Seacor (NYSE: CKH) and Liberty Oilfield Services (NYSE:LBRT) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.9% of Seacor shares are held by institutional investors. 10.5% of Seacor shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Seacor and Liberty Oilfield Services, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Seacor 0 2 0 0 2.00
Liberty Oilfield Services 0 1 7 0 2.88

Seacor presently has a consensus price target of $48.00, suggesting a potential upside of 17.56%. Liberty Oilfield Services has a consensus price target of $29.29, suggesting a potential upside of 59.68%. Given Liberty Oilfield Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Liberty Oilfield Services is more favorable than Seacor.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Seacor and Liberty Oilfield Services’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Seacor $830.98 million 0.88 -$215.89 million ($6.19) -6.60
Liberty Oilfield Services N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Liberty Oilfield Services has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Seacor.

Profitability

This table compares Seacor and Liberty Oilfield Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Seacor -15.49% -9.19% -3.72%
Liberty Oilfield Services N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Liberty Oilfield Services beats Seacor on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Seacor 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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