Geospace Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: GEOS) and Eco-Stim Energy Solutions (NASDAQ:ESES) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Risk and Volatility

Geospace Technologies Corporation has a beta of 1.25, indicating that its share price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Eco-Stim Energy Solutions has a beta of 2.1, indicating that its share price is 110% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Geospace Technologies Corporation and Eco-Stim Energy Solutions’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Geospace Technologies Corporation $66.35 million 3.05 -$32.47 million ($3.80) -3.96
Eco-Stim Energy Solutions $15.27 million 1.93 -$12.68 million ($1.34) -1.10

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Geospace Technologies Corporation. Geospace Technologies Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Eco-Stim Energy Solutions, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Geospace Technologies Corporation and Eco-Stim Energy Solutions, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Geospace Technologies Corporation 0 1 0 0 2.00
Eco-Stim Energy Solutions 0 1 2 0 2.67

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions has a consensus price target of $2.10, indicating a potential upside of 41.89%. Given Eco-Stim Energy Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Eco-Stim Energy Solutions is more favorable than Geospace Technologies Corporation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

81.7% of Geospace Technologies Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 14.2% of Eco-Stim Energy Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of Geospace Technologies Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.1% of Eco-Stim Energy Solutions shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Geospace Technologies Corporation and Eco-Stim Energy Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Geospace Technologies Corporation -75.19% -21.79% -20.93%
Eco-Stim Energy Solutions -134.72% -103.73% -29.82%

Summary

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions beats Geospace Technologies Corporation on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Geospace Technologies Corporation

Geospace Technologies Corporation designs and manufactures instruments and equipment used by the oil and gas industry to acquire seismic data in order to locate, characterize and monitor hydrocarbon producing reservoirs. The Company also designs and manufactures non-seismic products, including industrial products, offshore cables and imaging equipment. The Company operates through two segments: Seismic and Non-Seismic. The Company’s Seismic product segments include traditional exploration products, wireless exploration products and reservoir products. Its seismic product lines consist of land and marine nodal data acquisition systems, permanent land and seabed reservoir monitoring products and services, geophones and geophone strings, hydrophones, leader wire, connectors, telemetry cables, marine streamer retrieval and steering devices and various other products. The Company’s Non-Seismic product segments include imaging and industrial products.

About Eco-Stim Energy Solutions

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions, Inc. is an oilfield services company. The Company provides well stimulation, coiled tubing and field management services to the upstream oil and gas industry. The Company focuses on the active shale and unconventional oil and natural gas basins outside the United States and it has commenced operations in Argentina. The Company operates well stimulation fleets, coiled tubing units and other downhole completion equipment, as well as provides sweet spot analysis in shale resource basins using geophysical predictive modeling combined with real-time feedback from down-hole diagnostic tools. The Company offers a pumping fleet, including well-stimulation pumps, nitrogen pumping units and cranes, in both trailer-mounted and skid-mounted configurations. It provides a range of pressure-pumping services, including work-over pumping, well injection and wireline pump downs.

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