Geospace Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: GEOS) and Superior Energy Services (NYSE:SPN) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Geospace Technologies Corporation and Superior Energy Services, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Geospace Technologies Corporation 0 1 0 0 2.00
Superior Energy Services 0 13 8 0 2.38

Superior Energy Services has a consensus target price of $16.33, suggesting a potential upside of 57.35%. Given Superior Energy Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Superior Energy Services is more favorable than Geospace Technologies Corporation.

Risk & Volatility

Geospace Technologies Corporation has a beta of 1.19, meaning that its stock price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Superior Energy Services has a beta of 2.14, meaning that its stock price is 114% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Geospace Technologies Corporation and Superior Energy Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Geospace Technologies Corporation -75.19% -21.79% -20.93%
Superior Energy Services -31.24% -28.82% -10.86%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

80.8% of Geospace Technologies Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 3.5% of Geospace Technologies Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.9% of Superior Energy Services shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Geospace Technologies Corporation and Superior Energy Services’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Geospace Technologies Corporation $66.35 million 3.62 -$32.47 million ($3.80) -4.70
Superior Energy Services $1.55 billion 1.03 -$16.52 million ($3.20) -3.24

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

Summary

Superior Energy Services beats Geospace Technologies Corporation on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Geospace Technologies Corporation

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.

About Superior Energy Services

Superior Energy Services, Inc. provides a range of services and products to the energy industry related to the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas. The Company’s segments include Drilling Products and Services, which rents and sells bottom hole assemblies, drill pipe, tubulars and specialized equipment for use with onshore and offshore oil and gas well drilling, production and workover activities; Onshore Completion and Workover Services, which provides pressure pumping services used to complete and stimulate production in new oil and gas wells, fluid handling services and well servicing rigs that provide a range of well completion and maintenance services; Production Services, which provides intervention services, such as coiled tubing, cased hole and mechanical wireline, hydraulic workover and snubbing, and remedial pumping services, and Technical Solutions, which provides services requiring specialized engineering, manufacturing or project planning.

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