Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, geophysical service provider CGG Veritas (NYSE:CGV) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

CGV facts


Paris, France (1931)

Market Cap

$2.71 billion


Oil and Gas Equipment and Services

TTM Revenue

$3.5 billion


Chairman/CEO Robert Brunck (since 1999)

COO Stephane-Paul Frydman (since 2007)

Compound Annual Revenue Growth (over last five years)



Dawson Geophysical (NASDAQ:DWSN)

ION Geophysical

CAPS members bullish on CGV also bullish on:

Transocean (NYSE:RIG)

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK)


CAPS members bearish on CGV also bearish on:

Dow Chemical (NYSE:DOW)

Burlington Northern (NYSE:BNI)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's), and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, 232 of the 235 All-Star members who have rated CGV -- or 99% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Trimalerus and mrindependent, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

In late March, Trimalerus tapped CGV as a play on oil's "peaking" production curve:

The energy sector is poised for aggressive growth in the future as oil reserves are dwindling vs demand. Which means that new exploration is crucial to keep the wheels of industry turning.

In a pitch from last week, mrindependent also advised Fools to seize the seismic opportunity:

This stock is well positioned for earnings and sales growth, assuming oil prices stay where they are (in the seventies). The company has loads of cash and management is doing all the right things. It is selling for 0.7 times book and 6 times earnings despite the fact that it is immensely profitable and solvent. I expect a short term pop assuming oil holds steady. Otherwise, I am comfortable treating this as a buy and hold stock.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. CGG Veritas is a Motley Fool Global Gains pick, and Dawson is a choice of Hidden Gems. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.