Ion Geophysical (NYSE:IO) & China Oilfield Services (CHOLY) Financial Contrast

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

Volatility and Risk

Ion Geophysical has a beta of 2.84, suggesting that its share price is 184% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, China Oilfield Services has a beta of 1.02, suggesting that its share price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.

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.

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%

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Ion Geophysical$197.55 million0.34-$30.24 million($1.61)-2.99
China Oilfield Services$2.57 billion0.60$4.89 million$0.028....
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