Halliburton (HAL) and Superior Energy Services (SPN) Head-To-Head Survey

Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) and Superior Energy Services (NYSE:SPN) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

78.8% of Halliburton shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Halliburton shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.8% of Superior Energy Services shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Halliburton pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Superior Energy Services does not pay a dividend. Halliburton pays out 59.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Halliburton and Superior Energy Services, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Halliburton 0 2 21 1 2.96
Superior Energy Services 1 11 11 1 2.50

Halliburton presently has a consensus target price of $54.70, suggesting a potential upside of 30.23%. Superior Energy Services has a consensus target price of $12.25, suggesting a potential upside of 14.06%. Given Halliburton’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Halliburton is more favorable than Superior Energy Services.

Risk and Volatility

Halliburton has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Superior Energy Services has a beta of 2.12, indicating that its stock price is 112% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Halliburton and Superior Energy Services’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Halliburton $20.62 billion 1.79 -$463.00 million $1.22 34.43
Superior Energy Services $1.87 billion 0.89 -$205.92 million ($1.65) -6.51

Superior Energy Services has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Halliburton. Superior Energy Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Halliburton, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Halliburton and Superior Energy Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Halliburton 0.42% 19.48% 6.66%
Superior Energy Services -6.76% -16.43% -5.80%

Summary

Halliburton beats Superior Energy Services on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Halliburton Company Profile

Halliburton Company provides a range of services and products to oil and natural gas companies worldwide. The company's Completion and Production segment offers production enhancement services, including stimulation and sand control services; and cementing services, such as bonding the well, well casing, and casing equipment. It also provides completion tools that offer downhole solutions and services, including well completion products and services, intelligent well completions, liner hanger systems, sand control systems, and service tools; production solutions comprising coiled tubing, hydraulic workover units, and downhole tools; and pipeline and process services, such as pre-commissioning, commissioning, maintenance, and decommissioning. In addition, this segment offers oilfield production and completion chemicals and services; and electrical submersible pumps and progressive cavity pumps, as well as artificial lift services to enhance reservoir and wellbore recovery. The company's Drilling and Evaluation segment provides drilling fluid systems, performance additives, completion fluids, solids control, specialized testing equipment, and waste management services; and drilling systems and services. It also offers wireline and perforating services, including open-hole logging, and cased-hole and slickline; and drill bits and services comprising roller cone rock bits, fixed cutter bits, hole enlargement, and related downhole tools and services, as well as coring equipment and services. In addition, this segment provides integrated exploration, drilling, and production software, as well as related professional and data management services; testing and subsea services, such as acquisition and analysis of reservoir information and optimization solutions; and project management, consulting, integrated asset management, and well control and prevention services. Halliburton Company was founded in 1919 and is based in Houston, Texas.

Superior Energy Services Company Profile

Superior Energy Services, Inc. provides oilfield services and equipment to oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in the United States, the Gulf of Mexico, and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Drilling Products and Services, Onshore Completion and Workover Services, Production Services, and Technical Solutions. The Drilling Products and Services segment rents downhole drilling tools and surfaces; tubulars, such as primary drill pipe strings, landing strings, completion tubulars, and associated accessories; and temporary onshore and offshore accommodation modules and accessories, as well as manufactures and rents bottom hole tools, including stabilizers, non-magnetic drill collars, and hole openers. The Onshore Completion and Workover Services segment offers pressure pumping services comprising hydraulic fracturing and high pressure pumping services used to complete and stimulate production in new oil and gas wells; fluid management services used to obtain, move, store, and dispose of fluids that are involved in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas; and workover services consisting of installations, completions, and sidetracking of wells, as well as support for perforating operations. The Production Services segment provides intervention services, such as coiled tubing, cased hole and mechanical wireline, hydraulic workover and snubbing, production testing and optimization, and remedial pumping services. The Technical Solutions segment offers well containment systems; completion tools and services, including sand control systems, well screens and filters, and surface-controlled sub surface safety valves; and offshore well decommissioning services comprising plugging and abandoning wells at the end of their economic life, and dismantling and removing associated infrastructure. Superior Energy Services, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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