FMC Technologies (NYSE: FTI) and SAExploration Holdings (NASDAQ:SAEX) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership and dividends.

Risk & Volatility

FMC Technologies has a beta of 0.95, suggesting that its share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SAExploration Holdings has a beta of 0.12, suggesting that its share price is 88% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares FMC Technologies and SAExploration Holdings’ 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
SAExploration Holdings $158.09 million 0.15 $13.55 million ($6.17) -0.42

FMC Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than SAExploration Holdings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for FMC Technologies and SAExploration Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FMC Technologies 1 5 11 0 2.59
SAExploration Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A

FMC Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $34.53, indicating a potential upside of 25.93%. Given FMC Technologies’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe FMC Technologies is more favorable than SAExploration Holdings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

65.4% of FMC Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of FMC Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.6% of SAExploration Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares FMC Technologies and SAExploration Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FMC Technologies N/A 4.96% 2.26%
SAExploration Holdings -32.00% -114.73% -25.10%

Summary

FMC Technologies beats SAExploration Holdings on 10 of the 11 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 SAExploration Holdings

SAExploration Holdings, Inc., an oilfield services company, provides seismic data acquisition and logistical support services to the oil and natural gas industry in North and South America, the Southeast Asia, and West Africa. Its seismic data acquisition services include program design, planning and permitting, camp services, survey, drilling, recording, reclamation, and in-field processing. The company acquires 2D, 3D, time-lapse 4D, and multi-component seismic data on land, in transition zones between land and water, and in offshore in depths reaching 3,000 meters. It operates crews that utilize approximately 27,500 owned land and marine seismic data acquisition equipment and other leased equipment. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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