Carbo Ceramics (CRR) versus Core Laboratories N.V. (NYSE:CLB) Head to Head Comparison

Core Laboratories N.V. (NYSE: CLB) and Carbo Ceramics (NYSE:CRR) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends and analyst recommendations.


Core Laboratories N.V. pays an annual dividend of $2.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Carbo Ceramics does not pay a dividend. Core Laboratories N.V. pays out 134.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Risk and Volatility

Core Laboratories N.V. has a beta of 1.6, suggesting that its share price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Carbo Ceramics has a beta of 1.67, suggesting that its share price is 67% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Core Laboratories N.V. and Carbo Ceramics’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Core Laboratories N.V. $614.73 million 6.43 $123.03 million $1.64 54.60
Carbo Ceramics $127.54 million 1.35 -$64.41 million ($3.53) -1.80

Core Laboratories N.V. has higher revenue and earnings than Carbo Ceramics. Carbo Ceramics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Core Laboratories N.V., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

82.5% of Carbo Ceramics shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Core Laboratories N.V. shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 18.0% of Carbo Ceramics shares are held 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.


This table compares Core Laboratories N.V. and Carbo Ceramics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Core Laboratories N.V. 11.80% 49.29% 13.35%
Carbo Ceramics -72.46% -12.72% -10.76%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Core Laboratories N.V. and Carbo Ceramics, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Core Laboratories N.V. 1 8 4 0 2.23
Carbo Ceramics 1 5 1 0 2.00

Core Laboratories N.V. currently has a consensus target price of $118.00, indicating a potential upside of 31.77%. Carbo Ceramics has a consensus target price of $10.93, indicating a potential upside of 71.83%. Given Carbo Ceramics’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Carbo Ceramics is more favorable than Core Laboratories N.V..


Core Laboratories N.V. beats Carbo Ceramics on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Core Laboratories N.V.

Core Laboratories N.V. provides reservoir description, production enhancement and reservoir management services to the oil and gas industry. The Company operates through three segments: Reservoir Description, Production Enhancement and Reservoir Management. The Reservoir Description segment encompasses the characterization of petroleum reservoir rock, fluid and gas samples. It provides analytical and field services to characterize properties of crude oil and petroleum products to the oil and gas industry. The Production Enhancement segment includes products and services relating to reservoir well completions, perforations, stimulations and production. It provides integrated diagnostic services to evaluate the effectiveness of well completions. The Reservoir Management segment combines and integrates information from reservoir description and production enhancement services to increase production and recovery of oil and gas from its clients’ reservoirs.

About Carbo Ceramics

CARBO Ceramics Inc. is a technology company that provides products and services to the global oil and gas and industrial markets. The Company operates through two segments: Oilfield Technologies and Services, and Environmental Products and Services. The Company’s oilfield technologies and services segment includes the manufacturing and selling of proppant products for use primarily in the hydraulic fracturing of oil and natural gas wells, Fracpro software for the design of fracture treatments, and StrataGen consulting services for the optimizing of well completions. The Company’s environmental products and services segment is intended to protect operators’ assets, minimize environmental risks, and lower lease operating expense (LOE). The Company, through Asset Guard Products Inc. (AGPI), provides spill prevention, containment and countermeasure systems for the oil and gas industry. The Company manufactures various ceramic proppants.

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