Financial Survey: RigNet (RNET) & Liberty Oilfield Services (LBRT)

Liberty Oilfield Services (NYSE: LBRT) and RigNet (NASDAQ:RNET) are both energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Liberty Oilfield Services and RigNet’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Liberty Oilfield Services N/A N/A N/A $0.92 21.52
RigNet $220.62 million 1.19 -$11.50 million ($0.79) -18.16

Liberty Oilfield Services has higher earnings, but lower revenue than RigNet. RigNet is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Liberty Oilfield Services, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Liberty Oilfield Services and RigNet, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liberty Oilfield Services 0 1 8 0 2.89
RigNet 0 3 1 0 2.25

Liberty Oilfield Services currently has a consensus target price of $29.29, indicating a potential upside of 47.91%. RigNet has a consensus target price of $19.00, indicating a potential upside of 32.40%. Given Liberty Oilfield Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Liberty Oilfield Services is more favorable than RigNet.


This table compares Liberty Oilfield Services and RigNet’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liberty Oilfield Services N/A N/A N/A
RigNet -7.05% -11.13% -5.49%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

92.1% of RigNet shares are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of RigNet shares are held by 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.


Liberty Oilfield Services beats RigNet on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

RigNet Company Profile

RigNet, Inc. (RigNet) provides customized systems and solutions serving customers with data networking and operational requirements. The Company provides voice and data network, video conferencing and monitoring, crew welfare, asset and weather monitoring, and real-time data services. It operates through two segments: Managed Services, and Systems Integration and Automation (SI&A). The Managed Services segment provides remote communications services for offshore and onshore drilling rigs and production facilities, as well as, support vessels and other remote sites. The SI&A segment provides customized solutions for customer telecommunications systems. As of December 31, 2016, the Company provided remote communications and collaborative services to approximately 500 customers reaching approximately 900 remote sites located in approximately 50 countries on six continents. It provides managed remote communications, engineered telecommunications solutions and applications.

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