Deep Down (OTCMKTS: DPDW) and SAExploration Holdings (NASDAQ:SAEX) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Deep Down and SAExploration Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Deep Down 0 0 0 0 N/A
SAExploration Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares Deep Down and SAExploration Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Deep Down 2.55% 2.93% 2.43%
SAExploration Holdings -16.08% -97.88% -15.44%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Deep Down and SAExploration Holdings’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Deep Down $26.64 million 0.57 $2.16 million $0.04 24.51
SAExploration Holdings $201.58 million 0.10 $31.63 million ($2.29) -0.93

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

Risk and Volatility

Deep Down has a beta of -0.08, suggesting that its share price is 108% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SAExploration Holdings has a beta of -0.04, suggesting that its share price is 104% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

7.7% of Deep Down shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of SAExploration Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Deep Down beats SAExploration Holdings on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Deep Down

Deep Down, Inc. is engaged in the oilfield services industry. The Company operates through Deep Down Delaware segment. The Company is a provider of specialized services to the offshore energy industry to support deep water and ultra-deep water exploration, development and production of oil and gas, and other maritime operations. It also produces custom engineered products that assist it in fulfilling service objectives for specific projects on a contractual basis. The Company designs and manufactures deep water and ultra-deep water, surface and offshore equipment solutions, which are used by independent and foreign national oil and gas companies in offshore areas across the world. The Company provides engineering and management services, including the design, installation and retrieval of subsea equipment and systems, connection and termination operations, well-commissioning services, as well as construction support and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations support.

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