In the following video, Motley Fool energy analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman discuss Core Laboratories' (NYSE:CLB) excellent performance so far this year. The company's strong Q4 earnings led them to kick off Q1 this year with a powerful start, and Core Labs is also showing both record profits and record free cash flow at the moment. Joel tells us, however, why this isn't a value play at its current valuation and gives us the story behind Core Labs' recent success.

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