China Oilfield Services (CHOLY) and Dawson Geophysical (DWSN) Financial Comparison

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


China Oilfield Services pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Dawson 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.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
China Oilfield Services -0.59% -0.33% -0.16%
Dawson Geophysical -10.35% -12.60% -10.42%

Risk & Volatility

China Oilfield Services has a beta of 1.07, meaning that its share price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dawson Geophysical has a beta of 1.07, meaning that its share price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for China Oilfield Services and Dawson Geophysical, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
China Oilfield Services 0 0 1 0 3.00
Dawson Geophysical 0 0 1 0 3.00

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares China Oilfield Services and Dawson Geophysical’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
China Oilfield Services $2.57 billion 0.64 $4.89 million $0.02 910.00
Dawson Geophysical $157.15 million 0.54 -$31.26 million ($1.37) -2.72

China Oilfield Services has higher revenue and earnings than Dawson Geophysical. Dawson 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

68.3% of Dawson Geophysical shares are held by institutional investors. 8.0% of Dawson Geophysical shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


China Oilfield Services beats Dawson Geophysical on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About China Oilfield Services

China Oilfield Services Limited, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated offshore oilfield services in Mainland China and internationally. The company operates through four segments: Drilling Services, Well Services, Marine Support Services, and Geophysical and Surveying Services. The Drilling Services segment provides drilling, module rigs, land drilling rigs, and drilling rigs management services. As of December 31, 2017, it operated and managed a total of 43 drilling rigs, including 32 jackup drilling rigs and 11 semi-submersible drilling rigs; 3 accommodation rigs; and 5 module rigs. The Well Services segment offers onshore and offshore well services, including logging, drilling and completion fluids, directional drilling, cementing, well completion and workover, stimulation, etc. The Marine Support Services segment owns and operates offshore vessels that provide services for offshore oil and gas fields exploration, development, construction, and production. This segment also offers anchor handling for various water level, towing of drilling rigs/engineering barges, oil lifting, offshore transportation, standby, firefighting, rescue, oil spill assisting, and other marine support services. It operates and manages approximately 130 vessels, including AHTS vessels, platform supply vessels, and oilfield standby vessels. The Geophysical and Surveying Services segment provides offshore seismic acquisition, offshore geo-surveying, seismic data processing and interpretation, and underwater engineering services. It owns five towing streamer seismic vessels, one professional source vessel professional source vessel, two undersea cable team, five integrated marine surveying vessels, and two support vessels. China Oilfield Services Limited also issues bonds. The company is based in Beijing, China. China Oilfield Services Limited is a subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Corporation.

About Dawson Geophysical

Dawson Geophysical Company provides onshore seismic data acquisition services in the United States and Canada. The company acquires and processes 2-D, 3-D, and multi-component seismic data for its clients, including oil and gas companies, and independent oil and gas operators, as well as providers of multi-client data libraries. As of December 31, 2017, it operated nine seismic crews consisting of six crews in the United States and three crews in Canada. It operates seismic crews that supply seismic data primarily to companies engaged in the exploration and development of oil and natural gas on land and in land-to-water transition areas. The company also serves the potash mining industry. Dawson Geophysical Company was founded in 1952 and is headquartered in Midland, Texas with three additional offices in Denison, Houston, and Plano, Texas, as well as in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Denver, Colorado.

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