CGG Reports First Quarter 2005 Results

Compagnie Generale de Geophysique (ISIN: 0000120164 - NYSE: GGY) published its consolidated results for the first quarter of 2005.

Pursuant to European regulation ndegrees1606/2002 dated July 19, 2002, the consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) and its interpretations adopted by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).

These are the Group's first IFRS consolidated financial statements. They include comparative information for the period of 2004 using the same standards.

Q1 2005 highlights:

Revenues for the first quarter of 2005 are up 18% in Euros and up 25% in USD compared to the first quarter of 2004, representing a record first quarter for both Sercel and Geophysical Services.

Geophysical Services operating result (not including Argas) at break even, an improvement of nearly EUR 7M.

Sercel operating income of EUR15.7M representing a 20% operating margin.

Group operating result and Group net result both stable year on year at respectively EUR13.9M and EUR 5.0M, despite a negative EUR/$ exchange rate effect estimated at EUR4.0M.

Refinancing of existing $150M Senior Notes through a new $165M issue (yield 7,5% compared to 105/8% and maturity 2015 vs 2007).

    Record Group backlog of $485M as of May 1st 2005, a 60% increase year on
year.

                      Consolidated Statement of Earnings
                                 (non audited)
    Million Euros                                  Period ended March 31st
    IFRS                                                  2005         2004
    Operating revenues                                   190.4        161.8
    Gross margin                                          40.5         34.2
    Operating profit (loss)                               13.9         14.9
    Income (loss) from equity investments                  3.8          2.1
    Cost of financial debt                                (5.4)        (6.0)
    Other financial items                                  0.9         (1.4)
    Income taxes                                          (8.1)        (4.6)
    Net income (loss)                                      5.1          5.0
    Net income loss attributable to Group share            5.0          5.0

    Earnings per share (Euros)                            0.43         0.43


    Revenues:

At Euros 190 million (USD 252 million), revenues for the first quarter of 2005 are up 18% in Euros and 25% in USD compared to Euros 162 million (USD 202 million) for the first quarter of 2004.

Per segment:

Total revenues for Geophysical Services for the first quarter 2005 are Euros 113 million (USD 150 million), up 37% in Euros and 45% in USD compared to Euros 83 million (USD 104 million) for the first quarter of 2004.

Land revenues are Euros 23 million (USD 30 million), down 8% in euros and stable in $ when compared to the first quarter of 2004 revenues of Euros 25 million (USD 31 million). After the trough of the second semester of 2004, the land acquisition SBU with ten crews in operation will return in the second quarter of 2005 to a level of activity in line with the objective of its restructuring plan.

Offshore revenues at Euros 67 million (USD 89 million) for the first quarter 2005 are up 92% in Euros and 104% in dollars compared to Euros 35 million (USD 44 million) for the first quarter of 2004. This strong improvement reflects the price increase in the exclusive marine market, the excellent productivity of the fleet and the good level of multi-client after-sales, which doubled year on year. The net book value of the offshore seismic data library at the end of March 2005 is Euros 119 million.

For the first quarter 2005, Processing and Reservoir revenues are Euros 24 million (USD 32 million), up 2 % in Euros and 9% in USD compared to Euros 23 million (USD 29 million) for the first quarter of 2004 in a market stimulated by the demand in marine acquisition.

For the first quarter 2005, Sercel total sales are Euros 81 million (USD 107 million), up 3 % in USD, compared to the already high level of sales in the first quarter of 2004 of USD 103 million (Euros 83 million). External sales for the first quarter 2005 are Euros 77 million (USD 102 million). Sercel in the first quarter took already advantage of its good positioning in a market characterised by a steady high demand for land equipment and an increasing demand for marine equipment.

Operating Income:

The Group Operating Income for the first quarter 2005 is a Euros 13.9 million profit compared to a Euros 14.9 million profit for the first quarter of 2004 which benefited from a Euros 5.9 millions positive impact of other revenues (compared to Euros 0.9 millions in Q1 05) of which in particular insurance proceeds.

The Group Operating Income including Argas equity result for the first quarter 2005 is Euros 17.7 million compared to Euros 17.0 million in the first quarter 2004.

With a better contribution from the Offshore SBU, the Geophysical Services operating income is at break even in the first quarter 2005 compared to an operating loss of 6.8 million in the first quarter 2004.

Sercel's operating income for the first quarter of 2005 represents 20% of revenues, in line with 2004 average profitability but down compared to the first quarter 2004, which represented a 28% exceptional operating margin, as a result of a very favorable products mix.

    Segment information
             Million Euros                        Period ended March 31st
             IFRS                                   2005            2004
    Operating revenues
    Services                                        113.6           83.9
    Products                                         80.6           82.8
    Elimination                                      (3.8)          (4.9)
    Total                                           190.4          161.8
    Operating profit (loss)
    Services                                          0.1           (6.8)
    Products                                         15.7           23.0
    Corporate                                        (2.8)          (2.5)
    Elimination                                       0.9            1.2
    Total                                            13.9           14.9

    Net Result:

Net result for the first quarter 2005 is a stable Euros 5.0 million profit stable compared to the first quarter 2004, despite a negative EUR/$ exchange rate impact of EUR4.0 million, and increased income taxes.

Operating Result Before Depreciation and Amortization:

The Operating Result Before Depreciation and Amortization, "ORBDA", previously denominated "Adjusted EBITDA" in our former financial reports is defined as operating income (loss) excluding non-recurring revenues (expenses) plus depreciation, amortization and additions (deductions) to valuation allowances of assets and add-back of dividends received from equity companies.

The ORBDA for the first quarter 2005 is Euros 48.5 million, representing 26% of revenues and a 25% increase year on year.

    Summary of cash-flows
    Million Euros                               Period ended March 31st
    IFRS                                              2005       2004
    Net Cash after cost of net debt*                  39.7       29.1
    Net Cash before cost of net debt*                 46.5       35.6
    Cash flow provided by operating activities        17.8       41.3
    Capital expenditures                             (13.5)     (14.2)
    Investment in library                             (6.3)     (18.0)


    * Before changes in working capital
    Balance Sheet items:

As of March 31st 2005, net equity is Euros 443 million and net debt Euros 133 million, representing a 30% gearing ratio.

During the first quarter, the company successfully closed its offering of USD165 million of 71/2% Senior Notes due 2015. The net proceeds will be used to redeem and pay accrued interest on all outstanding aggregate principal of our existing 10 5/8 % Senior Notes due 2007. The charge associated with this reimbursement, split for 2/3 in reimbursement premium and for 1/3 in recording of the unamortized balance of issuance fees, amounts to EUR8.5 million. It will be booked in Q2 accounts.

As a result of the overall refinancing of the 2007 Senior Notes done since the beginning of the year, the annual costs savings in interest expenses will slightly exceed EUR5 million.

    Equity and Net Debt

    Million Euros
    IFRS                                  31/03/2005       31/12/2004

    Shareholders' equity                  442.8            428.8
    Net debt                              133.4            122.5
    Gearing ratio                          30.1%            28.6%

    Backlog:

The backlog as of May 1st 2005 was USD 485 million up 60% compared to May 1st 2004.

2005 perspectives:

The first quarter 2005 results are in line with the company's forecasts. The market demand for geophysical services and equipment is confirmed by the substantial increase in backlog. The company objectives for 2005 especially the significant improvement in the profitability of Geophysical Services, are supported by this favourable market trend.

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