Head-To-Head Comparison: Tullow Oil (TUWOY) vs. Dawson Geophysical (DWSN)

Tullow Oil (OTCMKTS: TUWOY) and Dawson Geophysical (NASDAQ:DWSN) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership and profitability.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Tullow Oil and Dawson Geophysical’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tullow Oil $1.72 billion 1.39 -$189.50 million N/A N/A
Dawson Geophysical $157.15 million 1.06 -$31.26 million ($1.37) -5.32

Dawson Geophysical has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Tullow Oil.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Tullow Oil and Dawson Geophysical, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tullow Oil 0 3 1 0 2.25
Dawson Geophysical 0 0 0 0 N/A


This table compares Tullow Oil and Dawson Geophysical’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tullow Oil N/A N/A N/A
Dawson Geophysical -14.43% -16.60% -14.09%

Risk and Volatility

Tullow Oil has a beta of 1.41, meaning that its stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dawson Geophysical has a beta of 1.2, meaning that its stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

58.1% of Dawson Geophysical shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.7% of Dawson Geophysical 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.


Tullow Oil beats Dawson Geophysical on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Tullow Oil

Tullow Oil plc engages in the oil and gas exploration, development, and production activities. Its portfolio comprises approximately 90 licenses covering 263,820 square kilometers in 16 countries. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

About Dawson Geophysical

Dawson Geophysical Company provides onshore seismic data acquisition services in the United States and Canada. The company acquires and processes 2-D, 3-D, and multi-component seismic data for its clients, including oil and gas companies, and independent oil and gas operators, as well as providers of multi-client data libraries. As of December 31, 2017, it operated nine seismic crews consisting of six crews in the United States and three crews in Canada. It operates seismic crews that supply seismic data primarily to companies engaged in the exploration and development of oil and natural gas on land and in land-to-water transition areas. The company also serves the potash mining industry. Dawson Geophysical Company was founded in 1952 and is headquartered in Midland, Texas with three additional offices in Denison, Houston, and Plano, Texas, as well as in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Denver, Colorado.

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