FMC Technologies (NYSE: FTI) and GulfMark Offshore (NYSE:GLF) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares FMC Technologies and GulfMark Offshore’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FMC Technologies $11.94 billion 1.07 $1.37 billion N/A N/A
GulfMark Offshore N/A N/A N/A ($7.21) -0.05

FMC Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than GulfMark Offshore.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for FMC Technologies and GulfMark Offshore, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FMC Technologies 1 5 12 0 2.61
GulfMark Offshore 0 2 0 0 2.00

FMC Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $34.50, indicating a potential upside of 25.96%. Given FMC Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe FMC Technologies is more favorable than GulfMark Offshore.

Volatility & Risk

FMC Technologies has a beta of 0.95, indicating that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, GulfMark Offshore has a beta of 2.81, indicating that its stock price is 181% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

66.2% of FMC Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.2% of GulfMark Offshore shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of FMC Technologies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 25.4% of GulfMark Offshore shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares FMC Technologies and GulfMark Offshore’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FMC Technologies N/A 4.65% 2.13%
GulfMark Offshore -164.55% -49.63% -15.14%

Summary

FMC Technologies beats GulfMark Offshore on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About FMC Technologies

FMC Technologies, Inc. is a global provider of technology solutions for the energy industry. The Company designs, manufactures and services a range of systems and products, including subsea production and processing systems, surface wellhead production systems, high pressure fluid control equipment, measurement solutions and marine loading systems. Its segments include Subsea Technologies, Surface Technologies and Energy Infrastructure. The Subsea Technologies segment designs and manufactures products and systems, and provides services used by oil and gas companies involved in deepwater exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. The Surface Technologies segment designs and manufactures products and systems, and provides services used by oil and gas companies involved in land and offshore exploration, and production of crude oil and natural gas. The Energy Infrastructure segment’s products and services include Measurement Solutions, Loading Systems and Separation Systems.

About GulfMark Offshore

GulfMark Offshore, Inc. provides offshore marine support and transportation services. The Company offers these services to companies engaged in the offshore exploration and production of oil and natural gas. The Company operates in three segments: the North Sea (N. Sea), Southeast Asia (SEA) and the Americas. Its vessels transport materials, supplies and personnel to offshore facilities, as well as move and position drilling and production facilities. The operations are conducted in the North Sea, offshore Southeast Asia and offshore in the Americas. It operates a fleet of over 70 owned or managed offshore supply vessels (OSVs), which include over 30 vessels in the North Sea, over 10 vessels offshore Southeast Asia and over 30 vessels offshore the Americas. Its customers include oil and natural gas companies, independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies working in international markets, and foreign Government-owned or controlled oil and natural gas companies.

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