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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 8/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 1.85
DWSN's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
83% of the 442 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.41 vs. DWSN: 1.85 )
DWSN' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.03   Max: No Debt
Current: 1.85

Equity to Asset 0.74
DWSN's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
92% of the 437 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.52 vs. DWSN: 0.74 )
DWSN' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.68   Max: 0.99
Current: 0.74

0.68
0.99
Interest Coverage 30.58
DWSN's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
81% of the 309 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 12.54 vs. DWSN: 30.58 )
DWSN' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 14.2   Max: 9999.99
Current: 30.58

14.2
9999.99
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 3.74
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 7/10

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Operating margin (%) 6.61
DWSN's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
70% of the 452 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 10.81 vs. DWSN: 6.61 )
DWSN' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -80.04   Max: 17.37
Current: 6.61

-80.04
17.37
Net-margin (%) 3.43
DWSN's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
70% of the 452 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.57 vs. DWSN: 3.43 )
DWSN' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -60.29   Max: 12.43
Current: 3.43

-60.29
12.43
ROE (%) 4.92
DWSN's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
69% of the 447 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.33 vs. DWSN: 4.92 )
DWSN' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -22.97   Max: 18.83
Current: 4.92

-22.97
18.83
ROA (%) 3.63
DWSN's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
72% of the 451 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.25 vs. DWSN: 3.63 )
DWSN' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -22.37   Max: 14.98
Current: 3.63

-22.37
14.98
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 10.86
DWSN's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
74% of the 452 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 13.09 vs. DWSN: 10.86 )
DWSN' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -40.02   Max: 29.58
Current: 10.86

-40.02
29.58
Revenue Growth (%) 13.50
DWSN's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 378 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 10.00 vs. DWSN: 13.50 )
DWSN' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -33.3   Max: 40.4
Current: 13.5

-33.3
40.4
EBITDA Growth (%) 62.40
DWSN's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.20 vs. DWSN: 62.40 )
DWSN' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -47.3   Max: 171.2
Current: 62.4

-47.3
171.2
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Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q2 2013

DWSN Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Jim Simons 40,958 sh (+8.48%)
Arnold Van Den Berg 87,436 sh (-6.52%)
Chuck Royce 274,800 sh (-26.88%)
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Q3 2013

DWSN Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Jim Simons 69,558 sh (+69.83%)
Arnold Van Den Berg 86,366 sh (-1.22%)
Chuck Royce 267,200 sh (-2.77%)
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Q4 2013

DWSN Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Arnold Van Den Berg 86,716 sh (+0.41%)
Chuck Royce 267,200 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons 42,164 sh (-39.38%)
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Q1 2014

DWSN Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Arnold Van Den Berg 126,745 sh (+46.16%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with DWSN

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Arnold Van Den Berg 2014-03-31 Add 46.16%0.09%$27.85 - $34.35 $ 28.53-8%126745
Arnold Van Den Berg 2013-03-31 Add 228.83%0.19%$23.81 - $32.53 $ 28.530%93535
Arnold Van Den Berg 2012-09-30 New Buy0.08%$20.31 - $25.74 $ 28.5324%26385
Mario Gabelli 2011-03-31 Sold Out $30.95 - $49.92 $ 28.53-28%0
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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 50.20
DWSN's P/E(ttm) is ranked lower than
57% of the 341 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 17.50 vs. DWSN: 50.20 )
DWSN' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 2.45   Max: 192.72
Current: 50.2

2.45
192.72
P/B 1.10
DWSN's P/B is ranked higher than
82% of the 433 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.60 vs. DWSN: 1.10 )
DWSN' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.4   Max: 4.39
Current: 1.1

0.4
4.39
P/S 0.76
DWSN's P/S is ranked higher than
81% of the 457 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.37 vs. DWSN: 0.76 )
DWSN' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.26   Max: 2.55
Current: 0.76

0.26
2.55
EV-to-EBIT 21.30
DWSN's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
51% of the 395 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 15.20 vs. DWSN: 21.30 )
DWSN' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 0.7   Max: 767
Current: 21.3

0.7
767
PEG 2.40
DWSN's PEG is ranked higher than
56% of the 206 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. DWSN: 2.40 )
DWSN' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.05   Max: 2208
Current: 2.4

0.05
2208
Shiller P/E 29.20
DWSN's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
55% of the 233 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 20.01 vs. DWSN: 29.20 )
DWSN' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 4.09   Max: 194.33
Current: 29.2

4.09
194.33

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 0.28
DWSN's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
95% of the 285 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.26 vs. DWSN: 0.28 )
DWSN' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0   Max: 0
Current: 0.28

Yield on cost (5-Year) 0.30
DWSN's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
94% of the 295 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.77 vs. DWSN: 0.30 )
DWSN' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0   Max: 0
Current: 0.3

Share Buyback Rate -0.60
DWSN's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
88% of the 349 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: -2.70 vs. DWSN: -0.60 )
DWSN' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: -0.1   Max: -11.5
Current: -0.6

Valuation & Return

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Price/Net Current Asset Value 66.30
DWSN's Price/Net Current Asset Value is ranked lower than
61% of the 70 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9.10 vs. DWSN: 66.30 )
DWSN' s 10-Year Price/Net Current Asset Value Range
Min: 1.41   Max: 220.31
Current: 66.3

1.41
220.31
Price/Tangible Book 1.10
DWSN's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
85% of the 425 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.00 vs. DWSN: 1.10 )
DWSN' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.52   Max: 4.09
Current: 1.1

0.52
4.09
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.90
DWSN's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
87% of the 232 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.60 vs. DWSN: 0.90 )
DWSN' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.69   Max: 46.25
Current: 0.9

0.69
46.25
Price/Median PS Value 0.80
DWSN's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
86% of the 419 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.90 vs. DWSN: 0.80 )
DWSN' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.33   Max: 3.48
Current: 0.8

0.33
3.48
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 2.90
DWSN's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
50% of the 103 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. DWSN: 2.90 )
DWSN' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.13   Max: 4.9
Current: 2.9

0.13
4.9
Price/Graham Number 1.50
DWSN's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
63% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. DWSN: 1.50 )
DWSN' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.27   Max: 3.71
Current: 1.5

0.27
3.71
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 4.70
DWSN's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
59% of the 402 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.40 vs. DWSN: 4.70 )
DWSN' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.1   Max: 148.1
Current: 4.7

0.1
148.1
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 20.86
DWSN's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
92% of the 337 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.32 vs. DWSN: 20.86 )
DWSN' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -27.6   Max: 112.2
Current: 20.86

-27.6
112.2

Business Description

Industry: Oil & Gas - Services » Oil & Gas Equipment & Services
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Traded in other countries:DG1.Germany
Dawson Geophysical Company was founded in 1952. The Company is a provider of onshore seismic data acquisition and processing services in the lower 48 states of the United States as measured by the number of active data acquisition crews. Its business consists of the acquisition and processing of seismic data to produce an image of the earth's subsurface. The seismic method involves the recording of reflected acoustic or sonic waves from below the ground. The Company acquires and processes 2-D, 3-D and multi-component seismic data for its clients, ranging from major oil and gas companies to independent oil and gas operators as well as providers of multi-client data libraries. The majority of its crews are currently working in oil producing basins. The Company's clients rely on seismic data to identify areas where subsurface conditions are favorable for the accumulation of hydrocarbons and to optimize the development and production of hydrocarbon reservoirs. The Company markets and supplements its services from the headquarters in Midland, Texas and from additional offices in Houston, Denver, Oklahoma City and Pittsburgh. The Company currently operates a computer center located in Midland, Texas and provides additional processing services through its Houston and Oklahoma City offices. Data processing mainly involves the enhancement of seismic data by improving reflected signal resolution, removing ambient noise and establishing proper spatial relationships of geological features. It maintains integrated in-house operations necessary to the development and completion of seismic surveys. Its personnel conduct or supervise the seismic survey design, permitting, surveying, data acquisition and processing functions for each seismic program. In-house support operations include health, safety, security and environmental programs as well as facilities for vehicle repair, vehicle paint and body repair, electronics repair, electrical engineering and software development. The Company's data acquisition services are conducted under master service contracts with its clients. It currently operates under both turnkey and term supplemental agreements. Its services are marketed by supervisory and executive personnel who contact clients to determine geophysical needs and respond to client inquiries regarding the availability of crews or processing schedules. The Company's main competitors are CGG Veritas, Geokinetics Inc., Global Geophysical Services, Tidelands Geophysical Company and TESLA Exploration. Its operations are subject to a variety of federal, state and local laws and regulations, including laws and regulations relating to protection of the environment and archeological sites.

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