Ion Geophysical Corporation (NYSE: IO) is one of 57 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil Related Services and Equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Ion Geophysical Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Risk & Volatility

Ion Geophysical Corporation has a beta of 3.59, indicating that its stock price is 259% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ion Geophysical Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 1.60, indicating that their average stock price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

33.5% of Ion Geophysical Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.8% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 15.2% of Ion Geophysical Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Ion Geophysical Corporation and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ion Geophysical Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A
Ion Geophysical Corporation Competitors 390 2022 2884 114 2.50

As a group, “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 24.21%. Given Ion Geophysical Corporation’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Ion Geophysical Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ion Geophysical Corporation and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Ion Geophysical Corporation $192.55 million $49.11 million -2.75
Ion Geophysical Corporation Competitors $2.00 billion $268.97 million -37.37

Ion Geophysical Corporation’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Ion Geophysical Corporation. Ion Geophysical Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Ion Geophysical Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ion Geophysical Corporation -20.03% -91.64% -12.33%
Ion Geophysical Corporation Competitors -17.36% -14.16% -5.27%

Summary

Ion Geophysical Corporation competitors beat Ion Geophysical Corporation on 7 of the 9 factors compared.

About Ion Geophysical Corporation

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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