0 million in the first quarter of 2017.
“Cash resales for the first quarter showed a slight improvement over first quarter last year and were in line with our expectations,” commented Rob Monson, president and chief executive officer. “Industry fundamentals continued to improve with crude oil prices remaining above $60 per barrel and the North American land rig activity at multi-year highs. However, our clients continue to show capital discipline as capital spending remains nearly 50% below peak 2014 levels.
“So far this year, we have added about 150 square miles to our data library with new surveys completed in the Permian and Duvernay and an additional 120 square miles through data purchases in the Eagle Ford. We have new data acquisition projects ongoing in the Austin Chalk and Niobrara totaling about 400 square miles,” stated Monson.
Our net loss was $1.9 million for the first quarter of 2018 compared to $13.4 million for the first quarter of 2017. The decrease in loss between quarters was primarily due to a decrease in amortization expense associated with our seismic data library.
Cash flows from operating activities were $20.4 million in the first quarter of 2018 compared to $14.1 million in the first quarter of 2017. The increase in cash flows was primarily due to higher collections of both acquisition underwriting revenue and cash resales and lower payments of annual incentive compensation, partially offset by an increase in income tax payments.
Cash EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, generally defined as cash resales and solutions revenue less cash operating expenses (excluding severance and other non-routine items), was $9.1 million in the first quarter of 2018 compared to $8.9 million in the same period last year. Cash revenues were slightly higher in 2018 versus 2017 while cash operating expenses were consistent year over year, resulting in a small increase in Cash EBITDA.
Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) SG&A expenses were $5.7 million in the first quarter of 2018 compared to $5.6 million in the first quarter of 2017. SG&A expenses were consistent between quarters with no significant fluctuations in individual items.
In the first quarter of 2018, gross capital expenditures were $5.1 million, of which $4.3 million related to new data acquisition projects primarily located in the Permian, Niobrara and Eagle Ford/Woodbine areas in the U.S. and in the Duvernay area in Canada. Our net cash capital expenditures, a non-GAAP measure, defined as total capital expenditures less cash underwriting revenue and non-cash capital expenditures, totaled $1.9 million in the first quarter of 2018. Our current backlog of capital expenditures relates to new data acquisition projects located in the Niobrara and Austin Chalk areas and totals $14.6 million, of which we have obtained cash underwriting of $10.4 million. We expect the majority of our $4.2 million committed net cash capital expenditures to be incurred in 2018 with the remainder to be incurred in 2019.
Seitel’s next conference call will be held after the release of its year-end 2018 results in February 2019. Should investors or analysts wish to contact the Company, please feel free to contact Marcia Kendrick at the email address or telephone number provided in this release.
Seitel is a leading provider of onshore seismic data to the oil and gas industry in North America. Seitel’s data products and services are critical in the exploration for and development of oil and gas reserves by exploration and production companies. Seitel has ownership in an extensive library of proprietary onshore and offshore seismic data that it has accumulated since 1982 and that it licenses to a wide range of exploration and production companies. Seitel believes that its library of 3D onshore seismic data is one of the largest available for licensing in North America and includes leading positions in oil, liquids-rich and natural gas unconventional plays as well as conventional areas. Seitel has ownership in approximately 47,000 square miles of 3D onshore data, over 10,000 square miles of 3D offshore data and approximately 1.1 million linear miles of 2D seismic data concentrated in the major active North American oil and gas producing regions. Seitel has also expanded into Mexico through the reprocessing of existing 2D seismic data for licensing to oil and gas companies. Seitel serves a market which includes over 1,500 companies in the oil and gas industry.
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws, which involve risks and uncertainties. Statements contained in this press release about our future outlook, prospects, strategies and plans, and about industry conditions, demand for seismic services and the future economic life of our seismic data are forward-looking, among others. All statements that express belief, expectation, estimates or intentions, as well as those that are not statements of historical fact, are forward-looking. The words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “project,” “propose,” “plan,” “target,” “foresee,” “should,” “intend,” “may,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “potential” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, but represent our present belief, based on our current expectations and assumptions, with respect to future events and their potential effect on us. While we believe our expectations and assumptions are reasonable, they involve risks and uncertainties beyond our control that could cause the actual results or outcome to differ materially from the expected results or outcome reflected in our forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, actual customer demand for our seismic data and related services, the timing and extent of changes in commodity prices for natural gas, crude oil and condensate and natural gas liquids, conditions in the capital markets during the periods covered by the forward-looking statements, the effect of economic conditions, our ability to obtain financing on satisfactory terms if internally generated cash flows are insufficient to fund our capital needs, the impact on our financial condition as a result of our debt and our debt service, our ability to obtain and maintain normal terms with our vendors and service providers, our ability to maintain contracts that are critical to our operations, changes in the oil and gas industry or the economy generally and changes in the capital expenditure budgets of our customers. For additional information regarding known material factors that could cause our actual results to differ, please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including our Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K.
The forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date hereof and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance or project future results based on such forward-looking statements or present or prior earnings levels. Except as required by applicable law, we disclaim any duty to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or any other reason. All forward-looking statements attributable to Seitel, Inc. or any person acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained or referred to herein, in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, our Current Reports on Form 8-K and future reports filed with the SEC.
INFORMATION RELATED TO FINANCIAL MEASURES
We report our financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), but believe that certain non-GAAP financial measures, such as cash EBITDA and net cash capital expenditures, provide useful supplemental information to investors regarding the company’s operating and financial performance and are useful for period-over-period comparisons. Non-GAAP financial measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures included in this press release are cash EBITDA, for which the most comparable GAAP measure is cash flows from operating activities and net cash capital expenditures, for which the most comparable GAAP measure is total capital expenditures. Reconciliations of each non-GAAP financial measure to its most comparable GAAP measure are included at the end of this press release.
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SEITEL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||80,974||$||70,581|
|Net seismic data library||68,947||74,542|
|Net property and equipment||1,522||1,599|
|Prepaid expenses, deferred charges and other||2,882||1,842|
|Intangible assets, net||900||900|
|Deferred income taxes||201||203|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDER’S EQUITY|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||$||18,153||$||20,198|
|Income taxes payable||52||2,777|
|Obligations under capital leases||1,259||1,363|
|Deferred income taxes||904||1,359|
|COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES|
|Common stock, par value $.001 per share; 100 shares authorized,|
|issued and outstanding||—||—|
|Additional paid-in capital||400,594||400,592|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(12,003||)||(8,807||)|
|TOTAL STOCKHOLDER’S EQUITY||72,208||77,114|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDER’S EQUITY||$||353,925||$||364,048|
SEITEL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
|Depreciation and amortization||10,311||22,263|
|Cost of sales||17||10|
|Selling, general and administrative||5,707||5,646|
|INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS||3,454||(7,324||)|
|Interest expense, net||(6,054||)||(6,210||)|
|Foreign currency exchange gains (losses)||642||(51||)|
|Loss before income taxes||(1,949||)||(13,585||)|
|Benefit for income taxes||(46||)||(206||)|
Cash resales represent new contracts for data licenses from our library, including data currently in progress, payable in cash. We believe cash resales are an important measure of our operating performance and are useful in assessing overall industry and client activity. Cash resales are likely to fluctuate quarter to quarter as they do not require the longer planning and lead times necessary for new data creation. Cash resales were $14.3 million in the first quarter of 2018 compared to $14.0 million in the first quarter of 2017.
The following table summarizes the components of Seitel’s revenue (in thousands):
Three Months Ended
|Total acquisition underwriting revenue||$||3,201||$||6,913|
|Resale licensing revenue:|
|Revenue recognition adjustments||1,534||(1,076||)|
|Total resale licensing revenue||15,816||13,195|
|Total seismic revenue||19,017||20,108|
|Solutions and other||472||487|
Cash EBITDA represents cash generated from licensing data from our seismic library net of recurring cash operating expenses. We believe this measure is helpful in determining the level of cash from operations we have available for debt service and funding of capital expenditures (net of the portion funded or underwritten by our customers). Cash EBITDA includes cash resales plus all other cash revenues other than from data acquisitions, less cost of goods sold and cash selling, general and administrative expenses (excluding severance and other non-routine costs). The following is a quantitative reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, cash flows from operating activities (in thousands):
Three Months Ended
|Add (subtract) other components not included in cash EBITDA:|
|Cash acquisition underwriting revenue||3,201||6,874|
|Revenue recognition adjustments from contracts payable in cash||1,534||(1,076||)|
|Severance and other non-routine costs||(105||)||—|
|Interest expense, net||(6,054||)||(6,210||)|
|Amortization of deferred financing costs||342||310|
|Other cash operating income||9||—|
|Current income tax expense||(365||)||(406||)|
|Changes in operating working capital||12,660||5,792|
|Net cash provided by operating activities||$||20,354||$||14,134|
Net cash capital expenditures represent total capital expenditures less cash underwriting revenue from our clients and non-cash additions to the seismic data library. We believe this measure is important as it reflects the amount of capital expenditures funded from our operating cash flow. The following table summarizes our actual capital expenditures for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and shows how net cash capital expenditures (a non-GAAP financial measure) are derived from total capital expenditures, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure (in thousands):
March 31, 2018
|New data acquisition||$||4,289|
|Cash purchases and data processing||738|
|Property and equipment||100|
|Total capital expenditures||5,127|
|Cash underwriting revenue||(3,201||)|
|Net cash capital expenditures||$||1,926|