Contrasting Glori Energy (OTCMKTS:GLRI) & SAExploration (SAEX)

Glori Energy (OTCMKTS: GLRI) and SAExploration (NASDAQ:SAEX) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

69.1% of SAExploration shares are held by institutional investors. 46.2% of Glori Energy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.6% of SAExploration shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Glori Energy has a beta of 3.55, meaning that its stock price is 255% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SAExploration has a beta of 0.1, meaning that its stock price is 90% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Glori Energy and SAExploration’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Glori Energy $9.00 million 0.39 -$36.25 million N/A N/A
SAExploration $205.56 million 0.11 -$25.03 million ($7.52) -0.32

SAExploration has higher revenue and earnings than Glori Energy.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Glori Energy and SAExploration, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Glori Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
SAExploration 0 0 0 0 N/A


This table compares Glori Energy and SAExploration’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Glori Energy N/A N/A N/A
SAExploration -31.82% -143.62% -25.03%


Glori Energy beats SAExploration on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Glori Energy Company Profile

Glori Energy Inc., an energy technology and oil production company, provides services to third party exploration and production companies in North America and Brazil. It operates through Oil and Gas, and AERO Services segments. The Oil and Gas segment produces and develops oil and natural gas interests. The AERO Services segment offers biotechnology solutions of enhanced oil recovery through a two-step process, including analysis phase, reservoir screening process that obtains field samples and evaluates potential of AERO system; and field deployment phase that deploys skid mounted injection equipment. Glori Energy Inc. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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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