Geospace Technologies (NASDAQ: OYOG) and Helix Energy Solutions Group (NYSE:HLX) are both energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

86.9% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are held by institutional investors. 5.7% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Geospace Technologies and Helix Energy Solutions Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Geospace Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Helix Energy Solutions Group 0 2 6 0 2.75

Helix Energy Solutions Group has a consensus price target of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 47.49%. Given Helix Energy Solutions Group’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Helix Energy Solutions Group is more favorable than Geospace Technologies.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Geospace Technologies and Helix Energy Solutions Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Geospace Technologies N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Helix Energy Solutions Group $544.13 million 1.84 $107.34 million ($0.51) -13.29

Helix Energy Solutions Group has higher revenue and earnings than Geospace Technologies.

Profitability

This table compares Geospace Technologies and Helix Energy Solutions Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Geospace Technologies -101.28% -26.34% -25.37%
Helix Energy Solutions Group -12.09% -1.21% -0.71%

Summary

Helix Energy Solutions Group beats Geospace Technologies on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Geospace Technologies

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 Helix Energy Solutions Group

Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. is an international offshore energy services company. The Company provides services to the offshore energy industry, with a focus on well intervention and robotics operations. The Company operates in three segments: Well Intervention, Robotics and Production Facilities. Its Well Intervention segment includes the Company’s vessels and equipment used to perform well intervention services primarily in the Gulf of Mexico and North Sea regions. Its Robotics segment includes remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), trenchers and ROVDrills designed to complement offshore construction and well intervention services, and operates chartered ROV support vessels. Its Production Facilities segment includes the Helix Producer I (the HP I), a floating production vessel, the Helix Fast Response System (the HFRS), and its ownership interest in Independence Hub, LLC (Independence Hub).

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