Core Laboratories (NYSE: CLB) is one of 57 public companies in the “Oil Related Services and Equipment” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Core Laboratories to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Core Laboratories pays an annual dividend of $2.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Core Laboratories pays out 134.1% 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 2.9% and pay out -62.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Core Laboratories lags its competitors as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Core Laboratories and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Core Laboratories 1 7 5 0 2.31
Core Laboratories Competitors 394 2038 2904 114 2.50

Core Laboratories presently has a consensus target price of $111.00, indicating a potential upside of 24.04%. As a group, “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 25.74%. Given Core Laboratories’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Core Laboratories has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Volatility and Risk

Core Laboratories has a beta of 1.64, indicating that its stock price is 64% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Core Laboratories’ competitors have a beta of 1.60, indicating that their average stock price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

66.9% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Core Laboratories shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.7% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Core Laboratories and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Core Laboratories 13.86% 61.31% 15.65%
Core Laboratories Competitors -16.29% -9.76% -5.24%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Core Laboratories and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Core Laboratories $614.73 million $123.03 million 54.57
Core Laboratories Competitors $2.00 billion $268.99 million -46.01

Core Laboratories’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Core Laboratories. Core Laboratories 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.

Summary

Core Laboratories competitors beat Core Laboratories on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Core Laboratories

Core Laboratories N.V. provides reservoir description, production enhancement and reservoir management services to the oil and gas industry. The Company operates through three segments: Reservoir Description, Production Enhancement and Reservoir Management. The Reservoir Description segment encompasses the characterization of petroleum reservoir rock, fluid and gas samples. It provides analytical and field services to characterize properties of crude oil and petroleum products to the oil and gas industry. The Production Enhancement segment includes products and services relating to reservoir well completions, perforations, stimulations and production. It provides integrated diagnostic services to evaluate the effectiveness of well completions. The Reservoir Management segment combines and integrates information from reservoir description and production enhancement services to increase production and recovery of oil and gas from its clients’ reservoirs.

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