SAExploration
SAExploration Holdings, Inc. (Form: 4, Received: 08/01/2017 09:02:06)
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 *

Beatty Brian A
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)
Chief Operating Officer
(Last)          (First)          (Middle)

4860 25TH STREET SE
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (MM/DD/YYYY)

7/27/2017
(Street)

CALGARY, A0 T2B 3M2
(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   7/27/2017     M    29418   A $0   (1) 29615   (2) D    
Common Stock   7/27/2017     F    14121   D $2.98   15494   (3) D    
Common Stock   7/27/2017     J (4)    14000   A $0   14000   (5) I   Through dispositive and voting control of Seismic Management Holdings, Inc.   (6)

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   (1)   (1) 7/27/2017     M         29418      (7)   (7) Common Stock   29418.0   $0   58834   D    
Stock Option (Right to Buy)   (8) $10.19   (9)                    (10) 9/26/2026   Common Stock   88252.0     88252   D    

Explanation of Responses:
(1)  The restricted stock units were issued pursuant to the SAExploration Holdings, Inc. (the "Company") 2016 Long Term Incentive Plan on September 26, 2016. The 2016 Long Term Incentive Plan was amended and restated effective as of May 30, 2017 (as amended, the "LTIP"). 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. The Reporting Person elected to receive shares of Common Stock of the Company in lieu of an amount of cash equal to the value of such Common Stock of the Company.
(2)  Amount includes (a) 197 shares previously owned by Reporting Person, and (b) 14,121 shares to be withheld to cover tax obligations incident to the vesting of the Common Stock.
(3)  Amount includes 197 shares previously owned by Reporting Person.
(4)  Distribution from Speculative Seismic Investments, LLC, of which the Reporting Person, through its affiliate Seismic Management Holdings, Inc., is a non-managing member.
(5)  The aggregate amount of securities beneficially owned by Reporting Person is the amount in Note 3 plus the amount in this Note 5.
(6)  Seismic Management Holdings, Inc. ("Seismic Holdings") is a corporation formed under the laws of the Province of Alberta, Canada, and is wholly owned by Seismic Management, LLP, which is an Alaska limited liability partnership controlled by the Reporting Person and his wife, Sheri L. Beatty.
(7)  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.
(8)  The non-qualified stock options were issued pursuant to the Company's LTIP on September 26, 2016.
(9)  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 Company's LTIP.
(10)  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
Beatty Brian A
4860 25TH STREET SE
CALGARY, A0 T2B 3M2
X
Chief Operating Officer

Signatures
/s/ Brian A. Beatty 7/31/2017
** Signature of Reporting Person Date


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