Cypress Energy Partners (NYSE: CELP) and Select Energy Services (NYSE:WTTR) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cypress Energy Partners and Select Energy Services’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cypress Energy Partners $298.00 million 0.22 -$4.66 million $0.20 28.00
Select Energy Services $302.39 million 6.36 -$307.52 million N/A N/A

Cypress Energy Partners has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Select Energy Services.

Profitability

This table compares Cypress Energy Partners and Select Energy Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cypress Energy Partners 0.15% 22.34% 1.69%
Select Energy Services -6.18% -6.04% -4.91%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Cypress Energy Partners and Select Energy Services, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cypress Energy Partners 0 2 0 0 2.00
Select Energy Services 1 1 6 0 2.63

Cypress Energy Partners presently has a consensus target price of $7.50, suggesting a potential upside of 33.93%. Select Energy Services has a consensus target price of $19.00, suggesting a potential upside of 4.91%. Given Cypress Energy Partners’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Cypress Energy Partners is more favorable than Select Energy Services.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.7% of Cypress Energy Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 22.3% of Select Energy Services shares are held by institutional investors. 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.

Dividends

Cypress Energy Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 15.0%. Select Energy Services does not pay a dividend. Cypress Energy Partners pays out 420.0% 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 Cypress Energy Partners

Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. is a limited partnership company, which serves energy companies throughout North America. The Company provides independent pipeline inspection and integrity services to producers and pipeline companies and water and environmental services with salt water disposal (SWD) facilities to the United States onshore oil and natural gas producers and trucking companies. It operates through three segments: Pipeline Inspection Services (PIS), which provides independent inspection services to various energy, public utility and pipeline companies in both the United States and Canada; Integrity Services (IS), which provides hydrostatic testing services to natural gas and petroleum companies and pipeline construction companies of newly constructed and existing natural gas and petroleum pipelines, and Water and Environmental Services (W&ES), which provides SWD services to oil and natural gas producers and trucking companies.

About Select Energy Services

Select Energy Services, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is provider of total water solutions to the United States unconventional oil and gas industry. The Company is engaged in sourcing and transfer of water prior to its use in drilling and completion activities associated with hydraulic fracturing or fracking, which collectively referrd to as pre-frac water services. The Company provides its services to integrated and exploration and production (E&P) companies. Its operating segments include water solutions, accommodation and rentals, and wellsite completion and constructive services. The Company’s services include water sourcing, water transfer, water treatment, fluid handling, disposal solutions, accommodations, rentals, and wellsite construction. The Company also provides complementary water-related services that support oil and gas well completion and production activities including containment, monitoring, treatment, flowback, hauling and disposal.

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