SAExploration (SAEX) vs. INPEX Corp/ADR (IPXHY) Head to Head Review

SAExploration (NASDAQ:SAEX) and INPEX Corp/ADR (OTCMKTS:IPXHY) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, valuation and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for SAExploration and INPEX Corp/ADR, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SAExploration 0 0 0 0 N/A
INPEX Corp/ADR 0 0 0 0 N/A

Volatility and Risk

SAExploration has a beta of 0.78, meaning that its share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, INPEX Corp/ADR has a beta of 0.92, meaning that its share price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.1% of INPEX Corp/ADR shares are held by institutional investors. 17.9% of SAExploration shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares SAExploration and INPEX Corp/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SAExploration -80.46% -394.81% -44.98%
INPEX Corp/ADR 4.24% 3.81% 2.81%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares SAExploration and INPEX Corp/ADR’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SAExploration $127.02 million 0.13 -$40.75 million N/A N/A
INPEX Corp/ADR $8.43 billion 1.94 $363.25 million N/A N/A

INPEX Corp/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than SAExploration.


INPEX Corp/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. SAExploration does not pay a dividend.


INPEX Corp/ADR beats SAExploration on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

SAExploration Company Profile

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.

INPEX Corp/ADR Company Profile

Inpex Corporation engages in the research, exploration, development, production, and sale of oil, natural gas, and other mineral resources in Japan, rest of Asia and Oceania, Europe and NIS countries, the Middle East and Africa, and the Americas. It is also involved in the investment and lending to the companies engaged in mineral resources business, etc. The company holds interests in approximately 70 projects in approximately 20 countries; and owns a natural gas pipeline network of 1,500 kilometers. As of March 31, 2018, its proved reserves were 2,747 million barrels for crude oil, condensate, and LPG; and 5,976 billion cubic feet for natural gas. Inpex Corporation was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

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