Matrix Service (NASDAQ: MTRX) and RPC (NYSE:RES) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability, valuation, dividends and institutional ownership.

Dividends

RPC pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Matrix Service does not pay a dividend. RPC pays out 73.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Matrix Service has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Matrix Service and RPC, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Matrix Service 0 2 0 0 2.00
RPC 1 12 9 0 2.36

RPC has a consensus price target of $24.58, indicating a potential upside of 1.08%. Given RPC’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe RPC is more favorable than Matrix Service.

Risk and Volatility

Matrix Service has a beta of 0.84, suggesting that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, RPC has a beta of 1.14, suggesting that its stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Matrix Service and RPC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Matrix Service -0.51% -1.75% -0.96%
RPC 6.03% 10.31% 7.95%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Matrix Service and RPC’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Matrix Service $1.20 billion 0.38 -$180,000.00 ($0.22) -77.73
RPC $728.97 million 7.23 -$141.24 million $0.38 64.00

Matrix Service has higher revenue and earnings than RPC. Matrix Service is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than RPC, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

88.3% of Matrix Service shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.1% of RPC shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.5% of Matrix Service shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 73.5% of RPC shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

RPC beats Matrix Service on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Matrix Service Company Profile

Matrix Service Company provides engineering, fabrication, infrastructure, construction and maintenance services primarily to the oil, gas, power, petrochemical, industrial, mining and minerals markets. The Company’s segments include Electrical Infrastructure, Oil Gas & Chemical, Storage Solutions and Industrial. The Electrical Infrastructure segment primarily includes construction and maintenance services to a range of power generation facilities, such as combined cycle plants, natural gas fired power stations and renewable energy installations. The Oil Gas & Chemical segment includes turnaround activities, plant maintenance services and construction in the downstream petroleum industry. The Storage Solutions segment includes new construction of crude and refined products aboveground storage tanks (ASTs), as well as planned and emergency maintenance services. The Industrial segment includes construction and maintenance work in the iron and steel and mining and minerals industries.

RPC Company Profile

RPC, Inc. (RPC) is a holding company for several oilfield services companies. The Company provides a range of specialized oilfield services and equipment primarily to independent oil and gas companies engaged in the exploration, production and development of oil and gas properties throughout the United States, including the southwest, mid-continent, Gulf of Mexico, Rocky Mountain and Appalachian regions, and in selected international markets. The Company’s segments are Technical Services and Support Services. The Technical Services segment consists primarily of pressure pumping, downhole tools, coiled tubing, snubbing, nitrogen, well control, wireline and fishing. Its Support Services include all of the services that provide equipment for customers’ use on the well site without RPC personnel and services that are provided in support of customer operations off the well site, such as classroom and computer training, and other consulting services.

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