4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: ION Geophysical

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, seismic data provider ION Geophysical (NYS: IO) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at ION's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

ION facts

Headquarters (founded)

Houston (1968)

Market Cap

$1.0 billion


Oil and gas equipment and services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$454.6 million


CEO Brian Hanson (since January 2012)
CFO Gregory Heinlein (since November 2011)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$62.4 million / $105.1 million


CGG Veritas
Petroleum Geo Services
TGS-NOPEC Geophysical

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 769 members who have rated ION believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those Fools, bigmoves, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

Earning estimates and revenues up. P/E is decent, and cash flow also decent. Debt not too high, and should be able to make some decent gains. Insider buying was at closer to $6 but should still have some room to run.

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