Eco-Stim Energy Solutions (NASDAQ: ESES) and Core Laboratories (NYSE:CLB) are both energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Eco-Stim Energy Solutions and Core Laboratories’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Eco-Stim Energy Solutions $8.35 million 13.03 -$17.92 million ($1.08) -1.35
Core Laboratories $594.74 million 7.60 $63.89 million $1.74 58.83

Core Laboratories has higher revenue and earnings than Eco-Stim Energy Solutions. Eco-Stim Energy Solutions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Core Laboratories, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions has a beta of 2.95, suggesting that its stock price is 195% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Core Laboratories has a beta of 1.56, suggesting that its stock price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Eco-Stim Energy Solutions and Core Laboratories, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Eco-Stim Energy Solutions 0 1 4 0 2.80
Core Laboratories 1 6 6 0 2.38

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions currently has a consensus price target of $2.36, indicating a potential upside of 61.64%. Core Laboratories has a consensus price target of $109.50, indicating a potential upside of 6.96%. Given Eco-Stim Energy Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Eco-Stim Energy Solutions is more favorable than Core Laboratories.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.3% of Eco-Stim Energy Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. 11.1% of Eco-Stim Energy Solutions shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Core Laboratories shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Eco-Stim Energy Solutions and Core Laboratories’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Eco-Stim Energy Solutions -85.29% -43.11% -23.60%
Core Laboratories 12.06% 52.89% 13.98%

Dividends

Core Laboratories pays an annual dividend of $2.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Eco-Stim Energy Solutions does not pay a dividend. Core Laboratories pays out 126.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

Core Laboratories beats Eco-Stim Energy Solutions on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions Company Profile

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions, Inc. is an oilfield services company. The Company provides well stimulation, coiled tubing and field management services to the upstream oil and gas industry. The Company focuses on the active shale and unconventional oil and natural gas basins outside the United States and it has commenced operations in Argentina. The Company operates well stimulation fleets, coiled tubing units and other downhole completion equipment, as well as provides sweet spot analysis in shale resource basins using geophysical predictive modeling combined with real-time feedback from down-hole diagnostic tools. The Company offers a pumping fleet, including well-stimulation pumps, nitrogen pumping units and cranes, in both trailer-mounted and skid-mounted configurations. It provides a range of pressure-pumping services, including work-over pumping, well injection and wireline pump downs.

Core Laboratories Company Profile

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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