Head to Head Review: CSI Compressco (CCLP) and Cameron International (CAM)

CSI Compressco (NASDAQ: CCLP) and Cameron International (NYSE:CAM) are both energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares CSI Compressco and Cameron International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CSI Compressco -14.20% -35.88% -5.70%
Cameron International 7.17% 11.16% 5.17%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

27.4% of CSI Compressco shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares CSI Compressco and Cameron International’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CSI Compressco $311.36 million 0.85 -$138.13 million ($1.21) -6.02
Cameron International N/A N/A N/A $0.36 183.36

Cameron International has lower revenue, but higher earnings than CSI Compressco. CSI Compressco is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cameron International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

CSI Compressco has a beta of 2.05, indicating that its stock price is 105% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cameron International has a beta of 0.68, indicating that its stock price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for CSI Compressco and Cameron International, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CSI Compressco 1 3 0 0 1.75
Cameron International 0 0 0 0 N/A

CSI Compressco currently has a consensus target price of $5.33, suggesting a potential downside of 26.84%. Given CSI Compressco’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe CSI Compressco is more favorable than Cameron International.

Dividends

CSI Compressco pays an annual dividend of $0.75 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.3%. Cameron International does not pay a dividend. CSI Compressco pays out -62.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

CSI Compressco beats Cameron International on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CSI Compressco

CSI Compressco LP is a provider of compression services and equipment for natural gas and oil production, gathering, transportation, processing and storage. The Company sells custom-designed compressor packages and oilfield fluid pump systems, and provides aftermarket services and compressor package parts and components manufactured by third-party suppliers. It provides these compression services and equipment to a base of natural gas and oil exploration and production, midstream and transmission companies operating throughout many of the onshore producing regions of the United States, as well as in a number of foreign countries, including Mexico, Canada and Argentina. It is a service provider of natural gas compression services in the United States, utilizing its fleet of compressor packages that employs a spectrum of low-, medium- and high-horsepower engines. As of December 31, 2016, its fleet included approximately 6,000 compressor packages.

About Cameron International

Cameron International Corporation (Cameron), incorporated on November 10, 1994, provides flow equipment products, systems and services to worldwide oil, gas and process industries. The Company operates through four business segments: Subsea, Surface, Drilling and Valves & Measurement (V&M). The Subsea segment delivers integrated solutions, products, systems and services to the subsea oil and gas market, including integrated subsea production systems. Cameron’s Surface segment designs and manufactures wellhead and Christmas tree systemsfor onshore and offshore topside applications – from conventional to high-pressure, high temperature systems, to specialized systems for dry completions and heavy oil. The Drilling segment is a global supplier of integrated drilling systems. The V&M segment’s businesses provide valves and measurement systems. Its businesses serve portions of the upstream, midstream and downstream markets.

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