Core Laboratories N.V. (NYSE: CLB) and Geospace Technologies (NASDAQ:OYOG) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Core Laboratories N.V. and Geospace Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Core Laboratories N.V. $614.73 million 6.93 $123.03 million $1.64 58.88
Geospace Technologies N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Core Laboratories N.V. has higher revenue and earnings than Geospace Technologies.


Core Laboratories N.V. pays an annual dividend of $2.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Geospace Technologies does not pay a dividend. Core Laboratories N.V. pays out 134.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.


This table compares Core Laboratories N.V. and Geospace Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Core Laboratories N.V. 11.80% 49.29% 13.35%
Geospace Technologies -101.28% -26.34% -25.37%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Core Laboratories N.V. and Geospace Technologies, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Core Laboratories N.V. 1 7 5 0 2.31
Geospace Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Core Laboratories N.V. currently has a consensus target price of $111.00, suggesting a potential upside of 14.94%. Given Core Laboratories N.V.’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Core Laboratories N.V. is more favorable than Geospace Technologies.


Core Laboratories N.V. beats Geospace Technologies on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Core Laboratories N.V.

Core Laboratories N.V. provides reservoir description, production enhancement and reservoir management services to the oil and gas industry. The Company operates through three segments: Reservoir Description, Production Enhancement and Reservoir Management. The Reservoir Description segment encompasses the characterization of petroleum reservoir rock, fluid and gas samples. It provides analytical and field services to characterize properties of crude oil and petroleum products to the oil and gas industry. The Production Enhancement segment includes products and services relating to reservoir well completions, perforations, stimulations and production. It provides integrated diagnostic services to evaluate the effectiveness of well completions. The Reservoir Management segment combines and integrates information from reservoir description and production enhancement services to increase production and recovery of oil and gas from its clients’ reservoirs.

About Geospace Technologies

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.

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