Head-To-Head Comparison: Superior Energy Services (SPN) and Exterran Corporation (EXTN)

Superior Energy Services (NYSE: SPN) and Exterran Corporation (NYSE:EXTN) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Superior Energy Services and Exterran Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Superior Energy Services $1.55 billion 0.99 -$16.52 million ($3.20) -3.13
Exterran Corporation $1.07 billion 1.07 $161.23 million ($0.48) -66.67

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

89.9% of Exterran Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.9% of Superior Energy Services shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of Exterran Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Superior Energy Services and Exterran Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Superior Energy Services -31.24% -28.82% -10.86%
Exterran Corporation -1.45% -5.57% -2.24%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Superior Energy Services and Exterran Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Superior Energy Services 0 13 8 0 2.38
Exterran Corporation 0 2 0 0 2.00

Superior Energy Services currently has a consensus price target of $16.11, suggesting a potential upside of 60.79%. Exterran Corporation has a consensus price target of $28.00, suggesting a potential downside of 12.50%. Given Superior Energy Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Superior Energy Services is more favorable than Exterran Corporation.

Risk & Volatility

Superior Energy Services has a beta of 2.14, indicating that its share price is 114% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Exterran Corporation has a beta of 1.44, indicating that its share price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Exterran Corporation beats Superior Energy Services on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Superior Energy Services Company Profile

Superior Energy Services, Inc. provides a range of services and products to the energy industry related to the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas. The Company’s segments include Drilling Products and Services, which rents and sells bottom hole assemblies, drill pipe, tubulars and specialized equipment for use with onshore and offshore oil and gas well drilling, production and workover activities; Onshore Completion and Workover Services, which provides pressure pumping services used to complete and stimulate production in new oil and gas wells, fluid handling services and well servicing rigs that provide a range of well completion and maintenance services; Production Services, which provides intervention services, such as coiled tubing, cased hole and mechanical wireline, hydraulic workover and snubbing, and remedial pumping services, and Technical Solutions, which provides services requiring specialized engineering, manufacturing or project planning.

Exterran Corporation Company Profile

Exterran Corporation provides compression, production and processing products and services that support the production and transportation of oil and natural gas around the world. The Company operates through three segments: contract operations, aftermarket services, and oil and gas product sales. The contract operations segment provides natural gas compression services, production and processing equipment services, and maintenance services to meet specific customer requirements on assets owned by it. The aftermarket services segment provides a range of services to support the surface production, compression and processing needs of customers, from parts sales and normal maintenance services to full operation of a customer’s owned assets. The oil and gas product sales segment provides design, engineering, manufacturing, installation and sale of natural gas compression units, and accessories and equipment used in the production, treating and processing of crude oil and natural gas.

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