Comparing Select Energy Services (WTTR) & US Well Services (USWS)

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Select Energy Services and US Well Services, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Select Energy Services 0 1 8 0 2.89
US Well Services 0 0 2 0 3.00

Select Energy Services presently has a consensus target price of $16.11, suggesting a potential upside of 47.27%. US Well Services has a consensus target price of $8.95, suggesting a potential upside of 14.74%. Given Select Energy Services’ higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Select Energy Services is more favorable than US Well Services.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

60.1% of Select Energy Services shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.5% of US Well Services shares are held by institutional investors. 9.2% of Select Energy Services shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.9% of US Well Services shares are held by 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.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Select Energy Services 1.82% 6.11% 4.84%
US Well Services N/A -51.45% -13.66%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Select Energy Services and US Well Services’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Select Energy Services $1.53 billion 0.76 $36.51 million $0.86 12.72
US Well Services $648.85 million 0.82 -$65.90 million ($1.33) -5.86

Select Energy Services has higher revenue and earnings than US Well Services. US Well 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.


Select Energy Services beats US Well Services on 10 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 onshore oil and natural 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 pipe; 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. This segment serves integrated oil companies, and independent oil and natural gas producers. 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 offers production chemical solutions for underperforming wells in order to enhance well performance and reduce production costs; and ancillary oilfield services comprising corrosion and scale monitoring, chemical inventory management, well failure analysis, and lab services. The Wellsite Services segment provides various services comprising workforce accommodation and surface equipment rental, crane and logistics, wellsite and pipeline construction, field and well, and sand-hauling and fluid-logistics services. It also offers ater transfer, fluid hauling, containment, and other rental services. This segment serves oil and natural gas operators. Select Energy Services, Inc. was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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.

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