Tetra Technologies (NYSE: TTI) and Forum Energy Technologies (NYSE:FET) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Volatility and Risk

Tetra Technologies has a beta of 0.83, indicating that its share price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Forum Energy Technologies has a beta of 1.7, indicating that its share price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Tetra Technologies and Forum Energy Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tetra Technologies 0 4 8 0 2.67
Forum Energy Technologies 0 11 5 0 2.31

Tetra Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $5.39, indicating a potential upside of 94.69%. Forum Energy Technologies has a consensus price target of $19.67, indicating a potential upside of 30.24%. Given Tetra Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Tetra Technologies is more favorable than Forum Energy Technologies.

Profitability

This table compares Tetra Technologies and Forum Energy Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tetra Technologies -8.27% -9.56% -2.76%
Forum Energy Technologies -18.89% -4.55% -3.03%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.0% of Tetra Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.6% of Tetra Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 32.8% of Forum Energy Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Tetra Technologies and Forum Energy Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tetra Technologies $726.15 million 0.44 $84.62 million ($0.61) -4.54
Forum Energy Technologies $657.68 million 2.22 -$22.64 million ($1.31) -11.53

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

Summary

Tetra Technologies beats Forum Energy Technologies on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Tetra Technologies

TETRA Technologies, Inc. is an oil and gas services company. The Company focuses on completion fluids and associated products and services, water management, production well testing, offshore rig cooling, compression services and equipment, and offshore services, such as decommissioning and diving. It is composed of five segments organized into four divisions: Fluids, Production Testing, Compression and Offshore. The Fluids division manufactures and markets clear brine fluids, additives and associated products and services to the oil and gas industry. Its Production Testing division provides frac flowback services, production well testing services, offshore rig cooling and other associated services in various oil and gas producing regions. The Compression division provides compression services and equipment for natural gas and oil production, gathering, transportation, processing and storage. The Offshore division consists of two operating segments: Offshore Services and Maritech.

About Forum Energy Technologies

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.

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