Geospace Technologies (NASDAQ: OYOG) and Fairmount Santrol Holdings (NYSE:FMSA) are both energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Geospace Technologies and Fairmount Santrol Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Geospace Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Fairmount Santrol Holdings 2 8 9 0 2.37

Fairmount Santrol Holdings has a consensus target price of $6.79, suggesting a potential upside of 57.48%. Given Fairmount Santrol Holdings’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Fairmount Santrol Holdings is more favorable than Geospace Technologies.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

83.8% of Fairmount Santrol Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 9.8% of Fairmount Santrol Holdings shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Geospace Technologies and Fairmount Santrol Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Geospace Technologies -101.28% -26.34% -25.37%
Fairmount Santrol Holdings -6.11% -24.37% -3.68%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Geospace Technologies and Fairmount Santrol Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Geospace Technologies N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Fairmount Santrol Holdings $681.12 million 1.42 $84.28 million ($0.20) -21.55

Fairmount Santrol Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Geospace Technologies.

Summary

Fairmount Santrol Holdings beats Geospace Technologies on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Geospace Technologies 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.

Fairmount Santrol Holdings Company Profile

Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc. is a provider of sand-based proppant solutions. The Company operates through two segments: Proppant Solutions, and Industrial & Recreational (I&R) Products. Its Proppant Solutions segment provides sand-based proppants for use in hydraulic fracturing operations throughout the United States and Canada, Argentina, Mexico, China, northern Europe and the United Arab Emirates. Its I&R segment provides raw, coated, and custom blended sands to the foundry, building products, glass, turf and landscape, and filtration industries in North America. Its asset base includes approximately 800 million tons of proven and probable mineral reserves. As of March 2017, the Company had 10 sand processing facilities with 16.8 million tons of annual sand processing capacity. Its coating facilities include operations in Mexico, Denmark and China, through which it serves international oil and gas markets.

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