Second Quarter and First Half 2018 Results

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Progressing as Planned

Note: Petroleum Geo-Services ASA and its subsidiaries ("PGS" or "the Company") implemented the new revenue recognition standard, IFRS 15, as the Company's external financial reporting method. This change, which took effect January 1, 2018, impacts the timing of revenue recognition for MultiClient pre-funding revenues and related amortization. For internal management purposes PGS continues to use the revenue recognition principles applied in previous years, which are based on percentage of completion, and use this for numbers disclosed as Segment Reporting. See Note 15 for definitions of terms discussed in this report. See Note 16 for a description of the change in revenue recognition resulting from the implementation of IFRS 15. PGS has not restated prior periods.

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Highlights Q2 2018

  • As Reported revenues of $239.7 million and EBIT of $30.5 million, according to IFRS
  • Segment Revenues of $199.4 million, compared to $240.5 million in Q2 2017
  • Segment EBITDA of $136.0 million, compared to $112.5 million in Q2 2017
  • Segment EBIT of $13.6 million, compared to a loss of $8.7 million in Q2 2017
  • Segment MultiClient pre-funding revenues of $94.0 million with a corresponding pre-funding level of 116%, compared to $50.2 million and 115% in Q2 2017
  • Segment MultiClient late sales revenues of $68.7 million, compared to $77.4 million in Q2 2017
  • Cash flow from operations of $121.7 million, compared to $49.4 million in Q2 2017 
  • Total Leverage Ratio, as defined in the Company's Credit Facility, of 2.83:1

"Most of our active 3D vessel capacity was allocated to MultiClient in the quarter and pre-funding revenues dominated the sales mix. MultiClient late sales did not benefit materially from any license rounds, but the quarter still demonstrates a continuance of the strong trend from the two previous quarters. Year-to-date late sales are up more than 30% compared to 2017.

We have generated a larger pipeline of new MultiClient projects and expect to increase our MultiClient cash investment to approximately $300 million this year, with an active 3D vessel capacity allocation to MultiClient of approximately 65% and an unchanged pre-funding requirement.

Our contract activities in Q2 related mainly to completion of surveys we commenced in Q1, offshore West Africa. The marine contract market is improving, but still challenging, and it is encouraging that our estimate of the total value of bids and leads for contract work is at its highest level for more than three years.

The visibility of Q4 fleet utilization is strengthening. However, our reported order book remains low at quarter end, as we are in the final phase of formalizing projects. With the ongoing bid activities and our MultiClient plans, we expect that we will achieve acceptable utilization of the vessels we plan to operate in Q4.

Our cost reductions are progressing as planned and for the first time in two and a half years we are reporting positive EBIT. We are on track to be cash flow positive after debt servicing this year."
Rune Olav Pedersen,
President and Chief Executive Officer


PGS expects the higher oil price, improved cash flow among clients and an exceptionally low oil and gas discovery rate to benefit the marine seismic market fundamentals going forward. The Company continues to plan its cost and capital expenditures for 2018 to achieve positive cash flow post debt service1.

Based on the current operational projections and with reference to disclosed risk factors, PGS expects full year 2018 gross cash costs of approximately $600 million.

2018 MultiClient cash investments are expected to be approximately $300 million.

Approximately 65% of 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 $187 million at June 30, 2018 (including $138 million relating to MultiClient), compared to $211 million at March 31, 2018 and $248 million at June 30, 2017. The Company operated eight 3D vessels in Q2 2018.
1 The financial target of being cash flow positive after debt servicing excludes payments relating to severance and other restructuring provisions made in Q4 2017 as well as drawings/repayments on the RCF.




Consolidated Key Financial Figures
(In USD millions, except per share data)
Quarter ended
June 30,
Six months ended June 30, Year ended
December 31,





As Reported under IFRS 15:          
Revenues 239.7 240.5 441.0 395.3 838.8
EBIT 30.5 (17.4) 23.2 (111.1) (383.6)
Income (loss) before income tax expense 14.8 (37.5) (14.7) (140.5) (468.1)
Net income (loss) to equity holders (10.4) (32.2) (29.2) (138.7) (523.4)
Basic earnings per share ($ per share) 0.03 (0.10) (0.09) (0.42) (1.55)
Net cash provided by operating activities 121.7 49.4 195.1 79.4 281.8
Cash Investment in MultiClient library 81.3 43.8 135.0 77.4 213.4
Capital expenditures (whether paid or not) 8.3 12.9 12.3 114.5 154.5
Total assets 2,386.3 2,860.1 2,386.3 2,860.1 2,482.4
Cash and cash equivalents 24.4 53.3 24.4 53.3 47.3
Net interest bearing debt 1,145,3 1,126.2 1,145.3 1,126.2 1,139.4
Segment Reporting:          
Segment Revenues 199.4 240.5 397.2 395.3 838.8
Segment EBITDA 136.0 112.5 228.4 142.6 374.1
Segment EBIT ex. impairments and other charges, net 13.6 (8.7) (9.1) (92.2) (147.1)

A complete version of the Q2 2018 earnings release and presentation 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 2017. 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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