SAExploration Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAEX) at Top of Sector Performance

SAExploration Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAEX)

SAExploration Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAEX) stock is up over 12.5% in early trading on a volume six times higher than the pro-rated daily average. This morning, SAEX shares are the best performers in the “Oil & Gas Equipment & Services” sector.

SAExploration Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAEX)

SAExploration Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAEX), headquartered in Houston TX, is an oilfield services company offering vertically-integrated seismic data acquisition and logistical support services in remote and complex environments. SAE operates crews around the world, performing major projects for major integrated oil companies, national oil companies, and large independent oil and gas exploration companies. Operations are supported through a presence in Houston, Alaska, Canada, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, and New Zealand.

Circumstances, possibly hurricane related, forced the company to reschedule its Q2 2017 earnings report for almost three weeks. However, last week the company announced plans to release its unaudited consolidated Q3 2017 financial results on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 after close of trading.

SAEX Stock Performance

With a market capitalization of $18 million, SAExploration Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAEX) is considered a nano-cap company. However, as a company in the energy sector, it has a large operating cashflow in the neighborhood of $160 million annually.

Earnings have been historically poor for the company. After posting a per share profit of $234.59 in 2012, they followed that stellar performance up with an EPS loss of (-$283.89) in 2013, and (-$383.52) in 2014. Those massive losses were followed by smaller EPS losses of (-$84.55) in 2015, and (-$6.13) in 2016. In 2016, the company also increased the number of outstanding shares, and diluted shareholder equity, from 120,000 to 4.08 million.

Institutions have decreased their shareholdings in SAEX stock by over 30%. Year-to-date, the stock is down almost 75%.

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About the author: Steve Clark is a 23-year Wall St professional with stints in M&A, risk management, and algorithm trading. Steve keeps his head in the game by looking for, and writing about, small companies that often get overlooked by the big investment firms.