Head to Head Survey: Pacific Drilling (OTCMKTS:PACDQ) and CGG (CGG)

CGG (NYSE: CGG) and Pacific Drilling (OTCMKTS:PACDQ) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.


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CGG pays an annual dividend of $1.38 per share and has a dividend yield of 67.0%. Pacific Drilling does not pay a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.3% of CGG shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CGG and Pacific Drilling’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CGG $1.32 billion 0.03 -$514.90 million N/A N/A
Pacific Drilling $319.72 million 0.03 -$525.16 million N/A N/A

CGG has higher revenue and earnings than Pacific Drilling.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for CGG and Pacific Drilling, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CGG 0 0 2 0 3.00
Pacific Drilling 0 0 0 0 N/A

Volatility and Risk

CGG has a beta of 2.58, indicating that its stock price is 158% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pacific Drilling has a beta of 3.85, indicating that its stock price is 285% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares CGG and Pacific Drilling’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CGG -39.01% -66.78% -11.14%
Pacific Drilling -164.26% -22.26% -9.46%


CGG beats Pacific Drilling on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

CGG Company Profile

CGG SA (CGG) is a manufacturer of geophysical equipment. The Company provides marine, land and airborne data acquisition services, as well as a range of other geoscience services, including data imaging, geoscience and petroleum engineering consulting services, and collecting, developing and licensing geological data. Its segments include Contractual Data Acquisition; Geology, Geophysics & Reservoir (GGR); Equipment, and Non-Operated Resources. The Contractual Data Acquisition includes marine, and land and multi-physics. Its GGR segment includes the Multi-client business line and the Subsurface Imaging and Reservoir business lines (processing and imaging of geophysical data, reservoir characterization, geophysical consulting and software services, geological data library and data management solutions). The Equipment segment consists of its manufacturing and sales activities for seismic equipment. It operates through Saturno, a multi-client survey over Santos Basin Offshore Brazil.

Pacific Drilling Company Profile

Pacific Drilling S.A., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an offshore drilling contractor. It provides offshore drilling services to the oil and natural gas industry. The company contracts floating rigs to drill wells for its customers. It has a fleet of seven drillships. The company was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas. Pacific Drilling S.A. is a subsidiary of Quantum Pacific International Limited. On November 12, 2017, Pacific Drilling S.A., along with its affiliates, filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

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