Geospace Technologies Reports Fiscal Year 2017 Results

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Geospace Technologies (NASDAQ: GEOS) today announced a net loss of $56.8 million, or $4.32 per diluted share, on revenues of $73.7 million for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2017. This compares with a net loss of $46.0 million, or $3.52 per diluted share, on revenues of $62.1 million for the prior year.

For the fourth quarter ended September 30, 2017, the company recorded revenues of $23.7 million and a net loss of $19.2 million, or $1.46 per diluted share. For the comparable period last year, the company recorded revenues of $16.3 million and a net loss of $12.3 million, or $0.94 per diluted share.

Walter R. ("Rick") Wheeler, President and CEO of Geospace Technologies said, "Revenue generated in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017 totaled $23.7 million. This is an increase of 45% over last year’s fourth quarter and represents the largest quarterly revenue since the second quarter of fiscal year 2015. A significant portion of this fourth quarter revenue resulted from the purchase by a customer of 15,000 three-channel GSX recording stations and related three-component geophone sensors from our rental fleet. Combining these results with the first three quarters, revenue for the 2017 fiscal year increased almost 19% over last year, reaching $73.7 million. Despite higher revenue in the fourth quarter and fiscal year, earnings for the year reflected a net loss of $56.8 million, or $4.32 per diluted share. Contributing to this loss were significant non-cash charges of $5.3 million of impairment charges levied in the fourth quarter against certain factory equipment used in the manufacture of permanent reservoir monitoring (PRM) systems, as well as $21.5 million of inventory obsolescence reserves, including $5.1 million in our fourth quarter related to our PRM products. Together, these non-cash adjustments amounted to $26.8 million over the fiscal year, or a loss of $2.04 per diluted share. The adjustments associated with PRM manufacturing equipment and related product inventories occurred in response to news we received in September 2017 from one of our PRM customers. We were informed that two offshore fields we had been discussing would now limit tender submissions to systems utilizing fiber optic sensor technology. In conjunction with this notice and the recognition that there have been no PRM orders since November of 2012, irrespective of technology type, we concluded that the additional inventory obsolescence reserves and impairment charges were warranted.”

“Our traditional seismic exploration products produced revenues of $14.8 million for fiscal year 2017. This is an increase of 11% over last year’s total and is largely derived from the sale in the fourth quarter of three-component geophone sensors in connection with the large GSX system sale mentioned above. Our traditional seismic product revenue in fiscal year 2016 represented a historic low, and the increase experienced in fiscal year 2017 is an encouragement of potential market improvement. Despite the increased revenue, demand for our traditional seismic products has remained relatively flat and slow to recover. We expect demand for our traditional products to expand and diminish in parallel with future increases or decreases in seismic exploration activity.”

“Wireless product revenue for fiscal year 2017 grew by 61% compared to last year, totaling $29.7 million. More than $11 million of revenues came in the fourth quarter, with the largest portion derived from the previously mentioned sale of the large GSX system. During fiscal year 2017, we sold almost 67,000 channels of our GSX wireless recording system, compared with only 4,600 channels last year. Rentals of our OBX marine nodal systems, although down from last year, were also a significant contributor to our wireless revenues and continued to represent a majority of our rental revenue for fiscal year 2017. In the significantly depressed seismic exploration environment of today, our wireless land and marine recording systems remain especially relevant to contractors as the premier tools for their operational efficiency and reliability.”

“Our reservoir seismic products generated $2.7 million of revenue in fiscal year 2017. While this represents an increase of 27% over last year, it is still approximately half of what was received in fiscal year 2015. As was similarly the case in both fiscal year 2015 and 2016, revenue from this product line in fiscal year 2017 was primarily associated with the sale, rental, and repair of our high-definition seismic borehole tools. Absent any contracts to manufacture PRM systems, revenue from this segment is not expected to increase in any appreciable way. Moreover, with the recent news from an existing PRM customer that bids for two fields previously under discussion would now be restricted to fiber optic sensor technology, we believe that fiscal year 2018 is also unlikely to see any revenue from PRM system contracts. Our PRM system designs, which utilize electrical sensor technology, are proven to provide the best performance and long-term functionality of any PRM system ever deployed or made available, and we remain committed to pursuing PRM contract opportunities with discerning oil companies managing their reserves through high resolution seismic monitoring. Nonetheless, while we are still engaged in ongoing discussions regarding other fields and other customers for PRM systems, we do not expect these endeavors to result in any PRM contracts producing revenue in fiscal year 2018.”

“Revenue from our non-seismic products totaled $26.0 million in fiscal year 2017. This reflects a decrease of about 6% from last year’s performance, but is still almost 10% higher than the amount produced two years ago. The decrease from last year is largely attributed to a temporary lull in demand for certain industrial products while some of our customers worked through large inventories purchased the year before. Notably, we were encouraged to see revenue from our non-seismic products increase in our second, third and fourth quarters of fiscal year 2017. Despite the decrease in revenue compared to last year, operating income associated with our non-seismic products has increased each year over the last three consecutive years. We believe our ongoing efforts to design and introduce new products in our various non-seismic business lines will continue to provide opportunities for new revenue and growth.”

“In other matters, we reported in a recent Form 8-K filing an accounting error in our financial statements for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2015 and 2016, and the quarterly periods ended December 31, 2016, March 31, 2017 and June 30, 2017. Specifically, the accounting error relates to the classification of inventories on the balance sheet. We had previously classified all of our inventories as a current asset in our balance sheets for each of those periods. We have now determined that all of our inventories for each of these dates were not reasonably expected to be sold or consumed during our next operating cycle, and therefore a portion of these inventories should have been classified as non-current in our balance sheets. The error had no effect on previously reported results of operations, net loss, total assets, total liabilities, stockholders' equity or cash flows for any of the affected periods. All of our inventory is available for sale, and is often sold on unanticipated short notice. However, in light of the rapid onset of depressed seismic market conditions that occurred in 2015 and 2016, and the recognition that our forecasted expectations of revenues in the current industry environment would not consume our large inventory balances, we realized that portions of our inventories should have been classified as non-current, meaning these inventories were unlikely to be sold or consumed within a one-year period. Going forward, we will continue to categorize portions of our inventories as non-current based on estimates of when it might be sold, even though such estimates are highly subject to change from one period to another.”

“As previously disclosed, we recently amended our loan agreement with Frost Bank. This amendment extended the maturity of the loan agreement to April 2019, modified the borrowing base to include new assets while restricting the inclusion of others, and requires us to maintain $10 million of unencumbered liquid assets. We are pleased with the outcome of this negotiation with our bankers.”

“When we began fiscal year 2017, all indicators pointed to the persistence of similar depressed conditions for the seismic equipment market that were experienced in the previous fiscal year. As the year unfolded, this assessment proved to be essentially accurate as a consequence of continued low seismic exploration funding by oil and gas companies. As the 2017 fiscal year has now come to a close, we are encouraged that total revenue increased over last year and that quoting activity as reported by our customers is also increasing. However, our optimism remains guarded in that we believe recovery in the seismic industry will be gradual and that demand for our seismic products will lag behind initial market improvements. Our latest product offerings are currently under evaluation and testing by existing as well as new potential customers, and are being recognized for the utility and efficiencies their new features can provide. These products and our reputation for customer support provide an abounding opportunity for us to take advantage of an improved seismic exploration and reservoir characterization industry where both technical and operational performance are important. Our strong balance sheet includes $51.2 million in cash, cash equivalents and short term investments, and is further highlighted by the lack of any long term debt. Combined with our borrowing availability of $23.8 million from our credit agreement, our total liquidity at September 30, 2017 was $75 million. In concert with our ongoing cost management efforts, this strong financial position and our technical competence leave us well prepared for the future.”

Conference Call Information

Geospace Technologies will host a conference call to review its fiscal year 2017 full year financial results on December 1, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9 a.m. Central). Participants can access the call at (800) 459-5343 (US) or (203) 518-9553 (International). Please reference the conference ID: GEOSQ417 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 www.geospace.com.

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. Forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "plan", "intend", "forecast", "target", "project", "may", "will", "should", "could", "estimate", "predict", or similar words suggesting future outcomes or language suggesting an outlook. 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, obsolescence of inventory, negative reactions to our restatement, 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)


September 30, 2017 September 30, 2016 2017 2016
Products $ 22,095 $ 12,078 $ 60,055 $ 46,530
Rental equipment 1,588 4,236 13,666 15,530
Total revenue 23,683 16,314 73,721 62,060
Cost of revenue:
Products 30,423 17,356 79,548 63,608
Rental equipment 2,946 4,425 14,856 17,815
Total cost of revenue 33,369 21,781 94,404 81,423
Gross profit (loss) (9,686 ) (5,467 ) (20,683 ) (19,363 )
Operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative 5,146 5,217 20,238 21,533
Research and development 3,324 3,295 13,782 13,851
Bad debt expense (recovery) 22 837 (380 ) 763
Total operating expenses 8,492 9,349 33,640 36,147
Loss from operations (18,178 ) (14,816 ) (54,323 ) (55,510 )
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (15 ) (8 ) (39 ) (26 )
Interest income 200 124 653 376
Foreign exchange gains (losses) 62 (104 ) (339 ) (113 )
Other, net (16 ) (10 ) (60 ) (60 )
Total other income, net 231 2 215 177
Loss before income taxes (17,947 ) (14,814 ) (54,108 ) (55,333 )
Income tax expense (benefit) 1,260 (2,505 ) 2,683 (9,363 )
Net loss $ (19,207 ) $ (12,309 ) $ (56,791 ) $ (45,970 )
Loss per common share:
Basic $ (1.46 ) $ (0.94 ) $ (4.32 ) $ (3.52 )
Diluted $ (1.46 ) $ (0.94 ) $ (4.32 ) $ (3.52 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 13,148,538 13,053,438 13,134,071 13,044,875
Diluted 13,148,538 13,053,438 13,134,071 13,044,875



(in thousands)


2017 (Restated)
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 15,092 $ 10,262
Short-term investments 36,137 27,491
Trade accounts receivable, net of allowance of $1,395 and $2,449 9,435 15,392
Financing receivables 3,055 1,533
Income tax receivable 273 13,290
Inventories 20,752 30,844
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,623 1,826
Total current assets 86,367 100,638
Rental equipment, net 16,462 30,973
Property, plant and equipment, net 37,399 44,732
Non-current inventories 55,935 73,696
Deferred income tax assets, net 259 216
Non-current financing receivables, net of allowance of $1,020 and $500 8,195 1,817
Prepaid income taxes 450 2,620
Other assets 629 80
Total assets $ 205,696 $ 254,772
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable trade $ 2,599 $ 2,120
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 6,338 7,849
Deferred revenue 1,568 174
Income tax payable 125
Total current liabilities 10,505 10,268
Deferred income tax liabilities 37 37
Total liabilities 10,542 10,305
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ equity:
Preferred stock, 1,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding
Common stock, $.01 par value, 20,000,000 shares authorized, 13,438,316
and 13,328,066 shares issued and outstanding 134 133
Additional paid-in capital 83,733 77,967
Retained earnings 125,517 182,308
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (14,230 ) (15,941 )
Total stockholders’ equity 195,154 244,467
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 205,696 $ 254,772



(in thousands)


2017 2016 2015
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net loss $ (56,791 ) $ (45,970 ) $ (32,641 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided
by (used in) operating activities:
Deferred income tax expense (benefit) (25 ) 4,209 (943 )
Rental equipment depreciation 12,530 14,523 13,948
Property, plant and equipment depreciation 5,236 5,391 5,599
Impairment of long-lived assets 5,331 1,814
Goodwill impairment 1,843
Accretion of discounts on short-term investments 60 110 225
Stock-based compensation expense 5,732 5,220 4,539
Bad debt expense (recovery) (380 ) 763 2,147
Inventory obsolescence expense 21,472 11,212 3,887
Gross profit from sale of used rental equipment (9,054 ) (404 ) (3,208 )
Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment 8 26
Realized loss on short-term investments 3 5 7
Excess tax expense from stock-based compensation (1,411 ) (1,083 )
Effects of changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Trade accounts and financing receivables 7,743 (3,428 ) 7,088
Income tax receivable 13,041 4,078 (14,799 )
Inventories 2,962 5,193 9,661
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 680 (523 ) 997
Prepaid income taxes 2,171 1,475 1,753
Accounts payable trade 477 (1,942 ) (834 )
Accrued expenses and other (1,269 ) (2,149 ) (6,004 )
Deferred revenue 295 11 (3,567 )
Income taxes payable (123 ) 120 (10 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 10,091 (1,695 ) (11,369 )
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchase of property, plant and equipment (1,177 ) (1,867 ) (2,189 )
Investment in rental equipment (455 ) (502 ) (3,973 )
Proceeds from the sale of used rental equipment 4,884 1,584 4,278
Purchases of short-term investments (19,242 ) (25,791 ) (6,306 )
Proceeds from the sale of short-term investments 10,532 16,368 7,902
Net cash used in investing activities (5,458 ) (10,208 ) (288 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from exercise of stock options and other 50
Net cash provided by financing activities 50
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 147 (149 ) 614
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 4,830 (12,052 ) (11,043 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of fiscal year 10,262 22,314 33,357
Cash and cash equivalents, end of fiscal year $ 15,092 $ 10,262 $ 22,314



(in thousands)


Three Months Ended Year Ended
September 30, 2017 September 30, 2016 September 30, 2017 September 30, 2016
Seismic segment revenue:
Traditional exploration products $ 4,945 $ 2,587 $ 14,756 $ 13,298
Wireless exploration products 11,085 5,220 29,690 18,400
Reservoir products 421 343 2,663 2,094
16,451 8,150 47,109 33,792
Non-Seismic segment revenue:
Industrial product revenue 4,167 5,078 14,420 16,223
Imaging product revenue 2,915 2,943 11,607 11,485
7,082 8,021 26,027 27,708
Corporate 150 143 585 560
Total revenue $ 23,683 $ 16,314 $ 73,721 $ 62,060
Three Months Ended Year Ended
September 30, 2017 September 30, 2016 September 30, 2017 September 30, 2016
Operating income (loss):
Seismic segment $ (16,321 ) $ (13,458 ) $ (46,902 ) $ (47,690 )
Non-seismic segment 1,045 1,489 4,153 4,093
Corporate (2,902 ) (2,847 ) (11,574 ) (11,913 )
Total operating loss $ (18,178 ) $ (14,816 ) $ (54,323 ) $ (55,510 )

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Geospace Technologies
Rick Wheeler, 713.986.4444
President and CEO

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