Comparing Geospace Technologies (GEOS) and Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure (SOI)

Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure (NYSE: SOI) and Geospace Technologies (NASDAQ:GEOS) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure and Geospace Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure 18.84% 10.16% 9.23%
Geospace Technologies -77.04% -26.21% -25.12%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure and Geospace Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure $18.15 million 52.44 $2.80 million N/A N/A
Geospace Technologies $73.72 million 2.79 -$56.79 million ($4.32) -3.52

Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Geospace Technologies.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure and Geospace Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure 0 1 12 0 2.92
Geospace Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure presently has a consensus price target of $19.23, suggesting a potential downside of 11.76%. Given Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure is more favorable than Geospace Technologies.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

56.4% of Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.5% of Geospace Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 3.9% of Geospace Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure beats Geospace Technologies on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure

Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure, Inc. manufactures and provides its mobile proppant management systems that unload, store and deliver proppant at oil and natural gas well sites. The Company offers its services to oil and natural gas exploration and production (E&P) companies, as well as oilfield service companies. Its mobile proppant system is designed to address the challenges associated with transferring large quantities of proppant to the well site, including the cost and management of last mile logistics. Its systems provide 2.5 million pounds of proppant storage capacity. The Company manufactures its systems at its facility in Early, Texas, The Company’s system provides Streamlined last mile logistics and Improved execution to meet completion designs. Its systems provide triple the storage capacity, such as trailer-mounted, hydraulically powered storage bins. Its integrated PropView system delivers real-time proppant inventory and consumption levels.

About Geospace Technologies

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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