OMNI Reports Better Than Expected 4th Quarter Results

OMNI Energy Services Corp. (Nasdaq: OMNI) reported improved profitability from its core business units during the three month period ended December 31, 2005 in spite of severe business interruptions caused by both Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Additionally, the Company reported today that its backlog for future seismic drilling projects now exceeds $50 million, a substantial increase over backlog levels at this same time in previous years.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2005, the Company reported net income from its continuing operations totaling $0.8 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, on revenues of $11.1 million. This compares to a net loss from continuing operations for the comparable 2004 quarter of $(3.6) million, or $(0.31) per diluted share, also on revenues of $11.1 million. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") for the three month period ended December 31, 2005 was $2.0 million, almost six times the $0.3 million reported for the same three month period ended December 31, 2004. Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, is provided herein to assist investors in better understanding the Company's financial performance. See the reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA on the last page of this press release including a discussion of why the Company believes this non-GAAP financial measure is useful.

On 2005 revenues of $43.4 million, an 11% increase over 2004 revenues, OMNI reported net income from continuing operations of $2.0 million, or $0.07 per diluted share. Adjusted EBITDA increased in 2005 to $7.3 million over the $1.1 million reported for 2004. Including the recent acquisition of Preheat, Inc., the Company's unaudited pro forma net income from continuing operations exceeded $3.6 million and Adjusted EBITDA reached $13.3 million on combined revenues of approximately $65.0 million for 2005. In 2004, OMNI reported a net loss from continuing operations of $(7.5) million, or $(0.73) per diluted share, on revenues of $39.1 million.

Commenting on the reported fourth quarter results, James C. Eckert, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Hurricanes Katrina and Rita severely interrupted our fourth quarter seismic drilling and environmental cleaning operations. While our equipment loss and facilities damage were covered by insurance, these storms severely impacted our business locations and normal operations, as well as, the personal lives of our employees living across the Gulf Coast. In spite of the destruction and the business disruptions caused by these storms, we reported net income from our continuing operations of 7.2% of our fourth quarter 2005 revenues. Adjusted EBITDA was 18% of those same fourth quarter revenues. These results are very exciting and encouraging when you consider that a significant portion of our fourth quarter revenues were deferred due to delays in the commencement of previously scheduled seismic drilling projects. Additionally, several of our dockside cleaning locations remained closed for a substantial portion of the fourth quarter waiting on municipal infrastructures to be restored. Lower top line revenues caused by these storms were not offset by corresponding reductions in operating expenses. During the fourth quarter we invested significantly in not only restoring our facilities and returning to normal operations, but we also provided financial assistance to a number of our employees displaced by these devastating storms.

"The divestiture of our aviation transportation services segment during 2005 provided us with the opportunity to use the sale proceeds to realign our balance sheet by reducing debt. It also permitted our management team to re- focus its attention on our core businesses, seismic and environmental services. With the mid-year completion of several re-financing agreements, we were positioned by the end of 2005 to continue executing on our strategy of expanding our core business segments," added Eckert.

"The 2005 year ended with our business segments operating at very high utilization levels for both equipment and personnel. The February 2006 acquisition of Preheat, Inc. enhanced this increased utilization and productivity. Preheat adds capacity to our environmental cleaning division and clearly establishes a third line of business -- oilfield equipment leasing. Including Preheat on a pro forma combined basis, our 2005 revenues would have approached $65 million, while net income from continuing operations would have exceeded $3.6 million. Our Adjusted EBITDA would have surpassed $13.3 million. With the Preheat acquisition, we are now on pace for record levels of revenues and profitability in 2006. This prediction is also evidenced by increases in our seismic drilling and NORM de-contamination backlog. Considering the inclusion of Preheat, we expect the 2006 year will be as strong as originally projected with significant year-to-year increases anticipated in top line revenues, cash flow and overall profitability. We have focused and shaped OMNI into an integrated oilfield service company. With the alignment of our key managers into areas of core competency, we believe we are poised for significant organic and strategic growth opportunities. Today, OMNI is an exciting company with a significantly different footprint than one year ago. With the anticipated growth in our profitability, we believe this will result in improved stockholder value," concluded Eckert.

The Company sold its aviation transportation services segment effective June 30, 2005 after sustaining substantial operating losses in this business segment. For the three month period ended December 31, 2005, the Company's $0.8 million of net income from continuing operations was partially offset by a $0.7 million charge in connection with the discontinued operations of this same aviation segment resulting in net income of $0.1 million, or $0.01 per diluted share. This compares to a net loss of $(10.0) million, or $(0.88) per diluted share, for the same three month period ended December 31, 2004, including $(6.4) million of operating losses sustained by the Company's former aviation transportation services segment. No significant future losses are expected as a result of the Company's discontinued aviation operations.

After $4.0 million of operating losses reported by the former aviation transportation services segment in addition to a $2.3 million loss on the disposal of this same business segment, the Company reported a net loss of $(4.3) million or $(0.31) per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2005. For the year ended December 31, 2004, the Company previously reported a net loss of $(14.3) million, or $(1.31) per diluted share, after sustaining $6.8 million of operating losses by its former aviation transportation services segment.

The Company reported a net loss available to common stockholders of $(0.1) million, or $(0.00) per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2005, after recording $0.2 million of preferred stock dividends. No preferred stock dividends were recorded in the same period of 2004. The net loss available to common stockholders was $(10.0) million, or $(0.88) per diluted share, for the same three month period ended December 31, 2004.

After the aforementioned losses totaling $6.3 million reported by the aviation transportation services segment, preferred stock dividends of $0.2 million and a one-time accounting charge of $0.7 million recorded in connection with the beneficial conversion feature attributable to the Company's Series C 9% Convertible Preferred Stock, the Company reported a net loss of $(5.3) million available to its common stockholders, or $(0.38) per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2005. For 2004, including the aforementioned $6.8 million of losses reported by the Company's aviation segment and $0.5 million of preferred stock dividends, the Company reported a net loss available to its common stockholders of $(14.7) million, or $(1.35) per diluted share.

Headquartered in Carencro, LA, OMNI Energy Services Corp. offers a broad range of integrated services to geophysical companies engaged in the acquisition of on-shore seismic data and to oil and gas companies operating primarily in the Gulf of Mexico. OMNI provides its services through three business divisions: Seismic Drilling (including drilling, survey and permitting services), Environmental Services and Equipment Leasing. OMNI's services play a significant role with geophysical companies who have operations in marsh, swamp, shallow water and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico also called transition zones and contiguous dry land areas also called highland zones.
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