RPC (NYSE: RES) is one of 56 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil Related Services and Equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare RPC to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for RPC and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
RPC 0 9 9 0 2.50
RPC Competitors 500 2214 2930 125 2.46

RPC currently has a consensus target price of $22.91, indicating a potential downside of 3.49%. As a group, “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 25.22%. Given RPC’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe RPC has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Volatility and Risk

RPC has a beta of 1.12, suggesting that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, RPC’s peers have a beta of 1.57, suggesting that their average share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

38.2% of RPC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.8% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 73.5% of RPC shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares RPC and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
RPC $1.09 billion $155.79 million -395.60
RPC Competitors $2.04 billion $274.35 million -40.56

RPC’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than RPC. RPC is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares RPC and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
RPC -1.15% -1.74% -1.36%
RPC Competitors -19.40% -18.10% -6.51%

Dividends

RPC pays an annual dividend of $0.11 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. RPC pays out -183.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.7% and pay out -46.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. RPC has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Summary

RPC peers beat RPC on 8 of the 14 factors compared.

About RPC

RPC, Inc. (RPC) is a holding company for several oilfield services companies. The Company provides a range of specialized oilfield services and equipment primarily to independent oil and gas companies engaged in the exploration, production and development of oil and gas properties throughout the United States, including the southwest, mid-continent, Gulf of Mexico, Rocky Mountain and Appalachian regions, and in selected international markets. The Company’s segments are Technical Services and Support Services. The Technical Services segment consists primarily of pressure pumping, downhole tools, coiled tubing, snubbing, nitrogen, well control, wireline and fishing. Its Support Services include all of the services that provide equipment for customers’ use on the well site without RPC personnel and services that are provided in support of customer operations off the well site, such as classroom and computer training, and other consulting services.

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