Tetra Technologies (NYSE: TTI) and Archrock Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ:APLP) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and profitabiliy.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.5% of Tetra Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.5% of Archrock Partners, L.P. shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.6% of Tetra Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of Archrock Partners, L.P. shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Archrock Partners, L.P. pays an annual dividend of $1.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.6%. Tetra Technologies does not pay a dividend. Archrock Partners, L.P. pays out -518.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Tetra Technologies and Archrock Partners, L.P.’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tetra Technologies $693.44 million 0.43 $83.23 million ($0.83) -3.12
Archrock Partners, L.P. $546.43 million 1.59 $244.72 million ($0.22) -60.04

Archrock Partners, L.P. has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Tetra Technologies. Archrock Partners, L.P. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Tetra Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Tetra Technologies and Archrock Partners, L.P., as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tetra Technologies 0 3 10 0 2.77
Archrock Partners, L.P. 0 3 0 0 2.00

Tetra Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $6.09, suggesting a potential upside of 135.28%. Archrock Partners, L.P. has a consensus price target of $19.00, suggesting a potential upside of 43.83%. Given Tetra Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Tetra Technologies is more favorable than Archrock Partners, L.P..

Profitability

This table compares Tetra Technologies and Archrock Partners, L.P.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tetra Technologies -10.90% -11.46% -3.27%
Archrock Partners, L.P. -2.49% 6.02% 1.57%

Volatility and Risk

Tetra Technologies has a beta of 0.68, meaning that its share price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Archrock Partners, L.P. has a beta of 2.21, meaning that its share price is 121% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Archrock Partners, L.P. beats Tetra Technologies on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Tetra Technologies

TETRA Technologies, Inc. is an oil and gas services company. The Company focuses on completion fluids and associated products and services, water management, production well testing, offshore rig cooling, compression services and equipment, and offshore services, such as decommissioning and diving. It is composed of five segments organized into four divisions: Fluids, Production Testing, Compression and Offshore. The Fluids division manufactures and markets clear brine fluids, additives and associated products and services to the oil and gas industry. Its Production Testing division provides frac flowback services, production well testing services, offshore rig cooling and other associated services in various oil and gas producing regions. The Compression division provides compression services and equipment for natural gas and oil production, gathering, transportation, processing and storage. The Offshore division consists of two operating segments: Offshore Services and Maritech.

About Archrock Partners, L.P.

Archrock Partners, L.P. is engaged in natural gas compression industry in the United States. The Company’s contract operations services include designing, sourcing, owning, installing, operating, servicing, repairing and maintaining equipment to provide natural gas compression services to its customers. It provides contract operations services, including the personnel, equipment, tools, materials and supplies to meet its customers’ natural gas compression needs. Archrock General Partner, L.P., its general partner, is a subsidiary of Archrock and has responsibility for conducting its business and for managing its operations. The Company utilizes both slow and high speed reciprocating compressors primarily driven by internal natural gas fired combustion engines. Its customers include companies engaged in various aspects of the oil and natural gas industry, including natural gas producers, processors, gatherers, transporters and storage providers.

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