Comparing FTS International (FTSI) & RPC (RES)

FTS International (NYSE: FTSI) and RPC (NYSE:RES) are both mid-cap energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for FTS International and RPC, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FTS International 0 0 9 0 3.00
RPC 1 13 5 0 2.21

FTS International presently has a consensus target price of $29.86, indicating a potential upside of 52.25%. RPC has a consensus target price of $24.59, indicating a potential upside of 19.33%. Given FTS International’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe FTS International is more favorable than RPC.


This table compares FTS International and RPC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FTS International N/A N/A N/A
RPC 10.19% 16.90% 13.10%


RPC pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. FTS International does not pay a dividend. RPC pays out 53.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. FTS International has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares FTS International and RPC’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FTS International $532.20 million 3.92 -$188.50 million N/A N/A
RPC $1.60 billion 2.80 $162.51 million $0.75 27.48

RPC has higher revenue and earnings than FTS International.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

35.5% of RPC shares are owned by institutional investors. 73.5% of RPC shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


RPC beats FTS International on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

FTS International Company Profile

FTS International, Inc., is a provider of oil and natural gas well stimulation services, specializing in high-pressure hydraulic fracturing. The Company’s fleets consist of mobile hydraulic fracturing units and other auxiliary heavy equipment to perform fracturing services. The Company also manufactures many of the components used in its hydraulic fracturing units, including consumables, such as fluid-ends. Its hydraulic fracturing units consist primarily of a high-pressure hydraulic pump, a diesel engine, a transmission and various hoses, valves, tanks and other supporting equipment that are typically mounted on a flat-bed trailer. The Company’s operations are focused primarily in unconventional oil and natural gas formations in the Permian Basin, the SCOOP/STACK Formation, the Marcellus/Utica Shale, the Eagle Ford Shale and the Haynesville Shale.

RPC Company Profile

RPC, Inc. (RPC) is a holding company for several oilfield services companies. The Company provides a range of specialized oilfield services and equipment primarily to independent oil and gas companies engaged in the exploration, production and development of oil and gas properties throughout the United States, including the southwest, mid-continent, Gulf of Mexico, Rocky Mountain and Appalachian regions, and in selected international markets. The Company’s segments are Technical Services and Support Services. The Technical Services segment consists primarily of pressure pumping, downhole tools, coiled tubing, snubbing, nitrogen, well control, wireline and fishing. Its Support Services include all of the services that provide equipment for customers’ use on the well site without RPC personnel and services that are provided in support of customer operations off the well site, such as classroom and computer training, and other consulting services.

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