Select Egy Svcs (NYSE: WTTR) and CGG (NYSE:CGG) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Select Egy Svcs and CGG, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Select Egy Svcs 1 1 6 0 2.63
CGG 0 0 0 0 N/A

Select Egy Svcs currently has a consensus target price of $19.00, suggesting a potential upside of 17.28%. Given Select Egy Svcs’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Select Egy Svcs is more favorable than CGG.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

22.3% of Select Egy Svcs shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.2% of CGG shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Select Egy Svcs and CGG’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Select Egy Svcs -6.18% -6.04% -4.91%
CGG -57.48% -80.57% -15.78%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Select Egy Svcs and CGG’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Select Egy Svcs $302.39 million 5.69 -$307.52 million N/A N/A
CGG $1.20 billion 0.08 -$573.40 million ($32.40) -0.14

Select Egy Svcs has higher earnings, but lower revenue than CGG.

Summary

Select Egy Svcs beats CGG on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Select Egy Svcs

Select Energy Services, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is provider of total water solutions to the United States unconventional oil and gas industry. The Company is engaged in sourcing and transfer of water prior to its use in drilling and completion activities associated with hydraulic fracturing or fracking, which collectively referrd to as pre-frac water services. The Company provides its services to integrated and exploration and production (E&P) companies. Its operating segments include water solutions, accommodation and rentals, and wellsite completion and constructive services. The Company’s services include water sourcing, water transfer, water treatment, fluid handling, disposal solutions, accommodations, rentals, and wellsite construction. The Company also provides complementary water-related services that support oil and gas well completion and production activities including containment, monitoring, treatment, flowback, hauling and disposal.

About CGG

CGG SA (CGG) is a manufacturer of geophysical equipment. The Company provides marine, land and airborne data acquisition services, as well as a range of other geoscience services, including data imaging, geoscience and petroleum engineering consulting services, and collecting, developing and licensing geological data. Its segments include Contractual Data Acquisition; Geology, Geophysics & Reservoir (GGR); Equipment, and Non-Operated Resources. The Contractual Data Acquisition includes marine, and land and multi-physics. Its GGR segment includes the Multi-client business line and the Subsurface Imaging and Reservoir business lines (processing and imaging of geophysical data, reservoir characterization, geophysical consulting and software services, geological data library and data management solutions). The Equipment segment consists of its manufacturing and sales activities for seismic equipment. It operates through Saturno, a multi-client survey over Santos Basin Offshore Brazil.

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