Baker Hughes (NYSE:BKR) versus National-Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV) Head to Head Review

Baker Hughes (NYSE:BKR) and National-Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Dividends

Baker Hughes pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. National-Oilwell Varco pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Baker Hughes pays out 109.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. National-Oilwell Varco pays out -250.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Baker Hughes and National-Oilwell Varco’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Baker Hughes 0.89% 1.19% 0.78%
National-Oilwell Varco -66.29% -2.82% -1.84%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Baker Hughes and National-Oilwell Varco’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Baker Hughes $22.88 billion 1.01 $195.00 million $0.66 33.97
National-Oilwell Varco $8.45 billion 1.03 -$31.00 million ($0.08) -281.88

Baker Hughes has higher revenue and earnings than National-Oilwell Varco. National-Oilwell Varco is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Baker Hughes, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

97.5% of Baker Hughes shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.4% of National-Oilwell Varco shares are held by institutional investors. 2.7% of Baker Hughes shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of National-Oilwell Varco shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Baker Hughes has a beta of 0.98, indicating that its stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National-Oilwell Varco has a beta of 1.32, indicating that its stock price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Baker Hughes and National-Oilwell Varco, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Baker Hughes 0 0 3 0 3.00
National-Oilwell Varco 3 9 10 0 2.32

Baker Hughes presently has a consensus target price of $30.00, indicating a potential upside of 33.81%. National-Oilwell Varco has a consensus target price of $26.72, indicating a potential upside of 18.50%. Given Baker Hughes’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Baker Hughes is more favorable than National-Oilwell Varco.

Summary

Baker Hughes beats National-Oilwell Varco on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Baker Hughes Company Profile

Baker Hughes Company provides integrated oilfield products, services, and digital solutions worldwide. Its Oilfield Services segment offers drilling, wireline, evaluation, completion, production, and intervention services; and drilling and completions fluids, completions tools and systems, wellbore intervention tools and services, artificial lift systems, pressure pumping systems, and oilfield and industrial chemicals for integrated oil and natural gas and oilfield service companies. The company's Oilfield Equipment segment designs and manufactures products and services, including pressure control equipment and services, subsea production systems and services, drilling equipment, and flexible pipeline systems; and onshore and offshore drilling and production systems, and equipment for floating production platforms, as well as provides a range of services related to onshore and offshore drilling activities. Its Turbomachinery & Process Solutions segment provides equipment and related services for mechanical-drive, compression, and power-generation applications across the oil and gas industry. Its product portfolio includes drivers, compressors, and turnkey solutions; and pumps, valves, and compressed natural gas and small-scale liquefied natural gas solutions. This segment serves upstream, midstream, onshore and offshore, industrial, engineering, procurement, and construction companies. The company's Digital Solutions segment provides sensor-based measurement, non-destructive testing and inspection, turbine, generator and plant controls, and condition monitoring, as well as pipeline integrity solutions for a range of industries, including oil and gas, power generation, aerospace, metals, and transportation. It serves through direct and indirect channels. The company was formerly known as Baker Hughes, a GE company and changed its name to Baker Hughes Company in October 2019. Baker Hughes Company is based in Houston, Texas.

National-Oilwell Varco Company Profile

National Oilwell Varco, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells systems, components, and products for oil and gas drilling and production worldwide. It operates in three segments: Wellbore Technologies, Completion & Production Solutions, and Rig Technologies. The Wellbore Technologies segment offers various equipment and technologies used to perform drilling operations. It also provides solids control and waste management equipment and services; drilling fluids; portable power generation products; drill and wired pipes; drilling optimization and automation services; tubular inspection, repair, and coating services; rope access inspection, instrumentation, and measuring and monitoring services; downhole and fishing tools; steerable technologies; hole openers; and drill bits. The Completion & Production Solutions segment provides equipment and technologies for hydraulic fracture stimulation, including pressure pumping trucks, blenders, sanders, hydration units, injection units, flowline, and manifolds; well intervention, such as coiled tubing units, coiled tubing, and wireline units, as well as blowout preventers and tools; onshore production comprising fluid processing systems, composite pipes, surface transfer and progressive cavity pumps, and artificial lift systems; offshore production that include fluid processing systems, floating production systems, and subsea production technologies; and connectors for conductor pipes. The Rig Technologies segment offers substructures, derricks, and masts; cranes; jacking systems; pipe lifting, racking, rotating, and assembly systems; mud pumps; blowout preventers; drives and generators; rig instrumentation and control systems; mooring, anchor, and deck handling machinery; and pipelay and construction systems. It also provides spare parts, repair, and rentals, as well as remote equipment monitoring, technical support, field service, and customer training services. The company was founded in 1862 and is based in Houston, Texas.

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