Reviewing Weatherford International (OTCMKTS:WFTIF) and Its Peers

Weatherford International (OTCMKTS: WFTIF) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & gas field machinery” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Weatherford International to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Weatherford International and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Weatherford International -53.77% N/A -7.53%
Weatherford International Competitors -5.52% 6.19% 3.88%

Volatility and Risk

Weatherford International has a beta of 2.81, indicating that its share price is 181% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Weatherford International’s rivals have a beta of 1.31, indicating that their average share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

85.7% of Weatherford International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.8% of shares of all “Oil & gas field machinery” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Weatherford International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 8.3% of shares of all “Oil & gas field machinery” 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Weatherford International and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Weatherford International 1 0 0 0 1.00
Weatherford International Competitors 211 1084 1041 26 2.37

As a group, “Oil & gas field machinery” companies have a potential upside of 31.67%. Given Weatherford International’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Weatherford International has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Weatherford International and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Weatherford International $5.74 billion -$2.81 billion -0.09
Weatherford International Competitors $4.18 billion -$512.36 million -15.10

Weatherford International has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its rivals. Weatherford International 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.

Summary

Weatherford International rivals beat Weatherford International on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

Weatherford International Company Profile

Weatherford International Plc provides equipment and services to the oil and natural gas exploration and production industry. It operates through two segments: Western Hemisphere and Eastern Hemispher. The company products and services are Drilling and Evaluation, Production, Completions, and Well Construction. Weatherford International was founded in 1941 and is headquartered in Baar, Switzerland.

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