Flotek Industries (NYSE: FTK) and Gulf Island Fabrication (NASDAQ:GIFI) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends, profitabiliy and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

99.5% of Flotek Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.5% of Gulf Island Fabrication shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.5% of Flotek Industries shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.4% of Gulf Island Fabrication shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Gulf Island Fabrication pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Flotek Industries does not pay a dividend. Gulf Island Fabrication pays out -14.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Flotek Industries and Gulf Island Fabrication, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Flotek Industries 0 0 1 0 3.00
Gulf Island Fabrication 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Flotek Industries and Gulf Island Fabrication’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Flotek Industries $278.97 million 1.74 $3.10 million ($0.53) -15.98
Gulf Island Fabrication $240.34 million 0.73 $18.72 million ($0.27) -43.52

Gulf Island Fabrication has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Flotek Industries. Gulf Island Fabrication is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Flotek Industries, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares Flotek Industries and Gulf Island Fabrication’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Flotek Industries -10.43% -3.38% -2.53%
Gulf Island Fabrication -1.63% -1.42% -1.14%

Risk and Volatility

Flotek Industries has a beta of 1.78, indicating that its stock price is 78% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gulf Island Fabrication has a beta of 0.92, indicating that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Gulf Island Fabrication beats Flotek Industries on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Flotek Industries

Flotek Industries, Inc. is a technology-driven company. The Company develops and supplies chemistry and services to the oil and gas industries, and compounds to companies that make cleaning products, cosmetics, food and beverages, and other products that are sold in consumer and industrial markets. The Company operates through two segments: Energy Chemistry Technologies (ECT), and Consumer and Industrial Chemistry Technologies (CICT). The ECT segment designs, develops, manufactures, packages and markets chemistries for use in oil and gas well drilling, cementing, completion and stimulation activities. Its ECT segment’s services include Reservoir Characterization, Polymer Conformance and Logistics Management. The CICT segment sources citrus oil domestically and internationally, and processor of citrus oils in the world. The CICT segment designs, develops and manufactures products that are sold to companies in the flavor and fragrance industries and specialty chemical industry.

About Gulf Island Fabrication

Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. (Gulf Island) is a holding company. The Company, along with its subsidiaries, is a fabricator of steel platforms and other specialized structures for customers in the offshore oil and gas industry. It also performs onshore and offshore construction and fabrication services for customers in the marine industry. Its primary activity is the fabrication of offshore drilling and production platforms and other steel structures for customers in the oil and gas and marine industries, including jackets and deck sections of fixed production platforms, hull, tendon, and/or deck sections of floating production platforms, piles, wellhead protectors. It conducts its operations through its subsidiaries, which include Gulf Island, L.L.C.; Gulf Marine Fabricators, L.P.; Gulf Island Marine Fabricators, L.L.C.; Gulf Island Shipyards, L.L.C.; Dolphin Services, L.L.C.; and Dolphin Steel Sales, L.L.C.

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