CGG Announces Enhanced Profitability Plan

  • Increased focus on operational performance, costs reductions and technology differentiation

  • $150 million positive impact on operating income by 2012

PARIS, France – December 16th 2010

CEO Jean-Georges Malcor and his Executive Committee presented a companywide plan today to improve profitability and reinforce the leading position of CGGVeritas in high-end seismic technology and solutions.

This plan is driven by a recently appointed executive team, operating a leaner organization that was put in place mid October.

A streamlined organization for increased efficiency

To meet the objectives of the plan, CGGVeritas has simplified and rationalized its organization to be even closer to its clients and to focus on operational excellence and technology differentiation.

The new CGGVeritas organization is based around 5 Divisions, Equipment, Marine, Land, Processing Imaging & Reservoir, Multi-Client, and a global Sales, Marketing and Geomarket network, this being supported by transverse Functions including Technology, Global Operation Excellence, Business Development, Finance & Strategy, Human Resources, as well as a General Secretary, also in charge of HSE.

Major initiatives across all businesses

Equipment – continued excellence: Continuing to surpass the demands of its clients, Sercel will further advance its leadership through innovation, increased R&D and expanding its manufacturing knowhow. With its unrivaled install base and increasing demand for technology intensity, Sercel is well positioned to generate excellent financial performance across the cycles and well into the future.

Marine – closing the gap: In Marine the plan focuses on a new series of initiatives aimed at increasing profitability through better utilization of maritime assets, a lower cost base and tighter project management.

The plan also focuses on the continued repositioning and upgrade of the fleet in order to provide our clients with the most advanced seismic technology within a market where the growth in demand is expected to balance supply in the second half of 2011. It also includes the progressive introduction of our new breakthrough solution BroadSeis which is already raising considerable interest in the market.

Land – optimizing positions: In Land, the plan reinforces both our leadership and our local partnerships in core markets such as the Arctic and Middle-East, while better adapting our North American position outside the winter season.

Processing, Imaging & Reservoir – advancing our leadership: To enhance profitability of this important differentiator for CGGVeritas, the plan focuses on accelerating technology innovation and further extending leadership in advanced seismic reservoir characterization.

Multi-Client – balancing the portfolio: To continue to strengthen the performance of our data library our plan aims at better geographically balancing our multi-client investments in new and promising basins worldwide, especially around non conventional plays.

Operating income improvement

Overall cost reductions and performance enhancements achieved through the execution of this program will lead to a positive impact on the company's operating income expected to reach $150 million by the end of 2012, with a first effect of $75 million in 2011.

  • Cost reductions are estimated at $75 million and are essentially driven by the streamlined organization, SG&A and overhead reductions, supply chain improvements and lower non-quality costs.
  • Performance improvement across all activities will also lead to an estimated $75 million operating income increase, including a significant contribution from Marine and a positive impact from technology and commercial differentiation across all activities.

The plan includes 2011 Capex at $600 million, inclusive of $85 million for the Oceanic Sirius. The objective of our plan is to generate positive cash flow even at the lowest point of a business cycle.

Plan implementation is expected to lead to non-recurring exceptional charges in the fourth quarter 2010 of up to $130 million. Charges include multi-client net book value adjustments of around $90 million and restructuring charges of around $40 million.

CGGVeritas CEO, Jean-Georges Malcor commented:

"Along with my executive team, I am committed to actively putting this plan in place to increase our operational performance and improve profitability, especially in marine. We will further boost the commercial impact of the company's leading products and solutions such as our new breakthrough BroadSeis. The plan's overall objective is to generate positive cash flow at a cycle low.

I am confident that, with this plan and the support of all our employees, CGGVeritas is well poised to increasingly benefit from its technical differentiation in the progressively recovering seismic services market.

Going forward, we will intensify our focus on working together with our clients to address their ever increasing exploration and production challenges while further developing our leadership, improving our profitability and maximizing shareholder value."

Executive Committee Members

Jean-Georges Malcor
Jean-Georges Malcor
Chief Executive Officer
Thierry Brizard
Thierry Brizard
Executive Vice President, Technology
Stephan Midenet
Stephan Midenet
Executive Vice President, Land Division
Gérard Chambovet
Gérard Chambovet
Executive Vice President, General Secretary
Colin Murdoch
Colin Murdoch
Executive Vice President, Processing, Imaging & Reservoir Division
Stephane-Paul Frydman
Stephane-Paul Frydman
Executive Vice President, Finance & Strategy
Benoît Ribadeau-Dumas
Benoît Ribadeau-Dumas
Executive Vice President, Marine Division









Gilles Garczynski
Executive Vice President, Human Resources
Pascal Rouiller
Pascal Rouiller
Executive Vice President, Equipment Division
CEO of Sercel
Thierry Le Roux
Thierry Le Roux
Executive Vice President, Business Development
Luc Schlumberger
Luc Schlumberger
Executive Vice President, Multi-Client & New Ventures Division
Lionel Lhommet
Lionel Lhommet
Executive Vice President, Geomarkets & Global Marketing
Dominique Robert
Dominique Robert
Executive Vice President, Global Operational Excellence

Further information on the Executive Committee Members.

About CGGVeritas

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 Euronext Paris SA (ISIN: 0000120164) and the New York Stock Exchange (in the form of American Depositary Shares, NYSE: CGV).

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