Geospace Technologies (GEOS) versus CSI Compressco (CCLP) Head-To-Head Contrast

Geospace Technologies (NASDAQ: GEOS) and CSI Compressco (NASDAQ:CCLP) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Geospace Technologies and CSI Compressco, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Geospace Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
CSI Compressco 1 3 0 0 1.75

CSI Compressco has a consensus target price of $6.00, indicating a potential downside of 7.83%. Given CSI Compressco’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe CSI Compressco is more favorable than Geospace Technologies.

Profitability

This table compares Geospace Technologies and CSI Compressco’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Geospace Technologies -77.04% -26.21% -25.12%
CSI Compressco -14.20% -35.88% -5.70%

Dividends

CSI Compressco pays an annual dividend of $0.75 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.5%. Geospace Technologies does not pay a dividend. CSI Compressco pays out -60.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Geospace Technologies and CSI Compressco’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Geospace Technologies $73.72 million 2.53 -$56.79 million ($4.32) -3.18
CSI Compressco $311.36 million 0.76 -$138.13 million ($1.25) -5.21

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

76.2% of Geospace Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 27.4% of CSI Compressco shares are held by institutional investors. 3.9% of Geospace Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

CSI Compressco beats Geospace Technologies on 7 of the 13 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.

CSI Compressco Company Profile

CSI Compressco LP is a provider of compression services and equipment for natural gas and oil production, gathering, transportation, processing and storage. The Company sells custom-designed compressor packages and oilfield fluid pump systems, and provides aftermarket services and compressor package parts and components manufactured by third-party suppliers. It provides these compression services and equipment to a base of natural gas and oil exploration and production, midstream and transmission companies operating throughout many of the onshore producing regions of the United States, as well as in a number of foreign countries, including Mexico, Canada and Argentina. It is a service provider of natural gas compression services in the United States, utilizing its fleet of compressor packages that employs a spectrum of low-, medium- and high-horsepower engines. As of December 31, 2016, its fleet included approximately 6,000 compressor packages.

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