SAExploration (SAEX) vs. Its Rivals Financial Survey

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

Profitability

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This table compares SAExploration and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SAExploration -32.09% -176.24% -23.61%
SAExploration Competitors -14.47% -14.13% -3.81%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

42.7% of SAExploration shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.7% of shares of all “OIL MACH/SVC/DRILL” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.1% of SAExploration shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 9.2% of shares of all “OIL MACH/SVC/DRILL” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

SAExploration has a beta of 0.3, indicating that its share price is 70% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SAExploration’s competitors have a beta of 1.69, indicating that their average share price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SAExploration and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
SAExploration $127.02 million -$40.75 million -0.34
SAExploration Competitors $2.01 billion -$157.82 million 1.65

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for SAExploration and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SAExploration 0 0 0 0 N/A
SAExploration Competitors 1141 4197 4530 169 2.37

As a group, “OIL MACH/SVC/DRILL” companies have a potential upside of 21.74%. Given SAExploration’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe SAExploration has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

SAExploration competitors beat SAExploration on 9 of the 10 factors compared.

About SAExploration

SAExploration Holdings, Inc., an oilfield services company, provides seismic data acquisition and logistical support services to the oil and natural gas industry in North and South America, the Southeast Asia, and West Africa. Its seismic data acquisition services include program design, planning and permitting, camp services, survey, drilling, recording, reclamation, and in-field processing. The company acquires 2D, 3D, time-lapse 4D, and multi-component seismic data on land, in transition zones between land and water, and in offshore in depths reaching 3,000 meters. It operates crews that utilize approximately 27,500 owned land and marine seismic data acquisition equipment and other leased equipment. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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