Head to Head Contrast: Natural Gas Services Group (NGS) versus Its Peers

Natural Gas Services Group (NYSE: NGS) is one of 85 publicly-traded companies in the “OIL MACH/SVC/DRILL” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Natural Gas Services Group to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

Natural Gas Services Group has a beta of 1.27, meaning that its share price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Natural Gas Services Group’s competitors have a beta of 1.69, meaning that their average share price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Natural Gas Services Group and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Natural Gas Services Group $67.69 million $19.85 million 15.94
Natural Gas Services Group Competitors $2.01 billion -$157.82 million 1.57

Natural Gas Services Group’s competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Natural Gas Services Group. Natural Gas Services Group is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Natural Gas Services Group and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Natural Gas Services Group 29.31% 0.62% 0.51%
Natural Gas Services Group Competitors -14.47% -14.13% -3.81%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.9% of Natural Gas Services Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.7% of shares of all “OIL MACH/SVC/DRILL” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.5% of Natural Gas Services Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.2% of shares of all “OIL MACH/SVC/DRILL” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Natural Gas Services Group and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Natural Gas Services Group 0 0 3 0 3.00
Natural Gas Services Group Competitors 1141 4197 4530 169 2.37

Natural Gas Services Group presently has a consensus price target of $28.00, suggesting a potential upside of 16.33%. As a group, “OIL MACH/SVC/DRILL” companies have a potential upside of 23.23%. Given Natural Gas Services Group’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Natural Gas Services Group has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Natural Gas Services Group beats its competitors on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Natural Gas Services Group

Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. is a provider of small to medium horsepower compression equipment to the natural gas industry. The Company focuses primarily on the non-conventional natural gas and oil production business in the United States, such as coal bed methane, gas shale, tight gas and oil shales. The Company manufactures, fabricates and rents natural gases compressors that enhance the production of natural gas wells and provides maintenance services for its natural gas compressors. In addition, it sells custom fabricated natural gas compressors to meet customer specifications dictated by well pressures, production characteristics and particular applications. It also manufactures and sells flare systems for oil and gas plant and production facilities. The Company’s operating units include Gas Compressor Rental, Engineered Equipment Sales, Service and Maintenance, and Corporate.

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