GulfMark Offshore (NYSE: GLF) and Weatherford International PLC (NYSE:WFT) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for GulfMark Offshore and Weatherford International PLC, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
GulfMark Offshore 0 2 0 0 2.00
Weatherford International PLC 1 7 17 0 2.64

Weatherford International PLC has a consensus price target of $6.39, suggesting a potential upside of 65.45%. Given Weatherford International PLC’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Weatherford International PLC is more favorable than GulfMark Offshore.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

69.2% of GulfMark Offshore shares are held by institutional investors. 25.4% of GulfMark Offshore shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of Weatherford International PLC shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares GulfMark Offshore and Weatherford International PLC’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
GulfMark Offshore N/A N/A N/A ($7.21) -0.05
Weatherford International PLC $5.51 billion 0.69 -$256.00 million ($3.19) -1.21

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

Risk and Volatility

GulfMark Offshore has a beta of 2.81, meaning that its share price is 181% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Weatherford International PLC has a beta of 2.4, meaning that its share price is 140% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
GulfMark Offshore -512.40% -126.89% -47.00%
Weatherford International PLC -53.49% -65.33% -10.11%

Summary

Weatherford International PLC beats GulfMark Offshore on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About GulfMark Offshore

GulfMark Offshore, Inc. provides offshore marine support and transportation services. The Company offers these services to companies engaged in the offshore exploration and production of oil and natural gas. The Company operates in three segments: the North Sea (N. Sea), Southeast Asia (SEA) and the Americas. Its vessels transport materials, supplies and personnel to offshore facilities, as well as move and position drilling and production facilities. The operations are conducted in the North Sea, offshore Southeast Asia and offshore in the Americas. It operates a fleet of over 70 owned or managed offshore supply vessels (OSVs), which include over 30 vessels in the North Sea, over 10 vessels offshore Southeast Asia and over 30 vessels offshore the Americas. Its customers include oil and natural gas companies, independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies working in international markets, and foreign Government-owned or controlled oil and natural gas companies.

About Weatherford International PLC

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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