Willbros Group (NYSE: WG) and Keane Group (NASDAQ:FRAC) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitabiliy, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

57.7% of Willbros Group shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of Willbros Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Willbros Group and Keane Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Willbros Group $730.56 million 0.19 -$9.80 million ($0.73) -3.00
Keane Group $831.08 million 1.92 $46.39 million N/A N/A

Keane Group has higher revenue and earnings than Willbros Group.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Willbros Group and Keane Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Willbros Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Keane Group 0 7 10 0 2.59

Keane Group has a consensus price target of $21.38, indicating a potential upside of 38.05%. Given Keane Group’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Keane Group is more favorable than Willbros Group.

Profitability

This table compares Willbros Group and Keane Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Willbros Group -6.17% -31.89% -11.13%
Keane Group -3.68% -14.38% -7.52%

Summary

Keane Group beats Willbros Group on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Willbros Group

Willbros Group, Inc. is a specialty energy infrastructure contractor serving the oil and gas and power industries with offerings that primarily include construction, maintenance and facilities development services. The Company operates through three segments: Oil & Gas, Utility T&D and Canada. The Company provides services through operating subsidiaries. The Company’s segments operated primarily in the United States and Canada. The Company provides construction, maintenance and lifecycle extension services to the midstream markets. The Company provides a range of services in electric and natural gas transmission and distribution, including engineering, procurement, maintenance and construction, repair and restoration of utility infrastructure. It is engaged in construction, maintenance and fabrication, including integrity and supporting civil work, general mechanical and facility construction, application program interface (API) storage tanks, general and modular fabrication.

About Keane Group

Keane Group, Inc. is provider of integrated well completion services in the United States, with a focus on demanding completion solutions. The Company’s segments include Completion Services, which comprises hydraulic fracturing and wireline divisions, and Other Services, which consists of coiled tubing, cementing and drilling divisions. It provides hydraulic fracturing and wireline services pursuant to contractual arrangements, such as term contracts and pricing agreements, or on a spot market basis. It provides certain complementary services such as coiled tubing, cementing and drilling pursuant to contractual arrangements, such as term contracts on a spot basis. Its primary services include horizontal and vertical fracturing, wireline perforation and logging and engineered solutions, as well as other value-added service offerings. As of July 3, 2017, the Company had approximately 1.2 million hydraulic horsepower spread across 23 hydraulic fracturing fleets and 31 wireline trucks.

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