Ion Geophysical Corporation (NYSE: IO) is one of 56 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil Related Services and Equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Ion Geophysical Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, valuation, risk, institutional ownership and profitability.

Volatility & Risk

Ion Geophysical Corporation has a beta of 3.55, suggesting that its stock price is 255% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ion Geophysical Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.57, suggesting that their average stock price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Ion Geophysical Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ion Geophysical Corporation -20.03% -91.64% -12.33%
Ion Geophysical Corporation Competitors -17.74% -15.00% -5.49%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

33.5% of Ion Geophysical Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.8% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 15.2% of Ion Geophysical Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Ion Geophysical Corporation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ion Geophysical Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A
Ion Geophysical Corporation Competitors 500 2212 2928 125 2.46

As a group, “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 28.77%. Given Ion Geophysical Corporation’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Ion Geophysical Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ion Geophysical Corporation and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Ion Geophysical Corporation $192.55 million $49.11 million -2.87
Ion Geophysical Corporation Competitors $2.00 billion $269.51 million -39.54

Ion Geophysical Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Ion Geophysical Corporation. Ion Geophysical Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Ion Geophysical Corporation peers beat Ion Geophysical Corporation on 7 of the 9 factors compared.

Ion Geophysical Corporation Company Profile

ION Geophysical Corporation is a technology-focused company. It provides geophysical technology, services and solutions to the global oil and gas industry. Its offerings are designed to enable oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) companies to obtain images of the Earth’s subsurface. It offers services and products through three segments: E&P Technology & Services, E&P Operations Optimization, and Ocean Bottom Services. E&P Technology & Services provides services and products for complex and hard-to-image geologies, such as deepwater subsalt formations in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore East and West Africa and Brazil; unconventional reservoirs, such as those found onshore in shale, tight gas and oil sands formations, and offshore basin-wide seismic data and imaging programs. E&P Operations Optimization combines its Optimization Software and Services and Devices offerings. Ocean Bottom Services consists of OceanGeo, an ocean bottom data acquisition services company.

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