Head to Head Comparison: Select Energy Services (WTTR) & RigNet (RNET)

Select Energy Services (NYSE: WTTR) and RigNet (NASDAQ:RNET) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Select Energy Services and RigNet, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Select Energy Services 1 1 6 0 2.63
RigNet 0 2 1 0 2.33

Select Energy Services presently has a consensus price target of $19.00, suggesting a potential upside of 8.20%. RigNet has a consensus price target of $19.33, suggesting a potential upside of 24.73%. Given RigNet’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe RigNet is more favorable than Select Energy Services.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

22.3% of Select Energy Services shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.3% of RigNet shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of RigNet shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Select Energy Services and RigNet’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Select Energy Services $302.39 million 6.17 -$307.52 million N/A N/A
RigNet $220.62 million 1.28 -$11.50 million ($0.79) -19.62

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


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Select Energy Services -6.18% -6.04% -4.91%
RigNet -7.05% -11.13% -5.49%


Select Energy Services beats RigNet on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About RigNet

RigNet, Inc. (RigNet) provides customized systems and solutions serving customers with data networking and operational requirements. The Company provides voice and data network, video conferencing and monitoring, crew welfare, asset and weather monitoring, and real-time data services. It operates through two segments: Managed Services, and Systems Integration and Automation (SI&A). The Managed Services segment provides remote communications services for offshore and onshore drilling rigs and production facilities, as well as, support vessels and other remote sites. The SI&A segment provides customized solutions for customer telecommunications systems. As of December 31, 2016, the Company provided remote communications and collaborative services to approximately 500 customers reaching approximately 900 remote sites located in approximately 50 countries on six continents. It provides managed remote communications, engineered telecommunications solutions and applications.

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