Reviewing Matrix Service (MTRX) & Exterran Corporation (NYSE:EXTN)

Exterran Corporation (NYSE: EXTN) and Matrix Service (NASDAQ:MTRX) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

89.7% of Exterran Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.0% of Matrix Service shares are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Exterran Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of Matrix Service shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Exterran Corporation has a beta of 1.35, suggesting that its stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Matrix Service has a beta of 0.75, suggesting that its stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Exterran Corporation and Matrix Service’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Exterran Corporation -1.45% -5.57% -2.24%
Matrix Service 0.78% 3.07% 1.69%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Exterran Corporation and Matrix Service, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Exterran Corporation 0 2 0 0 2.00
Matrix Service 0 2 1 0 2.33

Exterran Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $28.00, suggesting a potential upside of 16.62%. Matrix Service has a consensus price target of $20.00, suggesting a potential upside of 104.08%. Given Matrix Service’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Matrix Service is more favorable than Exterran Corporation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Exterran Corporation and Matrix Service’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Exterran Corporation $1.07 billion 0.80 $161.23 million ($0.48) -50.02
Matrix Service $1.27 billion 0.21 $32.57 million $0.37 26.49

Exterran Corporation has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Matrix Service. Exterran Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Matrix Service, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Matrix Service beats Exterran Corporation on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Exterran Corporation

Exterran Corporation provides compression, production and processing products and services that support the production and transportation of oil and natural gas around the world. The Company operates through three segments: contract operations, aftermarket services, and oil and gas product sales. The contract operations segment provides natural gas compression services, production and processing equipment services, and maintenance services to meet specific customer requirements on assets owned by it. The aftermarket services segment provides a range of services to support the surface production, compression and processing needs of customers, from parts sales and normal maintenance services to full operation of a customer’s owned assets. The oil and gas product sales segment provides design, engineering, manufacturing, installation and sale of natural gas compression units, and accessories and equipment used in the production, treating and processing of crude oil and natural gas.

About Matrix Service

Matrix Service Company provides engineering, fabrication, infrastructure, construction and maintenance services primarily to the oil, gas, power, petrochemical, industrial, mining and minerals markets. The Company’s segments include Electrical Infrastructure, Oil Gas & Chemical, Storage Solutions and Industrial. The Electrical Infrastructure segment primarily includes construction and maintenance services to a range of power generation facilities, such as combined cycle plants, natural gas fired power stations and renewable energy installations. The Oil Gas & Chemical segment includes turnaround activities, plant maintenance services and construction in the downstream petroleum industry. The Storage Solutions segment includes new construction of crude and refined products aboveground storage tanks (ASTs), as well as planned and emergency maintenance services. The Industrial segment includes construction and maintenance work in the iron and steel and mining and minerals industries.

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