C&J Energy Services (NYSE: CJ) and Oil States International (NYSE:OIS) 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 C&J Energy Services and Oil States International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
C&J Energy Services N/A N/A N/A
Oil States International -7.94% -4.21% -3.65%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares C&J Energy Services and Oil States International’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
C&J Energy Services $1.18 billion 1.52 -$47.16 million N/A N/A
Oil States International $671.81 million 1.82 $37.12 million ($1.06) -22.59

Oil States International has higher revenue, but lower earnings than C&J Energy Services.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

89.3% of C&J Energy Services shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Oil States International 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 C&J Energy Services and Oil States International, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
C&J Energy Services 0 2 11 0 2.85
Oil States International 0 10 3 0 2.23

C&J Energy Services currently has a consensus price target of $39.91, suggesting a potential upside of 41.07%. Oil States International has a consensus price target of $31.45, suggesting a potential upside of 31.33%. Given C&J Energy Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe C&J Energy Services is more favorable than Oil States International.

Summary

C&J Energy Services beats Oil States International on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About C&J Energy Services

C&J Energy Services, Inc. is a completion and production services company, which provides well construction, well completions and well services to the oil and gas industry. The Company operates through three segments: Completion Services, Well Support Services and Other Services. The Company also manufactures, repairs and refurbishes equipment used in the oilfield services industry. It operates in various North American onshore basins. Its Completion Services segment includes the hydraulic fracturing services, cased-hole wireline services, coiled tubing services and other well stimulation services. Its Well Support Services segment includes services, including rig services, fluid management services and other special well site services. Other services segment includes directional drilling services, equipment manufacturing and repair, specialty chemicals sales, research and technology, and the Middle East operations, as well as cementing services.

About Oil States International

Oil States International, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides specialty products and services to oil and natural gas related companies throughout the world. The Company operates as a technology-focused energy services company. The Company operates through two segments: Offshore Products and Well Site Services. Through Offshore Products segment, the Company provides engineered products and services for offshore oil and natural gas production systems and facilities, as well as certain products and services to the offshore and land-based drilling and completion markets. The Company’s well site services segment includes a range of products and services that are used to drill for, establish and maintain the flow of oil and natural gas from a well throughout its life cycle. The Company operates in active oil and natural gas producing regions, including onshore and offshore the United States, Canada, West Africa, the North Sea, South America and Southeast and Central Asia.

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