Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) and Tetra Technologies (NYSE:TTI) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Halliburton and Tetra Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Halliburton 0 2 23 0 2.92
Tetra Technologies 0 4 9 0 2.69

Halliburton presently has a consensus price target of $56.85, suggesting a potential upside of 32.03%. Tetra Technologies has a consensus price target of $4.78, suggesting a potential upside of 15.68%. Given Halliburton’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Halliburton is more favorable than Tetra Technologies.

Dividends

Halliburton pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Tetra Technologies does not pay 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Halliburton and Tetra Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Halliburton $15.89 billion 2.36 -$5.76 billion $0.24 179.42
Tetra Technologies $694.76 million 0.69 -$161.46 million ($0.42) -9.83

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

Risk & Volatility

Halliburton has a beta of 1.03, indicating that its share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tetra Technologies has a beta of 0.98, indicating that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Halliburton and Tetra Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Halliburton 1.13% 6.93% 2.47%
Tetra Technologies -5.47% -6.89% -2.05%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

80.0% of Halliburton shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.6% of Tetra Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Halliburton shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.6% of Tetra Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Halliburton beats Tetra Technologies on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Tetra Technologies

TETRA Technologies, Inc. is an oil and gas services company. The Company focuses on completion fluids and associated products and services, water management, production well testing, offshore rig cooling, compression services and equipment, and offshore services, such as decommissioning and diving. It is composed of five segments organized into four divisions: Fluids, Production Testing, Compression and Offshore. The Fluids division manufactures and markets clear brine fluids, additives and associated products and services to the oil and gas industry. Its Production Testing division provides frac flowback services, production well testing services, offshore rig cooling and other associated services in various oil and gas producing regions. The Compression division provides compression services and equipment for natural gas and oil production, gathering, transportation, processing and storage. The Offshore division consists of two operating segments: Offshore Services and Maritech.

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