Willbros Group (NYSE: WG) and SEACOR Holdings (NYSE:CKH) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Willbros Group and SEACOR Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Willbros Group -6.17% -31.89% -11.13%
SEACOR Holdings -22.34% -12.20% -5.07%

Risk & Volatility

Willbros Group has a beta of 3.28, indicating that its stock price is 228% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SEACOR Holdings has a beta of 0.96, indicating that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Willbros Group and SEACOR Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Willbros Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
SEACOR Holdings 0 0 1 0 3.00

Willbros Group presently has a consensus target price of $1.35, suggesting a potential downside of 39.73%. SEACOR Holdings has a consensus target price of $40.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1.57%. Given SEACOR Holdings’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe SEACOR Holdings is more favorable than Willbros Group.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

58.7% of Willbros Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.9% of SEACOR Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.1% of Willbros Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.5% of SEACOR Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Willbros Group and SEACOR Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Willbros Group $730.56 million 0.19 -$9.80 million ($0.73) -3.07
SEACOR Holdings $860.49 million 0.81 $110.83 million ($9.54) -4.13

SEACOR Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Willbros Group. SEACOR Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Willbros Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

SEACOR Holdings beats Willbros Group on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Willbros Group Company Profile

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.

SEACOR Holdings Company Profile

SEACOR Holdings Inc., is engaged in the business of transportation and logistics, alcohol manufacturing, merchandising, and risk management consultancy. The Company’s segments include, Inland River Services, Shipping Services and Illinois Corn Processing. Inland River Services segment operates river transportation equipment used for moving agricultural and industrial commodities and petroleum and chemical products. Shipping Services segment operates a fleet of United States flag marine transportation related assets. Illinois Corn Processing segment produces alcohol used in the food, beverage, industrial and petrochemical end-markets. The Company also offers emergency and crisis services, lending and leasing activities, and noncontrolling investments in various other businesses.

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