Cardinal Energy Group (OTCMKTS:CEGX) versus SAExploration (OTCMKTS:SAEX) Financial Review

Cardinal Energy Group (OTCMKTS:CEGX) and SAExploration (NASDAQ:SAEX) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

33.2% of SAExploration shares are held by institutional investors. 11.3% of Cardinal Energy Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.7% of SAExploration shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cardinal Energy Group N/A N/A N/A
SAExploration -51.35% -367.18% -51.24%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Cardinal Energy Group and SAExploration’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cardinal Energy Group N/A N/A -$25.86 million N/A N/A
SAExploration $94.60 million 0.10 -$83.60 million N/A N/A

Cardinal Energy Group has higher earnings, but lower revenue than SAExploration.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Cardinal Energy Group and SAExploration, as provided by

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

Risk and Volatility

Cardinal Energy Group has a beta of 0.68, meaning that its share price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SAExploration has a beta of 2.71, meaning that its share price is 171% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Cardinal Energy Group beats SAExploration on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cardinal Energy Group

Cardinal Energy Group, Inc. engages in the exploration, development, exploitation, and production of oil and natural gas in the United States. It owns various working interests in oil and gas leases located in Texas. The company sells its oil and gas products to domestic purchasers of oil and gas production. Cardinal Energy Group, Inc. was incorporated in 2007 and is based in Abilene, Texas.

About SAExploration

SAExploration Holdings, Inc., an oilfield services company, provides seismic data acquisition and logistical support services in Alaska, Canada, South America, West Africa, and Southeast Asia. Its seismic data acquisition services include program design, planning and permitting, camp service, survey, drilling, recording, reclamation, and in-field data 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. It serves oil companies, national oil companies, independent oil and gas exploration, and production companies. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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