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Global Geophysical Services (GGS), a provider of high resolution 3D seismic data to oil and gas exploration companies, priced its IPO on April 21 at $12 per share, below its expected range of $15-$17 per share.

Business Overview (from prospectus)

We provide an integrated suite of seismic data solutions to the global oil and gas industry, including our high resolution RG-3D Reservoir Grade™ ("RG3D") seismic solutions. Our seismic data solutions consist primarily of seismic data acquisition, processing and interpretation services. Through these services, we deliver data that enable the creation of high resolution images of the earth's subsurface and reveal complex structural and stratigraphic details. These images are used primarily by oil and gas companies to identify geologic structures favorable to the accumulation of hydrocarbons, to reduce risk associated with oil and gas exploration, to design horizontal drilling programs, to optimize well completion techniques and to monitor changes in hydrocarbon reservoirs. We integrate seismic survey design, data acquisition, processing and interpretation to deliver enhanced services to our clients. In addition, we own and market a growing seismic data library and license this data to clients on a non-exclusive basis.

Offering: 7.5 mm at $12.00 per share. Expected range was 7 million shares at $15-$17 per share. Net proceeds of approximately $90 million will be used to repay debt and for capital expenditures.

Lead Underwriters: Credit Suisse (NYSE:CS), Barclays Capital (NYSE:BCS), TudorPickering

Financial Highlights:

We recorded revenues of $312.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2009 compared to $376.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2008, a decrease of $63.5 million, or 16.9%... Operating expenses, excluding depreciation and amortization, decreased by $63.8 million, or 25.9%, to $182.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2009 from $246.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2008...

Competitors:

We consider our principal competitors in the seismic data services markets to be CGGVeritas, WesternGeco, PGS, Geokinetics Inc., Bureau of Geophysical Prospecting Limited (an affiliate of Chinese National Petroleum Corporation), Dawson Geophysical Company and TGC Industries, Inc. CGGVeritas, WesternGeco, Seitel Inc. and Geophysical Pursuit Inc. are our principal competitors in providing multi-client services.

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Source: Global Geophysical Services IPO Prices Below Range