Financial Contrast: Dawson Geophysical (DWSN) vs. The Competition

Dawson Geophysical (NASDAQ: DWSN) is one of 85 publicly-traded companies in the “OIL MACH/SVC/DRILL” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Dawson Geophysical to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

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61.1% of Dawson Geophysical shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.6% of shares of all “OIL MACH/SVC/DRILL” companies are owned by institutional investors. 8.0% of Dawson Geophysical shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.2% of shares of all “OIL MACH/SVC/DRILL” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Dawson Geophysical and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Dawson Geophysical -19.90% -20.97% -18.23%
Dawson Geophysical Competitors -14.47% -14.13% -3.81%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Dawson Geophysical and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Dawson Geophysical $157.15 million -$31.26 million -4.52
Dawson Geophysical Competitors $2.01 billion -$157.76 million 1.59

Dawson Geophysical’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Dawson Geophysical. Dawson Geophysical is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Dawson Geophysical and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Dawson Geophysical 0 0 0 0 N/A
Dawson Geophysical Competitors 1141 4196 4527 169 2.37

As a group, “OIL MACH/SVC/DRILL” companies have a potential upside of 22.92%. Given Dawson Geophysical’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Dawson Geophysical has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk and Volatility

Dawson Geophysical has a beta of 1.43, meaning that its share price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dawson Geophysical’s peers have a beta of 1.69, meaning that their average share price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Dawson Geophysical peers beat Dawson Geophysical on 8 of the 9 factors compared.

About Dawson Geophysical

Dawson Geophysical Company, formerly TGC Industries, Inc., is a provider of onshore seismic data acquisition and processing services with operations throughout the United States and Canada. The Company acquires and processes two-dimensional (2-D), three-dimensional (3-D) and multi-component seismic data for its clients, ranging from oil and gas companies to independent oil and gas operators, as well as providers of multi-client data libraries. It operates through contract seismic data acquisition and processing services segment. It operates approximately 10 seismic crews, consisting of over eight crews in the United States and approximately two crews in Canada, and a seismic data processing center. It owns equipment for over 20 land-based seismic data acquisition crews, approximately 220 vibrator energy source units, over 248,000 recording channels and approximately 20 central recording systems.

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