Weatherford International PLC (NYSE: WFT) and C&J Energy Services (NYSE:CJES) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.

Volatility and Risk

Weatherford International PLC has a beta of 2.45, suggesting that its share price is 145% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, C&J Energy Services has a beta of 2.79, suggesting that its share price is 179% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Weatherford International PLC and C&J Energy Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Weatherford International PLC -53.49% -65.33% -10.11%
C&J Energy Services N/A N/A N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Weatherford International PLC and C&J Energy Services’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Weatherford International PLC $5.51 billion 0.71 -$256.00 million ($3.19) -1.24
C&J Energy Services N/A N/A N/A ($10.85) -0.03

C&J Energy Services has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Weatherford International PLC. Weatherford International PLC is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than C&J Energy Services, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Weatherford International PLC and C&J Energy Services, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Weatherford International PLC 1 6 18 0 2.68
C&J Energy Services 0 1 1 0 2.50

Weatherford International PLC currently has a consensus price target of $6.15, suggesting a potential upside of 55.35%. Given Weatherford International PLC’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Weatherford International PLC is more favorable than C&J Energy Services.

Summary

Weatherford International PLC beats C&J Energy Services on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Weatherford International PLC

Weatherford International Ltd. (Weatherford) is a provider of equipment and services used in the drilling, evaluation, completion, production and intervention of oil and natural gas wells. The Company operates four segments: North America, Latin America, Europe/West Africa/the former Soviet Union (FSU) and Middle East/North Africa/Asia. It operates in over 100 countries and have manufacturing facilities and sales, service and distribution locations in approximately all of the oil and natural gas producing regions in the world. The Company operates in ten service lines: artificial lift systems; stimulation and chemicals; drilling services; well construction; integrated drilling; completion systems; drilling tools; wireline and evaluation services; re-entry and fishing and pipeline and specialty services. Weatherford Switzerland conducts all of its operations through its subsidiaries, including Weatherford Bermuda and Weatherford International, Inc. (Weatherford Delaware).

About C&J Energy Services

C&J Energy Services, Inc. is a completion and production services company, which provides well construction, well completions and well services to the oil and gas industry. The Company operates through three segments: Completion Services, Well Support Services and Other Services. The Company also manufactures, repairs and refurbishes equipment used in the oilfield services industry. It operates in various North American onshore basins. Its Completion Services segment includes the hydraulic fracturing services, cased-hole wireline services, coiled tubing services and other well stimulation services. Its Well Support Services segment includes services, including rig services, fluid management services and other special well site services. Other services segment includes directional drilling services, equipment manufacturing and repair, specialty chemicals sales, research and technology, and the Middle East operations, as well as cementing services.

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