SAExploration Holdings (NASDAQ: SAEX) and Weatherford International PLC (NYSE:WFT) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares SAExploration Holdings and Weatherford International PLC’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SAExploration Holdings $201.58 million 0.14 $31.63 million ($2.29) -1.28
Weatherford International PLC $5.55 billion 0.76 -$272.00 million ($3.65) -1.18

SAExploration Holdings has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Weatherford International PLC. SAExploration Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Weatherford International PLC, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for SAExploration Holdings and Weatherford International PLC, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SAExploration Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A
Weatherford International PLC 1 7 18 0 2.65

Weatherford International PLC has a consensus price target of $6.69, suggesting a potential upside of 55.93%. Given Weatherford International PLC’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Weatherford International PLC is more favorable than SAExploration Holdings.

Volatility and Risk

SAExploration Holdings has a beta of -0.04, suggesting that its share price is 104% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Weatherford International PLC has a beta of 2.38, suggesting that its share price is 138% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares SAExploration Holdings and Weatherford International PLC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SAExploration Holdings -16.08% -97.88% -15.44%
Weatherford International PLC -60.22% -47.36% -9.49%


Weatherford International PLC beats SAExploration Holdings on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Weatherford International PLC Company Profile

Weatherford International Ltd. (Weatherford) is a provider of equipment and services used in the drilling, evaluation, completion, production and intervention of oil and natural gas wells. The Company operates four segments: North America, Latin America, Europe/West Africa/the former Soviet Union (FSU) and Middle East/North Africa/Asia. It operates in over 100 countries and have manufacturing facilities and sales, service and distribution locations in approximately all of the oil and natural gas producing regions in the world. The Company operates in ten service lines: artificial lift systems; stimulation and chemicals; drilling services; well construction; integrated drilling; completion systems; drilling tools; wireline and evaluation services; re-entry and fishing and pipeline and specialty services. Weatherford Switzerland conducts all of its operations through its subsidiaries, including Weatherford Bermuda and Weatherford International, Inc. (Weatherford Delaware).

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