Ion Geophysical Corporation (NYSE: IO) is one of 57 public companies in the “Oil Related Services and Equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Ion Geophysical Corporation to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, risk, institutional ownership and earnings.

Insider & Institutional 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 hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ion Geophysical Corporation and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Ion Geophysical Corporation $192.55 million $49.11 million -2.78
Ion Geophysical Corporation Competitors $2.04 billion $273.76 million -39.92

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Ion Geophysical Corporation and its rivals, as reported 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 387 1985 2865 114 2.51

As a group, “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 20.94%. Given Ion Geophysical Corporation’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Ion Geophysical Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Ion Geophysical Corporation and its rivals’ 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 -16.78% -16.71% -5.45%

Volatility and Risk

Ion Geophysical Corporation has a beta of 3.59, meaning that its stock price is 259% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ion Geophysical Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.60, meaning that their average stock price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

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

About Ion Geophysical Corporation

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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