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3 Oil & Gas Equipment Stocks From the Prospering Industry

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Oil and gas prices are still extremely favorable for exploration and production activities. Higher upstream activities are leading to improvement in demand for drilling & production equipment, thereby brightening the outlook for the Zacks Oil and Gas- Mechanical and Equipment industry.

Investors are liking plans for inorganic expansion and reducing Scope 1 and 2 emissions. Some of the oil & gas equipment stocks have a strong balance sheet with no debt load, probably helping them to sail through various business uncertainties. Frontrunners in the industry include NOW Inc. (DNOW - Free Report) , Dril-Quip, Inc. (DRQ - Free Report) and Oil States International, Inc. (OIS - Free Report) .

About the Industry

The Zacks Oil and Gas - Mechanical and Equipment industry comprises companies that provide necessary oilfield equipment — production machinery, pumps, valves and several other drilling appliances like rig components — to exploration and production companies. These help upstream energy players extract crude oil and natural gas from fields, both onshore and offshore. Hence, the well-being of oilfield equipment businesses is positively correlated to expenditures by upstream companies. These companies receive deals from integrated energy firms and independent as well as national oil and gas companies. Oilfield equipment providers also design, manufacture, engineer and install products used to treat and process crude oil, natural gas and others. Their products also comprise gadgets and instruments used in gas compression packages and water treatment works.

What's Shaping the Future of the Oil & Gas Equipment Industry?

Drilling & Production Equipment Demand to Improve: Oil price is trading at more than $85 per barrel. Favorable oil price is helping explorers and producers ramp up upstream activities, leading to higher demand for drilling & production equipment of the companies belonging to the industry.

Inorganic Expansion: To thrive in the competitive market, many companies belonging to the industry believe that inorganic expansion is the key. The strategy will also probably aid the players in maximizing shareholder value. The acquisition framework will mostly aim for those businesses with the potential for generating stable revenues along with intellectual property advantages.

Reduction in Scope 1 and 2 Emissions: To lower Scope 1 and 2 emissions, oil & gas equipment companies are launching decarbonization initiatives. This will aid the players in limiting global warming.

Zacks Industry Rank Indicates Bright Prospects

The Zacks Oil and Gas - Mechanical and Equipment is a 9-stock group within the broader Zacks Oil - Energy sector. The industry currently carries a Zacks Industry Rank #38, which places it in the top 15% of more than 250 Zacks industries.

The group’s Zacks Industry Rank, which is basically the average of the Zacks Rank of all the member stocks, indicates bullish near-term prospects. Our research shows that the top 50% of the Zacks-ranked industries outperform the bottom 50% by a factor of more than 2 to 1.

Before we present a few stocks that you may want to consider, let’s take a look at the industry’s recent stock-market performance and valuation picture.

Industry Underperforms Sector, Outperforms S&P 500

The Zacks Oil and Gas - Mechanical and Equipment industry has underperformed the broader Zacks Oil - Energy sector, but outperformed the Zacks S&P 500 composite over the past year.

The industry has improved 5.2% in the past year compared with the broader sector’s rise of 42.4%. The S&P 500 has declined 3.4% in the same time frame.

One-Year Price Performance

Industry's Current Valuation

Since oilfield equipment providers are debt-laden, it makes sense to value them based on the EV/EBITDA (Enterprise Value/Earnings before Interest Tax Depreciation and Amortization) ratio. This is because the valuation metric takes into account not just equity but also the level of debt. For capital-intensive companies, EV/EBITDA is a better valuation metric because it is not influenced by changing capital structures and ignores the effect of non-cash expenses.

On the basis of the trailing 12-month enterprise value-to EBITDA (EV/EBITDA), the industry is currently trading at 10.48X, lower than the S&P 500’s 13.41X. However, it is higher than the sector’s trailing-12-month EV/EBITDA of 3.40X.

Over the past five years, the industry has traded as high as 32.52X, as low as 2.49X, and with a median of 10.61X.

Trailing 12-Month Enterprise Value-to EBITDA (EV/EBITDA) Ratio

3 Oil & Gas Equipment Stocks Leading the Pack

NOW Inc: NOW is a well-known name in offering a comprehensive line of products and solutions to the energy companies worldwide that are involved in upstream, midstream and downstream activities. With an operating history of 160 years, NOW provides support to onshore and offshore activities in prolific oil and gas resources across the world.

With no outstanding long-term debt, NOW has a strong balance sheet. Shares of NOW, carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), have gained 26.3% so far this year, backed by its ability to sail through business uncertainties.

Price and Consensus: DNOW

Oil States International, Inc: Oil States International has a constant focus on capital and cost discipline. Owing to this discipline amid improving industry fundamentals, Oil States International is witnessing increasing revenues and EBITDA.

The company, with a Zacks Rank of 2, is also witnessing improvement in its Well Site Services segment, thanks to increased land-based completion and production activity. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Price and Consensus: OIS

Dril-Quip, Inc: Dril-Quip is a well-known name in manufacturing highly engineered drilling & production equipment. Dril-Quip enjoys a strong balance sheet with no debt load.

The Zacks #3 (Hold) Ranked stock has also set up a Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions reduction target to limit global warming.

Price and Consensus: DRQ



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