USA Compression Partners, (NYSE: USAC) and Frank’s International N.V. (NYSE:FI) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

30.4% of Frank’s International N.V. shares are held by institutional investors. 77.9% of Frank’s International N.V. shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for USA Compression Partners, and Frank’s International N.V., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
USA Compression Partners, 0 2 1 0 2.33
Frank’s International N.V. 3 9 1 0 1.85

USA Compression Partners, currently has a consensus price target of $18.00, indicating a potential upside of 3.09%. Frank’s International N.V. has a consensus price target of $8.50, indicating a potential upside of 15.80%. Given Frank’s International N.V.’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Frank’s International N.V. is more favorable than USA Compression Partners,.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares USA Compression Partners, and Frank’s International N.V.’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
USA Compression Partners, $268.09 million 4.01 $129.99 million $0.03 582.00
Frank’s International N.V. $441.49 million 3.71 -$18.12 million ($0.75) -9.79

USA Compression Partners, has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Frank’s International N.V.. Frank’s International N.V. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than USA Compression Partners,, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

USA Compression Partners, has a beta of 1.18, meaning that its share price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Frank’s International N.V. has a beta of 1.18, meaning that its share price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares USA Compression Partners, and Frank’s International N.V.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
USA Compression Partners, 1.20% 1.38% 0.65%
Frank’s International N.V. -35.28% -8.97% -7.39%

Dividends

USA Compression Partners, pays an annual dividend of $2.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.0%. Frank’s International N.V. pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.1%. USA Compression Partners, pays out 7,000.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Frank’s International N.V. pays out -40.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

USA Compression Partners, beats Frank’s International N.V. on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About USA Compression Partners,

USA Compression Partners, LP is an independent provider of compression services in the United States. The Company provides compression services to its customers primarily in connection with infrastructure applications, including both allowing for the processing and transportation of natural gas through the domestic pipeline system and managing crude oil production through artificial lift processes. The Company engineers, designs, operates, services and repairs its compression units, and maintains related support inventory and equipment. It provides compression services in mature conventional basins, including gas lift applications on crude oil wells focused by horizontal drilling techniques. The Company provides compression services in various shale plays throughout the United States, including the Utica, Marcellus, Permian Basin, Delaware Basin, Eagle Ford, Mississippi Lime, Granite Wash, Woodford, Barnett, Haynesville, Niobrara and Fayetteville shales.

About Frank’s International N.V.

Frank’s International N.V. (FINV) is a provider of engineered tubular services, tubular fabrication and specialty well construction and well intervention solutions to the oil and gas industry. The Company operates through four business segments: International Services, U. S. Services, Tubular Sales and Blackhawk. As of December 31, 2016, the International Services segment provided tubular services in international offshore markets and in several onshore international regions in approximately 60 countries on six continents. The U.S. Services segment provides tubular services. The Blackhawk segment provides well construction and well intervention rental equipment, services and products, in addition to the cementing tool expertise, in the United States and Mexican Gulf of Mexico, onshore United States and other select international locations.

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