Contrasting Africa Oil (AOIFF) and China Oilfield Services (CHOLY)

Africa Oil (OTCMKTS:AOIFF) and China Oilfield Services (OTCMKTS:CHOLY) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Africa Oil and China Oilfield Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Africa Oil N/A -5.15% -4.99%
China Oilfield Services 0.05% 0.03% 0.01%

Dividends

China Oilfield Services pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Africa Oil does not pay a dividend. China Oilfield Services pays out 750.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Africa Oil and China Oilfield Services, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Africa Oil 0 0 1 0 3.00
China Oilfield Services 0 0 1 0 3.00

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Africa Oil and China Oilfield Services’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Africa Oil N/A N/A -$4.53 million N/A N/A
China Oilfield Services $2.57 billion 0.66 $4.89 million $0.02 940.00

China Oilfield Services has higher revenue and earnings than Africa Oil.

Risk & Volatility

Africa Oil has a beta of 1.73, suggesting that its stock price is 73% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, China Oilfield Services has a beta of 1.11, suggesting that its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

China Oilfield Services beats Africa Oil on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Africa Oil

Africa Oil Corp., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an oil and gas exploration and development company in Kenya and Ethiopia. It holds interests primarily in the East African Rift Basin. The company was formerly known as Canmex Minerals Corporation and changed its name to Africa Oil Corp. in August 2007. Africa Oil Corp. was incorporated in 1983 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

About China Oilfield Services

China Oilfield Services Limited, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated offshore oilfield services in Mainland China and internationally. The company operates through four segments: Drilling Services, Well Services, Marine Support Services, and Geophysical and Surveying Services. The Drilling Services segment provides drilling, module rigs, land drilling rigs, and drilling rigs management services. As of December 31, 2017, it operated and managed a total of 43 drilling rigs, including 32 jackup drilling rigs and 11 semi-submersible drilling rigs; 3 accommodation rigs; and 5 module rigs. The Well Services segment offers onshore and offshore well services, including logging, drilling and completion fluids, directional drilling, cementing, well completion and workover, stimulation, etc. The Marine Support Services segment owns and operates offshore vessels that provide services for offshore oil and gas fields exploration, development, construction, and production. This segment also offers anchor handling for various water level, towing of drilling rigs/engineering barges, oil lifting, offshore transportation, standby, firefighting, rescue, oil spill assisting, and other marine support services. It operates and manages approximately 130 vessels, including AHTS vessels, platform supply vessels, and oilfield standby vessels. The Geophysical and Surveying Services segment provides offshore seismic acquisition, offshore geo-surveying, seismic data processing and interpretation, and underwater engineering services. It owns five towing streamer seismic vessels, one professional source vessel professional source vessel, two undersea cable team, five integrated marine surveying vessels, and two support vessels. China Oilfield Services Limited also issues bonds. The company is based in Beijing, China. China Oilfield Services Limited is a subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Corporation.

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