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Dawson Geophysical Reports First Quarter 2017 Results

MIDLAND, Texas, May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Dawson Geophysical Company (NASDAQ: DWSN) (the "Company") today reported unaudited financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2017, the Company reported revenues of $41,927,000 as compared to $47,055,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2016. For the first quarter of 2017, the Company reported a net loss of $9,154,000 or $0.42 loss per share attributable to common stock, as compared to a net loss of $8,600,000 or $0.40 loss per share attributable to common stock for the first quarter of 2016. The Company reported negative EBITDA of $1,859,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 compared to EBITDA of $2,509,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.

During the first quarter of 2017, the Company operated three crews early in the quarter and up to a maximum of eight crews in the United States ("U.S.") and Canada. The Company experienced a stronger than anticipated Canadian winter season, which has now concluded, that was offset by lower than expected utilization in the U.S. early in the quarter.

Capital expenditures for the first three months of 2017 were $3,967,000, primarily composed of replacement vehicles and seismic data acquisition equipment. The Company anticipates a capital budget for 2017 to be at maintenance levels below the $10 million approved by our board of directors. The Company's balance sheet remains strong with $43,820,000 of cash and short term investments, $55,943,000 of working capital, which includes $1,504,000 of debt and capital lease obligations as of March 31, 2017.

Stephen C. Jumper, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "While demand for seismic services in North America remains soft, early signs of strengthening in response to improving oil prices have started to take hold. The recent oil price improvements have led to some increases in drilling and completion activity, primarily in concentrated areas of the Permian and Delaware basins of West Texas. During the second quarter of 2017, we anticipate operating four to six crews in the U.S., including two to four of our crews in the Delaware and Permian basins, with variable utilization of those crews. Visability beyond the second quarter of 2017 remains unclear. While further improvement in oil and gas prices will likely be necessary in order to meaningfully increase crew counts outside of the Permian and Delaware basins, we continue to examine and implement strategies designed to increase the production economics for our clients. Even in today's difficult environment, exploration and production operators continue to turn to Dawson Geophysical for high resolution 3D images, which help operators avoid geo-hazards, identify the most productive portions of the reservoir and lower their overall development costs.

We continue to implement processes and strategies designed to further strengthen our operations and financial performance. In March 2017, we sold our dynamite energy source drilling operation, which was acquired as part of our February 2015 merger with TGC Industries, Inc., for a gain on the sale of approximately $1.45 million to a long-term service provider. As part of our cost control efforts, the sale decision was based primarily on the reduced level of activity and demand for services of that unit. We continue to evaluate levels of all in-house service offerings. Our current employee count now stands below 700. With our on-going cost control initiatives, strong balance sheet and experienced personnel, we continue to maintain our position as a leading onshore seismic data acquisition company in North America."

Conference Call Information

Dawson Geophysical Company will host a conference call to review its first quarter 2017 financial results on May 4, 2017 at 9 a.m. CT. Participants can access the call at 1-877-675-4753 (US) and 1-719-325-4838 (Toll/International). To access the live audio webcast or the subsequent archived recording, visit the Dawson website at www.dawson3d.com. Callers can access the telephone replay through June 4, 2017 by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (Toll-Free) and 1-412-317-6671 (Toll/International). The passcode is 8768933. The webcast will be recorded and available for replay on Dawson's website until June 4, 2017.

About Dawson

Dawson Geophysical Company is a leading provider of North American onshore seismic data acquisition services with operations throughout the continental U.S. and Canada. Dawson acquires and processes 2-D, 3-D and multi-component seismic data solely for its clients, ranging from major oil and gas companies to independent oil and gas operators, as well as providers of multi-client data libraries.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In an effort to provide investors with additional information regarding the Company's unaudited results as determined by generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), the Company has included in this press release information about the Company's EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure as defined by Regulation G promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company defines EBITDA as net income (loss) plus interest expense, interest income, income taxes, and depreciation and amortization expense. The Company uses EBITDA as a supplemental financial measure to assess:

  • the financial performance of its assets without regard to financing methods, capital structures, taxes or historical cost basis;
  • its liquidity and operating performance over time in relation to other companies that own similar assets and that the Company believes calculate EBITDA in a similar manner; and
  • the ability of the Company's assets to generate cash sufficient for the Company to pay potential interest costs.

The Company also understands that such data are used by investors to assess the Company's performance. However, the term EBITDA is not defined under GAAP, and EBITDA is not a measure of operating income, operating performance or liquidity presented in accordance with GAAP. When assessing the Company's operating performance or liquidity, investors and others should not consider this data in isolation or as a substitute for net income (loss), cash flow from operating activities or other cash flow data calculated in accordance with GAAP. In addition, the Company's EBITDA may not be comparable to EBITDA or similar titled measures utilized by other companies since such other companies may not calculate EBITDA in the same manner as the Company. Further, the results presented by EBITDA cannot be achieved without incurring the costs that the measure excludes: interest, taxes, and depreciation and amortization. A reconciliation of the Company's EBITDA to its net loss is presented in the table following the text of this press release.

Forward-Looking Statements

In accordance with the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, the Company cautions that statements in this press release which are forward-looking and which provide other than historical information involve risks and uncertainties that may materially affect the Company's actual results of operations. Such forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs of management as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to management. Actual results could differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements as a result of certain factors. These risks include, but are not limited to, dependence upon energy industry spending; the volatility of oil and natural gas prices; changes in economic conditions; the potential for contract delays; reductions or cancellations of service contracts; limited number of customers; credit risk related to our customers; reduced utilization; high fixed costs of operations and high capital requirements; operational disruptions; industry competition; external factors affecting the Company's crews such as weather interruptions and inability to obtain land access rights of way; whether the Company enters into turnkey or dayrate contracts; crew productivity; the availability of capital resources; and disruptions in the global economy. A discussion of these and other factors, including risks and uncertainties, is set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K that was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on March 13, 2017. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

DAWSON GEOPHYSICAL COMPANY

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

(UNAUDITED)








Three Months Ended March 31,



2017



2016







Operating revenues

$

41,927


$

47,055

Operating costs:






   Operating expenses


39,537



40,081

   General and administrative


4,355



5,560

   Depreciation and amortization


10,176



12,045



54,068



57,686







Loss from operations


(12,141)



(10,631)







Other income (expense):






   Interest income


80



64

   Interest expense


(22)



(96)

   Other income


106



1,095

Loss before income tax


(11,977)



(9,568)







Income tax benefit


2,823



968







Net loss


(9,154)



(8,600)







Other comprehensive income:






   Net unrealized income on foreign exchange rate translation, net


97



719







Comprehensive loss 

$

(9,057)


$

(7,881)







Basic loss per share attributable to common stock

$

(0.42)


$

(0.40)







Diluted loss per share attributable to common stock

$

(0.42)


$

(0.40)







Weighted average equivalent common shares outstanding


21,659,539



21,629,817







Weighted average equivalent common shares outstanding - assuming dilution


21,659,539



21,629,817

 

DAWSON GEOPHYSICAL COMPANY

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(amounts in thousands, except share data)








 March 31, 


 December 31, 


2017


2016

ASSETS

(unaudited)




Current assets:






   Cash and cash equivalents

$

27,820


$

14,624

   Short-term investments


16,000



40,250

   Accounts receivable, net


24,034



16,031

   Current maturities of notes receivable


391



   Prepaid expenses and other current assets


5,378



4,822







      Total current assets


73,623



75,727







Property and equipment, net


104,141



110,917







Notes receivable less current maturities


1,241









Intangibles


492



487







Long-term deferred tax assets, net


541



535







      Total assets

$

180,038


$

187,666







LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY






Current liabilities:






   Accounts payable

$

7,431


$

5,617

   Accrued liabilities:






      Payroll costs and other taxes


2,795



885

      Other


3,586



2,983

   Deferred revenue


2,364



3,155

   Current maturities of notes payable and obligations under capital leases


1,504



2,357







      Total current liabilities


17,680



14,997







Long-term liabilities:






   Deferred tax liabilities, net


148



146

   Other accrued liabilities


174



1,639







      Total long-term liabilities


322



1,785







Commitments and contingencies












Stockholders' equity:






   Preferred stock-par value $1.00 per share; 4,000,000 shares authorized, none outstanding




   Common stock-par value $0.01 per share; 35,000,000 shares authorized, 21,726,714 and 21,704,851 issued, and 21,678,269 and 21,656,406 shares outstanding at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively


217



217

   Additional paid-in capital


143,227



142,998

   Retained earnings 


20,091



29,265

   Treasury stock, at cost; 48,445 shares at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016




   Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net


(1,499)



(1,596)







      Total stockholders' equity


162,036



170,884







      Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

180,038


$

187,666

























Reconciliation of EBITDA to Net loss






(amounts in thousands)


Three Months Ended March 31,



2017



2016

Net loss

$

(9,154)


$

(8,600)

Depreciation and amortization


10,176



12,045

Interest (income) expense, net


(58)



32

Income tax benefit


(2,823)



(968)

EBITDA

$

(1,859)


$

2,509













Reconciliation of EBITDA to Net Cash (Used in) Provided by Operating Activities






(amounts in thousands)


Three Months Ended March 31,



2017



2016

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

$

(6,749)


$

8,763

Changes in working capital and other items


5,148



(6,057)

Noncash adjustments to net loss


(258)



(197)

EBITDA

$

(1,859)


$

2,509

 

 

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SOURCE Dawson Geophysical Company

Stephen C. Jumper, CEO and President, James K. Brata, Chief Financial Officer, (800) 332-9766, www.dawson3d.com

Stock Information

DWSN (Common Stock)
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On February 11, 2015, Dawson completed a strategic business combination with TGC Industries Inc. formerly listed as TGE

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