Head to Head Survey: Select Energy Services (WTTR) vs. C&J Energy Services (CJ)

Select Energy Services (NYSE: WTTR) and C&J Energy Services (NYSE:CJ) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Select Energy Services and C&J Energy Services, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Select Energy Services 0 2 7 0 2.78
C&J Energy Services 0 1 10 0 2.91

Select Energy Services presently has a consensus target price of $18.88, indicating a potential upside of 10.57%. C&J Energy Services has a consensus target price of $37.90, indicating a potential upside of 21.09%. Given C&J Energy Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe C&J Energy Services is more favorable than Select Energy Services.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

43.7% of Select Energy Services shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.8% of C&J Energy Services shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.3% of Select Energy Services shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of C&J Energy Services shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Select Energy Services and C&J Energy Services’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Select Energy Services $692.49 million 2.62 -$16.81 million $0.80 21.34
C&J Energy Services $1.64 billion 1.31 -$9.58 million ($0.14) -223.57

C&J Energy Services has higher revenue and earnings than Select Energy Services. C&J Energy Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Select Energy Services, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares Select Energy Services and C&J Energy Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Select Energy Services -0.18% 2.59% 2.07%
C&J Energy Services N/A N/A N/A


C&J Energy Services beats Select Energy Services on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Select Energy Services Company Profile

Select Energy Services, Inc., an oilfield services company, provides water management and chemical solutions to the unconventional oil and gas industry in the United States and Western Canada. The company operates through three segments: Water Solutions, Oilfield Chemicals, and Wellsite Services. The Water Solutions segment provides water-related services, including the sourcing of water; the transfer of the water to the wellsite through permanent pipeline infrastructure and temporary hose; the containment of fluids off-and on-location; measuring and monitoring of water; the filtering and treatment of fluids, well testing, and handling of flowback and produced formation water; and the transportation and recycling or disposal of drilling, completion, and production fluids. The Oilfield Chemicals segment develops, manufactures, and provides various chemicals, such as polymer slurries, crosslinkers, friction reducers, surfactants, buffers, breakers, and other chemical technologies for use in hydraulic fracturing, stimulation, cementing, and well completions to pressure pumping service companies. It also provides production treating chemicals for use in oil and gas production; ancillary oilfield services comprising corrosion and scale monitoring, chemical inventory management, and well failure analysis; lab services; and various fracturing, acid, and coiled tubing products for the coiled tubing industry. The Wellsite Services segment provides various services comprising workforce accommodation and surface equipment rental, crane and logistics, wellsite and pipeline construction, and field services. This segment also offers sand hauling and logistics services; and water transfer, containment, fluids hauling, and other rental services. Select Energy Services, Inc. was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

C&J Energy Services Company Profile

C&J Energy Services, Inc. provides well construction, well completion, well support, and other complementary oilfield services to oil and gas exploration and production companies throughout the continental United States. It operates through Completion Services and Well Support Services segments. The Completion Services segment provides hydraulic fracturing; cased-hole solutions comprising cased-hole wireline, pumpdown, wireline logging, perforating, pressure pumping, well site make-up and pressure testing, and other complementary services; and well construction and intervention services, which include cementing, coiled tubing, and directional drilling services. This segment also engages in the engineering and production of various parts and components, such as perforating guns and addressable switches, which are used in the completion process. The Well Support Services segment offers rig services, such as providing workover and well servicing rigs that are primarily used for the routine repair and maintenance of oil and gas wells, re-drilling operations, and plugging and abandonment operations; fluids management services, including storage, transportation, and disposal services for fluids used in the drilling, completion, and workover of oil and gas wells; artificial lift applications; and other special well site services, such as fishing, contract labor, and tool rental services for the completion and workover of oil and gas wells. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas. C&J Energy Services, Inc. is a subsidiary of Nabors Industries Ltd.

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