Forbes Energy Services (NASDAQ: FES) and SAExploration Holdings (NASDAQ:SAEX) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Forbes Energy Services and SAExploration Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Forbes Energy Services -81.29% N/A -28.29%
SAExploration Holdings -16.08% -97.88% -15.44%

Volatility & Risk

Forbes Energy Services has a beta of 2.16, suggesting that its share price is 116% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SAExploration Holdings has a beta of -0.04, suggesting that its share price is 104% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

32.0% of Forbes Energy Services shares are owned by institutional investors. 20.7% of Forbes Energy Services shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.6% of SAExploration Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Forbes Energy Services and SAExploration Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Forbes Energy Services 0 0 0 0 N/A
SAExploration Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Forbes Energy Services and SAExploration Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Forbes Energy Services N/A N/A N/A ($4.36) -0.02
SAExploration Holdings $201.58 million 0.14 $31.63 million ($2.29) -1.28

SAExploration Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Forbes Energy Services. SAExploration Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Forbes Energy Services, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

About Forbes Energy Services

Forbes Energy Services Ltd. (FES Ltd.) is a holding company. The Company is an independent oilfield services contractor that provides a range of well site services to oil and natural gas drilling and producing companies to develop the production of oil and natural gas. The Company’s segments are Well Servicing and Fluid Logistics. Its services include fluid disposal and well maintenance. The Company’s Well Servicing segment provides an offering of well services to oil and natural gas companies, including completions of drilled oil and natural gas wells, wellbore maintenance, workovers and recompletions, tubing testing, and plugging and abandonment services. Its Fluid Logistics segment provides a range of oilfield fluid sales, transportation, storage and disposal services that are required on workover, drilling and completion projects, and are used in daily operation of producing wells by oil and natural gas producers. It operates approximately six coiled tubing spreads.

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