Basic Energy Services (NYSE: BAS) and Glori Energy Inc Com (NASDAQ:GLRI) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Basic Energy Services and Glori Energy Inc Com’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Basic Energy Services -57.96% -380.17% -23.49%
Glori Energy Inc Com -561.30% -110.64% -45.45%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Basic Energy Services and Glori Energy Inc Com’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Basic Energy Services $599.16 million 1.04 -$48.44 million ($4,500.00) -0.01
Glori Energy Inc Com $5.11 million 0.08 -$8.30 million ($1.10) -0.01

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

Risk and Volatility

Basic Energy Services has a beta of 2.67, meaning that its share price is 167% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Glori Energy Inc Com has a beta of 4.6, meaning that its share price is 360% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Basic Energy Services and Glori Energy Inc Com, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Basic Energy Services 0 7 4 0 2.36
Glori Energy Inc Com 0 0 0 0 N/A

Basic Energy Services currently has a consensus target price of $13.88, indicating a potential downside of 42.02%. Given Basic Energy Services’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Basic Energy Services is more favorable than Glori Energy Inc Com.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

8.4% of Glori Energy Inc Com shares are held by institutional investors. 11.1% of Basic Energy Services shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 46.2% of Glori Energy Inc Com shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

About Basic Energy Services

Basic Energy Services, Inc. provides a range of well site services in the United States to oil and natural gas drilling and producing companies, including completion and remedial services, fluid services, well servicing and contract drilling. The Company operates through the segment, which include Completion and Remedial Services, Fluid Services, Well Servicing and Contract Drilling. The Company’s operations are managed regionally and are concentrated in the United States onshore oil and natural gas producing regions located in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Wyoming, North Dakota, Colorado, Utah, Montana, West Virginia, California, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Its operations are focused on liquids-rich basins, as well as natural gas-focused shale plays characterized by prolific reserves. It has a presence in the Permian Basin and the Bakken, Eagle Ford, Haynesville and Marcellus shales.

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