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Pulse Seismic Inc. Reports Q2 2020 Results

/EIN News/ -- CALGARY, Alberta, July 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pulse Seismic Inc. (TSX:PSD) (OTCQX:PLSDF) (“Pulse” or the “Company”) is pleased to report its financial and operating results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020. The unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements, accompanying notes and MD&A are being filed on SEDAR ( and will be available on Pulse’s website at


  • Data library sales revenue was $1.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020 compared to $10.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019. Data library sales revenue was $4.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020 compared to $15.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019;

  • Net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2020 was $2.3 million ($0.04 per share basic and diluted) compared to net earnings of $2.9 million ($0.05 per share basic and diluted) for the three months ended June 30, 2019. Net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2020 was $5.1 million ($0.10 per share basic and diluted) compared to net earnings of $209,000 ($0.00 per share basic and diluted) for the six months ended June 30, 2019;
  • Cash EBITDA(a) was $1.0 million ($0.02 per share basic and diluted) for the three months ended June 30, 2020, compared to $9.3 million ($0.17 per share basic and diluted) for the three months ended June 30, 2019. Cash EBITDA was $2.1 million ($0.04 per share basic and diluted) for the six months ended June 30, 2020 compared to $12.4 million ($0.23 per share basic and diluted) for the six months ended June 30, 2019;
  • Shareholder free cash flow(a) was $771,000 ($0.01 per share basic and diluted) for the second quarter of 2020 compared to $6.9 million ($0.13 per share basic and diluted) for the comparable period in 2019. Shareholder free cash flow was $1.5 million ($0.03 per share basic and diluted) for the six months ended June 30, 2020 compared to $9.6 million ($0.18 per share basic and diluted) for the six months ended June 30, 2019; and
  • In the second quarter of 2020, a payment of $375,000 was applied to the balance of the term loan. At June 30, 2020 long-term debt excluding deferred financing charges was $29.0 million.


At June 30, 2020 the Company was in compliance with all covenants related to its syndicated credit facility. As announced in June, with the ongoing uncertainty as to the length and continued severity of this oil and gas downturn, Pulse negotiated with its lending syndicate for its senior credit facility to amend its financial covenants to ensure additional flexibility in future quarters, beginning July 1, 2020. The details are disclosed in the financial statements as well as in the liquidity, capital resources and capital requirements section of the MD&A, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020.

Beginning in the first quarter, and continuing through the year, Management and the Board of Directors of the Company implemented cost-cutting measures in reaction to the decline in commodity prices and uncertainty surrounding the continuation of the low oil price environment. Pulse has implemented salary reductions ranging from 7.5 percent to 20 percent for all its employees. Also in the second quarter, Director fees for the chair of the Board was reduced by 50% and all other independent director’s fees were reduced by 40%.  All administrative and operating expenses and capital spending plans have been evaluated and reduced where appropriate. The Company also received $222,000 from the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program for the second quarter. The CEWS program has been extended to December and the Company anticipates receiving the subsidy for some additional months, but is dependent on meeting the criteria which is yet to be determined for the extension period.

Pulse continues to respond to very challenging business conditions brought about by the combined impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the precipitous decline of oil prices brought on by the unprecedented demand fallout from COVID-19. These global events have caused significant declines in the 2020 capital budgets of Pulse’s customers in the oil and natural gas sector of Western Canada. While the Company continues to see a lack of clarity into future seismic data licensing opportunities, Pulse remains engaged with customers to monitor their seismic data requirements.

Pulse also remains committed to the health and safety of its employees. In response to the public health measures associated with the pandemic, Pulse implemented its disaster recovery plan and staff began working remotely as of March 13, 2020. Beginning in July, a small number of employees have returned to work in the downtown office and strict policies and procedures have been developed and implemented, using the guidance of the health authorities. It is anticipated that the remaining staff will continue to work remotely for the time being.  Pulse’s business is supplying licences to a digitally-based product, seismic data, and as a result, staff are able to respond to customer needs in a timely manner. The Company’s primary focus and attention at this time continues to be the safety of its employees, preserving cash and protecting the balance sheet while weathering these uncertain and unprecedented times.

(thousands of dollars except per share data, Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30, Year ended  
numbers of shares and kilometres of seismic data) 2020   2019 2020   2019   December 31,  
  (unaudited) (unaudited) 2019  
Data library sales 1,850   10,617 4,040   15,894   23,635  
Other revenue 91   167 181   310   520  
Total revenue 1,941   10,784 4,221   16,204   24,155  
Amortization of seismic data library 2,850   3,577 6,366   7,143   14,200  
Net earnings (loss) (2,309 ) 2,880 (5,136 ) 209   (3,411 )
Per share basic and diluted (0.04 ) 0.05 (0.10 ) 0.00   (0.06 )
Cash provided by operating activities 137   3,691 2,459   5,149   8,605  
Per share basic and diluted 0.00   0.07 0.05   0.10   0.16  
Cash EBITDA (a) 1,008   9,256 2,068   12,353   17,557  
Per share basic and diluted (a) 0.02   0.17 0.04   0.23   0.33  
Shareholder free cash flow (a) 771   6,852 1,534   9,552   13,605  
Per share basic and diluted (a) 0.01   0.13 0.03   0.18   0.25  
Capital expenditures          
Seismic data purchases, digitization and related costs 96   - 191   61,029   61,029  
Property and equipment 7   63 7   398   439  
Total capital expenditures 103   63 198   61,427   61,468  
Weighted average shares outstanding          
Basic and diluted 53,793,317   53,793,317 53,793,317   53,793,317   53,793,317  
Shares outstanding at period-end     53,793,317   53,793,317   53,793,317  
Seismic library          
2D in kilometres     829,207   829,207   829,207  
3D in square kilometres     65,310   65,310   65,310  

      June 30,   June 30,   December 31,  
(thousands of dollars except ratios)     2020   2019   2019  
Working capital     1,210   (2,282 ) 596  
Working capital ratio     1.4:1   0.8:1   1.1:1  
Cash and cash equivalents     327   464   1,356  
Total assets     59,176   77,673   69,807  
Long-term debt     28,738   29,696   31,511  
Trailing twelve-month (TTM) cash EBITDA (b)     7,272   16,337   17,557  
Shareholders’ equity     26,805   35,475   31,973  
Long-term debt to TTM cash EBITDA ratio     3.95   1.82   1.79  
Long-term debt to equity ratio     1.07   0.84   0.99  
  1. 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, repayment of debt, purchase of its shares, 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, lease payments treated as capital lease and warehouse storage fees, 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.
  2. TTM cash EBITDA is defined as the sum of the trailing 12 months’ cash EBITDA and is used to provide a comparable annualized measure.

These non-GAAP financial measures are defined, calculated and reconciled to the nearest GAAP financial measures in the Management's Discussion and Analysis.


The current extreme economic uncertainty renders it difficult for Pulse to issue a specific outlook concerning industry and market conditions over the next 12 months. The plunge in domestic Canadian crude oil prices and further reductions to oil and natural gas producers' capital expenditures make it very likely that industry activity will be extremely low over the next several quarters. Accordingly, Pulse expects low traditional seismic data library sales. Transaction-based sales however, occur as a result of industry merger and acquisition and asset sales and could happen at any time.

Having spent the past five years reducing controllable costs, maximizing efficiencies, maintaining a strong balance sheet and optimizing its access to credit, Pulse is well-prepared to weather an extended period of weak sales. As demonstrated in the first half of 2020, the Company can generate positive shareholder free cash flow with sales of $4.0 million. Pulse will continue to seek further cost reductions where possible, without impairing the Company's ability to serve its clients, conduct sales and act on attractive opportunities. The seismic library's data does not deteriorate or expire and incurs minimal maintenance costs. 


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 largest licensable seismic data library in Canada, currently consisting of approximately 65,310 square kilometres of 3D seismic and 829,207 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.

For further information, please contact:
Neal Coleman, President and CEO
Pamela Wicks, Vice President Finance and CFO
Tel.: 403-237-5559
Toll-free: 1-877-460-5559
Please visit our website at

This document contains information that constitutes “forward-looking information” or “forward-looking statements” (collectively, “forward-looking information”) within the meaning of applicable securities legislation.  Forward-looking information is often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "plan", "intend", "forecast", "target", "project", "guidance", "may", "will", "should", "could", "estimate", "predict" or similar words suggesting future outcomes or language suggesting an outlook.

The Outlook section herein contain forward-looking information which includes, but is not limited to, statements regarding:

> The outlook of the Company for the year ahead, including future operating costs and expected revenues;

> Recent events on the political, economic, regulatory, public health and legal fronts affecting the industry’s medium- to longer-term prospects;

> The Company’s capital resources and sufficiency thereof to finance future operations, meet its obligations associated with financial liabilities and carry out the necessary capital expenditures through the balance of 2020;

> Pulse’s capital allocation strategy;

> Pulse’s dividend policy;

> Oil and natural gas prices and forecast trends;

> Oil and natural gas drilling activity and land sales activity;

> Oil and natural gas company capital budgets;

> Future demand for seismic data;

> Future seismic data sales;

> Future demand for participation surveys;

> Pulse’s business and growth strategy; and

> Other expectations, beliefs, plans, goals, objectives, assumptions, information and statements about possible future events, conditions, results and performance, as they relate to the Company or to the oil and natural gas industry as a whole.

By its very nature, forward-looking information involves inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and risks that predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not be achieved. Pulse does not publish specific financial goals or otherwise provide guidance, due to the inherently poor visibility of seismic revenue. The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on these statements as a number of important factors could cause the actual results to differ materially from the beliefs, plans, objectives, expectations and anticipations, estimates and intentions expressed in such forward-looking information. These factors include, but are not limited to:

> Uncertainty of the timing and volume of data sales from the newly acquired seismic data library, which was partially funded with long-term debt;

> Volatility of oil and natural gas prices;

> Risks associated with the oil and gas industry in general;

> The Company’s ability to access external sources of debt and equity capital;

> Credit, liquidity and commodity price risks;

> The demand for seismic data and participation surveys;

> The pricing of data library licence sales;

> Cybersecurity;

> Relicensing (change-of-control) fees and partner copy sales;

> The level of pre-funding of participation surveys, and the Company’s ability to make subsequent data library sales from such participation surveys;

> The Company’s ability to complete participation surveys on time and within budget;

> Environmental, health and safety risks, including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic;

> Federal and provincial government laws and regulations, including those pertaining to taxation, royalty rates, environmental protection, public health and safety;

> Competition;

> Dependence on qualified seismic field contractors;

> Dependence on key management, operations and marketing personnel;

> The loss of seismic data;

> Protection of intellectual property rights;

> The introduction of new products; and

> Climate change.

Pulse cautions that the foregoing list of factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive. Additional information on these risks and other factors which could affect the Company’s operations and financial results is included under “Risk Factors” in the in the Company’s most recent annual information form, and in the Company’s most recent audited annual financial statements, most recent MD&A, management information circular, quarterly reports, material change reports and news releases. Copies of the Company’s public filings are available on SEDAR at

When relying on forward-looking information to make decisions with respect to Pulse, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. Furthermore, the forward-looking information in this document is provided as of the date of this document and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking information, except as required by law. The forward-looking information in this document is provided for the limited purpose of enabling current and potential investors to evaluate an investment in Pulse. Readers are cautioned that such forward-looking information may not be appropriate, and should not be used, for other purposes.

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