Pulse Seismic Inc.

Pulse Seismic Inc.

May 10, 2007 23:59 ET

Pulse Data Inc. Reports Q1 2007 Results and Declaration of Quarterly Dividend

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 10, 2007) - Mr. Ken MacDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pulse Data Inc. (TSX:PSD) ("Pulse" or "the Company") reports the financial
and operating results of Pulse for the three months ended March 31, 2007.

Mr. MacDonald is also pleased to announce that Pulse has declared its
sixteenth consecutive quarterly dividend. This dividend is $0.0375 per common
share and will be paid on June 20, 2007 to shareholders of record at the close
of business on June 6, 2007. The Company's Dividend Reinvestment Plan for
eligible shareholders will be available for this dividend.

HIGHLIGHTS

- Record first quarter data library sales: Seismic data library sales
increased by 5.2 percent to $10.6 million for the three months ended
March 31, 2007 compared to $10.1 million for the first quarter of
2006.

- Record first quarter free cash flow(b) was also achieved for Q1, 2007
at $7.9 million, compared to $6.9 in the first quarter of 2006,
representing a 13.3 percent increase year-over-year.

- Pulse had a working capital position of $5.6 million (including cash
of $9.2 million) at March 31, 2007 compared to $5.7 million at
December 31, 2006 and $20.1 million at March 31, 2006.

- Pulse's $36.8 million investment to acquire new seismic data in 2006
has led to higher amortization expense which increased to
$6.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2007 compared to
$4.7 million for the first quarter of 2006.

- On March 5, 2007 the Company announced that it was initiating a
process to review strategic alternatives for its LiDAR business unit.
Since then, the Corporation has developed a formal plan to dispose of
the assets and business operations of its LiDAR business unit.



Financial Highlights
($000s except per share data)

3 months ended Year ended
March 31, December 31,
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2007 2006 2006
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(unaudited) (audited)
Revenue from continuing operations:
Data library sales $ 10,623 $ 10,098 $ 34,214
Participation surveys $ - $ - $ 3,058
Corporate & other $ - $ - $ (130)
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Total revenue from continuing
operations $ 10,623 $ 10,098 $ 37,142
Amortization of seismic data
library $ 6,288 $ 4,679 $ 22,574
Net earnings from continuing ops $ 837 $ 1,452 $ 3,474
Net earnings from continuing ops
per share:
Basic and diluted $ 0.02 $ 0.03 $ 0.07
Net earning (loss) $ (470) $ 39 $ (3,290)
Net earnings (loss) per share:
Basic and diluted $ (0.01)(a) $ 0.00 $ (0.07)(a)
Funds from operations(b) $ 7,850 $ 6,834 $ 25,851
Funds from operations per share(b):
Basic $ 0.16 $ 0.15 $ 0.55
Diluted $ 0.16 $ 0.14 $ 0.54
Free cash flow(b) $ 7,850 $ 6,928 $ 19,155
Working capital $ 5,619 $ 20,075 $ 5,681
Total assets $ 126,682 $ 125,877 $ 131,910
Capital expenditures:
Seismic data purchases $ - $ - $ 36,850
Participation surveys $ - $ (94) $ 6,696
Change to work in progress $ - $ 932 $ (192)
Property & equipment additions $ 74 $ 52 $ 128
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Total capital expenditures $ 74 $ 890 $ 43,482
Long-term debt (net of current
maturities) $ 29,447 $ 19,322 $ 31,996
Shareholders' equity $ 73,640 $ 81,214 $ 75,357
Weighted average shares
outstanding:
Basic 47,929,831 46,612,473 47,145,373
Diluted 48,372,833 47,687,104 48,007,006
Shares outstanding at period end 47,935,342 46,676,444 47,919,342

(a) Basic weighted average shares outstanding are used to calculate loss
per share
(b) These non-GAAP financial measures are defined in the Financial
Summary below.

Operational Highlights

Seismic library:
2D in net kilometres 257,216 239,822 257,216
3D in net square kilometres 9,823 9,442 9,823


FINANCIAL SUMMARY

The Company's continuous disclosure documents provide discussion and
analysis of "free cash flow", "funds from operations" and "funds from
operations per share". These financial measures do not have standard
definitions prescribed by Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in
Canada 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 free cash flow is
cash available for debt servicing, discretionary capital expenditures and the
payment of dividends, and is calculated as funds from operations less
participation survey additions to the data library. The Company's definition
of funds from operations is cash flow from operations as prescribed by
Canadian GAAP, but excluding the impact of changes in non-cash working
capital. Funds from operations per share is defined as funds from operations
divided by the weighted average number of shares outstanding for the period.

Overview

On March 5, 2007 the Company announced that it was initiating a process
to review strategic alternative for its LiDAR business unit. Since then, the
Company has developed a formal plan to dispose of the LiDAR business segment.
Two wholly-owned subsidiaries of Pulse, Terrapoint Canada Inc. and Terrapoint
USA Inc. are therefore categorized as assets held for sale in the March 31,
2007 financial statements, as required by Canadian GAAP.

Free cash flow for the first quarter of 2007 was $7.9 million, compared
to free cash flow of $6.9 million reported for the first quarter of 2006. This
13.3 percent period-over-period increase in free cash flow is attributable to
higher data library revenue, along with lower G&A expenses, operating costs
and current taxes in 2007 compared to the same period in 2006.
Pulse had a working capital position of $5.6 million (including cash of
$9.2 million) at March 31, 2007 compared to $20.1 million at March 31, 2006
and $5.7 million at December 31, 2006.

The net earnings from continuing operations for the three months ended
March 31, 2007 was $837,000 ($0.02 per share basic and diluted), compared to
net earnings from continuing operations of $1.5 million ($0.03 per share basic
and diluted) for the same period in 2006. The primary reasons for the
reduction in net earnings from continuing operations are the significant
increase in seismic data library amortization expense and the higher interest
expense for the quarter.

The net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2007 was $470,000 ($0.01 per
share basic and diluted) compared to net earnings of $39,000 ($0.00 per share
basic and diluted) for the first quarter of 2006. When calculating the loss
per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2007, the basic number of shares
outstanding for this period has been utilized, as using diluted shares would
have the effect of inappropriately reducing the net loss per share.

Funds from operations for the quarter ended March 31, 2007 totalled
$7.9 million ($0.16 per share basic and diluted), compared to $6.8 million
($0.15 per share basic and $0.14 per share diluted) generated for the
three-months ended March 31, 2006. The funds from operations per share for
2007 and 2006 are based on the weighted average shares outstanding of
47,929,831 (diluted - 48,372,833) for 2007, compared to 46,612,473 (diluted -
47,687,104) for 2006.

Revenue

The seismic data segment includes data library sales and participation
survey revenues, however there were no participation surveys completed in the
first quarter of 2007 or 2006. Pulse achieved record first quarter data
library sales for the three months ended March 31, 2007, with seismic data
library sales reaching $10.6 million, compared to $10.1 million for the same
period in 2006, an increase of 5.2 percent. This increase was due in part to a
higher demand for seismic data for exploration from exploration and
development companies, along with the addition of revenue generated from the
newly acquired Foothills 2D dataset which Pulse purchased in November 2006,
and a general price increase for data library licences effective January 1,
2007.

Data Library

Pulse acquires seismic data to grow its data library through two primary
methods. The Company conducts participation surveys each year and also
purchases proprietary rights to complementary seismic data sets when the
opportunity arises. During the first three months of 2007, Pulse did not
acquire any additional seismic data, and did not complete any participation
survey programs. During the first three months of 2006 the Company was at work
on a 237-square-kilometre 3D participation survey in west-central Alberta,
valued at $6.7 million, which was subsequently completed in the second quarter
of 2006.

Liquidity, Capital Resources and Capital Requirements

At March 31, 2007 the working capital position of Pulse, including the
current portion of long-term debt of $8.0 million, was $5.6 million, compared
to $5.7 million at December 31, 2006. For the three months ended March 31,
2007 Pulse generated $7.9 million in cash flow from operations, had a net
change of $4.2 million in non-cash working capital items and utilized working
capital for long-term debt repayment ($2.0 million) and to finance its LiDAR
operations ($3.0 million). This resulted in an increase of $7.1 million to the
cash balance of $9.2 million at March 31, 2007.

With the continued trend of strong seismic data sales, Pulse management
expects that its funds from operations will be sufficient to finance
operations, service debt, and carry out the budgeted capital expenditures
through 2007. The ongoing growth in the Company's seismic data library
continues to position Pulse as a leading provider of valuable seismic data to
industry participants well into the future. Historical data sales analysis
shows that most seismic data retains its value for many years. Utilizing the
recent technological advancements in data reprocessing, the Company's clients
are able to enhance the quality of older data in the library.



PULSE DATA INC.
Interim Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands of dollars)
(unaudited)

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March 31 December 31
2007 2006
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Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 9,213 $ 2,181
Accounts receivable 8,710 16,191
Prepaid expenses 185 233
Assets held for sale 2,822 3,809
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20,930 22,414

Seismic data library 94,400 100,688
Assets held for sale 9,707 6,943
Property and equipment 907 904
Investments 687 351
Deferred charges - 610
Other 51 -
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$ 126,682 $ 131,910
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Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 3,799 $ 4,002
Deferred revenue 2,476 3,781
Current portion of long-term debt 8,004 8,004
Liabilities held for sale 1,032 946
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15,311 16,733

Long-term debt 29,447 31,996
Future income taxes 8,284 7,824

Shareholders' equity:
Share capital 54,912 54,887
Contributed surplus 1,509 1,305
Retained earnings 17,219 19,165
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73,640 75,357
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$ 126,682 $ 131,910
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PULSE DATA INC.
Interim Consolidated Statements of Earnings and Retained Earnings

Three months ended March 31,
(In thousands of dollars, except per share data)(unaudited)
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2007 2006
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Revenue $ 10,623 $ 10,098

Expenses:

Amortization of seismic data library 6,288 4,679
Operating 802 969
Depreciation and amortization 71 93
Unrealized loss on assets held for trading 48 -
General and administrative expenses 1,446 1,550
Interest:
Long-term debt 742 420
Other (78) (79)
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664 341

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Earnings from continuing operations before
income taxes 1,304 2,466

Income taxes:
Current 69 765
Future 398 249
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467 1,014

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Net earnings from continuing operations $ 837 $ 1,452
Loss from discontinued operations,
net of income taxes $ (1,307) $ (1,413)
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Net earnings (loss) $ (470) $ 39
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Retained earnings, beginning of period $ 19,165 $ 29,545

Change in accounting policy 322 -
Dividends declared (1,798) (1,750)
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Retained earnings, end of period $ 17,219 $ 27,834
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Earnings per share from continuing
operations, basic and diluted $ 0.02 $ 0.03
Earnings (loss) per share, basic and diluted $ (0.01) $ 0.00
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PULSE DATA INC.
Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

Three months ended March 31,
(In thousands of dollars)(unaudited)
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2007 2006
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Cash provided by (used in):

Operations:
Net earnings $ 837 $ 1,452
Items not involving cash:
Amortization of seismic data library 6,288 4,679
Depreciation and amortization 71 93
Unrealized loss on foreign exchange (37) 38
Unrealized loss on assets held for trading 48 -
Future income taxes 398 249
Stock-based compensation 208 304
Other 37 19
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7,850 6,834
Net change in non-cash working capital
items related to operations 4,235 3,753
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12,085 10,587
Discontinued Operations:

Funds from discontinued operations (1,687) (519)
Additions to property and equipment (2,385) (96)
Net-change in non-cash working capital items
related to discontinued operations 1,073 346
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(2,999) (269)
Financing:
Repayment of long-term debt (2,001) (1,576)
Issue of share capital 21 189
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(1,980) (1,387)
Investing:
Additions to data library through
participation surveys - 94
(Increase) decrease in participation
surveys in progress - (932)
Additions to property and equipment (74) (52)
Net change in non-cash working capital
items related to investing - (491)
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(74) (1,381)

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Increase in cash position 7,032 7,550
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 2,181 10,540

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Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 9,213 $ 18,090
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During the first quarter of the year the Corporation paid interest of
$779,000 (2006 - $350,000) and received interest of $90,000 (2006 -
$82,000). During the first quarter of the year the Corporation paid
income taxes of $1,441,000 (2006 - $225,000).

OUTLOOK

Pulse's record first quarter results were in line with the Company's
expectations. The second quarter commenced at a somewhat slower pace, but
activity picked up in late April and early May with a number of important new
sales putting us on track for Q2, 2007 budgeted seismic data library sales.
Our working capital position is solid, with an increase of $7.0 million in
cash on hand quarter-over-quarter.

The second quarter for Pulse is historically more volatile than the
first; some years it is quite weak, while in others it's even stronger than
the first quarter. This year, uncertainty within the oil and natural gas
industry concerning commodity prices and the pace of field activity over the
coming year appears to be translating into some decision-making hesitancy
regarding exploration-related activities, including seismic purchases.

Pulse continues to benefit from the seismic sector's position within the
overall service industry's price and activity dynamic. Because spending on
seismic data represents a small proportion of producers' capital budgets, and
because seismic interpretation remains key to producers' longer-term growth
and success, spending on seismic data tends not to move in lockstep with
commodity prices and drilling rates. This tends to insulate seismic providers
at least partially from price-driven industry volatility.

Pulse continues to foresee reasonable levels of licensing activity,
revenue, operating margin and free cash flow in the months ahead. We are
cautious concerning activity in the latter half of the second quarter and the
third quarter, and optimistic about a strong finish to 2007 in the fourth
quarter. We will maintain our overall philosophy of acquiring seismic data in
whichever way is most efficient and expedient, whether through acquisition of
additional existing data sets or through further participation surveys. Pulse
will continue to evaluate strategic alternatives for the LiDAR segment, as a
financial advisor has been engaged to assist in the disposition of Terrapoint,
a data room has been established, and to date, nine companies have executed
Confidentiality Agreements.

CORPORATE PROFILE

Pulse is a Calgary-based company with two operating units: Pulse Seismic
which specializes in acquiring, marketing and licensing seismic data to the
western Canadian energy sector, and Terrapoint which focuses on acquisitions
and processing of digital elevation and image data (also referred to as LiDAR)
to diverse markets. Through these two operating units, Pulse Seismic and
Terrapoint, the Company has evolved into an industry leader providing Better
Information Faster™.

Pulse trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol PSD.

Certain information contained herein may constitute forward-looking
statements under applicable securities laws. Such statements are subject to
known or unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to
differ materially from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking
statements. Investors are encouraged to review the "Risk Factors" section of
the Management's Discussion and Analysis in the Company's 2006 Annual Report
and the 2007 interim report for a discussion of risks that could affect the
Company's operations and financial results. Forward-looking statements are
based upon management's assumptions, expectations and estimates at the time
that such statements are made. Pulse does not update forward-looking
statements should circumstances change or management's assumptions,
expectations or estimates change, except as required by law.

Contact Information

  • Pulse Seismic Inc.
    Pulse Data Inc.
    Ken MacDonald
    President & C.E.O.

    Pulse Data Inc.
    Douglas Cutts
    Vice President Finance and C.F.O
    (403) 237-5559 or Toll-free: 1-877-460-5559
    info@pulsedatainc.com
    www.pulsedatainc.com