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Paris, March 8 2007
CGG (ISIN: 0000120164 – NYSE: CGV) today announced CGG’s fourth quarter and full year 2006 unaudited financial results, the merger with Veritas becoming effective in 2007.
CGG Chairman & CEO, Robert Brunck, commented:
“In 2006, the CGG Group took advantage of strong demand in geophysics to increase its market share and its profitability through its renewed and modernized fleet, the excellent quality of its multi-client library and more generally its reinforced technological positions in imaging and in equipment through the successful launch of new Sercel products. The CGG Group almost quadrupled its operational profit with a record year for Sercel and strong operational performance of Geophysical Services.
Looking forward in 2007 continued favourable market conditions provide an excellent environment for the new CGG Group to meet our growth, operational performance and debt reduction objectives.
Group revenues at the end of 2006 were Euros 1,329.6 million (US$ 1,669.7 million), up 53% in Euros and up 54% in US$, year on year.
Revenues for Geophysical Services for 2006 were Euros 792.1 million (US$ 991.3 million), up 43% in Euros and up 44% in US$, year on year.
Revenues for Sercel at the end of 2006 were at a record level of Euros 610 million (US$ 768 million), up 61% in € and up 63% in US$ year on year. 2006 Sercel external sales were Euros 537.5 million (US$ 678.4 million) up 69% in € and up 72% in US$, year on year.
Group revenues for the fourth quarter of 2006 were Euros 374 million (US$ 483 million) up 42% in € and 55% in US$, compared to the fourth quarter of 2005.
Revenues for Geophysical Services for the fourth quarter of 2006 were Euros 188.7 million, (US$ 243.9 million), up 17% in € and 28% in US$ compared to the fourth quarter of 2005.
Land revenues for the fourth quarter of 2006 were Euros 22.3 million (US$ 28.8 million), down 30% in € and 24% in US$ when compared to the fourth quarter of 2005. During the quarter, for safety concerns, we stopped work and demobilized a large seismic crew based on a force majeure event.
Offshore revenues for the fourth quarter of 2006 were Euros 129.1 million (US$ 166.8 million), up 33% in € and 44% in US$ compared to the fourth quarter of 2005. As expected, a high number of transits and port calls impacted the quarter. Multi-client revenues were of Euros 52.2 million, up 108% compared to the fourth quarter of 2005. The net book value of the multi-client library at the end of 2006 was of Euros 72 million.
Processing and Reservoir revenues for the fourth quarter of 2006 were Euros 37.4 million (US$ 48.3 million), up 18 % in € and 28% in US$ compared to the same period last year.
Total revenues for Sercel for the fourth quarter of 2006 were at a record level of Euros 188.5 million (US$ 243.6 million), up 53% in € and 67% in US$ compared to the same period last year. External sales for the fourth quarter of 2006 were Euros 185.2 million (US$ 239.4 million), up 82% in Euros and 98% in US$ compared to the same period last year.
The Group operating profit at the end of 2006 were of Euros 289.0 million, a 21.7% operating margin, compared to Euros 75.1 million operating profit at the end of 2005 and representing an 8.6% operating margin.
The 2006 operating profit for Geophysical Services, not including the contribution from Argas of Euros 9.5 million, were Euros 150.3 millioncompared to a Euros 25.2 million operating profit in 2005. The operating margin for 2006, when including Argas, exceeded 20%.
The 2006 operating profit for Sercel were Euros 174.2 millioncorresponding to a 28.6% operating margin, compared to a Euros 79.8 million operating profit and a 21% operating margin in 2005.
Group operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2006 were Euros 71.4 million, a 19.1% operating margin, compared to Euros 30.1 million operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2005 and an 11.4% operating margin.
The operating profit for Geophysical Services for the fourth quarter of 2006 were Euros 20.5 million, a 11% operating margin, compared to a Euros 11.1 million operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2005. During the quarter, apart from the land force majeure event and the numerous expected vessels transits and dry docks, operations ran smoothly with good performance in imaging and a sustained level of multi-client revenues.
Operating profit for Sercel for the fourth quarter of 2006 were Euros 60.8 million, a record 32% operating margin, compared to Euros 30.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2005, corresponding to a 25% operating margin. During the quarter, demand remained strong for all types of land and offshore seismic equipment.
The 2006 net result was a profit of Euros 158.7 million including Euros 23.0 million specific financial charges for the variance on derivative of the convertible bonds compared to a net loss of Euros 6.8 million in 2005 (including Euros 11.5 million charge for the variance on derivative of the convertible bonds).
The net result for the fourth quarter of 2006 was a profit of Euros 37.7 million compared to a profit of Euros 20.5 million (including an exceptional profit of Euros 26.5 million for the variance on derivative of the convertible bonds) for the same period last year.
The “Adjusted EBITDA” is defined as the EBITDA minus the cost of equity-based compensation
Adjusted EBITDA at the end of 2006 was Euros 483 million, representing 36% of the revenues and an increase of 113% year on year.
Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2006 was Euros 125 million, representing 33% of revenues and a 55% increase year on year.
As the end of 2006, net equity was Euros 877 million and net financial debt was Euros 153.8 million, representing a 17.5% net debt to equity.
The backlog as of March 1st 2007 for CGG was at a level of US$ 1.610 billion.
The information included herein contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the securities act of 1933 and section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements reflect numerous assumptions and involve a number of risks and uncertainties as disclosed by the Company from time to time in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may vary materially.
Robert Brunck, Chairman and CEO, will comment on the results during a public presentation at 10:00 am – at Palais Brongniart - Place de la Bourse (entry in front of N°40 rue Notre Dame des Victoires) PARIS 2nd.
A conference call in English is scheduled at 3:00 pm (Paris time) – 8:00 am (US CT) – 9:00 am (US ET)
To join the conference, please dial five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time:
You will be asked for the name of the conference: “CGG 2006 Year End Results”.
Copies of the presentation will be posted on the company web site and can be downloaded.
The conference call will be broadcast live on CGG’ website and replay will be available for seven days thereafter.
CGGVeritas (www.cggveritas.com) is a leading international pure-play geophysical company delivering a wide range of technologies, services and equipment through Sercel, to its broad base of customers mainly throughout the global oil and gas industry.
CGGVeritas is listed on the Eurolist of Euronext Paris SA (ISIN: 0000120164) and the New York Stock Exchange (in the form of American Depositary Shares, NYSE: CGV).