SEACOR Holdings (NYSE: CKH) and CGG (NYSE:CGG) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Risk and Volatility

SEACOR Holdings has a beta of 1, suggesting that its share price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, CGG has a beta of 2.47, suggesting that its share price is 147% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SEACOR Holdings 0 0 1 0 3.00
CGG 2 0 0 0 1.00

SEACOR Holdings currently has a consensus target price of $37.00, suggesting a potential upside of 7.97%. Given SEACOR Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe SEACOR Holdings is more favorable than CGG.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.7% of SEACOR Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.9% of CGG shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.4% of SEACOR Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares SEACOR Holdings and CGG’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SEACOR Holdings $807.50 million 0.74 $74.80 million ($10.89) -3.15
CGG $1.13 billion 0.09 $358.80 million ($26.59) -0.17

CGG has higher revenue and earnings than SEACOR Holdings. SEACOR Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CGG, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares SEACOR Holdings and CGG’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SEACOR Holdings -22.86% -14.72% -6.27%
CGG -51.98% -46.27% -11.90%

Summary

SEACOR Holdings beats CGG on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

SEACOR Holdings Company Profile

SEACOR Holdings Inc., is engaged in the business of transportation and logistics, alcohol manufacturing, merchandising, and risk management consultancy. The Company’s segments include, Inland River Services, Shipping Services and Illinois Corn Processing. Inland River Services segment operates river transportation equipment used for moving agricultural and industrial commodities and petroleum and chemical products. Shipping Services segment operates a fleet of United States flag marine transportation related assets. Illinois Corn Processing segment produces alcohol used in the food, beverage, industrial and petrochemical end-markets. The Company also offers emergency and crisis services, lending and leasing activities, and noncontrolling investments in various other businesses.

CGG Company Profile

CGG SA (CGG) is a manufacturer of geophysical equipment. The Company provides marine, land and airborne data acquisition services, as well as a range of other geoscience services, including data imaging, geoscience and petroleum engineering consulting services, and collecting, developing and licensing geological data. Its segments include Contractual Data Acquisition; Geology, Geophysics & Reservoir (GGR); Equipment, and Non-Operated Resources. The Contractual Data Acquisition includes marine, and land and multi-physics. Its GGR segment includes the Multi-client business line and the Subsurface Imaging and Reservoir business lines (processing and imaging of geophysical data, reservoir characterization, geophysical consulting and software services, geological data library and data management solutions). The Equipment segment consists of its manufacturing and sales activities for seismic equipment. It operates through Saturno, a multi-client survey over Santos Basin Offshore Brazil.

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