Superior Energy Services (NYSE: SPN) and Bristow Group (NYSE:BRS) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and dividends.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Superior Energy Services and Bristow Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Superior Energy Services $1.55 billion 1.00 -$16.52 million ($3.20) -3.18
Bristow Group $1.33 billion 0.25 $62.14 million ($5.26) -1.81

Bristow Group has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Superior Energy Services. Superior Energy Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Bristow Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Superior Energy Services has a beta of 2.14, indicating that its share price is 114% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bristow Group has a beta of 2.82, indicating that its share price is 182% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Bristow Group pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Superior Energy Services does not pay a dividend. Bristow Group pays out -5.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Superior Energy Services and Bristow Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Superior Energy Services 0 14 8 0 2.36
Bristow Group 0 4 1 0 2.20

Superior Energy Services presently has a consensus target price of $15.83, suggesting a potential upside of 55.69%. Bristow Group has a consensus target price of $13.25, suggesting a potential upside of 39.33%. Given Superior Energy Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Superior Energy Services is more favorable than Bristow Group.

Profitability

This table compares Superior Energy Services and Bristow Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Superior Energy Services -31.24% -28.82% -10.86%
Bristow Group -13.32% -6.83% -2.91%

Summary

Bristow Group beats Superior Energy Services on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Superior Energy Services

Superior Energy Services, Inc. provides a range of services and products to the energy industry related to the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas. The Company’s segments include Drilling Products and Services, which rents and sells bottom hole assemblies, drill pipe, tubulars and specialized equipment for use with onshore and offshore oil and gas well drilling, production and workover activities; Onshore Completion and Workover Services, which provides pressure pumping services used to complete and stimulate production in new oil and gas wells, fluid handling services and well servicing rigs that provide a range of well completion and maintenance services; Production Services, which provides intervention services, such as coiled tubing, cased hole and mechanical wireline, hydraulic workover and snubbing, and remedial pumping services, and Technical Solutions, which provides services requiring specialized engineering, manufacturing or project planning.

About Bristow Group

Bristow Group Inc. is an industrial aviation services provider and helicopter service provider to the offshore energy industry. The Industrial Aviation Services segment’s operations are conducted primarily through four regions: Europe Caspian, Africa, Americas and Asia Pacific. The Europe Caspian region consists of all its operations and affiliates in Europe and Central Asia, including Norway, the United Kingdom and Turkmenistan. The Africa region consists of all its operations and affiliates on the African continent, including Nigeria, Tanzania and Egypt. The Americas region consists of all its operations and affiliates in North America and South America, including Brazil, Canada, Trinidad and the United States Gulf of Mexico. The Asia Pacific region consists of all its operations and affiliates in Australia and Southeast Asia, including Malaysia and Sakhalin. Additionally, it operates a training unit, Bristow Academy.

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