“TGS delivered an excellent financial result in Q2 2018 driven by strong late sales which were up 73% year-on-year. This helped TGS to achieve its highest quarterly operating profit in four years. The global multi-client seismic market has been on an improving trend for more than a year now. TGS’s strong quarter was partly a result of high regional license round activity combined with a pick-up in activity related to acreage turnover and farm-ins particularly among independents and smaller E&P companies. These triggering events fluctuate from quarter to quarter, therefore short-term volatility continues to be high. However, TGS believes that, with oil price continuing well above the level budgeted by most E&P companies, additional funds may be available for exploration spending by our customers at the end of the year,” TGS’ CEO Kristian Johansen stated.
TGS reported net revenues of USD 158 million in Q2 2018, up 47% from Q2 2017. Operating profit for the quarter was USD 54 million (34% of net revenues), the highest quarterly operating profit in four years. TGS’ strong cash flow generation continued with free cash flow of USD 55 million in the quarter, up from USD 12 million in Q2 2017, resulting in an increased cash balance of USD 338 million. Quarterly dividend will be maintained at USD 0.20 per share, up 33% from Q2 2017.