Fourth Quarter and Preliminary Full Year 2017 Results & CMD presentation

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Highlights 2017

  • Revenues of $838.8 million, compared to $764.3 million in 2016
  • EBITDA of $374.1 million, compared to $313.4 million in 2016
  • EBIT, excluding impairments and other charges, a loss of $147.1 million, compared to a loss of $137.5 million in 2016
  • Net loss of $523.4 million, impacted by impairments and other charges of $177.0 million related primarily to reorganization and ceasing activities that do not currently generate cash
  • MultiClient pre-funding revenues of $299.4 million with a corresponding pre-funding level of 140%, compared to $242.3 million and 121% in 2016
  • MultiClient late sales of $235.0 million, compared to $226.8 million in 2016

  • Cash flow from operations of $281.8 million, compared to $320.9 million in 2016 
  • Liquidity reserve of $257.3 million at year-end 2017, compared to $271.7 million in 2016
  • Ramform Hyperion delivered, the last new-build in a series of four Ramform Titan-class vessels
  • Rune Olav Pedersen appointed new President & CEO
  • Settled all ongoing disputes related to ISS Service tax for licensing of MultiClient data with the tax authorities of Rio de Janeiro
  • Implemented a centralized, simplified and streamlined organization to reduce annual gross cash cost by more than $100 million

"We experienced a strong finish to our MultiClient sales from all regions in Q4, making the full year MultiClient performance an improvement from 2016. Our capitalized MultiClient investments ended at $213.4 million. We achieved a sales-to-investment ratio of close to 2.5 times, continuing on the positive trend from 2016 when the ratio for the year was 2.3 times.

The marine contract market was challenging in 2017 with significant seasonal swings. To address the continued difficult market fundamentals we implemented a centralized, simplified and streamlined organization in Q4, combined with improved flexibility for vessel and imaging capacity.

The reorganization has been executed according to plan and we commenced operating in the new organization from 1 January 2018. We are confident that we will reduce the full year gross cash cost by more than $100 million in 2018, compared to 2017, which together with lower capital expenditure should position us well to achieve our target of delivering positive cash flow after debt service this year."

Rune Olav Pedersen,
President and Chief Executive Officer


Petroleum Geo-Services ASA ("PGS" or the "Company") expects the higher oil price, improved cash flow among clients and unsustainable reserve replacement ratios to benefit the marine 3D seismic market fundamentals going forward. While the Company expects the market sentiment to improve during 2018, there is a risk that a market recovery will take some time. For this reason the Company is planning its cost and capital expenditures for 2018 targeting a positive cash flow post debt service in a flat market compared to 2017.

Based on the current operational projections and with reference to disclosed risk factors, PGS expects full year 2018 gross cash cost below $575 million.

2018 MultiClient cash investments are expected to be approximately $250 million.

More than 50% of the 2018 active 3D vessel time is expected to be allocated to MultiClient acquisition.

Capital expenditure for 2018 is expected to be approximately $50 million.

The order book totaled $135 million at December 31, 2017 (including $101 million relating to MultiClient), compared to $167 million at September 30, 2017 and $215 million at December 31, 2016. The Company has seen increased order intake in January and expects to be able to book and operate eight 3D vessels from Q2 2018 in accordance with its base 3D vessel operation plan.




Key Financial Figures
(In USD millions, except per share data)


Quarter ended
December 31,

Year ended
December 31,

Year ended
December 31,




Revenues 235.9 154.1 838.8 764.3
EBITDA 122.8 53.1 374.1 313.3
EBIT ex. impairment and other charges, net (24.5) (65.5) (147.1) (137.5)
EBIT as reported (159.2) (92.4) (383.6) (180.3)
Income (loss) before income tax expense (191.5) (118.7) (468.1) (262.8)
Net income (loss) to equity holders (194.8) (156.1) (523.4) (293.9)
Basic earnings per share ($ per share) (0.58) (0.61) (1.55) (1.21)
Net cash provided by operating activities 84.3 64.7 281.8 320.9
Cash investment in MultiClient library 54.0 47.8 213.4 201.0
Capital expenditures (whether paid or not) 23.4 28.7 154.5 208.6
Total assets 2,482.8 2,817.0 2,482.8 2,817.0
Cash and cash equivalents 47.3 61.7 47.3 61.7
Net interest bearing debt 1,139.4 1,029.7 1,139.4 1,029.7

A complete version of the Q4 and preliminary full year 2017 earnings release can be downloaded from and


Bård Stenberg, SVP IR & Communication
Phone:   +47 67 51 43 16
Mobile:  +47 99 24 52 35



Petroleum Geo-Services ("PGS" or "the Company") is a focused Marine geophysical company that provides a broad range of seismic and reservoir services, including acquisition, imaging, interpretation, and field evaluation. The Company's MultiClient data library is among the largest in the seismic industry, with modern 3D coverage in all significant offshore hydrocarbon provinces of the world. The Company operates on a worldwide basis with headquarters in Oslo, Norway and the PGS share is listed on the Oslo stock exchange (OSE: PGS). For more information on Petroleum Geo-Services visit

The information included herein contains certain forward-looking statements that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future. These statements are based on various assumptions made by the Company, which are beyond its control and are subject to certain additional risks and uncertainties. The Company is subject to a large number of risk factors including but not limited to the demand for seismic services, the demand for data from our multi-client data library, the attractiveness of our technology, unpredictable changes in governmental regulations affecting our markets and extreme weather conditions. For a further description of other relevant risk factors we refer to our Annual Report for 2016. As a result of these and other risk factors, actual events and our actual results may differ materially from those indicated in or implied by such forward-looking statements. The reservation is also made that inaccuracies or mistakes may occur in the information given above about current status of the Company or its business. Any reliance on the information above is at the risk of the reader, and PGS disclaims any and all liability in this respect.

This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5 -12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

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