GeoEye Q3 Earnings in line with Expectations Awaits Special Meeting on Acquisition Of DigitalGlobe

GeoEye announced it third quarter results today but did not hold a host a conference call to discuss results due to the pending merger with DigitalGlobe. The company has also suspended its full year 2012 guidance.

A special meeting of its stockholders is scheduled for Monday, December 3, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. where shareholders will consider and vote on the proposal merger with DigitalGlobe among other business.

In today's release Matt O'Connell, GeoEye's CEO and president said "Third quarter revenue and operating results were in line with our expectations. As expected, on Oct. 31, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) notified us that they have decided to cancel our Service Level Agreement (SLA) part of the EnhancedView contract. Effective Dec. 1, 2012, we will no longer be providing imagery to the NGA. We will continue to provide other services to the NGA under EnhancedView, including the Web delivery platform, secure operations and value-added production services," O'Connell continued. "We continue to move forward with our combination with DigitalGlobe. We expect to close the transaction late this year or in the first quarter of 2013."

Total revenues were $87.1 million for the third quarter of 2012, a $1.3 million increase from the third quarter of 2011. Net income available to common stockholders for the third quarter of 2012 was $7.6 million, or $0.33 per fully diluted share, compared to $11.7 million, or $0.51 per fully diluted share, for the third quarter of 2011. When adjusted for transaction costs related to the combination with DigitalGlobe, net income available to common stockholders for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2012, was $12.0 million, or $0.53 per fully diluted share.

Operating profit was $15.2 million for the third quarter of 2012, which included $8.3 million of transaction-related costs. Operating margin was 17.4 percent for the third quarter of 2012, compared to 27.7 percent in the third quarter of 2011. Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measurement defined as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, non-cash recognition of stock compensation expense and other items including transaction related costs) was $43.4 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $43.7 million in the same period in 2011.

The company ended the third quarter of 2012 with unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $229.4 million; total assets of approximately $1.5 billion; stockholders' equity of $550.8 million and long-term debt of $513.4 million.

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