Reviewing Schlumberger N.V. (SLB) & NCS Multistage Holdings (NCSM)

Schlumberger N.V. (NYSE: SLB) and NCS Multistage Holdings (NASDAQ:NCSM) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

79.1% of Schlumberger N.V. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.3% of NCS Multistage Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Schlumberger N.V. shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Schlumberger N.V. and NCS Multistage Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Schlumberger N.V. 0.62% 3.80% 2.02%
NCS Multistage Holdings N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Schlumberger N.V. and NCS Multistage Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Schlumberger N.V. 0 8 18 1 2.74
NCS Multistage Holdings 0 1 7 0 2.88

Schlumberger N.V. presently has a consensus target price of $86.04, suggesting a potential upside of 34.80%. NCS Multistage Holdings has a consensus target price of $29.00, suggesting a potential upside of 32.66%. Given Schlumberger N.V.’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Schlumberger N.V. is more favorable than NCS Multistage Holdings.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Schlumberger N.V. and NCS Multistage Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Schlumberger N.V. $28.48 billion 3.10 $6.27 billion $0.13 491.04
NCS Multistage Holdings $159.58 million 5.97 $27.57 million N/A N/A

Schlumberger N.V. has higher revenue and earnings than NCS Multistage Holdings.

Dividends

Schlumberger N.V. pays an annual dividend of $2.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. NCS Multistage Holdings does not pay a dividend. Schlumberger N.V. pays out 1,538.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Schlumberger N.V. has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Summary

Schlumberger N.V. beats NCS Multistage Holdings on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Schlumberger N.V. Company Profile

Schlumberger N.V. provides technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production and processing to the oil and gas industry. The Company’s segments include Reservoir Characterization Group, Drilling Group, Production Group and Cameron Group. The Reservoir Characterization Group consists of the principal technologies involved in finding and defining hydrocarbon resources. The Drilling Group consists of the principal technologies involved in the drilling and positioning of oil and gas wells. The Production Group consists of the principal technologies involved in the lifetime production of oil and gas reservoirs and includes Well Services, Completions, Artificial Lift, Integrated Production Services (IPS) and Schlumberger Production Management (SPM). The Cameron Group consists of the principal technologies involved in pressure and flow control for drilling and intervention rigs, oil and gas wells and production facilities.

NCS Multistage Holdings 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.

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