Head to Head Analysis: Natural Gas Services Group (NGS) versus Its Peers

Natural Gas Services Group (NYSE: NGS) is one of 31 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & gas field services, not elsewhere classified” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Natural Gas Services Group to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership and risk.

Earnings and Valuation

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This table compares Natural Gas Services Group and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Natural Gas Services Group $67.69 million $19.85 million 241.36
Natural Gas Services Group Competitors $3.87 billion $114.07 million -4.90



Natural Gas Services Group’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Natural Gas Services Group. Natural Gas Services Group is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Natural Gas Services Group and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Natural Gas Services Group 0 0 3 0 3.00
Natural Gas Services Group Competitors 234 1141 1725 76 2.52

Natural Gas Services Group currently has a consensus price target of $28.00, indicating a potential upside of 5.46%. As a group, “Oil & gas field services, not elsewhere classified” companies have a potential upside of 16.86%. Given Natural Gas Services Group’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Natural Gas Services Group has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Natural Gas Services Group and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Natural Gas Services Group 29.31% 0.62% 0.51%
Natural Gas Services Group Competitors -4.56% -0.25% -1.18%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

90.9% of Natural Gas Services Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.5% of shares of all “Oil & gas field services, not elsewhere classified” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.9% of Natural Gas Services Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 15.8% of shares of all “Oil & gas field services, not elsewhere classified” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Natural Gas Services Group has a beta of 1.24, meaning that its stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Natural Gas Services Group’s competitors have a beta of 1.31, meaning that their average stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Natural Gas Services Group beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Natural Gas Services Group

Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. provides gas compression equipment and services to the natural gas and oil industry in the United States. The company engages in the rental of small to medium horsepower compression equipment to non-conventional natural gas and oil production businesses. As of December 31, 2017, it had 2,546 natural gas compressors in its rental fleet totaling 369,961 horsepower. The company also assembles compressor components into compressor units for rent or sale; engineers and fabricates natural gas compressors; and designs and manufactures a line of reciprocating compressor frames, cylinders, and parts. In addition, it is involved in the design, fabrication, sale, installation, and service of flare stacks and related ignition and control devices for the onshore and offshore incineration of gas compounds, such as hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide, natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gases. Further, the company offers customer support services for its compressor and flare sales business; exchanges and rebuilds program for screw compressors; and maintains an inventory of new and used compressors. Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Midland, Texas.

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