Frank’s International (FI) vs. Superior Energy Services (SPN) Head-To-Head Comparison

Frank’s International (NYSE: FI) and Superior Energy Services (NYSE:SPN) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Frank’s International and Superior Energy Services’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Frank’s International $487.53 million 3.44 -$135.33 million ($0.53) -14.19
Superior Energy Services $1.45 billion 1.17 -$886.89 million ($2.46) -4.51

Frank’s International has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Superior Energy Services. Frank’s International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Superior Energy Services, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Frank’s International and Superior Energy Services, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Frank’s International 3 9 1 0 1.85
Superior Energy Services 0 11 8 0 2.42

Frank’s International currently has a consensus price target of $7.61, indicating a potential upside of 1.21%. Superior Energy Services has a consensus price target of $12.75, indicating a potential upside of 15.02%. Given Superior Energy Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Superior Energy Services is more favorable than Frank’s International.


Frank’s International pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. Superior Energy Services does not pay a dividend. Frank’s International pays out -56.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Frank’s International and Superior Energy Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Frank’s International -26.21% -9.25% -7.80%
Superior Energy Services -24.59% -26.18% -9.41%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

31.5% of Frank’s International shares are owned by institutional investors. 77.9% of Frank’s International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.9% of Superior Energy Services shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Frank’s International has a beta of 1.1, meaning that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Superior Energy Services has a beta of 2.16, meaning that its stock price is 116% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Frank’s International beats Superior Energy Services on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Frank’s International

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 Superior Energy Services

Superior Energy Services, Inc. provides a range of services and products to the energy industry related to the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas. The Company’s segments include Drilling Products and Services, which rents and sells bottom hole assemblies, drill pipe, tubulars and specialized equipment for use with onshore and offshore oil and gas well drilling, production and workover activities; Onshore Completion and Workover Services, which provides pressure pumping services used to complete and stimulate production in new oil and gas wells, fluid handling services and well servicing rigs that provide a range of well completion and maintenance services; Production Services, which provides intervention services, such as coiled tubing, cased hole and mechanical wireline, hydraulic workover and snubbing, and remedial pumping services, and Technical Solutions, which provides services requiring specialized engineering, manufacturing or project planning.

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