Forum Energy Technologies (NYSE: FET) and Core Laboratories N.V. (NYSE:CLB) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Forum Energy Technologies and Core Laboratories N.V.’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%
Core Laboratories N.V. 12.06% 52.89% 13.98%

Dividends

Core Laboratories N.V. pays an annual dividend of $2.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Forum Energy Technologies does not pay a dividend. Core Laboratories N.V. pays out 126.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

98.6% of Forum Energy Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 32.8% of Forum Energy Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Core Laboratories N.V. shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Forum Energy Technologies and Core Laboratories N.V.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Forum Energy Technologies $587.60 million 2.56 -$81.97 million ($1.26) -11.03
Core Laboratories N.V. $594.74 million 7.74 $63.89 million $1.74 59.94

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

Risk & Volatility

Forum Energy Technologies has a beta of 1.66, meaning that its stock price is 66% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Core Laboratories N.V. has a beta of 1.57, meaning that its stock price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Forum Energy Technologies and Core Laboratories N.V., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Forum Energy Technologies 0 12 3 0 2.20
Core Laboratories N.V. 1 6 6 0 2.38

Forum Energy Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $18.36, suggesting a potential upside of 32.07%. Core Laboratories N.V. has a consensus price target of $109.50, suggesting a potential upside of 4.99%. Given Forum Energy Technologies’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Forum Energy Technologies is more favorable than Core Laboratories N.V..

Summary

Core Laboratories N.V. beats Forum Energy Technologies on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Core Laboratories N.V.

Core Laboratories N.V. provides reservoir description, production enhancement and reservoir management services to the oil and gas industry. The Company operates through three segments: Reservoir Description, Production Enhancement and Reservoir Management. The Reservoir Description segment encompasses the characterization of petroleum reservoir rock, fluid and gas samples. It provides analytical and field services to characterize properties of crude oil and petroleum products to the oil and gas industry. The Production Enhancement segment includes products and services relating to reservoir well completions, perforations, stimulations and production. It provides integrated diagnostic services to evaluate the effectiveness of well completions. The Reservoir Management segment combines and integrates information from reservoir description and production enhancement services to increase production and recovery of oil and gas from its clients’ reservoirs.

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