Reviewing IRIS International (IRIS) & Baker Hughes A GE (BHI)

Baker Hughes A GE (NYSE: BHI) and IRIS International (NASDAQ:IRIS) are both energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

91.3% of Baker Hughes A GE shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.9% of IRIS International shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Baker Hughes A GE shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.7% of IRIS International shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Baker Hughes A GE and IRIS International, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Baker Hughes A GE 1 13 12 0 2.42
IRIS International 0 0 0 0 N/A

Baker Hughes A GE currently has a consensus price target of $62.15, suggesting a potential upside of 7.75%. Given Baker Hughes A GE’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Baker Hughes A GE is more favorable than IRIS International.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Baker Hughes A GE and IRIS International’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Baker Hughes A GE N/A N/A N/A ($4.36) -13.23
IRIS International $47.70 million 0.82 -$24.80 million ($2.49) -1.30

Baker Hughes A GE has higher revenue, but lower earnings than IRIS International. Baker Hughes A GE is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than IRIS International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Baker Hughes A GE pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. IRIS International does not pay a dividend. Baker Hughes A GE pays out -15.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Baker Hughes A GE and IRIS International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Baker Hughes A GE -7.45% -5.80% -3.84%
IRIS International -61.58% -36.70% -29.47%

Volatility and Risk

Baker Hughes A GE has a beta of 0.83, indicating that its share price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IRIS International has a beta of 1.37, indicating that its share price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Baker Hughes A GE beats IRIS International on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Baker Hughes A GE

Baker Hughes, a GE Company is an oil and gas company. The Company is a provider of integrated oilfield products, services and digital solutions. The Company’s products and services include upstream, midstream, downstream, industrial and digital. The Company’s upstream, which includes evaluation, drilling, completions and production. Midstream enables the power and compression efficiency for LNG and pipeline and storage. Downstream builds reliability and safety into process operations that includes refining and petrochemical and fertilizer solutions. The company’s industrial solutions offers power generation, to advanced control systems and sensing technology that power industrial facilities. Digital transformation integrates data on an open platform with security and scale. The digital transformation enables field services with real-time insights. The Company’s technology delivers capacities in smaller footprints.

About IRIS International

Mitcham Industries, Inc. is a provider of equipment to the geophysical, oceanographic and hydrographic industries. The Company operates through two segments. The Equipment Leasing segment is primarily engaged in the leasing of seismic equipment to companies in the oil and gas industry across the world. The Equipment Manufacturing and Sales segment is engaged in the design, production and sale of marine seismic equipment, and oceanographic and hydrographic equipment. Its leasing business includes Mitcham Canada ULC, Seismic Asia Pacific Pty Ltd., Mitcham Seismic Eurasia LLC, Mitcham Europe Ltd. and Mitcham Marine Leasing Pte. Ltd. The Equipment Manufacturing and Sales Segment includes its Seamap International Holdings Pte, Ltd. (Seamap) business and Klein Marine Systems, Inc. (Klein). Seamap designs, manufactures and sells a range of products for the seismic, hydrographic and offshore industries. Klein develops and manufactures high performance side scan sonar systems.

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