Superior Energy Services (OTCMKTS:SPNX) & Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) Critical Comparison

Superior Energy Services (OTCMKTS:SPNX) and Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Risk and Volatility

Superior Energy Services has a beta of 2.94, suggesting that its stock price is 194% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Halliburton has a beta of 2.71, suggesting that its stock price is 171% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

23.5% of Superior Energy Services shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.5% of Halliburton shares are held by institutional investors. 7.3% of Superior Energy Services shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.5% of Halliburton shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Superior Energy Services and Halliburton’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Superior Energy Services $1.43 billion 0.00 -$255.72 million N/A N/A
Halliburton $22.41 billion 0.63 -$1.13 billion $1.24 12.82

Superior Energy Services has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Halliburton.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Superior Energy Services and Halliburton, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Superior Energy Services 0 0 0 0 N/A
Halliburton 2 17 5 2 2.27

Halliburton has a consensus price target of $13.25, suggesting a potential downside of 16.67%. Given Halliburton’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Halliburton is more favorable than Superior Energy Services.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Superior Energy Services -22.22% -565.78% -4.82%
Halliburton -26.60% 11.10% 3.08%


Halliburton beats Superior Energy Services on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Superior Energy Services

Superior Energy Services, Inc. provides oilfield services and equipment to oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Drilling Products and Services, Onshore Completion and Workover Services, Production Services, and Technical Solutions. The Drilling Products and Services segment rents downhole drilling tools, including tubulars, such as primary drill pipe strings, landing strings, completion tubulars, and associated accessories, as well as manufactures and rents bottom hole tools comprising stabilizers, non-magnetic drill collars, and hole openers; and surfaces, such as temporary onshore and offshore accommodation modules and accessories. The Onshore Completion and Workover Services segment offers fluid management services used to obtain, move, store, and dispose of fluids that are involved in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas; and workover services consisting of installations, completions, and sidetracking of wells, as well as support for perforating operations. The Production Services segment provides intervention services, such as coiled tubing, cased hole and mechanical wireline, hydraulic workover and snubbing, pressure control, production testing and optimization, and remedial pumping services. The Technical Solutions segment offers well containment systems; completion tools and services, including sand control systems, well screens and filters, and surface-controlled sub surface safety valves; and well and sand control, and stimulation services. This segment also produces and sells oil and gas. Superior Energy Services, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

About Halliburton

Halliburton Co. engages in the provision of services and products to the energy industry related to the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas. It operates through the following segments: Completion and Production, and Drilling and Evaluation. The Completion and Production segment delivers cementing, stimulation, intervention, pressure control, specialty chemicals, artificial lift, and completion services. The Drilling and Evaluation segment provides field and reservoir modeling, drilling, evaluation, and wellbore placement solutions that enable customers to model, measure, and optimize their well construction activities. The company was founded by Erle P. Halliburton in 1919 and is headquartered in Houston, TX.

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