US Well Services (USWS) vs. Halliburton (HAL) Head-To-Head Survey

US Well Services (NASDAQ:USWS) and Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, earnings, dividends and profitability.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

46.7% of US Well Services shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.7% of Halliburton shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.9% of US Well Services shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of Halliburton shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares US Well Services and Halliburton’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
US Well Services $648.85 million 0.76 -$65.90 million ($1.33) -5.88
Halliburton $24.00 billion 0.92 $1.66 billion $1.90 13.25

Halliburton has higher revenue and earnings than US Well Services. US Well Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Halliburton, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for US Well Services and Halliburton, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
US Well Services 0 0 1 0 3.00
Halliburton 0 4 22 0 2.85

US Well Services presently has a consensus price target of $7.90, suggesting a potential upside of 1.02%. Halliburton has a consensus price target of $44.43, suggesting a potential upside of 76.47%. Given Halliburton’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Halliburton is more favorable than US Well Services.

Profitability

This table compares US Well Services and Halliburton’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
US Well Services N/A -51.45% -13.66%
Halliburton 7.34% 16.26% 5.76%

Dividends

Halliburton pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. US Well Services does not pay a dividend. Halliburton pays out 37.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Halliburton beats US Well Services on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

US Well Services Company Profile

U.S. Well Services, Inc. operates as an oilfield service company in the United States. It provides hydraulic fracturing services for the oil and natural gas exploration and production companies. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Halliburton Company Profile

Halliburton Company provides a range of services and products to oil and natural gas companies worldwide. The company's Completion and Production segment offers production enhancement services, including stimulation and sand control services; and cementing services, such as bonding the well, well casing, and casing equipment. It also provides completion tools that offer downhole solutions and services, including well completion products and services, intelligent well completions, liner hanger and sand control systems, and service tools; production solutions comprising coiled tubing, hydraulic workover units, and downhole tools; and pipeline and process services, such as pre-commissioning, commissioning, maintenance, and decommissioning. In addition, this segment offers oilfield completion, production, and downstream water and process treatment chemicals and services; and electrical submersible pumps and progressive cavity pumps, as well as artificial lift services. The company's Drilling and Evaluation segment provides drilling fluid systems, performance additives, completion fluids, solids control, specialized testing equipment, and waste management services; and drilling systems and services. It also offers wireline and perforating services, including open-hole logging, and cased-hole and slickline; and drill bits and services comprising roller cone rock bits, fixed cutter bits, hole enlargement, and related downhole tools and services, as well as coring equipment and services. In addition, this segment provides integrated exploration, drilling, and production software, as well as related professional and data management services; testing and subsea services, such as acquisition and analysis of reservoir information and optimization solutions; and project management, consulting, integrated asset management, and well control and prevention services. Halliburton Company was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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