Core Laboratories N.V. (NYSE: CLB) and Forum Energy Technologies (NYSE:FET) 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, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Core Laboratories N.V. $594.74 million 7.54 $63.89 million $1.74 58.37
Forum Energy Technologies $587.60 million 2.47 -$81.97 million ($1.26) -10.67

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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.4% of Forum Energy Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Core Laboratories N.V. shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 32.8% of Forum Energy Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Core Laboratories N.V. and Forum Energy Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Core Laboratories N.V. 12.06% 52.89% 13.98%
Forum Energy Technologies -16.85% -3.97% -2.63%

Volatility and Risk

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

Analyst Ratings

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

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

Core Laboratories N.V. presently has a consensus target price of $109.50, suggesting a potential upside of 7.81%. Forum Energy Technologies has a consensus target price of $18.36, suggesting a potential upside of 36.48%. Given Forum Energy Technologies’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Forum Energy Technologies is more favorable than Core Laboratories N.V..

Dividends

Core Laboratories N.V. pays an annual dividend of $2.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. 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.

Summary

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

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.

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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