Newpark Resources (NYSE: NR) and Geospace Technologies (NASDAQ:GEOS) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Newpark Resources and Geospace Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Newpark Resources 0 1 2 0 2.67
Geospace Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Newpark Resources currently has a consensus price target of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 16.96%. Given Newpark Resources’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Newpark Resources is more favorable than Geospace Technologies.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

79.3% of Geospace Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 4.9% of Newpark Resources shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.9% of Geospace Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Newpark Resources has a beta of 1.56, indicating that its stock price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Geospace Technologies has a beta of 1.47, indicating that its stock price is 47% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Newpark Resources and Geospace Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Newpark Resources $747.76 million 1.02 -$6.14 million ($0.07) -122.13
Geospace Technologies $73.72 million 1.91 -$56.79 million ($4.15) -2.50

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


This table compares Newpark Resources and Geospace Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Newpark Resources -0.82% 1.59% 0.96%
Geospace Technologies -74.67% -26.66% -25.46%


Newpark Resources beats Geospace Technologies on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Newpark Resources Company Profile

Newpark Resources, Inc. is a supplier providing products and services primarily to the oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) industry. The Company’s segments include Fluids Systems, and Mats and Integrated Services. The Fluids Systems segment provides drilling fluids products and technical services to customers in the North America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; Latin America, and Asia Pacific regions. The Mats and Integrated Services segment provides composite mat rentals, as well as location construction and related site services, to customers at well, production, transportation and refinery locations in the United States. It manufactures and sells composite mats to customers outside of the United States, and to domestic customers outside of the oil and gas exploration market. The Fluids Systems segment offers customized solutions for technical drilling projects involving subsurface conditions, such as horizontal, directional, geologically deep or deep water drilling.

Geospace Technologies Company Profile

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.

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