Cameron International (NYSE: CAM) and Core Laboratories (NYSE:CLB) are both mid-cap energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Cameron International and Core Laboratories’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cameron International 7.17% 11.16% 5.17%
Core Laboratories 12.06% 52.89% 13.98%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cameron International and Core Laboratories’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cameron International N/A N/A N/A $0.36 183.36
Core Laboratories $594.74 million 8.84 $63.89 million $1.73 68.84

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

Volatility & Risk

Cameron International has a beta of 0.68, indicating that its share price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Core Laboratories has a beta of 1.56, indicating that its share price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Cameron International and Core Laboratories, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cameron International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Core Laboratories 0 7 4 0 2.36

Core Laboratories has a consensus target price of $111.33, suggesting a potential downside of 6.52%. Given Core Laboratories’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Core Laboratories is more favorable than Cameron International.

Dividends

Core Laboratories pays an annual dividend of $2.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Cameron International does not pay a dividend. Core Laboratories pays out 127.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

Core Laboratories beats Cameron International on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cameron International

Cameron International Corporation (Cameron), incorporated on November 10, 1994, provides flow equipment products, systems and services to worldwide oil, gas and process industries. The Company operates through four business segments: Subsea, Surface, Drilling and Valves & Measurement (V&M). The Subsea segment delivers integrated solutions, products, systems and services to the subsea oil and gas market, including integrated subsea production systems. Cameron’s Surface segment designs and manufactures wellhead and Christmas tree systemsfor onshore and offshore topside applications – from conventional to high-pressure, high temperature systems, to specialized systems for dry completions and heavy oil. The Drilling segment is a global supplier of integrated drilling systems. The V&M segment’s businesses provide valves and measurement systems. Its businesses serve portions of the upstream, midstream and downstream markets.

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.

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