Reviewing Halliburton (HAL) and Emerge Energy Services (EMES)

Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) and Emerge Energy Services (NYSE:EMES) are both energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Halliburton and Emerge Energy Services, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Halliburton 0 2 20 0 2.91
Emerge Energy Services 0 5 4 0 2.44

Halliburton presently has a consensus price target of $59.63, indicating a potential upside of 7.23%. Emerge Energy Services has a consensus price target of $15.88, indicating a potential upside of 76.98%. Given Emerge Energy Services’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Emerge Energy Services is more favorable than Halliburton.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Halliburton and Emerge Energy Services’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Halliburton $20.62 billion 2.35 -$5.76 billion ($0.51) -109.04
Emerge Energy Services $128.40 million 2.11 -$72.77 million ($1.08) -8.31

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

Dividends

Halliburton pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Emerge Energy Services does not pay a dividend. Halliburton pays out -141.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

79.9% of Halliburton shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.4% of Emerge Energy Services shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Halliburton shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Halliburton has a beta of 1.03, suggesting that its stock price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Emerge Energy Services has a beta of 1.58, suggesting that its stock price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Halliburton and Emerge Energy Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Halliburton -2.25% 11.95% 4.20%
Emerge Energy Services -10.94% -69.67% -11.03%

Summary

Halliburton beats Emerge Energy Services on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Halliburton

Halliburton Company provides services and products to the upstream oil and natural gas industry throughout the lifecycle of the reservoir, from locating hydrocarbons and managing geological data, to drilling and formation evaluation, well construction and completion, and optimizing production throughout the life of the field. It operates through two segments: the Completion and Production segment, and the Drilling and Evaluation segment. The Completion and Production segment delivers cementing, stimulation, intervention, pressure control, specialty chemicals, artificial lift and completion services. The Drilling and Evaluation segment provides field and reservoir modeling, drilling, evaluation and wellbore placement solutions that enable customers to model, measure, drill and optimize their well construction activities. It serves national and independent oil and natural gas companies. As of December 31, 2016, it had conducted business in approximately 70 countries around the world.

About Emerge Energy Services

Emerge Energy Services LP owns, operates, acquires and develops a portfolio of energy service assets. The Company operates through Sand segment. The Company conducts its Sand operations through its subsidiary, Superior Silica Sands LLC (SSS). The Company’s Sand business mines, processes and distributes silica sand, an input for the hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells. As of December 31, 2016, its Wisconsin facilities consisted of three dry plants located in Arland, Barron and New Auburn, Wisconsin, with a total permitted capacity of 6.3 million finished tons per year, and five wet plants and mine complexes. As of December 31, 2016, its dry plant in Kosse, Texas, had a capacity of 600,000 tons per year that is supplied by a separate mine and wet plant that processes local Texas sand. As of December 31, 2016, the Company also had 14 transload facilities located throughout North America in the basins where it delivers its sand, as well as a fleet of 5,573 railcars.

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