Forbes Energy Services (NASDAQ: FES) and Deep Down (OTCMKTS:DPDW) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Forbes Energy Services and Deep Down, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Forbes Energy Services 0 0 0 0 N/A
Deep Down 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Forbes Energy Services and Deep Down’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Forbes Energy Services N/A N/A N/A ($4.36) -0.02
Deep Down $26.05 million 0.55 $3.07 million $0.10 9.50

Deep Down has higher revenue and earnings than Forbes Energy Services. Forbes Energy Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Deep Down, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

32.0% of Forbes Energy Services shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 6.0% of Deep Down shares are held by institutional investors. 20.7% of Forbes Energy Services shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Forbes Energy Services has a beta of 2.16, suggesting that its share price is 116% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Deep Down has a beta of -0.13, suggesting that its share price is 113% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Forbes Energy Services and Deep Down’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Forbes Energy Services -81.29% N/A -28.29%
Deep Down 6.51% 7.27% 6.26%

Summary

Deep Down beats Forbes Energy Services on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Forbes Energy Services

Forbes Energy Services Ltd. (FES Ltd.) is a holding company. The Company is an independent oilfield services contractor that provides a range of well site services to oil and natural gas drilling and producing companies to develop the production of oil and natural gas. The Company’s segments are Well Servicing and Fluid Logistics. Its services include fluid disposal and well maintenance. The Company’s Well Servicing segment provides an offering of well services to oil and natural gas companies, including completions of drilled oil and natural gas wells, wellbore maintenance, workovers and recompletions, tubing testing, and plugging and abandonment services. Its Fluid Logistics segment provides a range of oilfield fluid sales, transportation, storage and disposal services that are required on workover, drilling and completion projects, and are used in daily operation of producing wells by oil and natural gas producers. It operates approximately six coiled tubing spreads.

About Deep Down

Deep Down, Inc. is engaged in the oilfield services industry. The Company operates through Deep Down Delaware segment. The Company is a provider of specialized services to the offshore energy industry to support deep water and ultra-deep water exploration, development and production of oil and gas, and other maritime operations. It also produces custom engineered products that assist it in fulfilling service objectives for specific projects on a contractual basis. The Company designs and manufactures deep water and ultra-deep water, surface and offshore equipment solutions, which are used by independent and foreign national oil and gas companies in offshore areas across the world. The Company provides engineering and management services, including the design, installation and retrieval of subsea equipment and systems, connection and termination operations, well-commissioning services, as well as construction support and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations support.

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