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5,500,000 Shares of Common Stock

 

($.01 par value)

 

TGC INDUSTRIES, INC.

 

UNDERWRITING AGREEMENT

New York, New York

October 5, 2005

 

OPPENHEIMER & CO. INC.

As Representative of the several

Underwriters named in Schedule A hereto

125 Broad Street

New York, New York 10004

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

TGC Industries, Inc., a Texas corporation (the “Company”), confirms its agreement with Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (“Oppenheimer”) and each of the underwriters named in Schedule A hereto (collectively, the “Underwriters,” or, each, an “Underwriter”), for whom Oppenheimer is acting as the representative (the “Representative”), with respect to the sale by the Company, and the purchase by the Underwriters, acting severally and not jointly, of an aggregate of 5,500,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $.01 per share (“Common Stock”).  Such shares of Common Stock are hereinafter referred to as the “Firm Shares.”  Upon the request of the Underwriters, as provided in Section 2(c) hereof, the Company shall also sell to the Underwriters, acting severally and not jointly, up to 825,000 additional shares of Common Stock for the purpose of covering over-allotments, if any (the “Option Shares”).  The Firm Shares and the Option Shares are hereinafter referred to as the “Securities.”  The Securities are more fully described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus referred to below.

 

1.             Representations and Warranties of the Company.

 

(a)           The Company represents and warrants to, and agrees with, each of the Underwriters, as of the date hereof, as of the Closing Date referred to in Section 2(b) hereof, and as of each Option Closing Date (if any) referred to in Section 2(a) hereof, as follows:

 

(i)                 The Company has prepared and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) a registration statement, and an amendment or amendments thereto, on Form SB-2 (File No. 333- 128018), including any related preliminary prospectus or prospectuses, for the registration of the Securities under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act”), and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder (the “1933 Act Regulations”), which registration statement and amendment or amendments have been prepared by the Company in conformity with the requirements of the 1933 Act and the 1933 Act

 

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Regulations.  The Company will next file with the Commission either (1) prior to the effective date of such registration statement, a further amendment to such registration statement (including the form of final prospectus) or (2) after the effective date of such registration statement, a final prospectus in accordance with Rules 430A and 424(b).  In the case of clause (2), the Company has included in such registration statement, as amended at the Effective Date (as defined in (iii) below), all information (other than Rule 430A information) required by the 1933 Act and the 1933 Act Regulations to be included in such registration statement and the Prospectus.  The Company will furnish a copy of any amendment to such registration statement, or any registration statement filed pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the 1933 Act (a “462(b) Registration Statement”), to the Representative at least two business days before filing such registration statement amendment, and will not file any other amendment thereto or any Rule 462(b) Registration Statement to which the Representative shall have objected in writing.  Each prospectus used before such registration statement became effective is herein called a “Preliminary Prospectus.”  Except as the context may otherwise require, such registration statement, as amended, on file with the Commission at the time the registration statement becomes effective (including the prospectus, financial statements, schedules, exhibits and all other documents filed as a part thereof and all information deemed to be a part thereof as of such time pursuant to paragraph (b) of Rule 430A or any post-effective amendment filed pursuant to Rule 462 under the 1933 Act), is hereinafter called the “Registration Statement,” and the form of prospectus in the form first filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the 1933 Act, is hereinafter called the “Prospectus.”

 

For purposes of this Agreement, all references to the Registration Statement, any Preliminary Prospectus, the Prospectus or any amendment or supplement to any of the foregoing shall be deemed to include the copy filed with the Commission pursuant to its Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval system (“EDGAR”).

 

(ii)                The Company meets the requirements for use of Form SB-2.  Neither the Commission nor any state regulatory authority has issued any order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement, any Rule 462(b) Registration Statement or any post-effective amendment thereto, and no proceedings for a stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement have been instituted or are pending or to the Company’s knowledge, threatened.

 

(iii)               At the respective times the Registration Statement became, any Rule 462(b) Registration Statement and any post-effective amendments thereto become effective (the “Effective Date”) and at the Closing Date (and, if any Option Shares are purchased, at the Option Closing Date), the Registration Statement, the Rule 462(b) Registration Statement and

 

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any amendments and supplements thereto complied and will comply in all material respects with the requirements of the 1933 Act and the 1933 Act Regulations and did not and will not contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading.  Neither the Prospectus nor any amendments or supplements thereto, at the respective times the Prospectus or any such amendment or supplement was issued or will be issued and at the Closing Date (and, if any Option Shares are purchased, at the Option Closing Date), included or will include an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted or will omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading. The representations and warranties in this subsection shall not apply to statements in or omissions from the Registration Statement or Prospectus made in reliance upon and in conformity with written information furnished to the Company by any Underwriter through the Representative expressly for use in the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto) or the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto).

 

Each Preliminary Prospectus and the Prospectus filed as part of the Registration Statement as originally filed or as part of any amendment thereto complied or will comply when so filed in all material respects with the 1933 Act Regulations and each Preliminary Prospectus and the Prospectus delivered to the Underwriters for use in connection with this offering was or will be identical to the electronically transmitted copies thereof filed with the Commission pursuant to EDGAR, except to the extent permitted by Regulation S-T and the 1933 Act Regulations.

 

(iv)               Each of the Company and its Subsidiaries (as hereinafter defined) (i) has been duly organized and is validly existing as a corporation in good standing under the laws of the jurisdiction of its incorporation, (ii) other than as disclosed in the Registration Statement, owns no interest in any corporation, partnership, trust, joint venture or other business entity, (iii) is duly qualified to do business, and is in good standing as a foreign corporation, in each jurisdiction in which its ownership or leasing of any properties or the character of its operations requires such qualification, except for such failure to be so qualified or in good standing that would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a material adverse effect on the shareholders equity in, or the condition (financial or otherwise), earnings, business prospects or properties of the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole (a “Material Adverse Effect”), (iv) has all requisite corporate power and authority, and has obtained any and all necessary authorizations, approvals, orders, licenses, certificates and permits of and from all governmental or regulatory officials and bodies, to own or lease its properties and conduct its business as described in the Prospectus, except for the failure to obtain such authorizations,

 

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approvals, orders, licenses, certificates and permits that would not, in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect and (v) is and has been doing business in compliance with all such authorizations, approvals, orders, licenses, certificates, permits and all federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations, and has not received any notice of proceedings relating to the revocation or modification of any such authorization, approval, order, license, certificate or permit which, if the subject of an unfavorable decision, ruling or finding, would, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect.  The disclosures in the Registration Statement concerning the effects of federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations on each of the Company’s and the Subsidiaries’ business as currently conducted and as contemplated are correct in all material respects and do not omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements contained therein not misleading.

 

(v)                The Company has a duly authorized equity capitalization as set forth in the Prospectus under “Capitalization” and will have the adjusted duly authorized equity capitalization set forth therein on the Closing Date, based upon the assumptions set forth therein.  Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is a party to, or bound by, any instrument, agreement or other arrangement providing for it to issue any capital stock, rights, warrants, options or other securities, except for this Agreement and as described in the Registration Statement and Prospectus.  The Securities and all other securities issued or issuable by the Company conform or, when issued and paid for, will conform, in all respects to all statements with respect thereto contained in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus.  All issued and outstanding capital stock of the Company have been duly authorized and validly issued and are fully paid and nonassessable, and the holders thereof have no rights of rescission with respect thereto and are not subject to personal liability by reason of being such holders; and none of such securities were issued in violation of any preemptive rights of any holders of any security of the Company or similar contractual rights granted by the Company.  The Securities (i) are not and will not be issued in violation of any preemptive or other similar rights of any shareholder, (ii) have been duly authorized for listing, subject to official notice of issuance on the American Stock Exchange, and (iii) when issued, paid for and delivered in accordance with the terms hereof, will be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable and will conform to the description thereof contained in the Prospectus.  The holders of the Securities will not be subject to any liability solely by reason of being such holders.  All corporate action required to be taken by the Company or any of it Subsidiaries for the authorization, issue and sale of the Securities has been duly and validly taken; and the certificates representing the Securities will be in due and proper form according to the corporate law of Texas.  Upon the issuance and delivery, pursuant to the terms hereof, of the Securities to be sold by the Company hereunder,

 

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and payment therefor, the Underwriters will acquire good and marketable title to such Securities, free and clear of any lien, charge, claim, encumbrance, pledge, security interest, defect or other restriction or equity of any kind whatsoever except for any such lien, charge, claim, encumbrance, pledge, security interest, defect, other restriction or equity created by the Underwriters or imposed upon the assets of the Underwriters.

 

(vi)               The subsidiaries of the Company listed on Schedule B hereto (each, a “Subsidiary”, and together, the “Subsidiaries”) are the only subsidiaries of the Company as defined by Rule 1-02 of Regulation S-X (“Regulation S-X”).  All the outstanding shares of capital stock of each Subsidiary have been duly and validly authorized and issued and are fully paid and nonassessable, and, except as otherwise set forth in the Prospectus, are owned by the Company free and clear of any security interest, claim, lien or encumbrance.

 

(vii)              The financial statements, including the related notes and schedules thereto, included in the Registration Statement, each Preliminary Prospectus and the Prospectus, fairly present in all material respects the financial position, income, changes in cash flow, changes in shareholders’ equity, and results of operations of the Company and its Subsidiaries at the respective dates and for the respective periods to which they apply. Such financial statements have been prepared in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, consistently applied throughout the periods involved.  The outstanding debt, the property, both tangible and intangible, and the business of the Company and each of its Subsidiaries conform in all material respects to the descriptions thereof contained in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus. The other financial information set forth in the Prospectus fairly present in all material respects, on the basis stated in the Prospectus, the information set forth therein, and have been derived from, or compiled on, a basis consistent with that of the audited financial statements included in the Prospectus.  No other financial statements are required to be included in the Registration Statement or Prospectus.

 

(viii)             Each of the Company and its Subsidiaries has filed all federal, state and local tax returns that are required to be filed or has requested extensions thereof, whether or not arising from transactions in the ordinary course of business, except as set forth in or contemplated in the Prospectus and has paid all taxes required to be paid by it and any other assessment, fine or penalty levied against it, to the extent that any of the foregoing is due and payable, except for any such assessment, fine or penalty that is (i) currently being contested in good faith, whether or not arising from transactions in the ordinary course of business, (ii) set forth in the

 

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Prospectus or (iii) would not individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(ix)               The Company and its Subsidiaries possess such permits, licenses, certificates, approvals, consents and other authorizations (collectively, “Governmental Licenses”) issued by appropriate federal, state, local or foreign regulatory bodies necessary for the ownership of their respective assets and to conduct the business now operated by them, except where the failure to have obtained the same would not have a Material Adverse Effect; the Company and the Subsidiaries are in compliance with the terms and conditions of all such Governmental Licenses, except where the failure to so comply would not singly or in the aggregate have a Material Adverse Effect; all of the Governmental Licenses are valid and in full force and effect, except where the invalidity or the failure to be in full force and effect would not singly or in the aggregate have a Material Adverse Effect; and none of the Company’s nor any of its Subsidiaries’ officers, directors, or crew managers have received any notice of proceedings relating to the revocation or modification of any such Governmental Licenses which, singly or in the aggregate, if the subject of an unfavorable decision, ruling or finding would result in a Material Adverse Effect.

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