Ranger Energy Services (NASDAQ: RNGR) and Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. (NYSE:FGP) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Ranger Energy Services and Ferrellgas Partners, L.P., as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ranger Energy Services 0 3 5 0 2.63
Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. 1 3 1 0 2.00

Ranger Energy Services presently has a consensus price target of $18.75, suggesting a potential upside of 28.60%. Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. has a consensus price target of $9.59, suggesting a potential upside of 89.48%. Given Ferrellgas Partners, L.P.’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. is more favorable than Ranger Energy Services.

Profitability

This table compares Ranger Energy Services and Ferrellgas Partners, L.P.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ranger Energy Services -17.80% -22.28% -14.81%
Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. -2.83% N/A -3.26%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

6.9% of Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. shares are owned by company 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.

Dividends

Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.9%. Ranger Energy Services does not pay a dividend. Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. pays out -72.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ranger Energy Services and Ferrellgas Partners, L.P.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ranger Energy Services N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. $1.93 billion 0.25 $213.18 million ($0.55) -9.20

Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. has higher revenue and earnings than Ranger Energy Services.

Summary

Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. beats Ranger Energy Services on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ranger Energy Services

Ranger Energy Services, Inc. is an independent provider of high-specification (high-spec) well service rigs and associated services in the United States. The Company focuses on unconventional horizontal well completion and production operations. The Company operates through Well Services and Processing Solutions segment. Well Services segment provides high-spec well service rigs and complementary equipment and services in the United States, with a focus on unconventional horizontal well completion, workover and maintenance operations. Processing Solutions segment engages in the rental, installation, commissioning, start-up, operation and maintenance of MRUs, NGL stabilizer units, NGL storage units and related equipment. The Company also offers full transportation, turn-key mobilization services, installation and ongoing operation services in the field. The Company’s turn-key mobilization services include in-bound transportation and site offloading.

About Ferrellgas Partners, L.P.

Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. is engaged in the retail distribution of propane and related equipment sales, and midstream operations, which include crude oil logistics. The Company’s segments include propane and related equipment sales, midstream operations-crude oil logistics, and corporate and other. The propane and related equipment sales segment consists of the distribution of propane and related equipment and supplies. The midstream operations-crude oil logistics segment is engaged in providing crude oil transportation and logistics services. The corporate and other segment includes midstream operations-water solutions. The Company’s two subsidiaries include Ferrellgas Partners Finance Corp. and the operating partnership. Its general partner performs all management functions for the Company and holds general partner interest in Ferrellgas Partners and the operating partnership. It is a distributor of propane and related equipment and supplies to customers in the United States.

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