Premier Oil (OTCMKTS:PMOIY) versus Ion Geophysical (IO) Head to Head Review

Premier Oil (OTCMKTS:PMOIY) and Ion Geophysical (NYSE:IO) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Premier Oil N/A N/A N/A
Ion Geophysical -32.58% -112.49% -15.64%

Risk & Volatility

Premier Oil has a beta of 2.06, suggesting that its stock price is 106% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ion Geophysical has a beta of 3.14, suggesting that its stock price is 214% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Premier Oil and Ion Geophysical’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Premier Oil $1.06 billion 0.69 -$253.80 million N/A N/A
Ion Geophysical $197.55 million 0.71 -$30.24 million ($1.61) -6.15

Ion Geophysical has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Premier Oil.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

51.0% of Ion Geophysical shares are held by institutional investors. 13.8% of Ion Geophysical shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Premier Oil and Ion Geophysical, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Premier Oil 1 3 1 0 2.00
Ion Geophysical 0 3 2 0 2.40

Ion Geophysical has a consensus target price of $57.00, suggesting a potential upside of 475.76%. Given Ion Geophysical’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Ion Geophysical is more favorable than Premier Oil.

Summary

Ion Geophysical beats Premier Oil on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Premier Oil Company Profile

Premier Oil plc, an oil and gas company, engages in the exploration, production, and development of oil and gas properties primarily in the Falkland Islands, Indonesia, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, Vietnam, and internationally. As of December 31, 2017, it had proven and probable reserves (2P) of 302 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe); and 2P reserves and 2C resources of 902 mmboe. Premier Oil plc was founded in 1934 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

Ion Geophysical Company Profile

ION Geophysical Corporation provides geoscience products, services, and solutions to the oil and gas industry worldwide. It operates through three segments: E&P Technology & Services, E&P Operations Optimization, and Ocean Bottom Services. The E&P Technology & Services segment offers complete seismic data services, including survey design and planning, data acquisition, project management, advanced processing, and imaging services, as well as reservoir characterization and interpretation services. The E&P Operations Optimization segment provides command and control software systems, as well as related software and services for towed marine streamer and ocean bottom seismic operations, and for survey design. This segment also manufactures and repairs marine towed streamer acquisition and positioning systems, and analog geophone sensors. The Ocean Bottom Services segment offers survey design, planning, and optimization services to maximize seismic image quality, operational efficiency, and safety; data acquisition; and data processing, interpretation, and reservoir services. This segment also manufactures re-deployable ocean bottom cable seismic data acquisition systems. ION Geophysical Corporation markets and sells its services and products through direct sales force and third-party sales representatives. The company was formerly known as Input/Output, Inc. and changed its name to ION Geophysical Corporation in 2007. ION Geophysical Corporation was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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