Subsea 7 (SUBCY) and Petroleum Geo-Services (PGSVY) Head-To-Head Contrast

Petroleum Geo-Services (OTCMKTS: PGSVY) and Subsea 7 (OTCMKTS:SUBCY) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Volatility & Risk

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Petroleum Geo-Services has a beta of 1.64, suggesting that its share price is 64% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Subsea 7 has a beta of 1.62, suggesting that its share price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Petroleum Geo-Services and Subsea 7’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Petroleum Geo-Services -64.03% -30.44% -13.58%
Subsea 7 11.46% 7.25% 5.17%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.0% of Petroleum Geo-Services shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Subsea 7 shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Subsea 7 shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Subsea 7 pays an annual dividend of $0.58 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. Petroleum Geo-Services does not pay a dividend. Subsea 7 pays out 39.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Petroleum Geo-Services and Subsea 7’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Petroleum Geo-Services $764.30 million 1.68 -$293.90 million ($0.23) -16.52
Subsea 7 $3.99 billion 1.19 $454.80 million $1.48 9.76

Subsea 7 has higher revenue and earnings than Petroleum Geo-Services. Petroleum Geo-Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Subsea 7, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Petroleum Geo-Services and Subsea 7, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Petroleum Geo-Services 0 0 1 0 3.00
Subsea 7 2 1 0 0 1.33


Subsea 7 beats Petroleum Geo-Services on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Petroleum Geo-Services

Petroleum Geo-Services ASA, a marine geophysical company, provides a range of seismic and reservoir services worldwide. It operates in four business areas: Marine Contract, MultiClient, Operations, and Imaging & Engineering. The company is involved in the acquisition, imaging, interpretation, and field evaluation of seismic data to oil and gas companies. It also offers electromagnetic services; and data library that comprises individual 3D surveys. The company was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Oslo, Norway.

About Subsea 7

Subsea 7 S.A. operates as a seabed-to-surface engineering, construction, and services contractor to the offshore energy industry worldwide. It provides subsea field development products and services, including project management, design and engineering, procurement, fabrication, survey, installation, and commissioning of production facilities on the seabed and the tie-back of its facilities to fixed or floating platforms or to the shore. The company also offers engineering, procurement, construction, and installation of subsea umbilicals, risers, and flowlines; life of field services, such as inspection, repair, maintenance, integrity management, and remote intervention of subsea infrastructure; conventional services comprising fabrication, installation, extension, and refurbishment of fixed and floating platforms and associated pipelines; hook-up services; and refurbishment of fixed and floating platforms in shallow water. In addition, it operates heavy lifting vessels and oil and gas structures; and installs offshore wind farm foundations, as well as engages in the decommissioning of redundant offshore structures. Further, the company provides remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and tooling services to support exploration and production activities. It has a fleet of 35 vessels; 2 vessels under construction; and 166 ROVs. Subsea 7 S.A. was incorporated in 1993 and is based in Luxembourg, Luxembourg.

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