Analyzing SAExploration Holdings (SAEX) and FMC Technologies (FTI)

SAExploration Holdings (NASDAQ: SAEX) and FMC Technologies (NYSE:FTI) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.4% of FMC Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of SAExploration Holdings shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of FMC Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares SAExploration Holdings and FMC Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SAExploration Holdings -32.00% -114.73% -25.10%
FMC Technologies N/A 4.96% 2.26%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for SAExploration Holdings and FMC Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SAExploration Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A
FMC Technologies 1 5 11 0 2.59

FMC Technologies has a consensus target price of $35.03, suggesting a potential upside of 26.92%. Given FMC Technologies’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe FMC Technologies is more favorable than SAExploration Holdings.

Volatility and Risk

SAExploration Holdings has a beta of 0.1, indicating that its share price is 90% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, FMC Technologies has a beta of 0.95, indicating that its share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares SAExploration Holdings and FMC Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SAExploration Holdings $158.09 million 0.14 $13.55 million ($6.17) -0.39
FMC Technologies $11.94 billion 1.08 $1.37 billion N/A N/A

FMC Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than SAExploration Holdings.

Summary

FMC Technologies beats SAExploration Holdings on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SAExploration Holdings

SAExploration Holdings, Inc., an oilfield services company, provides seismic data acquisition and logistical support services to the oil and natural gas industry in North and South America, the Southeast Asia, and West Africa. Its seismic data acquisition services include program design, planning and permitting, camp services, survey, drilling, recording, reclamation, and in-field processing. The company acquires 2D, 3D, time-lapse 4D, and multi-component seismic data on land, in transition zones between land and water, and in offshore in depths reaching 3,000 meters. It operates crews that utilize approximately 27,500 owned land and marine seismic data acquisition equipment and other leased equipment. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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.

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