Financial Review: Frank’s International N.V. (FI) & Geospace Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:GEOS)

Geospace Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: GEOS) and Frank’s International N.V. (NYSE:FI) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation and risk.

Volatility and Risk

Geospace Technologies Corporation has a beta of 1.19, meaning that its share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Frank’s International N.V. has a beta of 1.18, meaning that its share price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

80.9% of Geospace Technologies Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 30.4% of Frank’s International N.V. shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of Geospace Technologies Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 77.9% of Frank’s International N.V. shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Geospace Technologies Corporation and Frank’s International N.V., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Geospace Technologies Corporation 0 1 0 0 2.00
Frank’s International N.V. 3 9 1 0 1.85

Frank’s International N.V. has a consensus target price of $8.40, indicating a potential upside of 27.85%. Given Frank’s International N.V.’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Frank’s International N.V. is more favorable than Geospace Technologies Corporation.

Dividends

Frank’s International N.V. pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.6%. Geospace Technologies Corporation does not pay a dividend. Frank’s International N.V. pays out -40.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Geospace Technologies Corporation and Frank’s International N.V.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Geospace Technologies Corporation -75.19% -21.79% -20.93%
Frank’s International N.V. -35.28% -8.97% -7.39%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Geospace Technologies Corporation and Frank’s International N.V.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Geospace Technologies Corporation $66.35 million 3.28 -$32.47 million ($3.80) -4.26
Frank’s International N.V. $441.49 million 3.32 -$18.12 million ($0.75) -8.76

Frank’s International N.V. has higher revenue and earnings than Geospace Technologies Corporation. Frank’s International N.V. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Geospace Technologies Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Frank’s International N.V. beats Geospace Technologies Corporation on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Geospace Technologies Corporation 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.

Frank’s International N.V. Company Profile

Frank’s International N.V. (FINV) is a provider of engineered tubular services, tubular fabrication and specialty well construction and well intervention solutions to the oil and gas industry. The Company operates through four business segments: International Services, U. S. Services, Tubular Sales and Blackhawk. As of December 31, 2016, the International Services segment provided tubular services in international offshore markets and in several onshore international regions in approximately 60 countries on six continents. The U.S. Services segment provides tubular services. The Blackhawk segment provides well construction and well intervention rental equipment, services and products, in addition to the cementing tool expertise, in the United States and Mexican Gulf of Mexico, onshore United States and other select international locations.

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