HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 2, 2018--Geospace Technologies (NASDAQ: GEOS) today announced that it narrowed its net loss to $4.8 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, on revenue of $21.3 million for its third quarter ended June 30, 2018 compared to a net loss of $14.4 million, or $1.09 per diluted share, on revenue of $14.2 million for the third quarter of the prior year.

For the nine months ended June 30, 2018, the company recorded revenue of $55.2 million compared to revenue of $50.0 million during the prior year period. The company reported a net loss of $19.0 million, or $1.43 per diluted share compared to a net loss of $37.6 million, or $2.86 per diluted share for the year ago period.

Walter R. ("Rick") Wheeler, President and CEO of Geospace Technologies said, “We are very pleased to see another sequential increase in our quarterly revenue, with our third quarter revenue setting the high-mark so far for fiscal year 2018. For the quarter ended June 30, 2018 we generated a 50% increase in revenue from last year’s third quarter. For the nine-month period ended June 30, 2018, our revenue increased 10% over last year’s comparable period. The consecutive revenue growth has also resulted in our second consecutive quarter of generating a positive gross profit. This brings our year-to-date gross profit for the nine months ended June 30, 2018 to $5.7 million. In conjunction with our overall cost reduction efforts, lower inventory obsolescence charges helped to drive our positive improvements in gross profits.”

Wheeler continued, “Unfortunately, a significant portion of our third quarter and year-to-date financial results were negatively impacted by a $2.7 million bad debt charge reported in the third quarter. Virtually all of this charge is in association with the recently filed bankruptcy of one of our customers. Excluding the impact of bad debt charges, our operating expenses in the third quarter and nine months of this fiscal year declined by 18% and 12%, respectively.”

Traditional Seismic Products

The company’s traditional seismic products generated revenue of $2.6 million in the third quarter, and for the nine months ended June 30, 2018 generated revenue of $9.6 million. For the quarter, this represents a reduction of 28% from last year, and a much narrower decline of less than 3% for this year’s nine month period when compared to last year. The decline in both periods can be largely attributed to lower demand for the company’s specialty sensor products as well as traditional products used in the marine seismic industry.

Wireless Seismic Products

Revenue from wireless seismic products totaled $7.9 million in the third quarter, almost tripling the amount reported last year. This revenue increase was almost entirely driven by an increase in OBX rentals. Despite this quarterly increase, wireless product revenue for the first nine months of the current fiscal year declined by almost 6% when compared with last year’s equivalent nine-month period. In examining the comparison to the prior year periods, these varied current year results reflect increasing rental income from OBX rental contracts, but are offset somewhat by lower wireless product sales. The OBX nodal marine system continues to gain expanded use in the ocean bottom seismic market, and based on existing rental contracts and quoting activity, the company expects this to continue.

Reservoir Seismic Products

For the quarter ended June 30, 2018, revenue from the company’s reservoir seismic products increased 83% in comparison to last year’s third quarter. For the nine month period, reservoir product revenue more than doubled compared to last year. In both periods, higher service revenues along with stronger sales of borehole systems, including downhole tools from the company’s rental fleet, contributed to the increases. The company’s customers use these products to perform ‘frac monitoring’ and borehole reservoir characterization services for oil and gas companies. While an increase in these activities has driven higher borehole product sales in recent periods, the company does not expect revenue contributions to reach the levels seen in years past unless the company receives a contract to manufacture and deliver a permanent reservoir monitoring (PRM) system. Based on management’s ongoing industry discussions, an opportunity to be awarded such a contract is unlikely to occur in the next six months to a year.

Non-Seismic Products

The company’s non-seismic products generated revenue totaling $8.8 million in the third quarter. This is the highest level of revenue from this segment in the company’s history, and represents an increase of over 30% compared to last year’s third quarter. For the first nine months of the fiscal year, revenue from these products increased by almost 22% compared to the same period a year ago, reaching $23.1 million. Increasing demand for the company’s water meter products was particularly strong during the three and nine-month periods with modest revenue gains also coming from the company’s imaging products.

Wheeler continued, “We are encouraged by the consecutive quarterly growth in our revenues. These recent contributions have resulted from increased commerce in both our seismic and non-seismic business segments. Despite these recent quarterly improvements, the modest year-to-date revenue decline we realized in our traditional and wireless seismic product lines is an indicator that there is still a lot of ground yet to be gained in the oil and gas seismic industry recovery. Revenue from these two product lines in particular is expected to remain low until depletion of existing reserves prompts additional focus on seismic exploration activities. Despite this concern, we continue to be encouraged by our overall seismic revenue growth that such an industry recovery is underway.”

“As we very recently announced, our acquisition of Quantum Technology Sciences represents a strategic effort to further expand Geospace’s core seismic engineering and manufacturing competencies into the border, critical infrastructure and perimeter security markets. We believe Quantum’s highly unique seismic analytic software technology and existing products are rapidly gaining recognition in these important industries. In future course, our planned efforts include the blending of our technologies to incorporate Quantum’s innovative analytic solutions with our ruggedized large channel count PRM data acquisition system designs. In this accomplishment, we expect to provide new products of incomparable functionality for markets focused on homeland security and the protection of borders and critical infrastructure.”

Wheeler concluded, “Our balance sheet as of June 30, 2018 remained debt free and included $39.6 million in cash and short-term securities as well as $21.9 million of borrowings available under our credit facility. After the $4.4 million cash down payment related to the acquisition of Quantum, we believe our remaining liquidity and debt free status continue to reflect an extremely strong financial position. We also believe that this financial strength in conjunction with a calculated exploitation of broader markets for our seismic technologies provides significant opportunities for the company’s growth and diversification in the coming years.”

Conference Call Information

Geospace Technologies will host a conference call to review its fiscal year 2018 third quarter and nine month financial results on August 3, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9 a.m. Central). Participants can access the call at (866) 831-8713 (US) or (203) 518-9713 (International). Please reference the conference ID: GEOSQ318 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. Through its acquisition of Quantum Technology Sciences, the company designs and manufactures instruments, equipment and analytical software used in the border and perimeter security industry for the protection of borders and critical infrastructure. The company also designs and manufactures non-seismic products, including industrial products, offshore cables and imaging equipment.

Forward Looking Statements

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