SOURCE: Geokinetics Inc.

December 14, 2010 16:20 ET

Geokinetics Announces Financial Covenants Waiver and Third Amendment to Revolving Credit Facility

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - December 14, 2010) - Geokinetics Inc. (NYSE Amex: GOK) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with its lenders that provides the Company with a waiver related to the Revolving Credit Facility due 2013 for the cumulative EBITDA covenant for the month ended November 30, 2010 and for all financial covenants at the December 31, 2010 measurement date. In addition, the Company has amended its Revolving Credit Facility with the Royal Bank of Canada. Among other things, the third amendment provides adjustments to a monthly maximum total leverage ratio and a monthly minimum interest coverage ratio. It also requires that the Company adhere to a monthly liquidity test, monthly senior notes interest reserve and monthly cumulative adjusted EBITDA targets commencing with the month ending January 31, 2011 through the month ending December 31, 2011. Furthermore, capital expenditures for the fiscal year 2011 may not exceed $40 million. The permitted outstanding borrowing amount under the revolver remains unchanged at $40 million, of which $29 million was outstanding as of December 13, 2010. 

Richard F. Miles, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We believe that the latest amendment related to the revolving credit facility will provide us with the relief we need to run our business. Bidding activity continues to be strong and we expect to benefit from the recovery we see taking hold in the markets we serve, both domestically and internationally."

About Geokinetics Inc. 

Geokinetics Inc. is a leading provider of seismic data acquisition, seismic data processing services and multi-client seismic data to the oil and gas industry worldwide. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Geokinetics is the largest Western contractor acquiring seismic data onshore and in transition zones in oil and gas basins around the world. Geokinetics has the crews, experience and capacity to provide cost-effective world class data to our international and North American clients. For more information on Geokinetics, visit

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Contact Information

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    Scott M. Zuehlke
    Director of Investor Relations
    (713) 850-7600