Geospace Technologies (NASDAQ:GEOS) and Know Labs (OTCMKTS:KNWN) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

61.5% of Geospace Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Know Labs shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.9% of Geospace Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 27.3% of Know Labs shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Geospace Technologies and Know Labs’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Geospace Technologies $75.75 million 2.48 -$19.21 million N/A N/A
Know Labs $4.30 million 6.78 -$3.25 million N/A N/A

Know Labs has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Geospace Technologies.

Risk and Volatility

Geospace Technologies has a beta of 1.88, indicating that its stock price is 88% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Know Labs has a beta of 3.34, indicating that its stock price is 234% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Geospace Technologies and Know Labs, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Geospace Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00
Know Labs 0 0 0 0 N/A

Geospace Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $17.25, indicating a potential upside of 25.18%. Given Geospace Technologies’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Geospace Technologies is more favorable than Know Labs.

Profitability

This table compares Geospace Technologies and Know Labs’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Geospace Technologies -19.73% -8.81% -7.96%
Know Labs -95.27% N/A -217.38%

Summary

Geospace Technologies beats Know Labs on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Geospace Technologies

Geospace Technologies Corp. designs and manufactures instruments and equipment used in the oil and gas industry for acquisition and processing of seismic data. It operates through the following business segments: Oil &Gas Markets, Adjacent Markets and Emerging Markets. The Oil & Gas Markets segments products include wireless seismic data acquisition systems, reservoir characterization products and services, and traditional seismic exploration products such as geophones, hydrophones, leader wire, connectors, cables, marine streamer retrieval and steering devices and various other seismic products. The Adjacent Markets segment leverage upon existing manufacturing facilities and engineering capabilities. The Emerging Markets segment consists of recent acquisition of Quantum. The company was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Houston, TX.

About Know Labs

Know Labs, Inc., develops, markets, and sells proprietary technology solution for authenticating or diagnosing substances or materials. Its proprietary platform technologies include ChromaID and Bio-RFID technologies that utilizes electromagnetic energy along the electromagnetic spectrum to perform analytics, which allow the user to identify, authenticate, and diagnose materials and substances. The company, through its subsidiary TransTech Systems, Inc., distributes products for employee and personnel identification and authentication. The company was formerly known as Visualant, Incorporated and changed its name to Know Labs, Inc. in May 2018. Know Labs, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is based in Seattle, Washington.

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