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

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Liberty Oilfield Services N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
RigNet $220.62 million 1.18 -$11.50 million ($0.79) -18.04

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.8% of RigNet shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of RigNet shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liberty Oilfield Services N/A N/A N/A
RigNet -7.05% -11.13% -5.49%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Liberty Oilfield Services and RigNet, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liberty Oilfield Services 0 1 8 0 2.89
RigNet 0 3 1 0 2.25

Liberty Oilfield Services presently has a consensus price target of $29.29, suggesting a potential upside of 47.16%. RigNet has a consensus price target of $19.00, suggesting a potential upside of 33.33%. Given Liberty Oilfield Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Liberty Oilfield Services is more favorable than RigNet.

Summary

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

RigNet Company Profile

RigNet, Inc. (RigNet) provides customized systems and solutions serving customers with data networking and operational requirements. The Company provides voice and data network, video conferencing and monitoring, crew welfare, asset and weather monitoring, and real-time data services. It operates through two segments: Managed Services, and Systems Integration and Automation (SI&A). The Managed Services segment provides remote communications services for offshore and onshore drilling rigs and production facilities, as well as, support vessels and other remote sites. The SI&A segment provides customized solutions for customer telecommunications systems. As of December 31, 2016, the Company provided remote communications and collaborative services to approximately 500 customers reaching approximately 900 remote sites located in approximately 50 countries on six continents. It provides managed remote communications, engineered telecommunications solutions and applications.

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