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ION Reports Strong Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Results

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

ION Reports Strong Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Results16:15 EST Wednesday, February 16, 2011Q4 and Full Year EPS of $0.14 and $0.16, excluding special items $68.5 million of net cash generation in Q4 Stronger seismic industry outlook expected in 2011HOUSTON, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ION Geophysical Corporation (NYSE: IO) today reported fourth quarter 2010 revenues of $158.6 million, a 31% increase from $121.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. Including special items, fourth quarter 2010 net income was $20.0 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of ($51.7) million, or ($0.44) per share, in the fourth quarter of 2009. Excluding special items, ION reported fourth quarter net income of $21.2 million, or $0.14 per diluted share. ION generated fourth quarter net cash of $68.5 million, bringing the year-end cash balance to $84.4 million.In 2010, ION reported revenues of $444.3 million, a 6% increase from $419.8 million reported in 2009. Excluding the revenues of the Legacy Land Systems (INOVA) segment, total revenues increased 25%. Including special items, net loss in 2010 was ($38.8) million, or ($0.27) per share compared to a net loss of ($113.6) million, or ($1.03) per share. Excluding these special items, ION reported net income of $22.8 million, or $0.16 per diluted share.In addition to the $44.1 million of first quarter pre-tax special charges associated with the formation of the land joint venture with BGP and the debt refinancing, 2010 results include three special items incurred in the fourth quarter. The first item relates to a $24.5 million pre-tax gain associated with net cash received from the Wilson Greatbatch legal settlement. The second item is a $7.7 million pre-tax impairment charge of one of ION's investments. The last item is a $9.5 million pre-tax charge representing ION's 49% share of a one-time write-down of excess inventory by INOVA Geophysical. These special items total $0.43 per diluted share. Bob Peebler, ION's Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are extremely pleased with our strong finish in 2010, with solid earnings over and above our portion of the losses from our INOVA joint venture. Highlights for the quarter included extremely robust data library sales driven by a return to year-end spending by oil companies. We shipped the positioning portion of the 12-streamer BGP deal and finalized the DigiSTREAMER? testing. The system is now on its way to South Korea, where it will be installed on BGP's new vessel in early spring. Our data processing business ended with a record year. We are pleased that 10% of our data processing revenues were from full wave processing, which appears to be moving into the mainstream in certain market segments. In addition, INOVA's business has started to expand, with BGP purchases leading the way. Ending the year like we did further increases our confidence that we will see continued growth in 2011 in all of our product and service-lines. We now feel that we have a little wind to our back and that the industry is on a full recovery path."FOURTH QUARTER 2010Total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2010 increased to $158.6 million compared to $121.3 million a year ago. Excluding the revenues of the Legacy Land Systems (INOVA) segment, total fourth quarter revenues increased 78%.  The Solutions and Systems segments increased revenues by 131% and 27%, respectively, while the Software segment experienced a slight 3% decrease in revenues to $9.4 million as a result of currency exchange rates. The Solutions group sales increased 131% and generated $106.6 million in revenues during the fourth quarter, up $60.4 million compared to $46.2 million for the same period a year ago. Of this increase, $48.1 million was the result of strong data library sales in basins across the world, including East and West Africa, Brazil and the Arctic regions, $8.2 million was from new venture activities and $4.1 million was due to increased data processing activities.Systems segment sales increased 27% to $42.6 million in the fourth quarter compared to $33.5 million in the same period of 2009, principally due to increased sales of towed streamer products, including the sale of a 3-D positioning system to BGP.Consolidated gross margins for the fourth quarter of 2010 increased to 42% from 28% in the fourth quarter of 2009. The increase in gross margins was attributable in part to the contribution of the Company's lower margin land business to INOVA Geophysical in March 2010, which had a gross margin of (6%) in the fourth quarter of 2009. Excluding the results of the legacy land business, the overall gross margin of the Company's remaining segments increased to 42% compared to 40% for the prior period. Gross margins improved in each of the remaining segments, predominantly related to sales mix. Systems segment gross margin increased 8% as a result of sales mix and cost improvements, while Software and Solutions segment gross margins increased by 3 and 2 percentage points, respectively.  As a percentage of revenue, after excluding the 2009 results of the legacy land business, operating expenses declined to 20% during the quarter compared to 31% in the prior year period. Fourth quarter operating expenses exceeded normalized levels by $3.9 million primarily due to higher employment and bad debt-related expenses partially offset by lower professional fees. Adjusted EBITDA more than doubled to $55.9 million compared to $21.4 million for the same quarter of the prior year.  The Company accounts for its 49% interest in INOVA Geophysical as an equity method investment on a one fiscal quarter-lag basis.  As a result, the Company's share of INOVA Geophysical's third quarter financial results is included in the Company's fourth quarter financial results.  For the three months ended December 31, 2010, the Company recognized a loss on its equity investment of approximately $15.5 million, which included approximately $9.5 million (ION's 49% share) of a one-time write-down of excess inventory by INOVA Geophysical.   FULL YEAR 2010Consolidated revenues for full year 2010 increased to $444.3 million compared to $419.8 million for 2009. Excluding the results of the Legacy Land Systems (INOVA) segment in 2009 and the first quarter of 2010, full year revenues increased 25% or $85.8 million. Solutions segment revenues increased $97.0 million or 54% over prior year, while Software segment revenues increased 9% or $2.9 million. Systems segment revenues decreased $14.1 million to $114.2 million primarily as a result of continued softness in land geophone sales and a decrease in ocean bottom revenues. Gross margins for full year 2010 improved to 37% compared to 31% for 2009 entirely due to the disposition of the lower margin legacy land business to INOVA Geophysical in the first quarter. Excluding the results of the legacy land business, the overall gross margin of the remaining segments remained consistent at 39%.Excluding the results of the Legacy Land Systems (INOVA) segment, operating expenses as a percentage of revenues for full year 2010 decreased to 24% compared to 33% in the prior year period. The 2010 effective tax rate was impacted by the formation of the joint venture and the establishment of valuation allowances associated with equity in losses of INOVA Geophysical and the write-down of one of ION's investments partially offset by a benefit related to alternative minimum tax. Excluding these items, the 2010 effective tax rate would have been 14.5% (provision on income) compared to 15.4% (benefit on a loss) for 2009, as reported. The decrease in the effective tax rate relates to the changes in the distribution of earnings between U.S. and foreign jurisdictions. Income from operations for full year 2010 totaled $52.8 million compared to a loss of ($58.2) million in the prior period. Excluding the first quarter 2010 results of the Legacy Land Systems (INOVA) segment, income from operations during 2010 was $62.5 million.  Excluding the after-tax impact of the special items for both periods as noted in the attached tables, the Company reported a net income of $22.8 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, for full year 2010, compared to a net loss of ($43.4) million, or ($0.39) per share, for 2009. Including the special items, the Company reported a net loss of ($38.8) million, or ($0.27) per share, for full year 2010, compared to ($113.6) million, or ($1.03) per share, in 2009. Adjusted EBITDA for 2010 increased 94% to $140.1 million compared to $72.2 million in 2009.Fourth quarter cash generation increased $68.5 million, resulting in cash on hand at year-end of $84.4 million compared to total debt of $108.7 million or net debt of $24.3 million.  At year end, ION had no outstanding balance associated with its $100 million revolving credit facility, bringing total liquidity to $184.4 million.OUTLOOKBrian Hanson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, commented, "As previously mentioned in our third quarter earnings call, we expected the second half of 2010 to be considerably better than the first half and this proved to be the case as we finished the year by delivering strong fourth quarter results. We also delivered on our goal of profitability for ION in 2010, excluding one-time items, and expect that the momentum that we experienced during the second half of 2010 will likely continue into 2011.  Similar to years prior to the global financial collapse of 2008, we anticipate our 2011 financial performance to be back-end loaded. This is mainly due to the natural budget/planning cycle of our customers who usually formulate capital spending plans during the first quarter of each year, and the potential for data library sales in the fourth quarter as customers tap the unspent portions of their capital budgets. While we are not providing earnings guidance, we are providing guidelines on certain items. In 2011, we anticipate investing between $90 and $110 million in our customer-underwritten multi-client data libraries. We estimate interest expense for 2011 to be between $5 and $7 million.  In addition, we expect our effective tax rate to be between 24% and 26%." CONFERENCE CALLThe Company has scheduled a conference call for Thursday, February 17, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.  To participate in the conference call, dial 480-629-9645 at least 10 minutes before the call begins and ask for the ION conference call.  A replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the live broadcast ends and will be accessible until March 4, 2011.  To access the replay, dial 303-590-3030 and use pass code 4406364#.Investors, analysts and the general public will also have the opportunity to listen to the conference call live over the Internet by visiting www.iongeo.com.  Also, an archive of the webcast will be available shortly after the call on the Company's website. About IONION Geophysical Corporation is a leading provider of geophysical technology, services, and solutions for the global oil & gas industry.  ION's offerings allow E&P operators to obtain higher resolution images of the subsurface to reduce the risk of exploration and reservoir development, and enable seismic contractors to acquire geophysical data more efficiently.  Additional information about ION is available at www.iongeo.com.CONTACTS: R. Brian HansonChief Financial Officer+1.281.879.3672Jack Lascar DRG&L +1.713.529.6600The 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 include future sales and market growth, timing of sales, future liquidity and cash levels, future estimated revenues and earnings, benefits expected to result from the INOVA Geophysical joint venture and related transactions and other statements that are not of historical fact.  Actual results may vary materially from those described in these forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements reflect numerous assumptions and involve a number of risks and uncertainties.  These risks and uncertainties include the timing and development of the Company's products and services and market acceptance of the Company's new and revised product offerings; risks associated with the operation of the INOVA Geophysical joint venture; risks associated with litigation; risks associated with the Company's level and terms of indebtedness; risks associated with competitors' product offerings and pricing pressures resulting therefrom; the relatively small number of customers that the Company currently relies upon; the fact that a significant portion of the Company's revenues is derived from foreign sales; risks that sources of capital may not prove adequate; the Company's inability to produce products to preserve and increase market share; collection of receivables; and technological and marketplace changes affecting the Company's product lines.  Additional risk factors, which could affect actual results, are disclosed by the Company from time to time in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed during 2010 and its Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the years ended December 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009. Tables to followION GEOPHYSICAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(In thousands, except per share data)(Unaudited)Three Months EndedDecember 31,Twelve Months EndedDecember 31,2010200920102009Product revenues                                                      $  51,228$  74,887$  165,202$  237,664Service revenues                                                      107,39546,377279,120182,117Total net revenues                                                 158,623121,264444,322419,781Cost of products                                                       26,23757,91694,658165,923Cost of services                                                       66,02929,511183,931121,720Gross profit                                                       66,35733,837165,733132,138Operating expenses:Research, development and engineering                                  5,47910,93825,22744,855Marketing and sales                                                  9,0828,73830,40534,945General and administrative                                             17,32518,73157,25472,510Impairment of intangible assets                                         ???38,044Total operating expenses                                           31,88638,407112,886190,354Income (loss) from operations                                             34,471(4,570)52,847(58,216)Interest expense, net                                                   (1,893)(14,739)(30,770)(33,950)Loss on disposition of land division                                         ??(38,115)?Fair value adjustment of warrant                                          ?(29,401)12,788(29,401)Equity in losses of INOVA Geophysical                                     (15,541)?(23,724)?Gain on legal settlement                                                 24,500?24,500?Impairment of cost method investments                                     (7,650)(4,454)(7,650)(4,454)Other income (expense)                                                 1,039711228(4,023)Income (loss) before income taxes                                    34,926(52,453)(9,896)(130,044)Income tax expense (benefit)                                             14,542(1,643)26,942(19,985)Net income (loss)                                                  20,384(50,810)(36,838)(110,059)Preferred stock dividends                                               3388751,9363,500Net income (loss) applicable to common shares                          $  20,046$  (51,685)$  (38,774)$  (113,559)Net income (loss) per share:Basic                                                           $  0.13$  (0.44)$  (0.27)$  (1.03)Diluted                                                           $  0.13$  (0.44)$  (0.27)$  (1.03)Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:Basic                                                           152,572118,526144,278110,516Diluted                                                           159,698118,526144,278110,516ION GEOPHYSICAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(In thousands)(Unaudited)December 31,20102009      ASSETSCurrent assets:Cash and cash equivalents                                     $  84,419$  16,217Accounts receivable, net                                       77,576111,046Unbilled receivables                                           70,59021,655Current portion notes receivable                                 ?13,367Inventories, net                                               66,882202,601Deferred income tax asset                                     ?6,001Prepaid expenses and other current assets                        13,16524,614Total current assets                                         312,632395,501Deferred income tax asset                                       8,99826,422Property, plant and equipment, net                                 20,14578,555Multi-client data library, net                                       112,620130,705Investment in INOVA Geophysical                                  95,173?Goodwill                                                      51,33352,052Intangible assets, net                                            20,31761,766Other assets                                                   3,2243,185Total assets                                               $  624,442$  748,186                LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrent liabilities:Notes payable and current maturities of long-term debt               $  6,073$  271,132Accounts payable                                            30,94040,189Accrued expenses                                           54,79965,893Accrued multi-client data library royalties                          18,66718,714Fair value of warrant                                          ?44,789Deferred revenue and other current liabilities                       22,88713,802Total current liabilities                                       133,366454,519Long-term debt, net of current maturities                             102,5876,249Non-current deferred income tax liability                             6881,262Other long-term liabilities                                         7,3543,688Total liabilities                                              243,995465,718Stockholders' equity:Cumulative convertible preferred stock                            27,00068,786Common stock                                               1,5291,187Additional paid-in capital                                       822,399666,928Accumulated deficit                                           (448,386)(411,548)Accumulated other comprehensive loss                           (15,530)(36,320)Treasury stock                                               (6,565)(6,565)Total stockholders' equity                                     380,447282,468Total liabilities and stockholders' equity                          $  624,442$  748,186ION GEOPHYSICAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(In thousands)(Unaudited)Twelve Months EndedDecember 31,20102009Cash flows from operating activities:Net loss                                                               $  (36,838)$  (110,059)Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash provided by operating activities:Depreciation and amortization (other than multi-client data library)                24,79547,911Amortization of multi-client data library                                     85,94048,449Stock-based compensation expense                                       8,14712,671Bad debt expense                                                     1,6893,528Amortization of debt discount                                             8,6566,732Write-off of unamortized debt issuance costs                               10,121?Fair value adjustment of warrant                                          (12,788)29,401Loss on disposition of land division                                        38,115?Equity in losses of INOVA Geophysical                                     23,724?Impairment of cost method investments                                     7,6504,454Deferred income taxes                                                 22,207(38,150)Impairment of intangible assets                                           ?38,044Change in operating assets and liabilities:Accounts and notes receivable                                           7,82641,936Unbilled receivables                                                    (48,935)14,817Inventories                                                           (16,138)18,582Accounts payable, accrued expenses and accrued royalties                   9,550(72,140)Deferred revenue                                                     7,281(4,188)Other assets and liabilities                                               (7,634)9,998Net cash provided by operating activities                                 133,36851,986Cash flows from investing activities:Purchase of property, plant and equipment                                  (7,372)(2,966)Investment in multi-client data library                                       (64,426)(89,635)Proceeds from disposition of land division, net of fees paid                     99,790?Other investing activities                                                 (500)963Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities                          27,492(91,638)Cash flows from financing activities:Borrowings under revolving line of credit                                   104,00077,000Repayments under revolving line of credit                                   (193,429)(25,000)Net proceeds from issuance of debt                                       105,69519,218Net proceeds from issuance of common stock                               38,03938,220Payments on notes payable and long-term debt                               (145,558)(81,517)Costs associated with debt amendments                                   ?(4,630)Payment of preferred dividends                                           (1,936)(3,500)Other financing activities                                                459(62)Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities                         (92,730)19,729Effect of change in foreign currency exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents     72968Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents                             68,202(18,955)Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period                                 16,21735,172Cash and cash equivalents at end of period                                     $  84,419$  16,217ION GEOPHYSICAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIESSUMMARY OF SEGMENT INFORMATION(In thousands)(Unaudited)Three Months EndedDecember 31,Twelve Months EndedDecember 31,2010200920102009Net revenues:Systems:Towed Streamer                       $  33,471$  22,889$  83,567$  83,398Ocean Bottom                         553,7891,8764,948Other                                9,0626,85728,78339,943Total                                 $  42,588$  33,535$  114,226$  128,289Software:Software Systems                     $  8,641$  9,433$  34,465$  31,601Services                             7572192,1662,132Total                                 $  9,398$  9,652$  36,631$  33,733Solutions:Data Processing                       $  28,336$  24,167$  107,997$  82,330New Venture                         18,97910,75881,29371,135Data Library                           59,32211,23387,66426,520Total                                 $  106,637$  46,158$  276,954$  179,985Legacy Land Systems (INOVA)             $  ?$  31,919$  16,511$  77,774Total                                   $  158,623$  121,264$  444,322$  419,781Gross profit:Systems                               $  19,416$  12,861$  48,557$  52,934Software                               6,1025,96524,35621,998Solutions                               40,83916,79293,80459,844Legacy Land Systems (INOVA)             ?(1,781)(984)(2,638)Total                                   $  66,357$  33,837$  165,733$  132,138Gross margin:Systems                               46%38%43%41%Software                               65%62%66%65%Solutions                               38%36%34%33%Legacy Land Systems (INOVA)             ?%(6%)(6%)(3%)Total                                   42%28%37%31%Income (loss) from operations:Systems                               $  13,916$  8,562$  27,749$  31,209Software                               5,4235,44521,93619,970Solutions                               29,9638,61760,63227,746Legacy Land Systems (INOVA)             ?(12,204)(9,623)(40,881)Corporate and other                       (14,831)(14,990)(47,847)(58,216)Impairment of intangible assets              ???(38,044)Total                                   $  34,471$  (4,570)$  52,847$  (58,216)Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income (Loss)(Non-GAAP Measure)(In thousands)(Unaudited)Adjusted EBITDA is a Non-GAAP measurement that is presented as an additional indicator of operating performance and is not a substitute for net income (loss) or net income (loss) per share calculated under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).  We believe that Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to investors because it is an indicator of the strength and performance of our ongoing business operations, including our ability to service our debt.  The calculation of Adjusted EBITDA shown below is based upon amounts derived from the Company's financial statements prepared in conformity with GAAP.Three Months EndedDecember 31,Twelve Months Ended December 31,2010200920102009Net income (loss)                       $  20,384$  (50,810)$  (36,838)$  (110,059)Interest expense, net                    1,89314,73930,77033,950Income tax expense (benefit)             14,542(1,643)26,942(19,985)Depreciation and amortization expense      35,93825,236110,73596,360Gain on legal settlement                  (24,500)?(24,500)?Impairment of cost method investments      7,6504,4547,6504,454Loss on disposition of land division         ??38,115?Fair value adjustment of warrant           ?29,401(12,788)29,401Impairment of intangible assets             ???38,044Adjusted EBITDA                       $  55,907$    21,377$  140,086$  72,165Reconciliation of Income (Loss) from Operations Excluding theLegacy Land Systems (INOVA) Segment(Non-GAAP Measure)(In thousands)(Unaudited)The financial results are reported in accordance with GAAP. However, management believes that certain non-GAAP performance measures may provide users of this financial information additional meaningful comparisons between current results and results in prior operating periods. One such non-GAAP financial measure is our income (loss) from operations excluding our Legacy Land Systems (INOVA) segment.  This segment was contributed to our joint venture (INOVA Geophysical) on March 25, 2010.  Therefore, beginning on March 26, 2010, this contributed business is no longer consolidated into our results of operations.  This adjusted income amount is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP.  Accordingly, it should not be considered as a substitute for income (loss) from operations or other income data prepared in accordance with GAAP. See the table below for supplemental financial data and the corresponding reconciliation to GAAP financials for the twelve months ended December 31, 2010 and for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2009: Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2010ExcludingAsReportedLegacy LandSystemsAsAdjustedNet revenues$  444,322$      (16,511)$  427,811Cost of sales                         278,589(17,495)261,094   Gross profit165,733984166,717Operating expenses:   Research, development and engineering25,227(4,181)21,046   Marketing and sales30,405(1,559)28,846   General and administrative57,254(2,899)54,355      Total operating expenses112,886(8,639)104,247Income from operations$       52,847$         9,623$  62,470Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2009ExcludingAsReportedLegacy LandSystemsAsAdjustedNet revenues$  419,781$      (77,774)$  342,007Cost of sales287,643(80,412)207,231   Gross profit132,1382,638134,776Operating expenses:   Research, development and engineering44,855(21,359)23,496   Marketing and sales34,945(5,582)29,363   General and administrative72,510(11,302)61,208   Impairment of intangible assets38,044(38,044)?      Total operating expenses190,354(76,287)114,067Income (loss) from operations$     (58,216)$  78,925$     20,709Three Months Ended December 31, 2009ExcludingAsReportedLegacy LandSystemsAsAdjustedNet revenues$  121,264$  (31,919)$  89,345Cost of sales87,427(33,700)53,727Gross profit33,8371,78135,618Operating expense:   Research, development and engineering10,938(5,411)5,527   Marketing and sales8,738(1,281)7,457   General and administrative18,731(3,731)15,000      Total operating expenses38,407(10,423)27,984Income (loss) from operations$       (4,570)$  12,204$  7,634Reconciliation of Special Items to Diluted Earnings per Share(Non-GAAP Measure)(In thousands, except per share data)(Unaudited)The financial results are reported in accordance with GAAP. However, management believes that certain non-GAAP performance measures may provide users of this financial information additional meaningful comparisons between current results and results in prior operating periods. One such non-GAAP financial measure is income (loss) from operations or net income (loss) excluding certain charges or amounts. This adjusted income amount is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP.  Accordingly, it should not be considered as a substitute for income (loss) from operations, net income (loss) or other income data prepared in accordance with GAAP. See the table below for supplemental financial data and the corresponding reconciliation to GAAP financials for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2010 and 2009: Three Months Ended December 31, 2010AsReportedGain onLegalSettlement(2)InvestmentCharges(3)AsAdjustedNet revenues$  158,623$  ?$  ?$  158,623Cost of sales92,266??92,266 Gross profit66,357??66,357Operating expenses31,886??31,886 Loss from operations34,471??34,471Interest expense, net(1,893)??(1,893)Equity in losses of INOVA Geophysical(15,541)?9,475(6,066)Gain on legal settlement24,500(24,500)??Impairment of cost method investment(7,650)?7,650?Other income1,039??1,039Income tax (benefit) expense14,542(8,575)?5,967 Net income (loss)20,384(15,925)17,12521,584Preferred stock dividends338??338 Net loss applicable to common shares$  20,046$  (15,925)$  17,125$  21,246Net income per share:Basic$  0.13$  0.14Diluted$  0.13$  0.14Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:Basic152,572152,572Diluted159,698159,698Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2010AsReportedLoss onDispositionRefinancingand WarrantCharges(1)Gain onLegalSettlement(2)InvestmentCharges(3)AsAdjustedNet revenues$  444,322$  ?$  ?$  ?$    ?$  444,322Cost of sales                       278,589????278,589 Gross profit165,733????165,733Operating expenses112,886????112,886 Income from operations52,847????52,847Interest expense, net(30,770)?18,777??(11,993)Loss on disposition of land division(38,115)38,115????Fair value adjustment of warrant12,788?(12,788)???Equity in losses of INOVA Geophysical(23,724)???9,475(14,249)Gain on legal settlement24,500??(24,500)??Impairment of cost method investment(7,650)???7,650?Other income228????228Income tax expense (benefit)26,942(19,841)3,542(8,575)?2,068 Net income (loss)(36,838)57,9562,447(15,925)17,12524,765Preferred stock dividends1,936????1,936 Net income (loss) applicable to common shares$  (38,774)$  57,956$  2,447$  (15,925)$  17,125$  22,829Net income per share:Basic$  (0.27)$  0.16Diluted$  (0.27)$  0.16Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:Basic144,278144,278Diluted144,278144,934(1) Relates to the write-off of unamortized debt issuance costs relating to our first quarter 2010 re-financings and the non-cash debt discount and fair value adjustment to the warrant from January 1, 2010 through March 25, 2010, the date of the closing of INOVA Geophysical.(2) Relates to a gain associated with cash received from the Greatbatch legal settlement in Q4. (3) Relates to ION's 49% share of a write-down of inventory by INOVA Geophysical and the impairment of one of ION's investments.Three Months Ended December 31, 2009AsReportedImpairmentChargesAdjustmentsof thethe WarrantAsAdjustedNet revenues$  121,264$  ?$  ?$  121,264Cost of sales                              87,427??87,427 Gross profit33,837??33,837Operating expenses38,407??38,407 Loss from operations(4,570)??(4,570)Interest expense, net(14,739)?6,732(8,007)Fair value adjustment of warrant(29,401)?29,401?Impairment of cost method investment(4,454)4,454??Other income711??711Income tax (benefit) expense(1,643)1,559?(84) Net income (loss)(50,810)2,89536,133(11,782)Preferred stock dividends875??875 Net loss applicable to common shares$  (51,685)$  2,895$  36,133$  (12,657)Basic and diluted earnings per share$  (0.44)$  (0.11)Weighted average number of basic and diluted common shares outstanding118,256118,526Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2009AsReportedImpairmentChargesRestructuringChargesOut-of-PeriodStock-BasedCompensationExpenseAdjustments ofthe WarrantAsAdjustedNet revenues$  419,781$  ?$  ?$  ?$  ?$  419,781Cost of sales                      287,643?(996)??286,647 Gross profit132,138?996??133,134Operating expenses190,354(38,044)(2,079)(3,267)?146,964 Loss from operations(58,216)38,0443,0753,267?(13,830)Interest expense, net(33,950)???6,732(27,218)Other expense(37,878)4,454??29,401(4,023)Income tax (benefit) expense(19,985)12,5921,0761,143?(5,174) Net loss(110,059)29,9061,9992,12436,133(39,897)Preferred stock dividends3,500????3,500 Net loss applicable to common shares$  (113,559)$  29,906$  1,999$  2,124$  36,133$  (43,397)Basic and diluted earnings per share$  (1.03)$  (0.39)Weighted average number of basic and diluted common shares outstanding110,516110,516SOURCE ION Geophysical CorporationFor further information: R. Brian Hanson, Chief Financial Officer of ION Geophysical Corporation, +1-281-879-3672; or Jack Lascar of DRG&L, +1-713-529-6600, for ION Geophysical Corporation