Frank’s International N.V. (NYSE: FI) and Carbo Ceramics (NYSE:CRR) 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 earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Frank’s International N.V. and Carbo Ceramics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Frank’s International N.V. -26.21% -9.25% -7.80%
Carbo Ceramics -79.49% -16.48% -13.73%

Volatility and Risk

Frank’s International N.V. has a beta of 1.13, meaning that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Carbo Ceramics has a beta of 1.91, meaning that its share price is 91% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

26.3% of Frank’s International N.V. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.4% of Carbo Ceramics shares are held by institutional investors. 77.9% of Frank’s International N.V. shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.2% of Carbo Ceramics shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Frank’s International N.V. and Carbo Ceramics’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Frank’s International N.V. $487.53 million 2.91 -$135.33 million ($0.53) -11.98
Carbo Ceramics $103.05 million 2.69 -$80.12 million ($4.69) -2.18

Carbo Ceramics 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 Carbo Ceramics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Frank’s International N.V. and Carbo Ceramics, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Frank’s International N.V. 4 9 1 0 1.79
Carbo Ceramics 1 5 1 0 2.00

Frank’s International N.V. presently has a consensus price target of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 25.98%. Carbo Ceramics has a consensus price target of $11.00, indicating a potential upside of 7.63%. Given Frank’s International N.V.’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Frank’s International N.V. is more favorable than Carbo Ceramics.

Dividends

Frank’s International N.V. pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. Carbo Ceramics does not pay a dividend. Frank’s International N.V. pays out -56.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Frank’s International N.V. beats Carbo Ceramics on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Carbo Ceramics

CARBO Ceramics Inc. is a technology company that provides products and services to the global oil and gas and industrial markets. The Company operates through two segments: Oilfield Technologies and Services, and Environmental Products and Services. The Company’s oilfield technologies and services segment includes the manufacturing and selling of proppant products for use primarily in the hydraulic fracturing of oil and natural gas wells, Fracpro software for the design of fracture treatments, and StrataGen consulting services for the optimizing of well completions. The Company’s environmental products and services segment is intended to protect operators’ assets, minimize environmental risks, and lower lease operating expense (LOE). The Company, through Asset Guard Products Inc. (AGPI), provides spill prevention, containment and countermeasure systems for the oil and gas industry. The Company manufactures various ceramic proppants.

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