Head to Head Contrast: USA Compression Partners, (USAC) and Tetra Technologies (NYSE:TTI)

USA Compression Partners, (NYSE: USAC) and Tetra Technologies (NYSE:TTI) 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, earnings, risk, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Volatility and Risk

USA Compression Partners, has a beta of 1.16, indicating that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tetra Technologies has a beta of 0.68, indicating that its stock price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

USA Compression Partners, pays an annual dividend of $2.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 13.6%. Tetra Technologies does not pay a dividend. USA Compression Partners, pays out 7,000.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares USA Compression Partners, and Tetra Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
USA Compression Partners, $268.09 million 3.53 $129.99 million $0.03 515.00
Tetra Technologies $693.44 million 0.34 $83.23 million ($0.83) -2.47

USA Compression Partners, has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Tetra Technologies. Tetra Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than USA Compression Partners,, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.5% of Tetra Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 3.6% of Tetra Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares USA Compression Partners, and Tetra Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
USA Compression Partners, 1.20% 1.38% 0.65%
Tetra Technologies -10.90% -11.46% -3.27%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for USA Compression Partners, and Tetra Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
USA Compression Partners, 0 1 1 0 2.50
Tetra Technologies 0 3 9 0 2.75

USA Compression Partners, currently has a consensus target price of $20.50, indicating a potential upside of 32.69%. Tetra Technologies has a consensus target price of $5.82, indicating a potential upside of 183.97%. Given Tetra Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Tetra Technologies is more favorable than USA Compression Partners,.

Summary

USA Compression Partners, beats Tetra Technologies on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

USA Compression Partners, Company Profile

USA Compression Partners, LP is an independent provider of compression services in the United States. The Company provides compression services to its customers primarily in connection with infrastructure applications, including both allowing for the processing and transportation of natural gas through the domestic pipeline system and managing crude oil production through artificial lift processes. The Company engineers, designs, operates, services and repairs its compression units, and maintains related support inventory and equipment. It provides compression services in mature conventional basins, including gas lift applications on crude oil wells focused by horizontal drilling techniques. The Company provides compression services in various shale plays throughout the United States, including the Utica, Marcellus, Permian Basin, Delaware Basin, Eagle Ford, Mississippi Lime, Granite Wash, Woodford, Barnett, Haynesville, Niobrara and Fayetteville shales.

Tetra Technologies Company Profile

TETRA Technologies, Inc. is an oil and gas services company. The Company focuses on completion fluids and associated products and services, water management, production well testing, offshore rig cooling, compression services and equipment, and offshore services, such as decommissioning and diving. It is composed of five segments organized into four divisions: Fluids, Production Testing, Compression and Offshore. The Fluids division manufactures and markets clear brine fluids, additives and associated products and services to the oil and gas industry. Its Production Testing division provides frac flowback services, production well testing services, offshore rig cooling and other associated services in various oil and gas producing regions. The Compression division provides compression services and equipment for natural gas and oil production, gathering, transportation, processing and storage. The Offshore division consists of two operating segments: Offshore Services and Maritech.

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