Forum Energy Technologies (NYSE: FET) and Gulf Island Fabrication (NASDAQ:GIFI) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and earnings.

Risk and Volatility

Forum Energy Technologies has a beta of 1.67, indicating that its stock price is 67% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gulf Island Fabrication has a beta of 0.85, indicating that its stock price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Forum Energy Technologies $587.60 million 2.74 -$81.97 million ($1.26) -11.83
Gulf Island Fabrication $286.33 million 0.67 $3.51 million ($1.62) -7.96

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Forum Energy Technologies and Gulf Island Fabrication, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Forum Energy Technologies 0 12 2 0 2.14
Gulf Island Fabrication 0 0 0 0 N/A

Forum Energy Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $17.92, suggesting a potential upside of 20.29%. Given Forum Energy Technologies’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Forum Energy Technologies is more favorable than Gulf Island Fabrication.

Profitability

This table compares Forum Energy Technologies and Gulf Island Fabrication’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Forum Energy Technologies -16.85% -3.97% -2.63%
Gulf Island Fabrication -12.71% -9.45% -7.70%

Dividends

Gulf Island Fabrication pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Forum Energy Technologies does not pay a dividend. Gulf Island Fabrication pays out -2.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

98.7% of Forum Energy Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.8% of Gulf Island Fabrication shares are owned by institutional investors. 32.8% of Forum Energy Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.4% of Gulf Island Fabrication shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Forum Energy Technologies beats Gulf Island Fabrication on 10 of the 14 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.

Gulf Island Fabrication Company Profile

Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. (Gulf Island) is a holding company. The Company, along with its subsidiaries, is a fabricator of steel platforms and other specialized structures for customers in the offshore oil and gas industry. It also performs onshore and offshore construction and fabrication services for customers in the marine industry. Its primary activity is the fabrication of offshore drilling and production platforms and other steel structures for customers in the oil and gas and marine industries, including jackets and deck sections of fixed production platforms, hull, tendon, and/or deck sections of floating production platforms, piles, wellhead protectors. It conducts its operations through its subsidiaries, which include Gulf Island, L.L.C.; Gulf Marine Fabricators, L.P.; Gulf Island Marine Fabricators, L.L.C.; Gulf Island Shipyards, L.L.C.; Dolphin Services, L.L.C.; and Dolphin Steel Sales, L.L.C.

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