Analyzing Ion Geophysical (IO) and China Oilfield Services (CHOLY)

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

Dividends

China Oilfield Services pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Ion Geophysical does not pay a dividend. China Oilfield Services pays out 750.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ion Geophysical and China Oilfield Services’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Ion Geophysical$197.55 million0.40-$30.24 million($1.61)-3.45
China Oilfield Services$2.57 billion0.60$4.89 million$0.02850.50

China Oilfield Services has higher revenue and earnings than Ion Geophysical. Ion Geophysical is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than China Oilfield Services, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Ion Geophysical and China Oilfield Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
Ion Geophysical-32.58%-112.49%-15.64%
China Oilfield Services-0.59%-0.33%-0.16%

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