Natural Gas Services Group (NYSE: NGS) is one of 31 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & gas field services, not elsewhere classified” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Natural Gas Services Group to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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90.9% of Natural Gas Services Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.5% of shares of all “Oil & gas field services, not elsewhere classified” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.5% of Natural Gas Services Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 15.8% of shares of all “Oil & gas field services, not elsewhere classified” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Natural Gas Services Group has a beta of 1.24, meaning that its stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Natural Gas Services Group’s rivals have a beta of 1.31, meaning that their average stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Natural Gas Services Group and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Natural Gas Services Group 29.31% 0.62% 0.51%
Natural Gas Services Group Competitors -4.56% -0.25% -1.18%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Natural Gas Services Group and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Natural Gas Services Group $67.69 million $19.85 million 235.00
Natural Gas Services Group Competitors $3.87 billion $114.07 million -5.47

Natural Gas Services Group’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Natural Gas Services Group. Natural Gas Services Group is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Natural Gas Services Group and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Natural Gas Services Group 0 0 3 0 3.00
Natural Gas Services Group Competitors 235 1135 1722 76 2.52

Natural Gas Services Group presently has a consensus price target of $28.00, indicating a potential upside of 8.32%. As a group, “Oil & gas field services, not elsewhere classified” companies have a potential upside of 20.45%. Given Natural Gas Services Group’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Natural Gas Services Group has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

Natural Gas Services Group beats its rivals on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Natural Gas Services Group Company Profile

Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. is a provider of small to medium horsepower compression equipment to the natural gas industry. The Company focuses primarily on the non-conventional natural gas and oil production business in the United States, such as coal bed methane, gas shale, tight gas and oil shales. The Company manufactures, fabricates and rents natural gases compressors that enhance the production of natural gas wells and provides maintenance services for its natural gas compressors. In addition, it sells custom fabricated natural gas compressors to meet customer specifications dictated by well pressures, production characteristics and particular applications. It also manufactures and sells flare systems for oil and gas plant and production facilities. The Company’s operating units include Gas Compressor Rental, Engineered Equipment Sales, Service and Maintenance, and Corporate.

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