Select Energy Services (NYSE:WTTR) and Willbros Group (WG) Critical Contrast

Willbros Group (NYSE: WG) and Select Energy Services (NYSE:WTTR) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, dividends and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Willbros Group and Select Energy Services’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Willbros Group $731.68 million 0.11 -$47.75 million ($1.08) -1.20
Select Energy Services $302.39 million 7.34 -$307.52 million N/A N/A

Willbros Group has higher revenue and earnings than Select Energy Services.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.6% of Willbros Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 22.3% of Select Energy Services shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of Willbros Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Willbros Group and Select Energy Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Willbros Group -8.45% -54.91% -16.66%
Select Energy Services -6.18% -6.04% -4.91%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Willbros Group and Select Energy Services, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Willbros Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Select Energy Services 1 1 6 0 2.63

Willbros Group presently has a consensus target price of $1.35, indicating a potential upside of 3.85%. Select Energy Services has a consensus target price of $19.00, indicating a potential downside of 9.09%. Given Willbros Group’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Willbros Group is more favorable than Select Energy Services.

About Willbros Group

Willbros Group, Inc. is a specialty energy infrastructure contractor serving the oil and gas and power industries with offerings that primarily include construction, maintenance and facilities development services. The Company operates through three segments: Oil & Gas, Utility T&D and Canada. The Company provides services through operating subsidiaries. The Company’s segments operated primarily in the United States and Canada. The Company provides construction, maintenance and lifecycle extension services to the midstream markets. The Company provides a range of services in electric and natural gas transmission and distribution, including engineering, procurement, maintenance and construction, repair and restoration of utility infrastructure. It is engaged in construction, maintenance and fabrication, including integrity and supporting civil work, general mechanical and facility construction, application program interface (API) storage tanks, general and modular fabrication.

About Select Energy Services

Select Energy Services, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is provider of total water solutions to the United States unconventional oil and gas industry. The Company is engaged in sourcing and transfer of water prior to its use in drilling and completion activities associated with hydraulic fracturing or fracking, which collectively referrd to as pre-frac water services. The Company provides its services to integrated and exploration and production (E&P) companies. Its operating segments include water solutions, accommodation and rentals, and wellsite completion and constructive services. The Company’s services include water sourcing, water transfer, water treatment, fluid handling, disposal solutions, accommodations, rentals, and wellsite construction. The Company also provides complementary water-related services that support oil and gas well completion and production activities including containment, monitoring, treatment, flowback, hauling and disposal.

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