Ferrellgas Partners (FGP) vs. TETRA Technologies (TTI) Critical Review

Ferrellgas Partners (NYSE: FGP) and TETRA Technologies (NYSE:TTI) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Risk & Volatility

Ferrellgas Partners has a beta of 0.59, indicating that its share price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TETRA Technologies has a beta of 0.99, indicating that its share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Ferrellgas Partners and TETRA Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ferrellgas Partners -2.96% N/A -3.53%
TETRA Technologies -5.47% -6.89% -2.05%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ferrellgas Partners and TETRA Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ferrellgas Partners $1.93 billion 0.20 -$54.20 million ($0.60) -6.77
TETRA Technologies $694.76 million 0.73 -$161.46 million ($0.43) -10.21

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Ferrellgas Partners and TETRA Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ferrellgas Partners 2 2 0 0 1.50
TETRA Technologies 0 6 6 0 2.50

Ferrellgas Partners currently has a consensus target price of $5.50, suggesting a potential upside of 35.47%. TETRA Technologies has a consensus target price of $5.11, suggesting a potential upside of 16.43%. Given Ferrellgas Partners’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Ferrellgas Partners is more favorable than TETRA Technologies.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

6.3% of Ferrellgas Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.6% of TETRA Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Ferrellgas Partners shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.6% of TETRA Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Ferrellgas Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.9%. TETRA Technologies does not pay a dividend. Ferrellgas Partners pays out -66.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Ferrellgas Partners Company Profile

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.

TETRA Technologies Company Profile

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.

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