Forum Energy Technologies (NYSE: FET) and CSI Compressco (NASDAQ:CCLP) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

28.2% of CSI Compressco shares are held by institutional investors. 32.8% of Forum Energy Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Forum Energy Technologies and CSI Compressco, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Forum Energy Technologies 0 10 6 0 2.38
CSI Compressco 0 3 1 0 2.25

Forum Energy Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $20.40, indicating a potential upside of 74.36%. CSI Compressco has a consensus target price of $9.00, indicating a potential upside of 102.25%. Given CSI Compressco’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe CSI Compressco is more favorable than Forum Energy Technologies.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Forum Energy Technologies and CSI Compressco’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Forum Energy Technologies $657.68 million 1.71 -$22.64 million ($1.31) -8.93
CSI Compressco N/A N/A N/A ($1.50) -2.97

CSI Compressco has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Forum Energy Technologies. Forum Energy Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CSI Compressco, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


CSI Compressco pays an annual dividend of $0.75 per share and has a dividend yield of 16.9%. Forum Energy Technologies does not pay a dividend. CSI Compressco pays out -50.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

Forum Energy Technologies has a beta of 1.65, indicating that its share price is 65% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CSI Compressco has a beta of 2.02, indicating that its share price is 102% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Forum Energy Technologies and CSI Compressco’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Forum Energy Technologies -18.89% -4.55% -3.03%
CSI Compressco -17.01% -36.43% -6.45%


Forum Energy Technologies beats CSI Compressco on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Forum Energy Technologies Company Profile

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. is an oilfield products company. The Company designs, manufactures and distributes products, and engages in aftermarket services, parts supply and related services. The Company operates through three segments: Drilling & Subsea, Completions, and Production & Infrastructure. The Drilling & Subsea segment designs and manufactures products, and provides related services to the drilling and subsea construction markets. The Completions segment designs, manufactures and supplies products, and provide related services to the well construction, completion, stimulation and intervention markets. The Production & Infrastructure segment designs, manufactures and supplies products, and provides related equipment and services to production and infrastructure markets. Its product offering includes a mix of engineered capital products and replaced items that are used in the exploration, development, production and transportation of oil and natural gas.

CSI Compressco Company Profile

CSI Compressco LP is a provider of compression services and equipment for natural gas and oil production, gathering, transportation, processing and storage. The Company sells custom-designed compressor packages and oilfield fluid pump systems, and provides aftermarket services and compressor package parts and components manufactured by third-party suppliers. It provides these compression services and equipment to a base of natural gas and oil exploration and production, midstream and transmission companies operating throughout many of the onshore producing regions of the United States, as well as in a number of foreign countries, including Mexico, Canada and Argentina. It is a service provider of natural gas compression services in the United States, utilizing its fleet of compressor packages that employs a spectrum of low-, medium- and high-horsepower engines. As of December 31, 2016, its fleet included approximately 6,000 compressor packages.

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