Eco-Stim Energy Solutions (NASDAQ: ESES) and Cypress Energy Partners (NYSE:CELP) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.2% of Eco-Stim Energy Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.0% of Cypress Energy Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.7% of Eco-Stim Energy Solutions shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Eco-Stim Energy Solutions -58.72% -40.56% -28.14%
Cypress Energy Partners 2.37% 71.49% 4.18%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Eco-Stim Energy Solutions and Cypress Energy Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Eco-Stim Energy Solutions 0 1 4 0 2.80
Cypress Energy Partners 0 2 0 0 2.00

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions presently has a consensus target price of $2.16, suggesting a potential upside of 170.00%. Cypress Energy Partners has a consensus target price of $7.00, suggesting a potential downside of 10.83%. Given Eco-Stim Energy Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Eco-Stim Energy Solutions is more favorable than Cypress Energy Partners.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Eco-Stim Energy Solutions and Cypress Energy Partners’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Eco-Stim Energy Solutions $44.02 million 1.36 -$26.94 million ($0.26) -3.08
Cypress Energy Partners $286.34 million 0.33 -$810,000.00 $0.50 15.70

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

Risk & Volatility

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions has a beta of 2.19, meaning that its stock price is 119% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cypress Energy Partners has a beta of 1.59, meaning that its stock price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Cypress Energy Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.7%. Eco-Stim Energy Solutions does not pay a dividend. Cypress Energy Partners pays out 168.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

About Eco-Stim Energy Solutions

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions, Inc. provides oilfield services in the United States and Argentina. The company offers pressure pumping, coiled tubing, and field management services to the upstream oil and gas industry. Its customers consist primarily of international oil and gas exploration and production companies, including national oil companies, local privately-held exploration and production companies, and other service companies. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

About Cypress Energy Partners

Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. provides pipeline inspection and integrity, and environmental services in North America. It operates in three segments: Pipeline Inspection Services (PIS), Integrity Services (IS), and Water and Environmental Services (W&ES). The PIS segment offers independent inspection services for various facilities and equipment, such as transmission pipelines, oil and natural gas gathering systems, pump and compressor stations, storage facilities and terminals, and gas distribution systems. It offers project coordination, staking, pig tracking, maintenance and construction inspection, ultrasonic nondestructive examination, and related data management services. The IS segment provides hydrostatic testing and related services, including filling, pressure testing, and dewatering to natural gas, petroleum, and pipeline construction companies. It performs various integrity services on newly constructed and existing oil and natural gas pipelines. The W&ES segment provides saltwater disposal (SWD) services; and owns and operates eight commercial SWD facilities in the Bakken Shale region of the Williston Basin in North Dakota, as well as one SWD facilities in the Permian Basin in Texas. This segment also provides flowback water management services by disposing flowback water produced from hydraulic fracturing operations during the completion of oil and natural gas wells; offers water management services by disposing naturally occurring water that is extracted during the oil and natural gas production process; separates residual oil from the saltwater stream and sells it to third-parties; and manages existing SWD facilities. It serves oil and natural gas producers, pipeline owners and operators, public utility or local distribution companies, trucking companies, and third-party purchasers of residual oil. The company was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. is a subsidiary of Cypress Energy Holdings, LLC.

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