Advantage Oil & Gas (AAV) versus SAExploration (SAEX) Head-To-Head Survey

Advantage Oil & Gas (NYSE: AAV) and SAExploration (NASDAQ:SAEX) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

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This table compares Advantage Oil & Gas and SAExploration’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Advantage Oil & Gas 39.22% 2.98% 2.39%
SAExploration -32.09% -176.24% -23.61%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

62.0% of Advantage Oil & Gas shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 42.7% of SAExploration shares are held by institutional investors. 4.1% of SAExploration shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Advantage Oil & Gas has a beta of 0.64, meaning that its share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SAExploration has a beta of 0.29, meaning that its share price is 71% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Advantage Oil & Gas and SAExploration’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Advantage Oil & Gas $173.78 million 3.32 $73.31 million $0.20 15.50
SAExploration $127.02 million 0.16 -$40.75 million N/A N/A

Advantage Oil & Gas has higher revenue and earnings than SAExploration.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Advantage Oil & Gas and SAExploration, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Advantage Oil & Gas 0 2 2 0 2.50
SAExploration 0 0 0 0 N/A

Advantage Oil & Gas currently has a consensus target price of $10.17, suggesting a potential upside of 227.96%. Given Advantage Oil & Gas’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Advantage Oil & Gas is more favorable than SAExploration.

Summary

Advantage Oil & Gas beats SAExploration on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Advantage Oil & Gas Company Profile

Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, acquires, exploits, develops, and produces natural gas in the Province of Alberta, Canada. The company primarily focuses on the development and delineation of its Montney natural gas and liquids resource that includes 200 net sections of land in Glacier, Alberta. It provides natural gas and natural gas liquids primarily through marketing companies. The company was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

SAExploration Company Profile

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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