Ion Geophysical (IO) versus CGG (CGGYY) Head-To-Head Analysis

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

Analyst Recommendations

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

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

Ion Geophysical currently has a consensus target price of $57.00, suggesting a potential upside of 648.03%. Given Ion Geophysical’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Ion Geophysical is more favorable than CGG.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ion Geophysical $180.04 million 0.60 -$71.17 million ($2.37) -3.22
CGG $1.19 billion 1.10 -$95.80 million N/A N/A

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

Risk and Volatility

Ion Geophysical has a beta of 3.64, meaning that its share price is 264% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CGG has a beta of 2.46, meaning that its share price is 146% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ion Geophysical -40.39% -256.52% -14.29%
CGG N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

46.7% of Ion Geophysical shares are held by institutional investors. 16.1% of Ion Geophysical shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Ion Geophysical beats CGG on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ion Geophysical

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.

About CGG

CGG operates as a geoscience company in North America, the Central and South Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific. It operates through Geology, Geophysics & Reservoir; and Equipment segments. The Geology, Geophysics & Reservoir segment develops and licenses multi-client seismic surveys; processes seismic data; and sells seismic data processing and reservoir characterization software primarily under the geovation, Hampson-Russell, and Jason brands. It also provides geoscience and petroleum engineering consulting services; and data management services and software to its clients, as well as collects, develops, and licenses geological data under the Robertson brand. The Equipment segment manufactures and sells seismic equipment used for land and marine seismic data acquisition, including seismic recording equipment, software, and seismic sources for land vibrators or marine air guns. It also provides integrated solutions; and customer support services, such as training. 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.

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