BRS Resources (NYSE: BRS) and Ion Geophysical Corporation (NYSE:IO) are both small-cap oil related services and equipment – nec companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

BRS Resources has a beta of 2.87, meaning that its stock price is 187% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ion Geophysical Corporation has a beta of 3.57, meaning that its stock price is 257% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares BRS Resources and Ion Geophysical Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BRS Resources -15.83% -17.49% -7.23%
Ion Geophysical Corporation -20.19% -102.40% -11.83%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares BRS Resources and Ion Geophysical Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BRS Resources N/A N/A N/A C($5.30) -2.67
Ion Geophysical Corporation $172.81 million 0.94 -$65.14 million ($3.00) -4.57

BRS Resources has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Ion Geophysical Corporation. Ion Geophysical Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than BRS Resources, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

33.6% of Ion Geophysical Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 15.2% of Ion Geophysical Corporation shares are owned by company 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for BRS Resources and Ion Geophysical Corporation, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BRS Resources 0 4 1 0 2.20
Ion Geophysical Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A

BRS Resources presently has a consensus target price of C$13.25, suggesting a potential downside of 6.36%. Given BRS Resources’ higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe BRS Resources is more favorable than Ion Geophysical Corporation.

BRS Resources Company Profile

Bristow Group Inc. is an industrial aviation services provider and helicopter service provider to the offshore energy industry. The Industrial Aviation Services segment’s operations are conducted primarily through four regions: Europe Caspian, Africa, Americas and Asia Pacific. The Europe Caspian region consists of all its operations and affiliates in Europe and Central Asia, including Norway, the United Kingdom and Turkmenistan. The Africa region consists of all its operations and affiliates on the African continent, including Nigeria, Tanzania and Egypt. The Americas region consists of all its operations and affiliates in North America and South America, including Brazil, Canada, Trinidad and the United States Gulf of Mexico. The Asia Pacific region consists of all its operations and affiliates in Australia and Southeast Asia, including Malaysia and Sakhalin. Additionally, it operates a training unit, Bristow Academy.

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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