Ranger Energy Services (NASDAQ: RNGR) and Carbo Ceramics (NYSE:CRR) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Ranger Energy Services and Carbo Ceramics, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ranger Energy Services 0 3 5 0 2.63
Carbo Ceramics 1 4 1 0 2.00

Ranger Energy Services currently has a consensus price target of $18.75, suggesting a potential upside of 61.64%. Carbo Ceramics has a consensus price target of $11.00, suggesting a potential upside of 32.85%. Given Ranger Energy Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Ranger Energy Services is more favorable than Carbo Ceramics.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ranger Energy Services and Carbo Ceramics’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ranger Energy Services N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Carbo Ceramics $127.54 million 1.76 -$64.41 million ($4.69) -1.77

Ranger Energy Services has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Carbo Ceramics.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

72.2% of Carbo Ceramics shares are held by institutional investors. 16.2% of Carbo Ceramics shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Ranger Energy Services and Carbo Ceramics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ranger Energy Services -17.80% -22.28% -14.81%
Carbo Ceramics -79.49% -15.58% -13.10%

Summary

Carbo Ceramics beats Ranger Energy Services on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ranger Energy Services Company Profile

Ranger Energy Services, Inc. is an independent provider of high-specification (high-spec) well service rigs and associated services in the United States. The Company focuses on unconventional horizontal well completion and production operations. The Company operates through Well Services and Processing Solutions segment. Well Services segment provides high-spec well service rigs and complementary equipment and services in the United States, with a focus on unconventional horizontal well completion, workover and maintenance operations. Processing Solutions segment engages in the rental, installation, commissioning, start-up, operation and maintenance of MRUs, NGL stabilizer units, NGL storage units and related equipment. The Company also offers full transportation, turn-key mobilization services, installation and ongoing operation services in the field. The Company’s turn-key mobilization services include in-bound transportation and site offloading.

Carbo Ceramics Company Profile

CARBO Ceramics Inc. is a technology company that provides products and services to the global oil and gas and industrial markets. The Company operates through two segments: Oilfield Technologies and Services, and Environmental Products and Services. The Company’s oilfield technologies and services segment includes the manufacturing and selling of proppant products for use primarily in the hydraulic fracturing of oil and natural gas wells, Fracpro software for the design of fracture treatments, and StrataGen consulting services for the optimizing of well completions. The Company’s environmental products and services segment is intended to protect operators’ assets, minimize environmental risks, and lower lease operating expense (LOE). The Company, through Asset Guard Products Inc. (AGPI), provides spill prevention, containment and countermeasure systems for the oil and gas industry. The Company manufactures various ceramic proppants.

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