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Pulse Seismic Inc. Announces Preliminary Unaudited Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results


Pulse Seismic Inc. Announces Preliminary Unaudited Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results

CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/16/13 -- Pulse Seismic Inc. ("Pulse" or "the Company") (TSX:PSD) (OTCQX:PLSDF) announces preliminary selected unaudited financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013.

These financial results are based upon management's estimates and have not yet been approved by the Company's Audit Committee or Board of Directors or reviewed by the Company's auditors.

Pulse expects to release its full financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013 on August 2, 2013.

Pulse's key performance metrics, which include cash EBITDA(a), shareholder free cash flow(a) and net earnings, all declined in the three and six-month periods ended June 30, 2013 from the prior year's comparative periods. Following quarterly records achieved in the first two quarters of 2012, lower data library sales were experienced in both the first and second quarters of 2013, accounting for the weaker results.

"Seismic data library sales have innately poor visibility, being influenced by a number of industry drivers and ultimately depending on capital spending decisions by individual energy producers," stated Neal Coleman, Pulse's President and CEO. "We are currently seeing fewer of the asset and corporate transaction-based sales of seismic data that contributed to last year's record results."

Pulse continues to benefit from its low cost structure and strong financial position, Coleman commented, which includes period-end debt of only 1.5 times its first-half 2013 cash EBITDA. Low costs enabled Pulse to continue delivering positive cash EBITDA and shareholder free cash flow in the first half of 2013, as well as to make significant debt repayments.

HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE PERIODS ENDED JUNE 30, 2013


 
--  Seismic data library sales for the second quarter of 2013 were $4.5
    million compared to $13.5 million for the comparable period in 2012.
    Seismic data library sales for the six months ended June 30, 2013 were
    $18.4 million compared to $48.1 million for the first half of 2012. 
    
--  Total seismic revenue (including revenue from participation surveys) was
    $4.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2013 and $31.8 million
    for the six months ended June 30, 2013 compared to $13.5 million and
    $49.9 million for the respective periods in 2012. 
    
--  Cash EBITDA was $2.3 million ($0.04 per share basic and diluted) for the
    second quarter of 2013 compared to $10.9 million ($0.17 per share basic
    and diluted) for the comparable period in 2012. Cash EBITDA was $13.6
    million ($0.22 per share basic and diluted) for the six months ended
    June 30, 2013 compared to $43.0 million ($0.67 per share basic and
    diluted) for the six months ended June 30, 2012. 
    
--  Shareholder free cash flow was $3.4 million ($0.06 per share basic and
    diluted) for the second quarter of 2013 compared to $10.4 million ($0.17
    per share basic and diluted) for the comparable period in 2012.
    Shareholder free cash flow was $13.8 million ($0.23 per share basic and
    diluted) for the six months ended June 30, 2013 compared to $41.8
    million ($0.65 per share basic and diluted) for the first half of 2012. 
    
--  A net loss of $15.1 million (including non-cash amortization expense of
    $22.3 million) was incurred in the second quarter of 2013, bringing the
    net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2013 to $12.5 million
    (including non-cash amortization expense of $42.3 million). Net earnings
    for the second quarter of 2012 were $1.9 million (including non-cash
    amortization expense of $6.8 million) and for the six months ended June
    30, 2012 were $13.9 million (including non-cash amortization expense of
    $23.8 million). Pulse's high level of participation survey activity
    accounted for the higher non-cash amortization in the current period,
    contributing approximately $29.0 million in amortization expense in the
    first half of the year. 
    
--  The 2012/13 winter 3D participation survey program was completed on-time
    and on-budget during the second quarter. The three surveys totalled
    1,182 square kilometres, with total gross capital expenditures amounting
    to $57.9 million. The 540 square kilometre McKinley 3D survey had been
    completed and delivered in the first quarter. At the end of the first
    quarter, two of the three surveys, the Fox Creek and Pembina 3D surveys,
    totalling 642 square kilometres, were in the final stages of processing.
    Processing was completed in the second quarter, the data was delivered
    to the client and the costs were moved from participation surveys in
    progress to the seismic data library. 
    
--  In the second quarter Pulse purchased and cancelled, through its normal
    course issuer bid, 549,500 common shares, bringing the total shares
    purchased in the first six months of 2013 to 1,418,672 for a total cost
    of approximately $4.4 million, or $3.13 per share including commissions.
    The number of shares outstanding has been reduced to approximately 60.4
    million. 
    
--  Also in the second quarter, Pulse made a $5.0 million payment against
    its revolving syndicated credit facility. At June 30, 2013 long-term
    debt(b) was $20.8 million with $28.9 million remaining available for
    future draws. 
    
--  Pulse paid two dividends of $0.02 per share each, in the second quarter,
    totaling $2.4 million. The first, paid in April, had been declared in
    the first quarter and the second was both declared and paid in the
    second quarter of 2013.

"Revenue fluctuations are part of the seismic data library business, and Pulse's current results further confirm the Board of Directors' decision to set the Company's dividend at a conservative, sustainable level, one that has been maintained over the past 8 quarters," Coleman stated.


 
(a) The Company's continuous disclosure documents provide discussion and    
    analysis of "cash EBITDA", "cash EBITDA per share", "shareholder free   
    cash flow" and "shareholder free cash flow per share". These financial  
    measures do not have standard definitions prescribed by IFRS and,       
    therefore, may not be comparable to similar measures disclosed by other 
    companies. The Company has included these non-GAAP financial measures   
    because management, investors, analysts and others use them as measures 
    of the Company's financial performance. The Company's definition of cash
    EBITDA is cash available for interest payments, cash taxes if           
    applicable, debt servicing, discretionary capital expenditures and the  
    payment of dividends, and is calculated as earnings (loss) from         
    operations before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization less   
    participation survey revenue, plus any non-cash and non-recurring       
    expenses. Cash EBITDA excludes participation survey revenue as these    
    funds are directly used to fund specific participation surveys and this 
    revenue is not available for discretionary capital expenditures. The    
    Company believes cash EBITDA assists investors in comparing Pulse's     
    results on a consistent basis without regard to participation survey    
    revenue and non-cash items, such as depreciation and amortization, which
    can vary significantly depending on accounting methods or non-operating 
    factors such as historical cost. Cash EBITDA per share is defined as    
    cash EBITDA divided by the weighted average number of shares outstanding
    for the period. Shareholder free cash flow further refines the          
    calculation of capital available to invest in growing the Company's 2D  
    and 3D seismic data library, to repay debt, to purchase its common      
    shares and to pay dividends by deducting non-discretionary expenditures 
    from cash EBITDA. Non-discretionary expenditures are defined as debt    
    financing costs (net of deferred financing expenses amortized in the    
    current period) and current tax provisions. Shareholder free cash flow  
    per share is defined as shareholder free cash flow divided by the       
    weighted average number of shares outstanding for the period.           
                                                                            
(b) Long-term debt is defined as total long-term debt, including current    
    portion, net of deferred financing costs.                               

Q2 2013 CONFERENCE CALL

Pulse will host a conference call on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 11:00 am MDT (1:00 pm EDT) to discuss the Company's results for the second quarter. Neal Coleman, President & CEO, will chair the call with Pamela Wicks, VP Finance & CFO, taking part. A question-and-answer period will follow an update on the Company's strategy and outlook.

To participate please dial 416-340-8530 or 877-440-9795 approximately 10 minutes before the commencement of the call. To listen to the audio webcast of the conference call please visit the Company's website at www.pulseseismic.com.

An archival recording of the conference call will be available approximately one hour after the completion of the call until August 10, 2013. To access the replay, please dial 905-694-9451 or 800-408-3053 and enter the pass code 3376392.

CORPORATE PROFILE

Pulse is a market leader in the acquisition, marketing and licensing of 2D and 3D seismic data to the western Canadian energy sector. Pulse owns the second-largest licensable seismic data library in Canada, currently consisting of approximately 28,300 net square kilometres of 3D seismic and 340,000 net kilometres of 2D seismic. The library extensively covers the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin where most of Canada's oil and natural gas exploration and development occur. Contacts: Pulse Seismic Inc. Neal Coleman President and CEO (403) 237-5559 or Toll-free: 1-877-460-5559

Pulse Seismic Inc. Pamela Wicks VP Finance and CFO (403) 237-5559 or Toll-free: 1-877-460-5559 info@pulseseismic.com www.pulseseismic.com

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