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Reports Fiscal Year 2022 First Quarter Results

February 1, 2022 geospace

Geospace Technologies (NASDAQ: GEOS) today announced a net loss of $6.8 million, or $(0.52) per diluted share, on revenue of $18.0 million for its first quarter ended December 31, 2021.  This compares with a net loss of $1.1 million, or ($0.08) per diluted share, on revenue of $28.5 million for the first quarter of the prior year.

Walter R. (“Rick”) Wheeler, President and CEO of Geospace Technologies (the “Company”) said, “The first quarter of fiscal year 2022, which ended December 31, 2021, saw a decrease in revenue of $10 million from last year’s first quarter. In retrospect, last year’s results were bolstered by $8 million received on a government contract providing the U.S. Border Patrol with a unique border security solution developed by our Quantum Technology Sciences subsidiary. With this considered, first quarter revenue still represents a good start for fiscal year 2022, having exceeded all first quarter results of the prior five years, beginning with the first quarter of fiscal year 2020. First quarter contributions from rentals of our OBX ocean-bottom marine nodes saw an increase compared to last year’s same period. In addition, our products revenue includes proceeds from the sale of more than 1,700 OBX nodes out of our rental fleet. This purchase was made by an international seismic contractor that last year purchased 7,500 units. Nonetheless, our Oil and Gas Markets segment remains challenged overall, as reflected by the decrease in revenue of more than 24% compared to last year. We believe this is the result of exploration and production (E&P) companies choosing to make minimal capital investments in new exploration and production, despite higher oil prices. As hard evidence, recent reports show that discoveries of new oil and gas reserves in 2021 fell to the lowest levels recorded in 75 years. E&P companies have instead directed cash toward shareholders in the form of dividends and stock buybacks as well as toward reducing debt. We believe this trend will likely continue for the time being. In our last earnings release, we mentioned that we had received a request from a major oil company for proposal of a permanent reservoir monitoring (PRM) system. After a thorough evaluation, we decided that certain immutable terms and conditions of the offer were not amenable, and thus we did not provide a proposal. However, future PRM projects with this company remain possible, and our ongoing discussions and engineering engagements with other customers regarding opportunities for several different PRM systems remain very encouraging.”

Wheeler continued, “Consistent with our business diversification strategy, revenue from our Adjacent Markets products experienced an increase of 18% in the first quarter compared to last year. This is a historic level of first quarter revenue for this segment and a great return for the investments we have made in this portion of our business.

We expect this segment to see additional revenue later this fiscal year with the roll out of our Aquana smart water valves and cloud-based control platform. Thus, in conjunction with other product developments to further expand our Adjacent Markets, this segment is very well positioned to experience additional growth. In our Emerging Markets segment, our Quantum subsidiary generated very little revenue in the first quarter compared to last year’s contribution related to our U.S. Border Patrol efforts. However, we believe we are well positioned for follow-on Border Patrol work and contracts with other government customers for our border and perimeter security systems once firm federal budgets have been established.  Recently, variants of our SADAR system were deployed in our Joint Industry Partnership with Carbon Management Canada. These systems are yielding valuable information demonstrating SADAR’s capabilities for high-resolution and low-cost monitoring of carbon capture operations, as well as other passive seismic interests.”

Oil and Gas Markets Segment

Revenue from the Company’s Oil and Gas Markets segment totaled $9.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2021.  This compares with $12.8 million for the equivalent three-month period a year ago, reflecting a decrease of 24%. The decrease for the three-month period is due to lower demand for the purchase of wireless OBX nodal marine products, partially offset by higher utilization of the Company’s OBX rental fleet. Despite higher crude oil prices, the Company’s Oil and Gas Markets segment will remain challenged in the near term due to lack of capital investment into exploration by oil and gas exploration producers.

For the three months ended December 31, 2021, revenue from our traditional exploration products was $0.6 million, a decrease of $0.4 million, or 41% from the corresponding period of the prior fiscal year.  The decrease for the three months ended December 31, 2021 primarily reflects lower demand for our sensor products.  Continued higher crude oil commodity prices will not result in improved demand for these products until there is an end to capital limitations, expiration of unfavorable price hedges held by the oil and gas companies and a depletion of the under-utilized seismic equipment owned by our customers.

Wireless Seismic products contributed $8.7 million of revenue for the three-month period ending December 31, 2021, compared to $11.7 million from the same period of the past fiscal year.   This reflects a 26% decrease of revenue.  The reduction in revenue is due lower sales of OBX wireless products partially offset by higher utilization of our OBX rental fleet.

For the three months ended December 31, 2021, revenue from our reservoir products was $0.3 million, compared to $29,000 from the corresponding period of the prior fiscal year.  The increase in demand for the three months ended December 31, 2021 was primarily due to higher service revenue.  Management believes that contracts for the manufacture and deployment of permanent reservoir monitoring (PRM) systems offer the greatest opportunity for meaningful revenue from this product category.  The Company has the largest installed base of PRM systems in the world.  In the third quarter of fiscal year 2021, the Company received a request from a major oil and gas producer for the implementation of a large-scale seabed PRM system.  The Company declined to provide a bid to the oil and gas producer due to unfavorable commercial requirements in the contract.  The Company is continuing its ongoing discussions with other major oil and gas producers for possible PRM systems.

Adjacent Markets Segment

For the three-months ending December 31, 2021, the Company’s Adjacent Markets segment contributed $8.2 million of revenue compared to $6.9 million for the same prior year period, reflecting an increase of 18%.  The increase in revenue is due to higher demand for industrial sensors, contract manufacturing service, water meter cables and connectors, and imaging products.  The Company’s supply chain group and engineering group are working aggressively to mitigate COVID-19 supply chain shortages, that could affect this segment.

Emerging Markets Segment

The Emerging Market segment generated $0.1 million of revenue for the three-month period ended December 31, 2021.  This compares with $8.8 million from the same prior year period.  The decrease in revenue is due to the near completion of the contract in the prior fiscal year with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol. The contract, awarded in April 2020 to the Company’s Quantum subsidiary, provides an advanced technology border and perimeter security solution to the Department of Homeland Security.  Management believes its systems are very well aligned to provide the U.S. Federal Government with high technology means and methods for protecting the U.S. border and other strategic assets.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

For the three-month period ended December 31, 2021, the Company used $7.3 million in cash and cash equivalents from operating activities. The Company generated $1.9 million of cash from investment activities that included net proceeds of $1.8 million from the sale of short-term investments, and $1.0 million in proceeds from the sale of used rental equipment.  These sources of cash were partially offset by $0.8 million used for additions to its rental equipment fleet.  The Company used $1.5 million for financing activities for the payment of contingent consideration and purchases of treasury stock.  The purchase of treasurer stock  completes the Company’s  $7.5 million stock buyback program authorized by the Board of Directors.  As of December 31, 2021, the Company had $14.8 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments.  The Company additionally owns unencumbered property and real estate in both domestic and international locations. The Company is currently seeking a new credit facility with multiple lenders and expects to have a new credit facility in place in the second quarter of fiscal year 2022.   The Company plans to fund its operations from its existing liquidity and cash from operations.

Wheeler concluded, “As fiscal year 2022 progresses, our Oil and Gas Markets segment will continue to face near-term commercial challenges that are difficult to forecast in today’s uncertainties. While longer-term PRM systems opportunities for this segment are in active discussion and remain very promising, we will ensure that proposed terms and conditions for such projects are of appropriate risk. Meanwhile, we are excited about the results of our Adjacent Markets segment and its consistent path of growth. These results give significant validation to our strategic moves to diversify the business and create revenue alternatives to our oil and gas product lines. Similar alternatives reside in our Emerging Markets segment where the advanced security and intelligence gathering systems developed with our Quantum subsidiary provide unique solutions to the U.S. Border Patrol as well as other government entities. In addition, our migration of Quantum’s SADAR system technology for use in monitoring carbon capture and storage operations opens new revenue opportunities within our Oil and Gas Markets segment. The advanced capability of these systems could well position us as the technological leader for monitoring operations in the unique developing market of carbon capture and storage.”

Conference Call Information

Geospace Technologies will host a conference call to review its first quarter fiscal year 2022 financial results on February 2, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9 a.m. Central).  Participants can access the call at (877) 876-9176 (US) or (785) 424-1670 (International).  Please reference the conference ID:  GEOSQ122 prior to the start of the conference call.  A replay will be available for approximately 60 days and may be accessed through the Investor Relations tab of our website at www.geospace.com.


Forward Looking Statements

This news release contains “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.  These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “may”, “will”, “should”, “intend”, “expect”, “plan”, “budget”, “forecast”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “predict”, “potential”, “continue”, “evaluating” or similar words.  Statements that contain these words should be read carefully because they discuss future expectations, contain projections of our future results of operations or of our financial position or state other forward-looking information.  Examples of forward-looking statements include, statements regarding our expected operating results, the adoption, results and success of our rollout of Aquana smart water valves and cloud based control platform, future demand for Quantum security solutions the adoption and sale of products in various geographic regions, potential tenders for PRM systems, future demand for OBX systems, the completion of new orders for channels of our GCL system, the fulfillment of customer payment obligations, the impact of and the recovery from the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our  ability to manage changes and the continued health or availability of management personnel, volatility and direction of oil prices, anticipated levels of capital expenditures and the sources of funding therefor, our ability to secure a new credit facility, and our strategy for growth, product development, market position, financial results and the provision of accounting reserves. These forward-looking statements reflect our current judgment about future events and trends based on currently available information. However, there will likely be events in the future that we aren’t able to predict or control.  The factors listed under the caption “Risk Factors” in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as other cautionary language in such Annual Report, any subsequent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, or in our other periodic reports, provide examples of risks, uncertainties and events that may cause our actual results to differ materially from the expectations we describe in our forward-looking statements.  Such examples include, but are not limited to, the failure of the Quantum or OptoSeis® or Aquana technology transactions to yield positive operating results, decreases in commodity price levels and continued adverse impact of COVID-19, which could reduce demand for our products, the failure of our products to achieve market acceptance (despite substantial investment by us), our sensitivity to short term backlog, delayed or cancelled customer orders, product obsolescence resulting from poor industry conditions or new technologies, bad debt write-offs associated with customer accounts, inability to collect on promissory notes, lack of further orders for our OBX systems, failure of our Quantum products to be adopted by the border and security perimeter market or a decrease in such market due to governmental changes, and infringement or failure to protect intellectual property. The occurrence of the events described in these risk factors and elsewhere in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K or in our other periodic reports could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial position, and actual events and results of operations may vary materially from our current expectations. 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, except as required by applicable securities laws and regulations.



(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)



    Three Months Ended  
    December 31, 2021     December 31, 2020  
Products   $ 13,032     $ 26,722  
Rental     4,959       1,738  
Total revenue     17,991       28,460  
Cost of revenue:            
Products     11,350       16,830  
Rental     4,939       4,905  
Total cost of revenue     16,289       21,735  
Gross profit     1,702       6,725  
Operating expenses:            
Selling, general and administrative     5,744       5,354  
Research and development     5,269       3,520  
Change in estimated fair value of contingent consideration     (2,440 )     (697 )
Bad debt expense     15       7  
Total operating expenses     8,588       8,184  
Loss from operations     (6,886 )     (1,459 )
Other income (expense):            
Interest income     194       321  
Foreign exchange gains, net     18       149  
Other, net     (17 )     (3 )
Total other income, net     195       467  
Loss before income taxes     (6,691 )     (992 )
Income tax expense     77       58  
Net loss   $ (6,768 )   $ (1,050 )
Loss per common share:            
Basic   $ (0.52 )   $ (0.08 )
Diluted   $ (0.52 )   $ (0.08 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding:            
Basic     12,919,673       13,571,510  
Diluted     12,919,673       13,571,510  



(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)


    December 31, 2021     September 30, 2021  
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 7,163     $ 14,066  
Short-term investments     7,625       9,496  
Trade accounts and financing receivables, net     19,239       17,159  
Unbilled receivables     1,051       1,051  
Inventories, net     19,919       16,196  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     2,118       2,062  
Total current assets     57,115       60,030  
Non-current financing receivables     2,106       2,938  
Non-current inventories, net     13,324       18,103  
Rental equipment, net     35,815       38,905  
Property, plant and equipment, net     28,942       29,983  
Operating right-of-use assets     1,133       1,191  
Goodwill     5,072       5,072  
Other intangible assets, net     6,804       7,250  
Other assets     222       457  
Total assets   $ 150,533     $ 163,929  
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable trade   $ 3,767     $ 6,391  
      Contingent consideration     247        
      Operating lease liabilities     150       225  
Other current liabilities     7,401       7,799  
Total current liabilities     11,565       15,222  
Non-current contingent consideration     2,523       5,210  
Non-current operating lease liabilities     1,025       1,009  
Non-current other liabilities     31       31  
Total liabilities     15,144       21,472  
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; 13,823,733 and            
      13,738,971 shares issued, respectively; and 12,981,741 and 12,969,542 shares            
      outstanding, respectively     138       137  
Additional paid-in capital     93,471       92,935  
Retained earnings     65,742       72,510  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (16,462 )     (16,320 )
Treasury stock, at cost, 841,992 and 769,429 shares, respectively     (7,500 )     (6,805 )
Total stockholders’ equity     135,389       142,457  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 150,533     $ 163,929  



(in thousands)


    Three Months Ended  
    December 31, 2021     December 31, 2020  
Cash flows from operating activities:            
Net loss   $ (6,768 )   $ (1,050 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:            
Deferred income tax expense (benefit)     (1 )     6  
Rental equipment depreciation     3,543       3,831  
Property, plant and equipment depreciation     1,105       985  
Amortization of intangible assets     446       433  
Accretion of discounts on short-term investments     52        
Stock-based compensation expense     536       548  
Bad debt expense     15       7  
Inventory obsolescence expense     671       617  
Change in estimated fair value of contingent consideration     (2,440 )     (697 )
Gross profit from sale of used rental equipment     (2,612 )     (4,127 )
Realized loss short-term investments     7        
Effects of changes in operating assets and liabilities:            
Trade accounts and notes receivables     1,477       5,143  
Unbilled receivables           (4,263 )
Inventories     74       (2,065 )
Other assets     157       (1,422 )
Accounts payable trade     (2,623 )     4,053  
Other liabilities     (965 )     311  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities     (7,326 )     2,310  
Cash flows from investing activities:            
Purchase of property, plant and equipment     (145 )     (597 )
Investment in rental equipment     (782 )     (13 )
Proceeds from the sale of used rental equipment     1,048       112  
Purchases of short-term investments     (450 )      
Proceeds from the sale of short-term investments     2,249        
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities     1,920       (498 )
Cash flows from financing activities:            
          Payments on contingent consideration     (807 )      
Purchase of treasury stock     (695 )     (828 )
Net cash used in financing activities     (1,502 )     (828 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash     5       49  
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     (6,903 )     1,033  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of fiscal year     14,066       32,686  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of fiscal period   $ 7,163     $ 33,719  
Cash paid for income taxes   $ 82     $ 40  
Issuance of notes receivables in connection with sale of used rental equipment     3,745       9,868  
Inventory transferred to (from) rental equipment   863       (667 )
Inventory transferred to property, plant and equipment     172        





(in thousands)



    Three Months Ended
    December 31, 2021   December 31, 2020
Oil and Gas Markets segment revenue:            
Traditional seismic exploration product revenue     $          591     $          997
Wireless seismic exploration product revenue     8,727     11,737
Reservoir product revenue     336     29
      9,654     12,763
Adjacent Markets segment revenue:            
Industrial product revenue     5,013     4,407
Imaging product revenue     3,158     2,493
      8,171     6,900
Emerging Markets segment revenue:            
       Border and perimeter security product revenue     137     8,797
Corporate     29    
Total revenue     $       17,991     $       28,460




    Three Months Ended
    December 31, 2021   December 31, 2020
Operating income (loss):            
Oil and Gas Markets segment     $     (4,170)     $     (5,986)
Adjacent Markets segment     1,208     1,260
Emerging Markets segment     (820)     6,479
Corporate     (3,104)     (3,212)
Total operating loss     $     (6,886)     $     (1,459)






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