Forum Energy Technologies (NYSE: FET) and Bristow Group (NYSE:BRS) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Dividends

Bristow Group pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Forum Energy Technologies does not pay a dividend. Bristow Group pays out -5.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Forum Energy Technologies and Bristow Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Forum Energy Technologies $657.68 million 2.49 -$22.64 million ($1.31) -11.56
Bristow Group $1.33 billion 0.25 $62.14 million ($5.26) -1.81

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

Profitability

This table compares Forum Energy Technologies and Bristow Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Forum Energy Technologies -18.89% -4.55% -3.03%
Bristow Group -13.32% -6.83% -2.91%

Volatility and Risk

Forum Energy Technologies has a beta of 1.7, meaning that its share price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bristow Group has a beta of 2.82, meaning that its share price is 182% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Forum Energy Technologies and Bristow Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Forum Energy Technologies 0 11 5 0 2.31
Bristow Group 0 4 1 0 2.20

Forum Energy Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $19.27, suggesting a potential upside of 27.17%. Bristow Group has a consensus target price of $13.25, suggesting a potential upside of 38.89%. Given Bristow Group’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Bristow Group is more favorable than Forum Energy Technologies.

Summary

Bristow Group beats Forum Energy Technologies on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Forum Energy Technologies

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. is an oilfield products company. The Company designs, manufactures and distributes products, and engages in aftermarket services, parts supply and related services. The Company operates through three segments: Drilling & Subsea, Completions, and Production & Infrastructure. The Drilling & Subsea segment designs and manufactures products, and provides related services to the drilling and subsea construction markets. The Completions segment designs, manufactures and supplies products, and provide related services to the well construction, completion, stimulation and intervention markets. The Production & Infrastructure segment designs, manufactures and supplies products, and provides related equipment and services to production and infrastructure markets. Its product offering includes a mix of engineered capital products and replaced items that are used in the exploration, development, production and transportation of oil and natural gas.

About Bristow Group

Bristow Group Inc. is an industrial aviation services provider and helicopter service provider to the offshore energy industry. The Industrial Aviation Services segment’s operations are conducted primarily through four regions: Europe Caspian, Africa, Americas and Asia Pacific. The Europe Caspian region consists of all its operations and affiliates in Europe and Central Asia, including Norway, the United Kingdom and Turkmenistan. The Africa region consists of all its operations and affiliates on the African continent, including Nigeria, Tanzania and Egypt. The Americas region consists of all its operations and affiliates in North America and South America, including Brazil, Canada, Trinidad and the United States Gulf of Mexico. The Asia Pacific region consists of all its operations and affiliates in Australia and Southeast Asia, including Malaysia and Sakhalin. Additionally, it operates a training unit, Bristow Academy.

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