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2017-02-02

TGS: TGS announces Q4 2016 Results and 2017 Guidance at Capital Markets Day

ASKER, NORWAY (2 February 2017) - TGS reported net revenues of USD 165 million
in Q4 2016 following strong late sales performance. Full year 2016 net
revenues were USD 456 million. Quarterly dividend will be maintained at USD
0.15 per share. New multi-client investments for 2017 are expected to be at
approximately the same level as in 2016.

4th Quarter Highlights

* Consolidated net revenues were USD 165 million, compared to USD 132 million
in Q4 2015
* Net late sales totaled USD 145 million, up 60% from USD 90 million in Q4
2015
* Net pre-funding revenues were USD 17 million, down 53% from Q4 2015,
funding 19% (37% excl. risk-sharing investments) of TGS' operational
multi-client investments for the quarter (USD 88 million including USD 42
million from risk sharing arrangements)
* Operating profit (EBIT) was USD 42 million (25% of net revenues), compared
to USD -140 million (-106% of net revenues), in Q4 2015
* Cash flow from operations was USD 79 million, compared to USD 99 million in
Q4 2015
* Free cash flow (after multi-client investments) was USD 33 million,
compared to USD -20 million in Q4 2015.
* Cash balance at 31 December 2016 was USD 191 million in addition to the
undrawn USD 75 million Revolving Credit Facility
* Earnings per share (fully diluted) were USD 0.23, up from USD -1.19 in Q4
2015.
* Quarterly dividend maintained at USD 0.15 per share

2016 Full Year Financial Highlights

* Consolidated net revenues were USD 456 million, compared to USD 612 million
in 2015
* Net late sales totaled USD 333 million, same as in 2015
* Net pre-funding revenues were USD 105 million, down 59% from 2015, funding
39% (48% excl. risk-sharing investments) of TGS' operational multi-client
investments for the year (USD 271 million including USD 51 million from
risk sharing arrangements)
* Operating profit (EBIT) was USD 53 million (12% of net revenues), compared
to USD -21 million (-3% of net revenues), in 2015
* Cash flow from operations was USD 324 million, compared to USD 567 million
in 2015
* Free cash flow (after multi-client investments) was USD 91 million,
compared to USD 63 million in 2015
* Earnings per share (fully diluted) were USD 0.22, up from USD -0.28 in 2015

2017 Full Year guidance

While the Q4 2016 results confirm early signs of improvement in the market,
visibility remains low for the near-term. The combination of a strong
balance sheet and flexible business model positions TGS well to continue to
take advantage of market conditions.

Including the recent announcements of the large Atlantic Margin 3D project in
Norway and TGS' first survey in the Permian basin onshore U.S, a substantial
part of the 2017 investment plans has already been committed.

With the expectation of further investments being committed during the year,
TGS provides the following guidance for 2017:

* New multi-client investments* around the same level as in 2016
* Additional multi-client investments expected from sales of existing surveys
with risk sharing arrangements
* Pre-funding of new multi-client investments* expected to be approximately
40-45%

*New multi-client investments excluding investments related to surveys with
risk sharing arrangements

"TGS delivered a strong Q4 2016, beating both company forecasts and market
expectations. Going into 2017 we are well positioned with an efficient cost
base, strong balance sheet and flexible business model. Our employees are
actively developing new business opportunities during this down-cycle as we
continue to enhance our status as the world's leading multi-client
geophysical company," TGS' CEO Kristian Johansen stated.

To access TGS Q4 2016 results information, please use the web links below:

* Earnings Release
* Presentation Slides

Capital Markets Day Presentation and Webcast
Kristian Johansen (CEO) and Sven Børre Larsen (CFO) will present the 2016
financial results and 2017 guidance at 9.00am GMT during the company's
Capital Markets Day in London, UK today.

To access TGS Capital Markets Day presentation and webcast, please use the web
links below:

* Capital Markets Day webcast
* Capital Markets Day slides

Company summary

TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company (TGS) provides multi-client geoscience data to
oil and gas Exploration and Production companies worldwide. In addition to
extensive global geophysical and geological data libraries that include
multi-client seismic data, magnetic and gravity data, digital well logs,
production data and directional surveys, TGS also offers advanced processing
and imaging services, interpretation products, permanent reservoir monitoring
and data integration solutions.

For more information visit TGS online at
www.tgs.com.

Forward-looking statements and contact information

All statements in this press release other than statements of historical fact
are forward-looking statements, which are subject to a number of risks,
uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict, and are based
upon assumptions as to future events that may not prove accurate. These
factors include TGS' reliance on a cyclical industry and principal customers,
TGS' ability to continue to expand markets for licensing of data, and TGS'
ability to acquire and process data products at costs commensurate with
profitability. Actual results may differ materially from those expected or
projected in the forward-looking statements. TGS undertakes no responsibility
or obligation to update or alter forward-looking statements for any reason.

TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange
(OSLO:TGS).

TGS sponsored American Depositary Shares trade on the U.S. over-the-counter
market under the symbol "TGSGY".

For additional information about this press release please contact:

Sven Børre Larsen

Chief Financial Officer
Tel: +47 90 94 36 73
Email:sven.larsen@tgs.com

Will Ashby

VP HR&Communication
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Email:will.ashby@tgs.com

This information is subject of the disclosure requirements acc. to §5-12 vphl
(Norwegian Securities Trading Act)

Capital Markets Day 2017
http://hugin.info/86869/R/2075415/780404.pdf
TGS Q4 2016 Earnings Release report
http://hugin.info/86869/R/2075415/780403.pdf
TGS Q4 2016 Earnings Release slides
http://hugin.info/86869/R/2075415/780402.pdf

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The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
Source: TGS via Globenewswire

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