CGG has anticipated first quarter revenues of around US$273 million, down 3% year-on-year, including geoscience revenue of about US$93 million, up 2% year-on-year, and multi-client first quarter 2020 segment revenue around US$104 million — up 17% year-on-year, with after-sales of around $47 million.
Positive cash flow
This was revealed in the company’s latest financial update in which CGG said it had generated a positive net cash flow of around $25 million during the first quarter of this year, with group cash liquidity of around $622 million at the end of March, net debt of around $583 million and a geoscience backlog of $278 million as of April 1, up 7% year-on-year
Sophie Zurquiyah, CEO, CGG said: “In the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis, our absolute priority remains on the health and safety of our employees, stakeholders and the communities where we work.
“I would like to thank all our teams around the world for their dedication and professionalism in these difficult circumstances. Following a solid first quarter of 2020 and a smooth transition to working virtually, we enter this environment with around $622 million of cash, a more resilient asset-light business profile, no bond debt to reimburse before April 2023 and no refinancing required.
“Generation and preservation of cash, meeting our clients’ needs and maintaining our technology differentiation remain our key focus.”
CGG said it had suspended its full year financial guidance suspended as a result of well-documented global unpheavals.
“The recent and significant economic uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting volatility in global financial markets, combined with the large increase in oil supply and the expected decline in oil demand resulting from an economic contraction, leave CGG and the oil and gas sector as a whole, unable to reasonably estimate the future at this point in time,” the company said.
“The vast majority of our employees are telecommuting and are productive. In geoscience, we continue to deliver projects on time and our data centers are all operational. Multi-client programs in Brazil, UK, US and Australia are ongoing. Equipment manufacturing plants in France and the US were shut down on March 19, while our plant in China resumed normal production after closing for two weeks in January.
“However, given the current uncertainties on the duration of the confinement around the world and the magnitude of economic impact to our businesses, the financial objectives communicated on March 6, 2020, which were based on a US$55-65/bbl Brent oil price, are no longer effective. CGG is currently monitoring the situation and its clients’ activity closely to evaluate the impact on its 2020 financial performance, and is revisiting its 2020 and 2021 financial objectives, which are no longer valid.
“We believe that our strategy based on high-end technology, services and data and products that support our clients’ reservoir development and production optimization efforts is the right one to take us through a lengthy period of depressed activity, should that situation occur.
CGG said it intends to release updated 2020 financial guidance on May 12, 2020 during its Q1 2020 financial presentation.