Weatherford International (NYSE: WFT) and TechnipFMC plc Ordinary Share (NYSE:FTI) are both mid-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Weatherford International and TechnipFMC plc Ordinary Share’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Weatherford International $5.75 billion 0.56 -$3.39 billion ($1.47) -2.19
TechnipFMC plc Ordinary Share $4.54 billion 2.92 $38.40 million ($0.80) -35.59

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

Dividends

TechnipFMC plc Ordinary Share pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Weatherford International does not pay a dividend. TechnipFMC plc Ordinary Share pays out -65.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Weatherford International and TechnipFMC plc Ordinary Share, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Weatherford International 1 4 19 0 2.75
TechnipFMC plc Ordinary Share 2 5 12 0 2.53

Weatherford International currently has a consensus price target of $6.03, suggesting a potential upside of 87.21%. TechnipFMC plc Ordinary Share has a consensus price target of $33.26, suggesting a potential upside of 16.82%. Given Weatherford International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Weatherford International is more favorable than TechnipFMC plc Ordinary Share.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

65.6% of TechnipFMC plc Ordinary Share shares are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of Weatherford International shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of TechnipFMC plc Ordinary Share shares are held by 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.

Profitability

This table compares Weatherford International and TechnipFMC plc Ordinary Share’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Weatherford International -25.36% -67.44% -9.20%
TechnipFMC plc Ordinary Share N/A 2.29% 1.05%

Summary

TechnipFMC plc Ordinary Share beats Weatherford International on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Weatherford International

Weatherford International Ltd. (Weatherford) is one of the largest multinational oilfield service companies providing innovative solutions, technology and services to the oil and gas industry. The Company operates in over 90 countries and has a network of approximately 860 locations, including manufacturing, service, research and development, and training facilities and employs approximately 29,500 people.

About TechnipFMC plc Ordinary Share

FMC Technologies, Inc. is a global provider of technology solutions for the energy industry. The Company designs, manufactures and services a range of systems and products, including subsea production and processing systems, surface wellhead production systems, high pressure fluid control equipment, measurement solutions and marine loading systems. Its segments include Subsea Technologies, Surface Technologies and Energy Infrastructure. The Subsea Technologies segment designs and manufactures products and systems, and provides services used by oil and gas companies involved in deepwater exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. The Surface Technologies segment designs and manufactures products and systems, and provides services used by oil and gas companies involved in land and offshore exploration, and production of crude oil and natural gas. The Energy Infrastructure segment’s products and services include Measurement Solutions, Loading Systems and Separation Systems.

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