Head to Head Comparison: Geospace Technologies (NASDAQ:GEOS) and Halliburton (HAL)

Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) and Geospace Technologies (NASDAQ:GEOS) are both energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and profitability.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Halliburton and Geospace Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Halliburton $20.62 billion 2.21 -$463.00 million ($0.51) -102.33
Geospace Technologies $73.72 million 2.53 -$56.79 million ($4.32) -3.18

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Halliburton and Geospace Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Halliburton 0 3 20 0 2.87
Geospace Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Halliburton presently has a consensus price target of $59.63, suggesting a potential upside of 14.26%. Given Halliburton’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Halliburton is more favorable than Geospace Technologies.


Halliburton pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Geospace Technologies does not pay a dividend. Halliburton pays out -141.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Halliburton has a beta of 0.96, suggesting that its share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Geospace Technologies has a beta of 1.29, suggesting that its share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Halliburton -2.25% 11.95% 4.20%
Geospace Technologies -77.04% -26.21% -25.12%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

80.0% of Halliburton shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.2% of Geospace Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Halliburton shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.9% of Geospace Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Halliburton beats Geospace Technologies on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Halliburton

Halliburton Company provides services and products to the upstream oil and natural gas industry throughout the lifecycle of the reservoir, from locating hydrocarbons and managing geological data, to drilling and formation evaluation, well construction and completion, and optimizing production throughout the life of the field. It operates through two segments: the Completion and Production segment, and the Drilling and Evaluation segment. The Completion and Production segment delivers cementing, stimulation, intervention, pressure control, specialty chemicals, artificial lift and completion services. The Drilling and Evaluation segment provides field and reservoir modeling, drilling, evaluation and wellbore placement solutions that enable customers to model, measure, drill and optimize their well construction activities. It serves national and independent oil and natural gas companies. As of December 31, 2016, it had conducted business in approximately 70 countries around the world.

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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