NXT Energy Solutions (NSFDF) vs. Ion Geophysical (IO) Head-To-Head Contrast

NXT Energy Solutions (OTCMKTS:NSFDF) and Ion Geophysical (NYSE:IO) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

44.9% of Ion Geophysical shares are held by institutional investors. 16.1% of Ion Geophysical shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

NXT Energy Solutions has a beta of 1.16, suggesting that its share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ion Geophysical has a beta of 3.64, suggesting that its share price is 264% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares NXT Energy Solutions and Ion Geophysical’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NXT Energy Solutions $850,000.00 22.59 -$5.38 million N/A N/A
Ion Geophysical $180.04 million 0.79 -$71.17 million ($2.37) -4.26

NXT Energy Solutions has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Ion Geophysical.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for NXT Energy Solutions and Ion Geophysical, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NXT Energy Solutions 0 0 0 0 N/A
Ion Geophysical 0 3 1 0 2.25

Ion Geophysical has a consensus target price of $57.00, indicating a potential upside of 464.92%. Given Ion Geophysical’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ion Geophysical is more favorable than NXT Energy Solutions.


This table compares NXT Energy Solutions and Ion Geophysical’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NXT Energy Solutions N/A -28.28% -26.02%
Ion Geophysical -40.39% -256.52% -14.29%


Ion Geophysical beats NXT Energy Solutions on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

NXT Energy Solutions Company Profile

NXT Energy Solutions Inc. provides airborne and gravity based geophysical survey services for the oil and gas exploration and production companies through its proprietary stress field detection (SFD) survey system worldwide. Its SFD remote-sensing survey system offers information on areas conducive to fluid entrapment in the sedimentary column. The company was formerly known as Energy Exploration Technologies Inc. and changed its name to NXT Energy Solutions Inc. in September 2008. NXT Energy Solutions Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

Ion Geophysical Company Profile

ION Geophysical Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides a suite of services and products for seismic data acquisition and processing the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: E&P Technology & Services, Operations Optimization, and Ocean Bottom Integrated Technologies. The Exploration and Production (E&P) Technology & Services segment offers seismic data services, including survey planning and design, data acquisition, subsurface imaging, and reservoir characterization, as well as technical, commercial, and strategic advisory services. The Operations Optimization segment provides survey design, and command and control software systems and related services for marine towed streamer and seabed operations. It also manufactures and repairs marine towed streamer positioning and control systems, analog geophone sensors, and compasses, which are deployed in marine robotics, scientific, E&P, and other commercial applications. The Ocean Bottom Integrated Technologies segment offers survey design, planning, and optimization services to maximize seismic image quality, operational efficiency, and safety; data acquisition; superior imaging; and data processing, interpretation, and reservoir services. This segment also develops re-deployable ocean bottom data acquisition technology. The company 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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