Schlumberger N.V. (NYSE: SLB) is one of 57 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil Related Services and Equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Schlumberger N.V. to related companies based on the strength of its risk, earnings, valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

Schlumberger N.V. has a beta of 1.05, meaning that its stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Schlumberger N.V.’s competitors have a beta of 1.60, meaning that their average stock price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Schlumberger N.V. pays an annual dividend of $2.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Schlumberger N.V. pays out 1,538.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.8% and pay out -61.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Schlumberger N.V. has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Schlumberger N.V. and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Schlumberger N.V. 0.62% 3.80% 2.02%
Schlumberger N.V. Competitors -17.56% -16.84% -5.66%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Schlumberger N.V. and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Schlumberger N.V. $28.48 billion $6.27 billion 517.66
Schlumberger N.V. Competitors $2.00 billion $268.97 million -37.13

Schlumberger N.V. has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Schlumberger N.V. is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

78.9% of Schlumberger N.V. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.8% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Schlumberger N.V. shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Schlumberger N.V. and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Schlumberger N.V. 0 9 18 1 2.71
Schlumberger N.V. Competitors 390 2018 2884 114 2.50

Schlumberger N.V. presently has a consensus target price of $82.65, suggesting a potential upside of 22.83%. As a group, “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 23.82%. Given Schlumberger N.V.’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Schlumberger N.V. has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Schlumberger N.V. beats its competitors on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

About Schlumberger N.V.

Schlumberger N.V. provides technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production and processing to the oil and gas industry. The Company’s segments include Reservoir Characterization Group, Drilling Group, Production Group and Cameron Group. The Reservoir Characterization Group consists of the principal technologies involved in finding and defining hydrocarbon resources. The Drilling Group consists of the principal technologies involved in the drilling and positioning of oil and gas wells. The Production Group consists of the principal technologies involved in the lifetime production of oil and gas reservoirs and includes Well Services, Completions, Artificial Lift, Integrated Production Services (IPS) and Schlumberger Production Management (SPM). The Cameron Group consists of the principal technologies involved in pressure and flow control for drilling and intervention rigs, oil and gas wells and production facilities.

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