NXT Energy Solutions (OTCMKTS:NSFDF) and Dawson Geophysical (NASDAQ:DWSN) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and valuation.


This table compares NXT Energy Solutions and Dawson Geophysical’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NXT Energy Solutions N/A -32.28% -29.27%
Dawson Geophysical -10.35% -12.60% -10.42%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

69.4% of Dawson Geophysical shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.0% of Dawson Geophysical shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for NXT Energy Solutions and Dawson Geophysical, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NXT Energy Solutions 0 0 0 0 N/A
Dawson Geophysical 0 0 1 0 3.00

Risk and Volatility

NXT Energy Solutions has a beta of 0.33, meaning that its stock price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dawson Geophysical has a beta of 1.01, meaning that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares NXT Energy Solutions and Dawson Geophysical’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NXT Energy Solutions $1.09 million 22.02 -$6.91 million N/A N/A
Dawson Geophysical $157.15 million 0.52 -$31.26 million ($1.37) -2.62

NXT Energy Solutions has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Dawson Geophysical.


Dawson Geophysical beats NXT Energy Solutions on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

NXT Energy Solutions Company Profile

NXT Energy Solutions Inc. provides airborne and gravity based geophysical survey services for the oil and gas exploration and production companies through its proprietary stress field detection (SFD) survey system worldwide. Its SFD remote-sensing survey system offers information on areas conducive to fluid entrapment in the sedimentary column. The company was formerly known as Energy Exploration Technologies Inc. and changed its name to NXT Energy Solutions Inc. in September 2008. NXT Energy Solutions Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

Dawson Geophysical Company Profile

Dawson Geophysical Company provides onshore seismic data acquisition services in the United States and Canada. The company acquires and processes 2-D, 3-D, and multi-component seismic data for its clients, including oil and gas companies, and independent oil and gas operators, as well as providers of multi-client data libraries. As of December 31, 2017, it operated nine seismic crews consisting of six crews in the United States and three crews in Canada. It operates seismic crews that supply seismic data primarily to companies engaged in the exploration and development of oil and natural gas on land and in land-to-water transition areas. The company also serves the potash mining industry. Dawson Geophysical Company was founded in 1952 and is headquartered in Midland, Texas with three additional offices in Denison, Houston, and Plano, Texas, as well as in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Denver, Colorado.

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