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Dawson Geophysical Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results

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MIDLAND, Texas, Oct. 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Dawson Geophysical Company (NASDAQ:DWSN) (the "Company") today reported unaudited financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2019, the Company reported revenues of $36,976,000, a decrease of approximately nine percent compared to $40,448,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. For the third quarter of 2019, the Company reported net income of $1,998,000 or $0.09 income per common share compared to a net loss of $5,171,000 or $0.23 loss per common share for the third quarter of 2018. The Company reported EBITDA of $7,160,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 compared to $1,651,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, the Company reported revenues of $112,216,000, a decrease of approximately eleven percent compared to $126,486,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2018. For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, the Company narrowed its net loss to $9,385,000 or $0.41 loss per common share from a net loss of $12,591,000 or $0.55 loss per common share for the nine months ended September 30, 2018. The Company reported EBITDA of $7,049,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 compared to $10,204,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2018.

During the third quarter of 2019, the Company operated a peak of six crews in the United States ("U.S.") that included four large channel count crews compared to a peak of five crews with smaller channel counts in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2019, including microseismic operations, and a single small channel count crew in Canada for a short period of time. Based on currently available information, the Company anticipates operating up to five crews in the U.S. during the fourth quarter of 2019 that could result in continued high-levels of channel count and energy source utilization during the quarter along with limited activity in Canada in the fourth quarter of 2019. The Company believes, based on currently available information, that such levels of activity could be sustained into the second quarter of 2020 in the U.S. and up to four crews during the first quarter of 2020 in Canada. The Company is currently operating five crews in the U.S. and one small crew in Canada as it ramps up for the winter season. As in recent quarters, the majority of the Company's projects are on behalf of multi-client companies in the U.S. with some activity directly for exploration and production companies.

Capital expenditures for the third quarter were $644,000 and total $2,842,000 for the first nine months of 2019, primarily for maintenance capital items. The Company's balance sheet remains strong with $48,278,000 of working capital as of September 30, 2019. The Company has notes payable and finance leases totaling $3,259,000 as of September 30, 2019.

Stephen C. Jumper, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are very pleased to report strong results for our third quarter, with net income of $1,998,000 and EBITDA of $7,160,000. Our improved quarterly results were attributable to continued diligent efforts designed to further reduce costs and improve productivity while operating much larger channel count crews, favorable weather conditions and higher utilization of recording channels. In addition to greatly increased channel utilization compared to the second quarter, we experienced very high utilization of energy source units as we continue to move toward a channel and energy source utilization model rather than a crew based model."

"Despite challenging times in the oil and gas sector, increased demand for large channel count projects by our clients continues to drive today's seismic market. During the third quarter, the Company continued operation of the large 44,000 station multi-component crew with 132,000 total channels and two 35,000 plus channel count crews along with intermittent smaller channel count crews. Each of the crews operated between 16 and 22 energy source units. Several of these projects will continue well into the fourth quarter. We are conducting these projects utilizing our industry-leading inventory of wireless channels and energy source equipment. Our current inventory, while tight, is sufficient to meet current client needs."

Jumper continued, "Visibility into 2020 appears positive compared to recent quarters. Based on currently available information, we anticipate both channel and source utilization to be much improved over our second quarter but below the level of our third quarter utilization. Early indications are for a Canadian season similar to last year with up to four crews operating, and with high channel and source utilization in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2020. After the completion of the Canadian season, equipment will redeploy to the lower 48 in the second quarter. We are anticipating strong channel and energy source utilization in the U.S. into the second quarter of 2020. As in prior years, the winter season in the lower 48 is historically difficult with shorter days, the holiday season and increased weather exposure."

Jumper concluded, "While we are pleased to report solidly improved third quarter results and increased visibility of channel and energy source utilization, the seismic market and the overall oil and gas sector remain challenging as project delays, cancellations or changes in scope continue to be the primary factors in overall activity and utilization. We continue to be encouraged by ongoing conversations with our clients, primarily multi-client companies, with regards to future projects."

Conference Call Information

Dawson Geophysical Company will host a conference call to review its third quarter 2019 financial results on October 31, 2019 at 9 a.m. CT. Participants can access the call at 1-800-239-9838 (US) and 1-323-794-2551 (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 November 30, 2019 by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (Toll-Free) and 1-412-317-6671 (Toll/International). The passcode is 1695470. The webcast will be recorded and available for replay on Dawson's website until November 30, 2019.

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 preliminary and 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 income (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 day rate 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 6, 2019. 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 INCOME (LOSS)

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














Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,


2019


2018


2019


2018













Operating revenues

$

36,976


$

40,448


$

112,216


$

126,486

Operating costs:












   Operating expenses


26,030



34,419



92,210



104,393

   General and administrative


3,797



4,136



13,390



12,061

   Depreciation and amortization


5,238



7,127



16,644



23,197



35,065


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