Bristow Group (BRS) & Halliburton (HAL) Financial Contrast

Bristow Group (NYSE: BRS) and Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) are both energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Bristow Group and Halliburton’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bristow Group -13.31% -7.08% -2.94%
Halliburton 1.13% 6.93% 2.47%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Bristow Group and Halliburton’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bristow Group $1.40 billion 0.36 -$170.53 million ($5.30) -2.70
Halliburton $15.89 billion 2.29 -$5.76 billion $0.24 174.04

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

Volatility & Risk

Bristow Group has a beta of 2.87, meaning that its share price is 187% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Halliburton has a beta of 1.05, meaning that its share price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Bristow Group pays an annual dividend of $0.21 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Halliburton pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Bristow Group pays out -4.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Halliburton pays out 300.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bristow Group 0 4 1 0 2.20
Halliburton 0 2 23 0 2.92

Bristow Group currently has a consensus target price of $14.75, indicating a potential upside of 3.07%. Halliburton has a consensus target price of $56.85, indicating a potential upside of 36.10%. Given Halliburton’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Halliburton is more favorable than Bristow Group.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

78.6% of Halliburton shares are held by institutional investors. 10.0% of Bristow Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.5% of Halliburton shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Halliburton beats Bristow Group on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Bristow Group

Bristow Group Inc. is an industrial aviation services provider and helicopter service provider to the offshore energy industry. The Industrial Aviation Services segment’s operations are conducted primarily through four regions: Europe Caspian, Africa, Americas and Asia Pacific. The Europe Caspian region consists of all its operations and affiliates in Europe and Central Asia, including Norway, the United Kingdom and Turkmenistan. The Africa region consists of all its operations and affiliates on the African continent, including Nigeria, Tanzania and Egypt. The Americas region consists of all its operations and affiliates in North America and South America, including Brazil, Canada, Trinidad and the United States Gulf of Mexico. The Asia Pacific region consists of all its operations and affiliates in Australia and Southeast Asia, including Malaysia and Sakhalin. Additionally, it operates a training unit, Bristow Academy.

About Halliburton

Halliburton Company provides services and products to the upstream oil and natural gas industry throughout the lifecycle of the reservoir, from locating hydrocarbons and managing geological data, to drilling and formation evaluation, well construction and completion, and optimizing production throughout the life of the field. It operates through two segments: the Completion and Production segment, and the Drilling and Evaluation segment. The Completion and Production segment delivers cementing, stimulation, intervention, pressure control, specialty chemicals, artificial lift and completion services. The Drilling and Evaluation segment provides field and reservoir modeling, drilling, evaluation and wellbore placement solutions that enable customers to model, measure, drill and optimize their well construction activities. It serves national and independent oil and natural gas companies. As of December 31, 2016, it had conducted business in approximately 70 countries around the world.

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