Contrasting Pledge Petroleum (PROP) & Ion Geophysical (IO)

Pledge Petroleum (OTCMKTS:PROP) and Ion Geophysical (NYSE:IO) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends and analyst recommendations.


This table compares Pledge Petroleum and Ion Geophysical’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pledge Petroleum N/A -36.93% -35.70%
Ion Geophysical -32.58% -112.49% -15.64%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Pledge Petroleum and Ion Geophysical’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pledge Petroleum $20,000.00 52.71 -$600,000.00 N/A N/A
Ion Geophysical $197.55 million 0.63 -$30.24 million ($1.61) -5.50

Pledge Petroleum has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Ion Geophysical.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.0% of Pledge Petroleum shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.5% of Ion Geophysical shares are held by institutional investors. 13.8% of Ion Geophysical shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Pledge Petroleum and Ion Geophysical, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pledge Petroleum 0 0 0 0 N/A
Ion Geophysical 0 3 2 0 2.40

Ion Geophysical has a consensus target price of $57.00, indicating a potential upside of 544.07%. Given Ion Geophysical’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Ion Geophysical is more favorable than Pledge Petroleum.

Volatility & Risk

Pledge Petroleum has a beta of 0.14, suggesting that its stock price is 86% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ion Geophysical has a beta of 2.81, suggesting that its stock price is 181% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Ion Geophysical beats Pledge Petroleum on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Pledge Petroleum Company Profile

Pledge Petroleum Corp. does not have significant operations. Previously, it focused on the acquisition of producing oil fields. The company was formerly known as Propell Technologies Group, Inc. and changed its name to Pledge Petroleum Corp. in February 2017. Pledge Petroleum Corp. is based in Houston, Texas.

Ion Geophysical Company Profile

ION Geophysical Corporation provides geoscience products, services, and solutions to the oil and gas industry worldwide. It operates through three segments: E&P Technology & Services, E&P Operations Optimization, and Ocean Bottom Services. The E&P Technology & Services segment offers complete seismic data services, including survey design and planning, data acquisition, project management, advanced processing, and imaging services, as well as reservoir characterization and interpretation services. The E&P Operations Optimization segment provides command and control software systems, as well as related software and services for towed marine streamer and ocean bottom seismic operations, and for survey design. This segment also manufactures and repairs marine towed streamer acquisition and positioning systems, and analog geophone sensors. The Ocean Bottom Services segment offers survey design, planning, and optimization services to maximize seismic image quality, operational efficiency, and safety; data acquisition; and data processing, interpretation, and reservoir services. This segment also manufactures re-deployable ocean bottom cable seismic data acquisition systems. ION Geophysical Corporation markets and sells its services and products through direct sales force and third-party sales representatives. The company was formerly known as Input/Output, Inc. and changed its name to ION Geophysical Corporation in 2007. ION Geophysical Corporation was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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