Archrock Partners (APLP) and Geospace Technologies (GEOS) Critical Review

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

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Archrock Partners and Geospace Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Archrock Partners $562.36 million 1.85 -$10.75 million ($0.26) -56.77
Geospace Technologies $73.72 million 2.85 -$56.79 million ($4.32) -3.58

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

Risk & Volatility

Archrock Partners has a beta of 2.19, indicating that its stock price is 119% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Geospace Technologies has a beta of 1.26, indicating that its stock price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

46.8% of Archrock Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.3% of Geospace Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Archrock Partners shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.9% of Geospace Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Archrock Partners -3.10% 4.32% 1.15%
Geospace Technologies -77.04% -26.21% -25.12%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Archrock Partners and Geospace Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Archrock Partners 0 5 0 0 2.00
Geospace Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Archrock Partners presently has a consensus price target of $16.13, indicating a potential upside of 9.25%. Given Archrock Partners’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Archrock Partners is more favorable than Geospace Technologies.

Dividends

Archrock Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.7%. Geospace Technologies does not pay a dividend. Archrock Partners pays out -438.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Archrock Partners beats Geospace Technologies on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Archrock Partners

Archrock Partners, L.P. is engaged in natural gas compression industry in the United States. The Company’s contract operations services include designing, sourcing, owning, installing, operating, servicing, repairing and maintaining equipment to provide natural gas compression services to its customers. It provides contract operations services, including the personnel, equipment, tools, materials and supplies to meet its customers’ natural gas compression needs. Archrock General Partner, L.P., its general partner, is a subsidiary of Archrock and has responsibility for conducting its business and for managing its operations. The Company utilizes both slow and high speed reciprocating compressors primarily driven by internal natural gas fired combustion engines. Its customers include companies engaged in various aspects of the oil and natural gas industry, including natural gas producers, processors, gatherers, transporters and storage providers.

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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