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Global Geophysical Reports Adjusted EPS Of $0.05

We recorded revenues from Proprietary Services of $27.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013, compared to $64.8 million for the same period in 2012, a decrease of $37.4 million, or 58%. Of this amount, the decrease related to our international Proprietary operations was $30.1 million, primarily due to a decrease in our crew activities in Algeria and Brazil. Table 1 provides an analysis of segment margins.

Multi-client Services generated revenues of $56.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 compared to $31.3 million for the same period of 2012, an increase of $24.7 million, or 79%.  The increase was attributable to higher pre-commitment and higher late sale revenues, including $23.3 million from the contribution of our recently announced data distribution relationship. The $56.0 million in Multi-client Services revenues included $27.7 million of late sale revenues and $28.3 million of pre-commitment revenues. This compared to $14.7 million in late sale revenues, $15.6 million of pre-commitment revenues, and $1.0 million in non-cash data swap transactions during the same period of 2012.

Included within operating expenses is Multi-client Services amortization of $47.6 million, of which $13.0 million is attributable to impairment related charges for certain library assets. The average amortization rate for the quarter, excluding impairment related charges was 62%. Gross depreciation expense for the quarter was $9.0 million, of which $1.7 million was capitalized in connection with our Multi-client Services library investments resulting in net depreciation expense of $7.3 million. Table 2 provides a reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to EBIT, EBITDA and Cash EBITDA (non-GAAP measures).

Selling, General and Administrative Costs for the quarter included $1.7 million in severance related costs, along with a bad debt provision of $1.3 million. Stock based compensation expense for the quarter, excluding amounts reflected in severance related costs, was $1.5 million.

A bout Global Geophysical Services, Inc.

GGS provides an integrated suite of Geoscience solutions to the global oil and gas industry including high-resolution RG-3D Reservoir Grade ® seismic data acquisition, Multi-client data library products, micro seismic monitoring, seismic data processing, data analysis, and interpretation services. GGS combines experience, innovation, operational safety, and environmental responsibility with leading edge geophysical technology to facilitate successful E&P execution.  GGS' combined product and service offerings provide the ability to Gain InSightâ„¢ in the exploration and production of hydrocarbons. GGS is headquartered in Houston, Texas. To learn more about GGS, visit www.GlobalGeophysical.com .

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements in this press release that are not historical statements, including statements regarding future financial performance, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this earnings release that address activities, events or developments that Global Geophysical expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include but are not limited to statements about business outlook for the year, backlog and bid activity, business strategy, and related financial performance and statements with respect to future events. Such forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions made by the Company based on management's experience and perception of historical trends, industry conditions, market position, future operations, profitability, liquidity, backlog, capital resources and other information currently available to management and believed to be appropriate.

Actual results could differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements as a result of certain factors, including but not limited to the volatility of oil and natural gas prices, disruptions in the global economy, dependence upon energy industry spending, delays, reductions or cancellations of service contracts, high fixed costs of operations, weather interruptions, inability to obtain land access rights of way, industry competition, limited number of customers, credit risk related to our customers, asset impairments, the availability of capital resources, and operational disruptions. Global Geophysical Services Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, recent Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other Securities and Exchange Commission filings discuss some of the important risk factors identified that may affect Global's business, results of operations, and financial condition. These forward-looking statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and are subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to our operations, results of operations, growth strategies and liquidity. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such statements are reasonable, the Company can give no assurance that such expectations will be correct. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified by these cautionary statements and any other cautionary statements that may accompany such forward-looking statements. We assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.

Backlog estimates are based on a number of assumptions and estimates including assumptions related to foreign exchange rates, proportionate performance of contracts and our valuation of assets, such as seismic data, to be received by us as payment under certain agreements. The realization of our backlog estimates are further affected by our performance under term rate contracts, as the early or late completion of a project under term rate contracts will generally result in decreased or increased, as the case may be, revenues derived from these projects. Contracts for services are occasionally modified by mutual consent and may be cancelable by the client under certain circumstances. Consequently, backlog as of any particular date may not be indicative of actual operating results for any future period. More information can be found set forth under "Risk Factors" in our Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Unless the context otherwise indicates, references in this press release to "Global Geophysical Services," "Global Geophysical," "Global," "GGS," the "Company," "we," "us," "our," or "ours" refer to Global Geophysical Services, Inc. and its direct and indirect subsidiaries.

Non-GAAP Financial Measure

EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure as defined by Regulation G promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company believes EBITDA is useful to an investor in evaluating our operating performance because this measure is widely used by investors in the energy industry to measure a company's operating performance without regard to items excluded from the calculation of such term, which can vary substantially from company to company depending upon, among other factors, accounting methods, book value of assets, capital structure and the method by which assets were acquired. The Company further believes EBITDA helps investors more meaningfully evaluate and compare the results of our operations from period to period by removing the effect of our capital structure and asset base from the Company's operating structure. EBITDA is also used as a supplemental financial measure by the Company's management in presentations to our board of directors, as a basis for strategic planning and forecasting, and as a component for setting incentive compensation.

EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered an alternative to net income, operating income, cash flow from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity presented in accordance with GAAP. EBITDA excludes some, but not all, items that affect net income and operating income and these measures may vary among other companies. Limitations to using EBITDA as an analytical tool include:

  • EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures or capital commitments;
  • EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on, our debt;
  • although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements;
  • and other companies in our industry may calculate EBITDA differently than we do, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.
 
GLOBAL GEOPHYSICAL SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
     
  Three Month Period Ended
  March 31,
  2013 2012
  (unaudited)
     
REVENUES $ 83,409 $ 96,111
     
OPERATING EXPENSES 72,370 60,694
     
GROSS PROFIT 11,039 35,417
     
SELLING, GENERAL, AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES 16,040 15,541
     
INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS (5,001) 19,876
     
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)    
Interest expense, net (8,369) (7,115)
Foreign exchange gain (loss) 176 (110)
Other expense (43) (182)
TOTAL OTHER EXPENSE (8,236) (7,407)
     
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES (13,237) 12,469
     
INCOME TAX EXPENSE (BENEFIT) (1,570) 5,749
     
INCOME (LOSS) AFTER INCOME TAXES (11,667) 6,720
     
NET LOSS, attributable to non-controlling interests (125) (210)
     
NET INCOME (LOSS), attributable to common shareholders $ (11,542) $ 6,930
     
INCOME (LOSS) PER COMMON SHARE    
Basic  $ (0.31)  $ 0.19
Diluted  $ (0.31)  $ 0.19
     
WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING    
Basic 37,756 37,039
Diluted 37,756 37,039
 
 
GLOBAL GEOPHYSICAL SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
     
  March 31, December 31,
  2013 2012
  (unaudited)  
ASSETS    
     
CURRENT ASSETS    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 32,332  $ 23,359
Restricted cash investments 1,650 1,830
Accounts receivable, net 47,422 51,766
Inventory 11,219 11,864
Income and other taxes receivable 1,472 1,472
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 23,343 21,480
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS 117,438 111,771
     
MULTI-CLIENT LIBRARY, net 291,197 309,067
     
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, net 94,093 100,172
     
GOODWILL 12,381 12,381
     
INTANGIBLE ASSETS, net 12,369 13,083
     
OTHER ASSETS 6,063 6,401
     
TOTAL ASSETS $ 533,541 $ 552,875
 
 
GLOBAL GEOPHYSICAL SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (CONTINUED)
(In thousands)
     
  March 31, December 31,
  2013 2012
  (unaudited)  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY    
     
CURRENT LIABILITIES    
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 48,400 $ 42,597
Current portion of long-term debt 17,198 22,970
Current portion of capital lease obligations 4,449 5,639
Income and other taxes payable 2,280 3,563
Deferred revenue 20,100 22,498
Other payables 1,814 3,059
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES 94,241 100,326
     
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES, net 24,521 27,073
     
LONG-TERM DEBT, net of current portion and unamortized discount 311,366 311,250
     
CAPITAL LEASE OBLIGATIONS, net of current portion 3,402 4,176
     
NON-CONTROLLING INTERESTS 873 997
     
OTHER LIABILITIES 981 1,505
     
TOTAL LIABILITIES 435,384 445,327
     
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES    
     
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY    
Common stock 481 476
Additional paid-in capital 255,563 253,415
Accumulated deficit (61,357) (49,815)
  194,687 204,076
Less: treasury stock 96,530 96,528
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY 98,157 107,548
     
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 533,541 $ 552,875
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
     
  Three Month Period Ended
  March 31,
  2013 2012
  (unaudited)
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES    
Net income (loss), attributable to common shareholders $ (11,542) $ 6,930
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:    
Depreciation (net) and amortization expense 55,692 30,218
Non-cash revenue from Multi-client data exchange -- (932)
Deferred tax expense (2,551) 4,002
Gain on sale of assets (2,636) (9,423)
Other 2,482 1,578
Effects of changes in operating assets and liabilities 4,355 6,554
NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES 45,800 38,927
     
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES    
Purchase of property and equipment (4,183) (9,698)
Investment in Multi-client library (27,988) (38,686)
Investment in unconsolidated subsidiary (50) (250)
Change in restricted cash investments 180 2,818
Purchase of intangibles (1,455) (2,547)
Proceeds from sale of assets 4,438 14,018
NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES (29,058) (34,345)
     
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES    
Net (payments) proceeds from long-term debt (2,472) 49,741
Net payments on revolving credit facility (3,500) (45,940)
Debt issuance costs -- (1,364)
Principal payments on capital lease obligations (1,964) (1,775)
Purchase of treasury stock (1) --
Issuances of stock, net 168 219
NET CASH (USED) PROVIDED BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES (7,769) 881
     
NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 8,973 5,463
     
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, beginning of period 23,359 21,525
     
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, end of period $ 32,332 $ 26,988
 
 
Global Geophysical Services
Table 1: Segment Gross Margin Analysis 
(In thousands, except percentages)
   
Three Month Period Ended March 31, 2013 (Unaudited): Proprietary Services Multi-client Services Corporate Total
Revenues $ 27,437 $ 55,972 $ -- $ 83,409
Operating expenses (1) (2)  22,684  47,554 (3)  2,132  72,370
Gross margin $ 4,753 $ 8,418 $ (2,132) $ 11,039
SG&A  --  --  16,040  16,040
Operating income (loss) $ 4,753 $ 8,418 $ (18,172) $ (5,001)
Gross margin % 17.3% 15.0%  -- 13.2%
         
Three Month Period Ended March 31, 2012 (Unaudited):        
Revenues $ 64,835 $ 31,276 $ -- $ 96,111
Operating expenses (1) (2)  43,994  22,356  (5,656)  60,694
Gross margin $ 20,841 $ 8,920 $ 5,656 $ 35,417
SG&A  --  --  15,541  15,541
Operating income (loss) $ 20,841 $ 8,920 $ (9,885) $ 19,876
Gross margin % 32.1% 28.5%  -- 36.9%
         
(1) Corporate operating expenses represent gain/loss on sale of assets and depreciation (net) associated with the assets not in utilization during the period.
(2) Multi-client Services operating expenses represent Multi-client amortization expense.
(3) Includes $13.0 million of library impairment charge.
 
Global Geophysical Services
Table 2: Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to EBIT, EBITDA and Cash EBITDA (non-GAAP measures) (1)
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
         
  Three Month Period Ended
  March 31,
  2013 2012
  (in thousands, except per share amounts)
UNAUDITED Amount Per Share (4) Amount Per Share (4)
         
Net income (loss), attributable to common shareholders $ (11,542)  $ (0.31) $ 6,930  $ 0.19
         
Net loss, attributable to non-controlling interests (125)   (210)  
Income tax expense (benefit) (1,570)   5,749  
Interest expense, net 8,369   7,115  
EBIT (1) (4,868)  $ (0.13) 19,584  $ 0.53
         
Add: Revenue based Multi-client amortization 33,290   19,897  
Add: Non-revenue based Multi-client amortization (2) 14,264   2,459  
Add: Depreciation (net) and other amortization (3) 8,138   7,862  
EBITDA (1) 50,824  $ 1.35 49,802  $ 1.34
         
Less: Non-cash data swap revenue --   932  
Less: Multi-client cash investment 27,988   38,686  
Add: Stock-based compensation expense 1,985   1,440  
Cash EBITDA (1) $ 24,821 $ 0.66 $11,624 $ 0.31
         
(1) EBIT, EBITDA, Cash EBITDA, EBIT per share, EBITDA per share and Cash EBITDA per share (as defined in the calculations above) are non-GAAP measurements.
(2) Includes library impairment charges and backstop amortization.
(3) Includes amortization of intangibles.
(4) Calculated using diluted weighted average shares outstanding.
 
Global Geophysical Services
Table 3: Selected Multi-client Services additional data (UNAUDITED) 
(In thousands, except amortization rates)
             
  2010 2011 2012 YTD 2013 Q1-2013 Q1-2012
Multi-client Services revenues (period)            
Pre-commitments $ 109,109 $ 126,002 $ 109,539 $ 28,282 $ 28,282 $ 15,643
Late sales 16,376 48,319 41,641 27,690 27,690 14,701
Subtotal 125,485 174,321 151,180 55,972 55,972 30,344
Non-cash data swaps 9,382 3,113 5,328 -- -- 932
Total Revenues $ 134,867 $ 177,434 $ 156,508 $ 55,972 $ 55,972 $ 31,276
             
Multi-client Services amortization $ 92,702 $ 112,668 $ 103,266 $ 47,554 $ 47,554 $ 22,356
Average amortization rate (%) 69% 64% 66% 85% 85% 71%
             
Revenues (cumulative)            
Pre-commitments $ 147,459 $ 273,461 $ 383,000 $ 411,282 $ 411,282 $ 289,104
Late sales 18,626 66,945 108,586 136,276 136,276 81,646
Subtotal 166,085 340,406 491,586 547,558 547,558 370,750
Non-cash data swaps 18,262 21,375 26,703 26,703 26,703 22,307
Total Revenues $ 184,347 $ 361,781 $ 518,289 $ 574,261 $ 574,261 $ 393,057
             
Amortization (cumulative) $ 130,476 $ 243,144 $ 346,410 $ 393,964 $ 393,964 $ 265,500
Average amortization rate (%) 71% 67% 67% 69% 69% 68%
             
Multi-client Services investment (period)            
Cash $ 170,755 $ 177,746 $ 165,127 $ 27,988 $ 27,988 $ 38,686
Capitalized depreciation 20,369 16,901 11,329 1,696 1,696 2,958
Non-cash data swaps (1) 10,079 4,360 3,642 -- -- 2,205
Total $ 201,203 $ 199,007 $ 180,098 $ 29,684 $ 29,684 $ 43,849
             
Investment (cumulative)            
Cash $ 230,277 $ 408,023 $ 573,150 $ 601,138 $ 601,138 $ 446,709
Capitalized depreciation 27,136 44,037 55,366 57,062 57,062 46,995
Non-cash data swaps (1) 18,959 23,319 26,961 26,961 26,961 25,524
Total 276,372 475,379 655,477 685,161 685,161 519,228
             
Cumulative amortization 130,476 243,144 346,410 393,964 393,964 265,500
Multi-client net book value $ 145,896 $ 232,235 $ 309,067 $ 291,197 $ 291,197 $ 253,728
             
Multi-client Services backlog at period end $ 137,430 $ 122,781 $ 66,018 $ 44,422 $ 44,422 $ 136,835
             
Multi-client Services deferred balance at period end $ 41,059 $ 35,774 $ 20,010 $ 17,931 $ 17,931 $ 40,431
             
Net cash (cash revenue - cash investment), cumulative $(64,192) $ (67,617) $ (81,564) $ (53,580) $ (53,580) $ (75,959)
             
Pre-commitments minus cash investment, cumulative $(82,818) $ (134,562) $(190,150) $ (189,856) $ (189,856) $(157,605)
             
(1) Includes non-cash data swap investment recorded as deferred revenue.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

Global Geophysical has scheduled a conference call as detailed below:

Conference Topic: Global Geophysical Services Q1 2013 Earnings Call
Date of Call: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Time of Call: 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (12:00 p.m. Central; 11:00 a.m. Mountain; 10:00 a.m. Pacific)
 
Participant Operator Assisted Toll-Free Dial-In Number: (877) 312-5527
Participant Operator Assisted International Dial-In Number: (253) 237-1145

Investors and analysts are invited to participate in the call by phone or via the internet webcast at: http://ir.globalgeophysical.com/ .

The webcast from the call will be available for on-demand replay on our investor relations website at: http://ir.globalgeophysical.com/results.cfm

CONTACT: Mathew Verghese
         Chief Financial Officer
         ir@globalgeophysical.com
         Phone: 713-808-1750
         Fax: (713) 972-1008
         www.globalgeophysical.com

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