NCS Multistage (NASDAQ: NCSM) and RPC (NYSE:RES) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for NCS Multistage and RPC, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NCS Multistage 0 1 6 1 3.00
RPC 1 12 9 0 2.36

NCS Multistage currently has a consensus price target of $28.00, suggesting a potential upside of 87.29%. RPC has a consensus price target of $24.58, suggesting a potential downside of 5.81%. Given NCS Multistage’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe NCS Multistage is more favorable than RPC.

Dividends

RPC pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. NCS Multistage does not pay a dividend. RPC pays out 73.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. RPC has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares NCS Multistage and RPC’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NCS Multistage $98.47 million 6.67 -$17.92 million N/A N/A
RPC $728.97 million 7.75 -$141.24 million $0.38 68.69

NCS Multistage has higher earnings, but lower revenue than RPC.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.0% of NCS Multistage shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.1% of RPC shares are held by institutional investors. 73.5% of RPC shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares NCS Multistage and RPC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NCS Multistage 2.42% 2.22% 1.56%
RPC 6.03% 10.31% 7.95%

Summary

RPC beats NCS Multistage on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

NCS Multistage Company Profile

NCS Multistage Holdings, Inc. is a provider of engineered products and support services for oil and natural gas well completions and field development strategies. The Company’s products and services include Multistage Unlimited, casing-installed sliding sleeves, downhole frac isolation assembly, AirLock casing buoyancy system and liner hanger systems. The Company provides products and services primarily to exploration and production (E&P) companies for use in onshore wells, predominantly wells that have been drilled with horizontal laterals in unconventional oil and natural gas formations. The Company’s products and services are utilized in oil and natural gas basins throughout North America and in selected international markets, including Argentina, China and Russia.

RPC Company Profile

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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