Reviewing Oceaneering International (OII) and Liberty Oilfield Services (LBRT)

Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII) and Liberty Oilfield Services (NYSE:LBRT) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.


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This table compares Oceaneering International and Liberty Oilfield Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Oceaneering International 8.66% -0.49% -0.24%
Liberty Oilfield Services N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Oceaneering International and Liberty Oilfield Services, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Oceaneering International 3 15 3 0 2.00
Liberty Oilfield Services 0 1 8 0 2.89

Oceaneering International currently has a consensus target price of $22.10, indicating a potential upside of 9.95%. Liberty Oilfield Services has a consensus target price of $28.71, indicating a potential upside of 44.80%. Given Liberty Oilfield Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Liberty Oilfield Services is more favorable than Oceaneering International.


Oceaneering International pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Liberty Oilfield Services does not pay a dividend. Oceaneering International pays out -428.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

99.4% of Oceaneering International shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Oceaneering International shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Oceaneering International and Liberty Oilfield Services’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Oceaneering International $1.92 billion 1.03 $166.39 million ($0.07) -287.14
Liberty Oilfield Services $1.49 billion 1.57 $168.50 million $0.88 22.53

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


Liberty Oilfield Services beats Oceaneering International on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Oceaneering International

Oceaneering International, Inc. is an oilfield provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications. The Company’s business segments are contained within two businesses: services and products provided to the oil and gas industry (Oilfield) and all other services and products (Advanced Technologies). Its four business segments within the Oilfield business are Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), Subsea Products, Subsea Projects and Asset Integrity. The services and products it provides to the oil and gas industry include remotely operated vehicles, specialty subsea hardware, engineering and project management, subsea intervention services, including manned diving, survey and positioning services and asset integrity and nondestructive testing services. The Company serves the defense, aerospace and commercial theme park industries.

About Liberty Oilfield Services

Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. provides hydraulic fracturing services to onshore oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in North America. It has 19 active fleets. The company provides its services primarily in the Permian Basin, the Eagle Ford Shale, the Denver-Julesburg Basin, the Williston Basin, and the Powder River Basin. Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

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