Eco-Stim Energy Solutions (NASDAQ: ESES) and RPC (NYSE:RES) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Dividends

RPC pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Eco-Stim Energy Solutions does not pay a dividend. RPC pays out 73.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Eco-Stim Energy Solutions has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Eco-Stim Energy Solutions and RPC’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Eco-Stim Energy Solutions $8.35 million 11.87 -$17.92 million ($1.09) -1.22
RPC $728.97 million 6.88 -$141.24 million $0.38 60.98

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions has higher revenue, but lower earnings than RPC. Eco-Stim Energy Solutions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than RPC, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Eco-Stim Energy Solutions and RPC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Eco-Stim Energy Solutions -85.29% -43.11% -23.60%
RPC 6.03% 10.31% 7.95%

Risk & Volatility

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions has a beta of 2.14, suggesting that its stock price is 114% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, RPC has a beta of 1.16, suggesting that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Eco-Stim Energy Solutions and RPC, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Eco-Stim Energy Solutions 0 1 3 0 2.75
RPC 1 12 9 0 2.36

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions currently has a consensus price target of $2.45, suggesting a potential upside of 84.21%. RPC has a consensus price target of $24.13, suggesting a potential upside of 4.15%. Given Eco-Stim Energy Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Eco-Stim Energy Solutions is more favorable than RPC.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

50.6% of Eco-Stim Energy Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 36.5% of RPC shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.1% of Eco-Stim Energy Solutions shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 73.5% of RPC shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

About Eco-Stim Energy Solutions

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions, Inc. is an oilfield services company. The Company provides well stimulation, coiled tubing and field management services to the upstream oil and gas industry. The Company focuses on the active shale and unconventional oil and natural gas basins outside the United States and it has commenced operations in Argentina. The Company operates well stimulation fleets, coiled tubing units and other downhole completion equipment, as well as provides sweet spot analysis in shale resource basins using geophysical predictive modeling combined with real-time feedback from down-hole diagnostic tools. The Company offers a pumping fleet, including well-stimulation pumps, nitrogen pumping units and cranes, in both trailer-mounted and skid-mounted configurations. It provides a range of pressure-pumping services, including work-over pumping, well injection and wireline pump downs.

About RPC

RPC, Inc. (RPC) is a holding company for several oilfield services companies. The Company provides a range of specialized oilfield services and equipment primarily to independent oil and gas companies engaged in the exploration, production and development of oil and gas properties throughout the United States, including the southwest, mid-continent, Gulf of Mexico, Rocky Mountain and Appalachian regions, and in selected international markets. The Company’s segments are Technical Services and Support Services. The Technical Services segment consists primarily of pressure pumping, downhole tools, coiled tubing, snubbing, nitrogen, well control, wireline and fishing. Its Support Services include all of the services that provide equipment for customers’ use on the well site without RPC personnel and services that are provided in support of customer operations off the well site, such as classroom and computer training, and other consulting services.

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