Analyzing Superior Energy Services (SPN) & The Competition

Superior Energy Services (NYSE: SPN) is one of 57 public companies in the “Oil Related Services and Equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Superior Energy Services to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk and earnings.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Superior Energy Services and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Superior Energy Services $1.55 billion -$16.52 million -3.14
Superior Energy Services Competitors $2.04 billion $273.78 million -16.07

Superior Energy Services’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Superior Energy Services. Superior Energy Services is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Superior Energy Services -24.59% -26.18% -9.41%
Superior Energy Services Competitors -16.15% -9.54% -5.03%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Superior Energy Services and its rivals, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Superior Energy Services 0 13 7 0 2.35
Superior Energy Services Competitors 407 2076 2929 114 2.50

Superior Energy Services presently has a consensus target price of $13.82, indicating a potential upside of 56.73%. As a group, “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 22.58%. Given Superior Energy Services’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Superior Energy Services is more favorable than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

66.8% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.9% of Superior Energy Services shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.7% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are owned by insiders. 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.

Risk & Volatility

Superior Energy Services has a beta of 2.14, indicating that its share price is 114% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Superior Energy Services’ rivals have a beta of 1.60, indicating that their average share price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Superior Energy Services rivals beat Superior Energy Services on 10 of the 12 factors compared.

Superior Energy Services Company Profile

Superior Energy Services, Inc. provides a range of services and products to the energy industry related to the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas. The Company’s segments include Drilling Products and Services, which rents and sells bottom hole assemblies, drill pipe, tubulars and specialized equipment for use with onshore and offshore oil and gas well drilling, production and workover activities; Onshore Completion and Workover Services, which provides pressure pumping services used to complete and stimulate production in new oil and gas wells, fluid handling services and well servicing rigs that provide a range of well completion and maintenance services; Production Services, which provides intervention services, such as coiled tubing, cased hole and mechanical wireline, hydraulic workover and snubbing, and remedial pumping services, and Technical Solutions, which provides services requiring specialized engineering, manufacturing or project planning.

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