CGG (NYSE: CGG) and Liberty Oilfield Services (NYSE:LBRT) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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0.3% of CGG shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


CGG pays an annual dividend of $1.38 per share and has a dividend yield of 64.2%. Liberty Oilfield Services does not pay a dividend. CGG pays out -6.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CGG and Liberty Oilfield Services’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CGG $1.32 billion 0.04 -$514.90 million ($21.46) -0.10
Liberty Oilfield Services N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Liberty Oilfield Services has lower revenue, but higher earnings than CGG.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for CGG and Liberty Oilfield Services, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CGG 0 0 0 0 N/A
Liberty Oilfield Services 0 1 8 0 2.89

Liberty Oilfield Services has a consensus price target of $29.29, suggesting a potential upside of 58.82%. Given Liberty Oilfield Services’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Liberty Oilfield Services is more favorable than CGG.


This table compares CGG and Liberty Oilfield Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CGG -39.01% -61.09% -11.03%
Liberty Oilfield Services N/A N/A N/A


Liberty Oilfield Services beats CGG on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CGG

CGG SA (CGG) is a manufacturer of geophysical equipment. The Company provides marine, land and airborne data acquisition services, as well as a range of other geoscience services, including data imaging, geoscience and petroleum engineering consulting services, and collecting, developing and licensing geological data. Its segments include Contractual Data Acquisition; Geology, Geophysics & Reservoir (GGR); Equipment, and Non-Operated Resources. The Contractual Data Acquisition includes marine, and land and multi-physics. Its GGR segment includes the Multi-client business line and the Subsurface Imaging and Reservoir business lines (processing and imaging of geophysical data, reservoir characterization, geophysical consulting and software services, geological data library and data management solutions). The Equipment segment consists of its manufacturing and sales activities for seismic equipment. It operates through Saturno, a multi-client survey over Santos Basin Offshore Brazil.

About Liberty Oilfield Services

Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. provides hydraulic fracturing services to onshore oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in North America. It has 19 active fleets. The company provides its services primarily in the Permian Basin, the Eagle Ford Shale, the Denver-Julesburg Basin, the Williston Basin, and the Powder River Basin. Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

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