Key Energy Services (NYSE: KEG) is one of 25 publicly-traded companies in the “Drilling oil & gas wells” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Key Energy Services to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

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This table compares Key Energy Services and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Key Energy Services $436.17 million N/A -2.34
Key Energy Services Competitors $1.22 billion -$264.88 million -28.96

Key Energy Services’ competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Key Energy Services. Key Energy Services is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Key Energy Services and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Key Energy Services 0 5 2 0 2.29
Key Energy Services Competitors 631 1849 1574 54 2.26

Key Energy Services presently has a consensus target price of $17.33, indicating a potential upside of 17.83%. As a group, “Drilling oil & gas wells” companies have a potential upside of 0.51%. Given Key Energy Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Key Energy Services is more favorable than its competitors.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

48.2% of Key Energy Services shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.0% of shares of all “Drilling oil & gas wells” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.4% of shares of all “Drilling oil & gas wells” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Key Energy Services and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Key Energy Services N/A N/A N/A
Key Energy Services Competitors -27.73% -14.23% -4.01%

Volatility and Risk

Key Energy Services has a beta of 2.8, meaning that its share price is 180% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Key Energy Services’ competitors have a beta of 1.82, meaning that their average share price is 82% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Key Energy Services beats its competitors on 6 of the 11 factors compared.

Key Energy Services Company Profile

Key Energy Services, Inc. is an onshore, rig-based well servicing contractor. The Company provides a range of well services to oil companies, foreign national oil companies, and independent oil and natural gas production companies. The Company operates in five segments: U.S. Rig Services, Fluid Management Services, Coiled Tubing Services, Fishing and Rental Services, and International. Its U.S. Rig Services, Fluid Management Services, Coiled Tubing Services, Fishing and Rental Services operate geographically within the United States. The International segment includes its operations in Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Russia, Bahrain and Oman. The Company’s services include rig-based and coiled tubing-based well maintenance and workover services, well completion and recompletion services, fluid management services, fishing and rental services, and other ancillary oilfield services. Additionally, certain of its rigs provide specialty drilling applications.

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