Analyzing Expro Group (NYSE:XPRO) & KLX Energy Services (NASDAQ:KLXE)

Expro Group (NYSE:XPROGet Rating) and KLX Energy Services (NASDAQ:KLXEGet Rating) 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 valuation, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Expro Group and KLX Energy Services’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Expro Group $825.76 million 2.21 -$131.89 million ($2.26) -7.37
KLX Energy Services $465.60 million 0.12 -$105.60 million ($13.27) -0.39

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Expro Group and KLX Energy Services, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Expro Group 0 1 0 0 2.00
KLX Energy Services 0 2 0 0 2.00

KLX Energy Services has a consensus price target of $4.50, suggesting a potential downside of 13.63%. Given KLX Energy Services’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe KLX Energy Services is more favorable than Expro Group.

Profitability

This table compares Expro Group and KLX Energy Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Expro Group -23.28% -4.24% -3.19%
KLX Energy Services -25.93% -835.23% -31.42%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

21.9% of KLX Energy Services shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of Expro Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 18.5% of KLX Energy Services shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Expro Group has a beta of 1.17, meaning that its share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, KLX Energy Services has a beta of 2.44, meaning that its share price is 144% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Expro Group beats KLX Energy Services on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Expro Group Company Profile (Get Rating)

Expro Group Holdings N.V. engages in the provision of energy services in North and Latin America, Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, and the Asia-Pacific. The company provides well construction services, such as technology solutions in drilling, tubular running services, and cementing and tubulars; and well management services, including well flow management, subsea well access, and well intervention and integrity services. It serves exploration and production companies in onshore and offshore environments in approximately 60 countries with approximately 100 locations. The company was founded in 1938 and is based in Houston, Texas.

KLX Energy Services Company Profile (Get Rating)

KLX Energy Services Holdings, Inc. engages in the provision of completion, intervention and production services and products to onshore oil and gas producing regions. It operates through the following geographical segments: Southwest, Rocky Mountains and Northeast. The company was founded in 2018 and is headquartered in Houston, TX.

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