Head-To-Head Analysis: Core Laboratories (CLB) and Dril-Quip (DRQ)

Core Laboratories (NYSE: CLB) and Dril-Quip (NYSE:DRQ) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and profitability.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Core Laboratories and Dril-Quip’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Core Laboratories $659.81 million 7.07 $83.12 million $1.88 56.19
Dril-Quip $455.47 million 3.95 -$100.63 million ($2.68) -17.59

Core Laboratories has higher revenue and earnings than Dril-Quip. Dril-Quip is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Core Laboratories, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Core Laboratories has a beta of 1.47, indicating that its share price is 47% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dril-Quip has a beta of 0.81, indicating that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Core Laboratories and Dril-Quip, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Core Laboratories 0 7 4 0 2.36
Dril-Quip 0 7 2 0 2.22

Core Laboratories currently has a consensus target price of $112.66, indicating a potential upside of 6.65%. Dril-Quip has a consensus target price of $49.71, indicating a potential upside of 5.44%. Given Core Laboratories’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Core Laboratories is more favorable than Dril-Quip.


Core Laboratories pays an annual dividend of $2.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Dril-Quip does not pay a dividend. Core Laboratories pays out 117.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.


This table compares Core Laboratories and Dril-Quip’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Core Laboratories 12.60% 58.25% 15.16%
Dril-Quip -22.10% 0.56% 0.53%


Core Laboratories beats Dril-Quip on 13 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Core Laboratories

Core Laboratories N.V. provides reservoir description, production enhancement and reservoir management services to the oil and gas industry. The Company operates through three segments: Reservoir Description, Production Enhancement and Reservoir Management. The Reservoir Description segment encompasses the characterization of petroleum reservoir rock, fluid and gas samples. It provides analytical and field services to characterize properties of crude oil and petroleum products to the oil and gas industry. The Production Enhancement segment includes products and services relating to reservoir well completions, perforations, stimulations and production. It provides integrated diagnostic services to evaluate the effectiveness of well completions. The Reservoir Management segment combines and integrates information from reservoir description and production enhancement services to increase production and recovery of oil and gas from its clients’ reservoirs.

About Dril-Quip

Dril-Quip, Inc. (Dril-Quip) designs, manufactures, sells and services engineered drilling and production equipment. The Company’s operations are organized into three geographic segments: Western Hemisphere, including North and South America, headquartered in Houston, Texas; Eastern Hemisphere, including Europe and Africa, headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland, and Asia-Pacific, including the Pacific Rim, Southeast Asia, Australia, India and the Middle East, headquartered in Singapore. Its equipment is suited for use in deepwater, harsh environments and service applications. Its principal products consist of subsea and surface wellheads, subsea and surface production trees, subsea control systems and manifolds, mudline hanger systems, specialty connectors and associated pipe, drilling and production riser systems, liner hangers, wellhead connectors and diverters. The Company has manufacturing facilities in approximately three of its headquarter locations, as well as in Macae, Brazil.

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