Gulf Island Fabrication (NASDAQ: GIFI) and Geospace Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:GEOS) 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 dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

Dividends

Gulf Island Fabrication pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Geospace Technologies Corporation does not pay a dividend. Gulf Island Fabrication pays out -2.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Gulf Island Fabrication and Geospace Technologies Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gulf Island Fabrication -9.96% -7.83% -6.35%
Geospace Technologies Corporation -75.19% -21.79% -20.93%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

65.8% of Gulf Island Fabrication shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.8% of Geospace Technologies Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.4% of Gulf Island Fabrication shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of Geospace Technologies Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Gulf Island Fabrication and Geospace Technologies Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gulf Island Fabrication $204.71 million 0.87 -$10.08 million ($1.37) -8.76
Geospace Technologies Corporation $66.35 million 3.04 -$32.47 million ($3.80) -3.95

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

Risk and Volatility

Gulf Island Fabrication has a beta of 0.93, suggesting that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Geospace Technologies Corporation has a beta of 1.26, suggesting that its share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Gulf Island Fabrication and Geospace Technologies Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gulf Island Fabrication 0 0 0 0 N/A
Geospace Technologies Corporation 0 1 0 0 2.00

Summary

Gulf Island Fabrication beats Geospace Technologies Corporation on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Gulf Island Fabrication Company Profile

Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. (Gulf Island) is a holding company. The Company, along with its subsidiaries, is a fabricator of steel platforms and other specialized structures for customers in the offshore oil and gas industry. It also performs onshore and offshore construction and fabrication services for customers in the marine industry. Its primary activity is the fabrication of offshore drilling and production platforms and other steel structures for customers in the oil and gas and marine industries, including jackets and deck sections of fixed production platforms, hull, tendon, and/or deck sections of floating production platforms, piles, wellhead protectors. It conducts its operations through its subsidiaries, which include Gulf Island, L.L.C.; Gulf Marine Fabricators, L.P.; Gulf Island Marine Fabricators, L.L.C.; Gulf Island Shipyards, L.L.C.; Dolphin Services, L.L.C.; and Dolphin Steel Sales, L.L.C.

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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