Comparing CGG (CGGYY) and Ion Geophysical (IO)

CGG (OTCMKTS:CGGYY) and Ion Geophysical (NYSE:IO) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for CGG and Ion Geophysical, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CGG 0 0 0 0 N/A
Ion Geophysical 0 3 1 0 2.25

Ion Geophysical has a consensus price target of $57.00, indicating a potential upside of 306.56%. Given Ion Geophysical’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Ion Geophysical is more favorable than CGG.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.0% of CGG shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.8% of Ion Geophysical shares are held by institutional investors. 13.8% of Ion Geophysical shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CGG and Ion Geophysical’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CGG $1.19 billion 1.16 -$95.80 million N/A N/A
Ion Geophysical $180.04 million 1.16 -$71.17 million ($2.37) -5.92

Ion Geophysical has lower revenue, but higher earnings than CGG.

Risk & Volatility

CGG has a beta of 2.52, meaning that its stock price is 152% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ion Geophysical has a beta of 3.77, meaning that its stock price is 277% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares CGG and Ion Geophysical’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CGG N/A N/A N/A
Ion Geophysical -39.53% -99.92% -12.44%

Summary

Ion Geophysical beats CGG on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

CGG Company Profile

CGG, a geoscience company, provides data imaging, seismic data characterization, geoscience, and petroleum engineering consulting services to the oil and gas exploration and production industry in North America, the Central and South Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific. The company's Equipment segment develops and produces seismic equipment in the land and marine seismic markets, and offers customer support services. This segment offers geophysical equipment for seismic data acquisition, including seismic recording equipment, software, and seismic sources for land or marine. Its Contractual Data Acquisition segment provides geophysical acquisition services comprising land, marine, airborne, and seabed. It offers marine seismic 2D and 3D, and marine seismic contract data acquisition and multi-client surveys services. As of December 31, 2017, this segment had a fleet of five 3D high capacity vessels. It is also involved in the acquisition and onsite processing of seismic data acquired on land areas; acquisition, processing, and interpretation of airborne geophysical data on land or offshore; collection, processing, and interpretation of data related to the earth's surface, the soils, and rocks beneath; acquisition and data processing of marine gravity and magnetic data; development and licensing of commercial software; and licensing of data from gravity and magnetics data. The company's Geology, Geophysics & Reservoir segment develops and licenses multi-client seismic surveys; processes seismic data; sells seismic data processing and reservoir characterization software; offers geoscience and petroleum engineering consulting services; collects, develops, and licenses geological data; and provides data management services and software. The company was formerly known as Compagnie Générale de Géophysique — Veritas SA and changed its name to CGG in 2013. CGG was founded in 1931 and is headquartered in Paris, France.

Ion Geophysical Company Profile

ION Geophysical Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides a suite of services and products for seismic data acquisition and processing the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: E&P Technology & Services, Operations Optimization, and Ocean Bottom Integrated Technologies. The Exploration and Production (E&P) Technology & Services segment offers seismic data services, including survey planning and design, data acquisition, subsurface imaging, and reservoir characterization, as well as technical, commercial, and strategic advisory services. The Operations Optimization segment provides survey design, and command and control software systems and related services for marine towed streamer and seabed operations. It also manufactures and repairs marine towed streamer positioning and control systems, analog geophone sensors, and compasses, which are deployed in marine robotics, scientific, E&P, and other commercial applications. The Ocean Bottom Integrated Technologies segment offers survey design, planning, and optimization services to maximize seismic image quality, operational efficiency, and safety; data acquisition; superior imaging; and data processing, interpretation, and reservoir services. This segment also develops re-deployable ocean bottom data acquisition technology. The company markets and sells its services and products through direct sales force and third-party sales representatives. The company was formerly known as Input/Output, Inc. and changed its name to ION Geophysical Corporation in 2007. ION Geophysical Corporation was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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