The revenue decrease for the third quarter of fiscal 2014 compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2013 primarily resulted from the previously disclosed reduction in utilization of the Company's data acquisition crews as the result of client driven delays, project readiness issues and to a lesser extent weather related issues late in the quarter. During the third quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company operated an average of eight to nine crews as compared to an average of thirteen crews during the third quarter of fiscal 2013. During the second quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company operated an average of twelve crews.
Fiscal 2013 third quarter results included additional revenues from two micro-seismic recording projects and early completion incentives that did not recur during the fiscal 2014 third quarter. Fiscal 2014 third quarter operating expenses were lower than fiscal 2013 third quarter operating expenses, but not in proportion to the reduction in revenue. This resulted from certain crew and project roll-off costs early in the 2014 quarter and the retention of twelve operational crews in anticipation of higher client utilization rates during the balance of calendar 2014.
Consistent with the Company's previously announced quarterly dividend policy, on
Jumper concluded, "We have experienced a difficult environment during the previous four quarters driven primarily by unanticipated client delays, weather issues and project readiness issues related to land access permits or agricultural activity. We are working diligently to mitigate these challenges through on-going communications with our valued clients, who are providing greater insight and visibility into their future needs and timing for our seismic services, thus allowing us to more properly address their needs and right-size our crew count. Our order book remains steady as do indications of interest for possible future projects. We are committed to retaining sufficient levels of qualified Dawson personnel and our robust inventory of equipment to enable us to deploy crews and channel count to service anticipated client needs during the balance of calendar 2014 and beyond. Our balance sheet remains strong with approximately
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