Comparing OYO Geospace (GEOS) & MTS Systems (MTSC)

OYO Geospace (NASDAQ: GEOS) and MTS Systems (NASDAQ:MTSC) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings and valuation.

Dividends

MTS Systems pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. OYO Geospace does not pay a dividend. MTS Systems pays out 54.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for OYO Geospace and MTS Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
OYO Geospace 0 0 0 0 N/A
MTS Systems 0 0 2 0 3.00

MTS Systems has a consensus price target of $70.00, suggesting a potential upside of 29.27%. Given MTS Systems’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe MTS Systems is more favorable than OYO Geospace.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

75.1% of OYO Geospace shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.0% of MTS Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.9% of OYO Geospace shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.5% of MTS Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

OYO Geospace has a beta of 1.4, indicating that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MTS Systems has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares OYO Geospace and MTS Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
OYO Geospace -66.59% -24.62% -23.36%
MTS Systems 7.40% 8.03% 3.05%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares OYO Geospace and MTS Systems’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
OYO Geospace $73.72 million 2.23 -$56.79 million N/A N/A
MTS Systems $787.96 million 1.23 $25.08 million $2.22 24.39

MTS Systems has higher revenue and earnings than OYO Geospace.

Summary

MTS Systems beats OYO Geospace on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

OYO Geospace Company Profile

Geospace Technologies Corporation designs and manufactures instruments and equipment used in the oil and gas industry to acquire seismic data in order to locate, characterize, and monitor hydrocarbon producing reservoirs. The company operates through two segments, Seismic and Non-Seismic. The Seismic segment offers land and marine nodal data acquisition systems, permanent land and seabed reservoir monitoring products and services, geophones and geophone strings, hydrophones, leader wires, connectors, telemetry cables, marine streamer retrieval and steering devices, multi-component sensors, seismic borehole acquisition systems, and various other products. The Non-Seismic segment offers electronic pre-press products that employ direct thermal imaging and digital inkjet printing technologies targeted at the commercial graphics, industrial graphics, textile, and flexographic printing industries. This segment also provides other non-seismic products that consist of sensors and tools for vibration monitoring, mine safety application, and earthquake detection; cables for power and communication for the offshore oil and gas, and offshore construction industries; water meter cables and connectors; and other specialty industrial cable and connector products. The company serves seismic contractors, and independent and government-owned oil and gas companies; direct users of equipment; specialized resellers; and specialty manufacturers, research institutions, and industrial product distributors. It operates in the United States, Canada, Asia, Europe, and internationally. Geospace Technologies Corporation was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

MTS Systems Company Profile

MTS Systems Corporation supplies test systems and sensors in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The company's Test segment offers road simulators and component test systems for durability testing; vehicle performance test systems; vehicle dynamics simulators; electrical motors and energy recovery systems; tire performance and rolling resistance measurement systems; and moving ground-plane systems and balances. It also provides systems for the physical characterization of material properties, including ceramics, composites, and steel; systems to test durability and performance of implants, prostheses, and other medical and dental materials and devices; products, systems, and software to perform static and fatigue testing of aircraft and space vehicles; products for blades, bearings, and wind turbines; structural engineering systems, such as static and dynamic testing; and seismic simulation tables. In addition, this segment offers installation, professional training, calibration and metrology, technical consulting, and onsite and factory repair and maintenance services, as well as various accessories and spare parts. It serves automobile, truck, motorcycle, motorsports vehicle, construction equipment, agricultural equipment, rail, and off-road vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers, as well as power generation, aerospace, bio-medical, wind energy, oil and gas, structural engineering, and other industries. The company's Sensors segment offers sensors for acceleration, position, vibration, motion, pressure, force, and sound measurement; and piezoelectric sensors and components for vibration, pressure, and force measurement. It serves automotive, aerospace, industrial, defense, and research and development markets. The company sells its products through direct sales and service organizations, and independent distributors, as well as through catalogs, Internet, etc. MTS Systems Corporation was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

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