SAExploration
SAExploration Holdings, Inc. (Form: 4, Received: 12/27/2016 16:10:06)
FORM 4
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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES
                                                                                  
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Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
                      

1. Name and Address of Reporting Person *

Hastings Jeff
2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol

SAExploration Holdings, Inc. [ SAEX ]
5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer (Check all applicable)

__ X __ Director                      _____ 10% Owner
__ X __ Officer (give title below)      _____ Other (specify below)
Chairman and CEO
(Last)          (First)          (Middle)

3333 8TH STREET SE, 3RD FLOOR
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (MM/DD/YYYY)

12/22/2016
(Street)

CALGARY, A0 T2G 3A4
(City)        (State)        (Zip)
4. If Amendment, Date Original Filed (MM/DD/YYYY)

 
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line)

_ X _ Form filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person

Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Trans. Date 2A. Deemed Execution Date, if any 3. Trans. Code
(Instr. 8)
4. Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
5. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s)
(Instr. 3 and 4)
6. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 7. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V Amount (A) or (D) Price
Common Stock   12/22/2016     S    33812   D $8.04   109156   I   Through dispositive and voting control of Speculative Seismic Investments, LLC   (1)
Common Stock                  830   D    
Common Stock                  24221   I   Through dispositive and voting control of CLCH, LLC   (2)

Table II - Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned ( e.g. , puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivate Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 3. Trans. Date 3A. Deemed Execution Date, if any 4. Trans. Code
(Instr. 8)
5. Number of Derivative Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
6. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date 7. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security
(Instr. 3 and 4)
8. Price of Derivative Security
(Instr. 5)
9. Number of derivative Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s) (Instr. 4) 10. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 11. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V (A) (D) Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Restricted Stock Units   (3)   (4)                    (5) 9/26/2019   Common Stock   88252.0     88252   D    
Stock Option (Right to Buy)   (6) $10.19   (7)                    (8) 9/26/2026   Common Stock   88252.0     88252   D    

Explanation of Responses:
( 1)  Speculative Seismic Investments, LLC is a Texas limited liability company controlled by the Reporting Person.
( 2)  CLCH, LLC is an Alaska limited liability company controlled by the Reporting Person.
( 3)  The restricted stock units were issued pursuant to the SAExploration Holdings, Inc. (the "Company") 2016 Long Term Incentive Plan (the "LTIP") on September 26, 2016.
( 4)  Each restricted stock unit issued pursuant to the LTIP represents the right to receive, upon the applicable vesting date, either (i) a share of Common Stock of the Company or (ii) an amount of cash equal in value to the value of a share of the Company's Common Stock on the date of transfer.
( 5)  The restricted stock units will vest as follows: (i) 1/3 on the earliest to occur of certain events as defined in the LTIP; (ii) 1/3 on the second anniversary of the Closing Date, as defined in the LTIP; and (iii) the remaining 1/3 on the third anniversary of the Closing Date, as defined in the LTIP.
( 6)  The non-qualified stock options were issued pursuant to the Company's LTIP on September 26, 2016.
( 7)  The Exercise Price of the option is $10.19 per share, which is equal to the VWAP per common share for the 30-day period that ends on the Grant Date, all terms as defined in the LTIP.
( 8)  The stock option becomes exercisable as follows: (i) 1/3 of the Option on the earliest to occur of certain events as defined in the LTIP, (ii) 1/3 of the Option on the second anniversary of the Closing Date, as defined in the LTIP; and (iii) the remaining 1/3 of the Option on the third anniversary of the Closing Date, as defined in the LTIP.

Reporting Owners
Reporting Owner Name / Address
Relationships
Director 10% Owner Officer Other
Hastings Jeff
3333 8TH STREET SE
3RD FLOOR
CALGARY, A0 T2G 3A4
X
Chairman and CEO

Signatures
/s/ Jeffrey Hastings 12/27/2016
** Signature of Reporting Person Date


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