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Pulse Seismic announces acquisition of a 2D seismic data library

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Pulse Seismic Inc has announced the acquisition of a 2D seismic data library at an attractive valuation.

The acquisition closed on January 26, 2016 adding approximately 107 000 net km of 2D seismic data and 58 net km of 3D seismic data, increasing Pulse's 2D seismic data library by over 30% from approximately 340 000 net km to approximately 447 000 net km. The acquisition includes data spread throughout the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin and is complementary to Pulse's existing data.

Financial discipline

The purchase price of US$3.65 million has been funded through the issuance of 669 643 Pulse common shares valued at approximately US$2.24 per share, based on the 10 day volume weighted average price of the shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange following close of trading on January 21, 2016, plus US$2.15 million in cash. The cash portion was provided from Pulse's cash flow and will not require incurring debt. Following the acquisition, Pulse remains debt-free and has access to a three year, US$30 million revolving credit facility with a banking syndicate led by TD Bank and including ATB Financial.

"The acquisition advances Pulse's strategy of growth through the addition of high-quality seismic data at valuations that meet our criteria," commented Neal Coleman, Pulse's President and CEO. "We are pleased that Pulse's financial discipline and strong balance sheet enables the company to conduct acquisitions in the current economic climate."

The data was originally shot in the 1970s through 1990s and fits the oil and natural gas industry's continuing need for 2D data for exploratory purposes. In 2015, US$6.1 million or 29% of Pulse's US$21.1 million in data library sales revenue came from the licensing of 2D data.

Improving Pulse's competitive position

This acquisition was completed in order to improve Pulse's competitive position for the long term. As industry capital spending and field activities go up and down along with business conditions and opportunities, Pulse will continue to focus on generating as much data library sales, cash EBITDA and shareholder free cash flow per share as conditions allow, while seeking opportunities to grow.

"The company's proven approach to capital allocation – investment in capital programmes (participation surveys and dataset acquisitions that meet key criteria), purchase of Pulse shares and prudent management of the revolving credit facility – will continue to guide Pulse's business throughout 2016," added Coleman.

Adapted from a press release by Louise Mulhall

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