Comparing Weatherford International (WFT) and Forum Energy Technologies (NYSE:FET)

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Weatherford International and Forum Energy Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Weatherford International 1 5 15 0 2.67
Forum Energy Technologies 0 11 3 0 2.21

Weatherford International currently has a consensus price target of $4.73, suggesting a potential upside of 32.59%. Forum Energy Technologies has a consensus price target of $15.17, suggesting a potential downside of 1.52%. Given Weatherford International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Weatherford International is more favorable than Forum Energy Technologies.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Weatherford International -45.50% -283.53% -9.46%
Forum Energy Technologies -1.48% -2.40% -1.56%

Risk and Volatility

Weatherford International has a beta of 2.29, indicating that its share price is 129% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Forum Energy Technologies has a beta of 1.88, indicating that its share price is 88% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Weatherford International and Forum Energy Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Weatherford International $5.70 billion 0.62 -$2.81 billion ($1.16) -3.08
Forum Energy Technologies $818.60 million 2.05 -$59.40 million ($0.38) -40.53

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

92.9% of Forum Energy Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Weatherford International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 30.0% of Forum Energy Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Forum Energy Technologies beats Weatherford International on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Weatherford International

Weatherford International plc operates as a multinational oilfield service company worldwide. It offers equipment and services used in the drilling, evaluation, completion, production, and intervention of oil and natural gas wells. The company operates in two segments, Western Hemisphere and Eastern Hemisphere. It offers artificial-lift systems, including reciprocating rod, progressing cavity pumping, gas, hydraulic, plunger, and hybrid lift systems, as well as related automation and control systems; pressure pumping and reservoir stimulation services, such as acidizing, fracturing and fluid systems, cementing, and coiled-tubing intervention; and drill stem test tools, and surface well testing and multiphase flow measurement services. The company also provides safety, down hole reservoir monitoring, flow control, and multistage fracturing systems; sand-control technologies, and production and isolation packers for maximum production with minimal cost; liner hangers to suspend a casing string in high-temperature and high-pressure wells; cementing products, including plugs, float and stage equipment, and torque-and-drag reduction technology to operators for zonal isolation; and pre-job planning and installation services. In addition, it offers directional, and logging and measurement while drilling systems; rotary-steerable systems; high-temperature and high-pressure sensors, drilling reamers, and circulation subs; managed pressure drilling, conventional mud-logging, drilling instrumentation, gas analysis, well site consultancy, open hole and cased-hole logging services; reservoir solutions and software products; and remediation services. Further, the company provides equipment and drilling tools; tubular handling, management, and connection services; equipment rental services; and onshore contract drilling and related services, as well as operates a fleet of land drilling and work over rigs. The company was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Baar, Switzerland.

About Forum Energy Technologies

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. designs, manufactures, and distributes products to the oil and natural gas industry in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Drilling & Subsea, Completions, and Production & Infrastructure. The Drilling & Subsea segment designs and manufactures products, and provides related services to the drilling, energy subsea construction and service markets, and other markets, such as alternative energy, defense, and communications. This segment offers drilling technologies consisting of capital equipment and a line of products consumed in the drilling; and subsea technologies, including robotic vehicles and other capital equipment, specialty components and tools, complementary subsea technical services and rental items, and products used in pipeline infrastructure. The Completions segment provides products and related services to the well construction, completion, stimulation, and intervention markets. This segment offers downhole technologies comprising cementing and casing tools, completion products, and a range of downhole cable protection solutions; and stimulation and intervention technologies, including pumps and well stimulation consumable products, and related recertification and refurbishment services. The Production & Infrastructure segment designs, manufactures, and supplies products, and provides related equipment and services to the production and infrastructure markets. This segment supplies production equipment, including well site production and process equipment; and a range of industrial and process valves. The company was formerly known as Forum Oilfield Technologies, Inc. and changed its name to Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. in August 2010. Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. was incorporated in 2005 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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