Bristow Group (NYSE: BRS) and Geospace Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:GEOS) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, risk, earnings and dividends.

Dividends

Bristow Group pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Geospace Technologies Corporation does not pay a dividend. Bristow Group pays out -5.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

Bristow Group has a beta of 2.82, indicating that its stock price is 182% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Geospace Technologies Corporation has a beta of 1.19, indicating that its stock price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Bristow Group and Geospace Technologies Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bristow Group $1.33 billion 0.23 $62.14 million ($5.26) -1.68
Geospace Technologies Corporation $66.35 million 3.29 -$32.47 million ($3.80) -4.27

Bristow Group has higher revenue and earnings than Geospace Technologies Corporation. Geospace Technologies Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Bristow Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Bristow Group and Geospace Technologies Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bristow Group 0 4 1 0 2.20
Geospace Technologies Corporation 0 1 0 0 2.00

Bristow Group currently has a consensus price target of $13.25, suggesting a potential upside of 50.06%. Given Bristow Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Bristow Group is more favorable than Geospace Technologies Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares Bristow Group and Geospace Technologies Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bristow Group -13.32% -6.83% -2.91%
Geospace Technologies Corporation -75.19% -21.79% -20.93%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

80.9% of Geospace Technologies Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 10.0% of Bristow Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of Geospace Technologies Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Bristow Group beats Geospace Technologies Corporation on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Bristow Group Company Profile

Bristow Group Inc. is an industrial aviation services provider and helicopter service provider to the offshore energy industry. The Industrial Aviation Services segment’s operations are conducted primarily through four regions: Europe Caspian, Africa, Americas and Asia Pacific. The Europe Caspian region consists of all its operations and affiliates in Europe and Central Asia, including Norway, the United Kingdom and Turkmenistan. The Africa region consists of all its operations and affiliates on the African continent, including Nigeria, Tanzania and Egypt. The Americas region consists of all its operations and affiliates in North America and South America, including Brazil, Canada, Trinidad and the United States Gulf of Mexico. The Asia Pacific region consists of all its operations and affiliates in Australia and Southeast Asia, including Malaysia and Sakhalin. Additionally, it operates a training unit, Bristow Academy.

Geospace Technologies Corporation Company Profile

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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