Eco-Stim Energy Solutions (ESES) vs. Exterran (EXTN) Head-To-Head Contrast

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions (NASDAQ: ESES) and Exterran (NYSE:EXTN) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Eco-Stim Energy Solutions and Exterran’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Eco-Stim Energy Solutions $8.35 million 11.52 -$17.92 million ($1.09) -1.18
Exterran $1.03 billion 0.94 -$227.93 million ($0.02) -1,352.50

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


This table compares Eco-Stim Energy Solutions and Exterran’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Eco-Stim Energy Solutions -85.29% -43.11% -23.60%
Exterran 0.04% -2.82% -1.11%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Eco-Stim Energy Solutions and Exterran, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Eco-Stim Energy Solutions 0 0 5 0 3.00
Exterran 0 1 0 0 2.00

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions currently has a consensus price target of $2.36, suggesting a potential upside of 82.95%. Exterran has a consensus price target of $28.00, suggesting a potential upside of 3.51%. Given Eco-Stim Energy Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Eco-Stim Energy Solutions is more favorable than Exterran.

Risk and Volatility

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions has a beta of 2.14, suggesting that its share price is 114% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Exterran has a beta of 0.72, suggesting that its share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.1% of Eco-Stim Energy Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.2% of Exterran shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.1% of Eco-Stim Energy Solutions shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of Exterran shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Eco-Stim Energy Solutions beats Exterran on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions Company Profile

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions, Inc. is an oilfield services company. The Company provides well stimulation, coiled tubing and field management services to the upstream oil and gas industry. The Company focuses on the active shale and unconventional oil and natural gas basins outside the United States and it has commenced operations in Argentina. The Company operates well stimulation fleets, coiled tubing units and other downhole completion equipment, as well as provides sweet spot analysis in shale resource basins using geophysical predictive modeling combined with real-time feedback from down-hole diagnostic tools. The Company offers a pumping fleet, including well-stimulation pumps, nitrogen pumping units and cranes, in both trailer-mounted and skid-mounted configurations. It provides a range of pressure-pumping services, including work-over pumping, well injection and wireline pump downs.

Exterran Company Profile

Exterran Corporation provides compression, production and processing products and services that support the production and transportation of oil and natural gas around the world. The Company operates through three segments: contract operations, aftermarket services, and oil and gas product sales. The contract operations segment provides natural gas compression services, production and processing equipment services, and maintenance services to meet specific customer requirements on assets owned by it. The aftermarket services segment provides a range of services to support the surface production, compression and processing needs of customers, from parts sales and normal maintenance services to full operation of a customer’s owned assets. The oil and gas product sales segment provides design, engineering, manufacturing, installation and sale of natural gas compression units, and accessories and equipment used in the production, treating and processing of crude oil and natural gas.

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