Ion Geophysical Corporation (NYSE: IO) is one of 56 public companies in the “Oil Related Services and Equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Ion Geophysical Corporation to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Ion Geophysical Corporation and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ion Geophysical Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A
Ion Geophysical Corporation Competitors 500 2212 2927 125 2.46

As a group, “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 29.95%. Given Ion Geophysical Corporation’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ion Geophysical Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Ion Geophysical Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ion Geophysical Corporation -20.03% -91.64% -12.33%
Ion Geophysical Corporation Competitors -18.19% -17.55% -5.97%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

33.5% of Ion Geophysical Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.8% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 15.2% of Ion Geophysical Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Ion Geophysical Corporation and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Ion Geophysical Corporation $192.55 million $49.11 million -2.87
Ion Geophysical Corporation Competitors $2.00 billion $269.51 million -39.54

Ion Geophysical Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Ion Geophysical Corporation. Ion Geophysical Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

Ion Geophysical Corporation has a beta of 3.55, indicating that its share price is 255% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ion Geophysical Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.57, indicating that their average share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Ion Geophysical Corporation peers beat Ion Geophysical Corporation on 7 of the 9 factors compared.

Ion Geophysical Corporation Company Profile

ION Geophysical Corporation is a technology-focused company. It provides geophysical technology, services and solutions to the global oil and gas industry. Its offerings are designed to enable oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) companies to obtain images of the Earth’s subsurface. It offers services and products through three segments: E&P Technology & Services, E&P Operations Optimization, and Ocean Bottom Services. E&P Technology & Services provides services and products for complex and hard-to-image geologies, such as deepwater subsalt formations in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore East and West Africa and Brazil; unconventional reservoirs, such as those found onshore in shale, tight gas and oil sands formations, and offshore basin-wide seismic data and imaging programs. E&P Operations Optimization combines its Optimization Software and Services and Devices offerings. Ocean Bottom Services consists of OceanGeo, an ocean bottom data acquisition services company.

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