Keane Group (NASDAQ: FRAC) and Willbros Group (NYSE:WG) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and profitabiliy.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Keane Group and Willbros Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Keane Group 0 7 9 0 2.56
Willbros Group 1 0 0 0 1.00

Keane Group presently has a consensus price target of $21.91, indicating a potential upside of 41.88%. Willbros Group has a consensus price target of $1.40, indicating a potential downside of 42.62%. Given Keane Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Keane Group is more favorable than Willbros Group.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Keane Group and Willbros Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Keane Group $323.52 million 4.92 -$16.24 million N/A N/A
Willbros Group $696.56 million 0.22 -$11.76 million ($0.81) -3.01

Willbros Group has higher revenue and earnings than Keane Group.

Profitability

This table compares Keane Group and Willbros Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Keane Group -30.09% -116.24% -49.78%
Willbros Group -7.23% -32.83% -12.09%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

57.7% of Willbros Group shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of Willbros Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Willbros Group beats Keane Group on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Keane Group Company Profile

Keane Group, Inc. is provider of integrated well completion services in the United States, with a focus on demanding completion solutions. The Company’s segments include Completion Services, which comprises hydraulic fracturing and wireline divisions, and Other Services, which consists of coiled tubing, cementing and drilling divisions. It provides hydraulic fracturing and wireline services pursuant to contractual arrangements, such as term contracts and pricing agreements, or on a spot market basis. It provides certain complementary services such as coiled tubing, cementing and drilling pursuant to contractual arrangements, such as term contracts on a spot basis. Its primary services include horizontal and vertical fracturing, wireline perforation and logging and engineered solutions, as well as other value-added service offerings. As of November 30, 2016, the Company had approximately 944,250 hydraulic horsepower spread across 23 hydraulic fracturing fleets and 23 wireline trucks.

Willbros Group Company Profile

Willbros Group, Inc. is a specialty energy infrastructure contractor serving the oil and gas and power industries with offerings that primarily include construction, maintenance and facilities development services. The Company operates through three segments: Oil & Gas, Utility T&D and Canada. The Company provides services through operating subsidiaries. The Company’s segments operated primarily in the United States and Canada. The Company provides construction, maintenance and lifecycle extension services to the midstream markets. The Company provides a range of services in electric and natural gas transmission and distribution, including engineering, procurement, maintenance and construction, repair and restoration of utility infrastructure. It is engaged in construction, maintenance and fabrication, including integrity and supporting civil work, general mechanical and facility construction, application program interface (API) storage tanks, general and modular fabrication.

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