Willbros Group (NYSE: WG) and Liberty Oilfield Services (NYSE:LBRT) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, earnings and profitability.
This table compares Willbros Group and Liberty Oilfield Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Liberty Oilfield Services||N/A||N/A||N/A|
59.4% of Willbros Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.1% of Willbros Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Willbros Group and Liberty Oilfield Services’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Willbros Group||$731.68 million||0.02||-$47.75 million||($1.08)||-0.20|
|Liberty Oilfield Services||$1.49 billion||1.46||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Liberty Oilfield Services has higher revenue and earnings than Willbros Group.
This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Willbros Group and Liberty Oilfield Services, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Liberty Oilfield Services||0||1||8||0||2.89|
Willbros Group presently has a consensus target price of $1.35, indicating a potential upside of 513.64%. Liberty Oilfield Services has a consensus target price of $29.29, indicating a potential upside of 59.16%. Given Willbros Group’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Willbros Group is more favorable than Liberty Oilfield Services.
Liberty Oilfield Services beats Willbros Group on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Willbros Group
Willbros Group, Inc. is a specialty energy infrastructure contractor serving the oil and gas and power industries with offerings that primarily include construction, maintenance and facilities development services. The Company operates through three segments: Oil & Gas, Utility T&D and Canada. The Company provides services through operating subsidiaries. The Company’s segments operated primarily in the United States and Canada. The Company provides construction, maintenance and lifecycle extension services to the midstream markets. The Company provides a range of services in electric and natural gas transmission and distribution, including engineering, procurement, maintenance and construction, repair and restoration of utility infrastructure. It is engaged in construction, maintenance and fabrication, including integrity and supporting civil work, general mechanical and facility construction, application program interface (API) storage tanks, general and modular fabrication.
About Liberty Oilfield Services
Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. provides hydraulic fracturing services to onshore oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in North America. It has 19 active fleets. The company provides its services primarily in the Permian Basin, the Eagle Ford Shale, the Denver-Julesburg Basin, the Williston Basin, and the Powder River Basin. Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.
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