SEACOR (NYSE: CKH) and Keane Group (NYSE:FRAC) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares SEACOR and Keane Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SEACOR -15.49% -9.19% -3.72%
Keane Group -9.90% -19.19% -8.80%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares SEACOR and Keane Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SEACOR $830.98 million 1.03 -$215.89 million ($4.84) -9.93
Keane Group $420.57 million 3.92 -$187.08 million ($1.22) -12.10

Keane Group has higher revenue, but lower earnings than SEACOR. Keane Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than SEACOR, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for SEACOR and Keane Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SEACOR 0 2 0 0 2.00
Keane Group 0 9 10 0 2.53

SEACOR currently has a consensus price target of $48.00, suggesting a potential downside of 0.10%. Keane Group has a consensus price target of $20.78, suggesting a potential upside of 40.77%. Given Keane Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Keane Group is more favorable than SEACOR.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

89.2% of SEACOR shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 37.4% of Keane Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.5% of SEACOR shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Keane Group beats SEACOR on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

SEACOR Company Profile

SEACOR Holdings Inc., is engaged in the business of transportation and logistics, alcohol manufacturing, merchandising, and risk management consultancy. The Company’s segments include, Inland River Services, Shipping Services and Illinois Corn Processing. Inland River Services segment operates river transportation equipment used for moving agricultural and industrial commodities and petroleum and chemical products. Shipping Services segment operates a fleet of United States flag marine transportation related assets. Illinois Corn Processing segment produces alcohol used in the food, beverage, industrial and petrochemical end-markets. The Company also offers emergency and crisis services, lending and leasing activities, and noncontrolling investments in various other businesses.

Keane Group Company Profile

Keane Group, Inc. is provider of integrated well completion services in the United States, with a focus on demanding completion solutions. The Company’s segments include Completion Services, which comprises hydraulic fracturing and wireline divisions, and Other Services, which consists of coiled tubing, cementing and drilling divisions. It provides hydraulic fracturing and wireline services pursuant to contractual arrangements, such as term contracts and pricing agreements, or on a spot market basis. It provides certain complementary services such as coiled tubing, cementing and drilling pursuant to contractual arrangements, such as term contracts on a spot basis. Its primary services include horizontal and vertical fracturing, wireline perforation and logging and engineered solutions, as well as other value-added service offerings. As of July 3, 2017, the Company had approximately 1.2 million hydraulic horsepower spread across 23 hydraulic fracturing fleets and 31 wireline trucks.

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