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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Willbros Group -6.17% -31.89% -11.13%
CGG -57.05% -62.43% -14.28%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Willbros Group and CGG’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Willbros Group $730.56 million 0.22 -$9.80 million ($0.73) -3.47
CGG $1.19 billion 0.11 $366.90 million ($30.71) -0.20

CGG has higher revenue and earnings than Willbros Group. Willbros Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CGG, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

58.7% of Willbros Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.3% of CGG shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of Willbros Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Willbros Group and CGG, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Willbros Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
CGG 2 0 0 0 1.00

Willbros Group currently has a consensus price target of $1.35, suggesting a potential downside of 46.64%. Given Willbros Group’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Willbros Group is more favorable than CGG.

Risk & Volatility

Willbros Group has a beta of 3.29, meaning that its share price is 229% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CGG has a beta of 2.36, meaning that its share price is 136% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Willbros Group beats CGG on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Willbros Group

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.

About CGG

CGG SA (CGG) is a manufacturer of geophysical equipment. The Company provides marine, land and airborne data acquisition services, as well as a range of other geoscience services, including data imaging, geoscience and petroleum engineering consulting services, and collecting, developing and licensing geological data. Its segments include Contractual Data Acquisition; Geology, Geophysics & Reservoir (GGR); Equipment, and Non-Operated Resources. The Contractual Data Acquisition includes marine, and land and multi-physics. Its GGR segment includes the Multi-client business line and the Subsurface Imaging and Reservoir business lines (processing and imaging of geophysical data, reservoir characterization, geophysical consulting and software services, geological data library and data management solutions). The Equipment segment consists of its manufacturing and sales activities for seismic equipment. It operates through Saturno, a multi-client survey over Santos Basin Offshore Brazil.

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