SAExploration (NASDAQ: SAEX) and Glori Energy (OTCMKTS:GLRI) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

69.4% of SAExploration shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of SAExploration shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 46.2% of Glori Energy shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares SAExploration and Glori Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SAExploration $205.56 million 0.07 -$25.03 million ($5.01) -0.31
Glori Energy $9.00 million 0.04 -$36.25 million ($1.14) -0.01

SAExploration has higher revenue and earnings than Glori Energy. SAExploration is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Glori Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

SAExploration has a beta of 0.1, suggesting that its stock price is 90% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Glori Energy has a beta of 4.54, suggesting that its stock price is 354% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares SAExploration and Glori Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SAExploration -31.82% -143.62% -25.03%
Glori Energy N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for SAExploration and Glori Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SAExploration 0 0 0 0 N/A
Glori Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A


Glori Energy beats SAExploration on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SAExploration

SAExploration Holdings, Inc., an oilfield services company, provides seismic data acquisition and logistical support services to the oil and natural gas industry in North and South America, the Southeast Asia, and West Africa. Its seismic data acquisition services include program design, planning and permitting, camp services, survey, drilling, recording, reclamation, and in-field processing. The company acquires 2D, 3D, time-lapse 4D, and multi-component seismic data on land, in transition zones between land and water, and in offshore in depths reaching 3,000 meters. It operates crews that utilize approximately 27,500 owned land and marine seismic data acquisition equipment and other leased equipment. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

About Glori Energy

Glori Energy Inc., an energy technology and oil production company, provides services to third party exploration and production companies in North America and Brazil. It operates through Oil and Gas, and AERO Services segments. The Oil and Gas segment produces and develops oil and natural gas interests. The AERO Services segment offers biotechnology solutions of enhanced oil recovery through a two-step process, including analysis phase, reservoir screening process that obtains field samples and evaluates potential of AERO system; and field deployment phase that deploys skid mounted injection equipment. Glori Energy Inc. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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