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Is It The Right Time To Buy Dawson Geophysical Company (DWSN)?

Collin Greene

Dawson Geophysical Company (NASDAQ:DWSN), an energy company based in United States, saw a decent share price growth in the teens level on the NasdaqGS over the last few months. Less covered, small-stocks like DWSN sees more of an opportunity for mispricing due to the lack of information available to the public, which can be a good thing. So, could DWSN still be trading at a low price relative to its actual value? Today I will analyse the most recent data on DWSN’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists. View our latest analysis for Dawson Geophysical

What’s the opportunity in DWSN?

According to my relative valuation model, DWSN seems to be currently fairly priced. I’ve used the price-to-book ratio in this instance because there’s not enough visibility to forecast its cash flows, and its earnings doesn’t seem to reflect its true value. The stock’s ratio of 0.7x is currently trading slightly below its industry peers’ ratio of 1.6x, which means if you buy DWSN today, you’d be paying a relatively fair price for it. And if you believe that DWSN should be trading at this level in the long run, then there’s not much of an upside to gain from mispricing. Is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Since DWSN’s share price is quite volatile, we could potentially see it sink lower (or rise higher) in the future, giving us another chance to buy. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for how much DWSN moves relative to the rest of the market.

Can we expect growth from DWSN?

NasdaqGS:DWSN Future Profit Nov 3rd 17
NasdaqGS:DWSN Future Profit Nov 3rd 17

Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. Although value investors would argue that it’s the intrinsic value relative to the price that matter the most, a more compelling investment thesis would be high growth potential at a cheap price. With profit expected to grow by 38.96% over the next year, the near-term future seems bright for DWSN. It looks like higher cash flows is on the cards for the stock, which should feed into a higher share valuation.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? It seems like the market has already priced in DWSN’s positive outlook, with shares trading around its fair value. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the track record of its management team. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at DWSN? Will you have enough confidence to invest in the company should the price drop below its fair value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on DWSN, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for DWSN, which means it’s worth diving deeper into other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, in order to take advantage of the next price drop.

Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on Dawson Geophysical. You can find everything you need to know about DWSN in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Dawson Geophysical, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.


To help readers see pass the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.