Analyzing North American Energy Partners (NYSE:NOA) and Willbros Group (WG)
North American Energy Partners (NYSE: NOA) and Willbros Group (NYSE:WG) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.
This table compares North American Energy Partners and Willbros Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|North American Energy Partners||1.13%||1.57%||0.73%|
North American Energy Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Willbros Group does not pay a dividend. North American Energy Partners pays out 100.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. North American Energy Partners has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.
Volatility and Risk
North American Energy Partners has a beta of 0.64, indicating that its share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Willbros Group has a beta of 3.27, indicating that its share price is 227% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares North American Energy Partners and Willbros Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|North American Energy Partners||$179.95 million||0.64||$40.03 million||$0.06||70.00|
|Willbros Group||$696.56 million||0.19||-$11.76 million||($0.81)||-2.57|
North American Energy Partners has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Willbros Group. Willbros Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than North American Energy Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
45.1% of North American Energy Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.7% of Willbros Group shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of Willbros Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for North American Energy Partners and Willbros Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|North American Energy Partners||0||0||3||0||3.00|
North American Energy Partners presently has a consensus price target of $9.00, suggesting a potential upside of 114.29%. Willbros Group has a consensus price target of $1.40, suggesting a potential downside of 32.69%. Given North American Energy Partners’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe North American Energy Partners is more favorable than Willbros Group.
North American Energy Partners beats Willbros Group on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
North American Energy Partners Company Profile
North American Energy Partners Inc. provides a range of mining and heavy construction services to customers in the resource development and industrial construction sectors within Western Canada. The Company’s operating divisions include Heavy Construction and Mining; Industrial, and Tailings & Environmental Construction. Its Heavy Construction and Mining division is engaged in hard rock and oil sands mining, overburden removal, mine site development and mine reclamation. Its Industrial division offers services, which include site development, installation of underground utilities and piping, concrete foundations, facilities and infrastructure construction, and design/build services. The Tailings & Environmental Construction division performs a range of tailings, reclamation and environmental construction services, including oil sands tailings remediation; management of mine tailings; tailings dam and dyke construction, pipeline co-corridor construction, and tailings pipelines.
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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