Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) and Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock (NYSE:NGS) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

79.8% of Halliburton shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.8% of Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Halliburton shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.9% of Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Halliburton pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock does not pay a dividend. Halliburton pays out 59.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Halliburton and Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Halliburton 0 3 21 0 2.88
Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock 0 0 4 0 3.00

Halliburton presently has a consensus price target of $59.27, suggesting a potential upside of 19.17%. Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock has a consensus price target of $93.67, suggesting a potential upside of 306.36%. Given Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock is more favorable than Halliburton.

Risk and Volatility

Halliburton has a beta of 1.03, indicating that its share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock has a beta of 1.24, indicating that its share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Halliburton and Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Halliburton $20.62 billion 2.11 -$463.00 million $1.22 40.77
Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock $67.69 million 4.46 $19.85 million $0.11 209.55

Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Halliburton. Halliburton is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Halliburton and Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Halliburton -1.74% 15.87% 5.47%
Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock 31.19% 0.60% 0.50%

Summary

Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock beats Halliburton on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Halliburton Company Profile

Halliburton Company provides a range of services and products to oil and natural gas companies worldwide. The company's Completion and Production segment offers production enhancement services, including stimulation and sand control services; and cementing services, such as bonding the well, well casing, and casing equipment. It also provides completion tools that offer downhole solutions and services, including well completion products and services, intelligent well completions, liner hanger systems, sand control systems, and service tools; production solutions comprising coiled tubing, hydraulic workover units, and downhole tools; and pipeline and process services, such as pre-commissioning, commissioning, maintenance, and decommissioning. In addition, this segment offers oilfield production and completion chemicals and services; and electrical submersible pumps and progressive cavity pumps, as well as artificial lift services to enhance reservoir and wellbore recovery. The company's Drilling and Evaluation segment provides drilling fluid systems, performance additives, completion fluids, solids control, specialized testing equipment, and waste management services; and drilling systems and services. It also offers wireline and perforating services, including open-hole logging, and cased-hole and slickline; and drill bits and services comprising roller cone rock bits, fixed cutter bits, hole enlargement, and related downhole tools and services, as well as coring equipment and services. In addition, this segment provides integrated exploration, drilling, and production software, as well as related professional and data management services; testing and subsea services, such as acquisition and analysis of reservoir information and optimization solutions; and project management, consulting, integrated asset management, and well control and prevention services. Halliburton Company was founded in 1919 and is based in Houston, Texas.

Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock Company Profile

Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. provides gas compression equipment and services to the natural gas and oil industry in the United States. The company engages in the rental of small to medium horsepower compression equipment to non-conventional natural gas and oil production businesses. As of December 31, 2017, it had 2,546 natural gas compressors in its rental fleet totaling 369,961 horsepower. The company also assembles compressor components into compressor units for rent or sale; engineers and fabricates natural gas compressors; and designs and manufactures a line of reciprocating compressor frames, cylinders, and parts. In addition, it is involved in the design, fabrication, sale, installation, and service of flare stacks and related ignition and control devices for the onshore and offshore incineration of gas compounds, such as hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide, natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gases. Further, the company offers customer support services for its compressor and flare sales business; exchanges and rebuilds program for screw compressors; and maintains an inventory of new and used compressors. Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Midland, Texas.

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