Critical Survey: Aris Water Solutions (NYSE:ARIS) and Superior Energy Services (OTCMKTS:SPNVD)

Superior Energy Services (OTCMKTS:SPNVDGet Rating) and Aris Water Solutions (NYSE:ARISGet Rating) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

8.8% of Superior Energy Services shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 36.4% of Aris Water Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.3% of Superior Energy Services shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 29.8% of Aris Water Solutions shares are owned 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 Superior Energy Services and Aris Water Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Superior Energy Services -48.56% -73.42% -7.25%
Aris Water Solutions N/A N/A N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Superior Energy Services and Aris Water Solutions’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Superior Energy Services $2.13 billion 0.03 -$858.11 million ($9.00) -0.53
Aris Water Solutions $229.25 million 4.01 -$9.22 million N/A N/A

Aris Water Solutions has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Superior Energy Services.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Superior Energy Services and Aris Water Solutions, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Superior Energy Services 0 0 0 0 N/A
Aris Water Solutions 0 1 6 0 2.86

Aris Water Solutions has a consensus price target of $20.20, suggesting a potential upside of 25.86%. Given Aris Water Solutions’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Aris Water Solutions is more favorable than Superior Energy Services.


Aris Water Solutions beats Superior Energy Services on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Superior Energy Services

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Superior Energy Services, Inc. engages in the provision of oilfield services and equipment. It operates through the following segments: Drilling Products & Services, Onshore Completion & Workover Services, Production Services and Technical Solutions. The Drilling Products and Services segment provides downhole drilling tools and surface rentals. The Onshore Completion and Workover Services segment offers pressure pumping, fluid management and workover services. The Production Services segment gives intervention services. The Technical Solutions segment involves in the products and services that address customer-specific needs with applications, which typically require engineering, manufacturing or project planning. The company was founded by Terence E. Hall in 1989 and is headquartered in Houston, TX.

About Aris Water Solutions

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Aris Water Solutions, Inc., an environmental infrastructure and solutions company, provides water handling and recycling solutions. The company's produced water handling business gathers, transports, unless recycled, and handles produced water generated from oil and natural gas production. Its water solutions business develops and operates recycling facilities to treat, store, and recycle produced water. The company was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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