Comparing FMC Technologies (FTI) & Weatherford International PLC (WFT)

FMC Technologies (NYSE: FTI) and Weatherford International PLC (NYSE:WFT) are both mid-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and dividends.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares FMC Technologies and Weatherford International PLC’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FMC Technologies $4.54 billion 2.92 $38.40 million ($0.80) -35.50
Weatherford International PLC $5.75 billion 0.66 -$3.39 billion ($1.47) -2.59

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

66.9% of FMC Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of FMC Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of Weatherford International PLC shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares FMC Technologies and Weatherford International PLC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FMC Technologies N/A 2.29% 1.05%
Weatherford International PLC -25.36% -67.44% -9.20%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for FMC Technologies and Weatherford International PLC, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FMC Technologies 1 6 11 0 2.56
Weatherford International PLC 1 4 19 0 2.75

FMC Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $33.91, suggesting a potential upside of 19.41%. Weatherford International PLC has a consensus target price of $6.03, suggesting a potential upside of 58.63%. Given Weatherford International PLC’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Weatherford International PLC is more favorable than FMC Technologies.

Summary

FMC Technologies beats Weatherford International PLC on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About FMC Technologies

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.

About Weatherford International PLC

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.

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