Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII) and Franks International (NYSE:FI) are both energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Dividends

Oceaneering International pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Franks International pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Oceaneering International pays out -315.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Franks International pays out -56.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Oceaneering International and Franks International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Oceaneering International 5 14 3 0 1.91
Franks International 3 9 1 0 1.85

Oceaneering International presently has a consensus target price of $24.10, suggesting a potential upside of 9.40%. Franks International has a consensus target price of $7.61, suggesting a potential downside of 0.25%. Given Oceaneering International’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Oceaneering International is more favorable than Franks International.

Volatility and Risk

Oceaneering International has a beta of 1.62, suggesting that its share price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Franks International has a beta of 1.1, suggesting that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

31.5% of Franks International shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of Oceaneering International shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 77.9% of Franks International shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Oceaneering International and Franks International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Oceaneering International -0.94% 0.21% 0.10%
Franks International -26.21% -9.25% -7.80%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Oceaneering International and Franks International’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Oceaneering International $2.27 billion 0.95 $24.58 million ($0.19) -115.95
Franks International $487.53 million 3.49 -$135.33 million ($0.53) -14.40

Oceaneering International has higher revenue and earnings than Franks International. Oceaneering International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Franks International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Oceaneering International beats Franks International on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Oceaneering International

Oceaneering International, Inc. is an oilfield provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications. The Company’s business segments are contained within two businesses: services and products provided to the oil and gas industry (Oilfield) and all other services and products (Advanced Technologies). Its four business segments within the Oilfield business are Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), Subsea Products, Subsea Projects and Asset Integrity. The services and products it provides to the oil and gas industry include remotely operated vehicles, specialty subsea hardware, engineering and project management, subsea intervention services, including manned diving, survey and positioning services and asset integrity and nondestructive testing services. The Company serves the defense, aerospace and commercial theme park industries.

About Franks International

Frank’s International N.V. (FINV) is a provider of engineered tubular services, tubular fabrication and specialty well construction and well intervention solutions to the oil and gas industry. The Company operates through four business segments: International Services, U. S. Services, Tubular Sales and Blackhawk. As of December 31, 2016, the International Services segment provided tubular services in international offshore markets and in several onshore international regions in approximately 60 countries on six continents. The U.S. Services segment provides tubular services. The Blackhawk segment provides well construction and well intervention rental equipment, services and products, in addition to the cementing tool expertise, in the United States and Mexican Gulf of Mexico, onshore United States and other select international locations.

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