Key Energy Services (OTCMKTS: KEGX) is one of 38 public companies in the “Oil & gas field services, not elsewhere classified” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Key Energy Services to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

32.3% of Key Energy Services shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.8% of shares of all “Oil & gas field services, not elsewhere classified” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of Key Energy Services shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.3% of shares of all “Oil & gas field services, not elsewhere classified” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Key Energy Services has a beta of 3.64, meaning that its stock price is 264% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Key Energy Services’ competitors have a beta of 1.99, meaning that their average stock price is 99% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Key Energy Services and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Key Energy Services -20.26% -2,602.22% -23.27%
Key Energy Services Competitors -10.44% -156.61% -1.00%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Key Energy Services and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Key Energy Services 0 1 0 0 2.00
Key Energy Services Competitors 504 1868 2346 103 2.42

As a group, “Oil & gas field services, not elsewhere classified” companies have a potential upside of 66.05%. Given Key Energy Services’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Key Energy Services has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Key Energy Services and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Key Energy Services $521.70 million -$88.80 million -0.03
Key Energy Services Competitors $3.60 billion -$185.54 million 6.55

Key Energy Services’ competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Key Energy Services. Key Energy Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Key Energy Services competitors beat Key Energy Services on 11 of the 13 factors compared.

About Key Energy Services

Key Energy Services, Inc. operates as an onshore rig-based well servicing contractor in the United States. It operates through Rig Services, Fishing and Rental Services, Coiled Tubing Services, and Fluid Management Services segments. The Rig Services segment is involved in the completion of newly drilled wells; workover and recompletion of existing oil and natural gas wells; well maintenance activities; and plugging and abandonment of wells at the end of their useful lives, as well as provision of specialty drilling services to oil and natural gas producers. The Fishing and Rental Services segment provides fishing services that involve recovering lost or stuck equipment in the wellbore utilizing fishing tools; and rents drill pipes, tubulars, handling tools, pressure-control equipment, pumps, power swivels, reversing units, and foam air units. The Coiled Tubing Services segment offers services for wellbore clean-outs, nitrogen jet lifts, through-tubing fishing, and formation stimulations; mills temporary isolation plugs that separate frac zones; and other pre- and post-hydraulic fracturing well preparation services. The Fluid Management Services segment offers transportation and well-site storage services for fluids utilized in drilling, completions, workover, and maintenance activities; and disposal services for fluids produced subsequent to well completion. It also operates a fleet of hot oilers used to clear soluble restrictions in a wellbore. The company was formerly known as Key Energy Group, Inc. and changed its name to Key Energy Services, Inc. in December 1998. Key Energy Services, Inc. was founded in 1977 and is based in Houston, Texas.

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