Analysis of Weatherford International (WFRD) and its rivals

Weatherford International (NASDAQ: WFRD – Get Rating) is one of 23 public companies in the “oil and gas field machinery” sector, but how does it differ from its rivals? We will compare Weatherford International to similar companies based on its risk strength, valuation, dividends, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommendations for Weatherford International and its rivals, as provided by

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
Weatherford International 0 0 2 0 3.00
Weatherford International Competitors 239 1420 1392 39 2.40

Weatherford International currently has a consensus price target of $47.00, indicating a potential upside of 40.05%. As a group, the Oil & Gas Field Machinery companies have an upside potential of 10.94%. Given Weatherford International’s stronger consensus rating and higher likely upside, analysts clearly believe Weatherford International is more favorable than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.1% of Weatherford International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.0% of the shares of all Oil & Gas Field Machinery companies are held by institutional investors. 11.8% of the shares of all Oil & Gas Field Machinery companies are held by insiders of the company. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers, and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of Weatherford International and its competitors.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
Weatherford International -11.04% -36.94% -4.35%
Weatherford International Competitors -6.04% -9.89% -1.96%

Valuation and benefits

This table compares the gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation of Weatherford International and its rivals.

Gross revenue Net revenue Price/earnings ratio
Weatherford International $3.65 billion -$450.00 million -5.68
Weatherford International Competitors $3.96 billion -$425.06 million 11.74

Weatherford International’s competitors have higher revenues and profits than Weatherford International. Weatherford International trades at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


Rivals Weatherford International beat Weatherford International on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

Weatherford International Company Profile (Get a rating)

Weatherford International plc, an energy services company, provides equipment and services for the drilling, appraisal, completion, production and intervention of oil, geothermal and natural gas wells worldwide. The Company operates in two segments, Western Hemisphere and Eastern Hemisphere. It offers artificial lift systems, including reciprocating rods, progressive cavity, gas, hydraulic, piston and hybrid pumping systems, as well as related automation and control systems; pressure pumping and reservoir stimulation services, such as souring, fracturing, cementing and coiled tubing work; and drill pipe testing tools, surface well testing and multi-phase flow measurement services. The company also provides safety, downhole reservoir monitoring, flow control and multi-stage fracturing systems, as well as sand control technologies and production and isolation packers; liner hangers for suspending casing string in high temperature, high pressure wells; cementing products, including plugs, float and stage equipment, and torque and drag reduction technology for zonal isolation; and pre-construction planning and installation services. In addition, it offers directional drilling services and logging and measurement-while-drilling services; services related to steerable rotary systems, high temperature and high pressure sensors, drill reamers and circulation submarines; rotary control devices and advanced automated control systems, as well as closed loop drilling, air drilling, pressure controlled drilling and underbalance drilling services; open hole and cased hole logging services; and intervention and remediation services. In addition, the company provides tube handling, management and connection services; and re-entry, fishing, wellbore cleaning and well abandonment services, as well as patented downhole equipment, tubular handling equipment, pressure control equipment, and rods and collars drilling. The company was incorporated in 1972 and is based in Houston, Texas.

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