Select Energy Services (NASDAQ: WTTR) and Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE:CELP) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, risk, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Select Energy Services and Cypress Energy Partners, L.P.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Select Energy Services -12.29% -14.94% -11.64%
Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. -0.43% 5.84% 0.64%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Select Energy Services and Cypress Energy Partners, L.P., as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Select Energy Services 0 1 6 0 2.86
Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. 0 3 0 0 2.00

Select Energy Services presently has a consensus target price of $19.86, indicating a potential upside of 63.43%. Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. has a consensus target price of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 7.10%. Given Select Energy Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Select Energy Services is more favorable than Cypress Energy Partners, L.P..

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Select Energy Services and Cypress Energy Partners, L.P.’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Select Energy Services N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. $289.25 million 0.31 $14.26 million ($0.20) -37.35

Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. has higher revenue and earnings than Select Energy Services.

Dividends

Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.2%. Select Energy Services does not pay a dividend. Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. pays out -420.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.7% of Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. beats Select Energy Services on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Select Energy Services

Select Energy Services, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is provider of total water solutions to the United States unconventional oil and gas industry. The Company is engaged in sourcing and transfer of water prior to its use in drilling and completion activities associated with hydraulic fracturing or fracking, which collectively referrd to as pre-frac water services. The Company provides its services to integrated and exploration and production (E&P) companies. Its operating segments include water solutions, accommodation and rentals, and wellsite completion and constructive services. The Company’s services include water sourcing, water transfer, water treatment, fluid handling, disposal solutions, accommodations, rentals, and wellsite construction. The Company also provides complementary water-related services that support oil and gas well completion and production activities including containment, monitoring, treatment, flowback, hauling and disposal.

About Cypress Energy Partners, L.P.

Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. is a limited partnership company, which serves energy companies throughout North America. The Company provides independent pipeline inspection and integrity services to producers and pipeline companies and water and environmental services with salt water disposal (SWD) facilities to the United States onshore oil and natural gas producers and trucking companies. It operates through three segments: Pipeline Inspection Services (PIS), which provides independent inspection services to various energy, public utility and pipeline companies in both the United States and Canada; Integrity Services (IS), which provides hydrostatic testing services to natural gas and petroleum companies and pipeline construction companies of newly constructed and existing natural gas and petroleum pipelines, and Water and Environmental Services (W&ES), which provides SWD services to oil and natural gas producers and trucking companies.

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