Critical Comparison: ERHC Energy (ERHE) & FTS International (FTSI)

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ERHC Energy (OTCMKTS:ERHE) and FTS International (NYSE:FTSI) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares ERHC Energy and FTS International’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ERHC Energy N/A N/A -$12.04 million N/A N/A
FTS International $1.54 billion 0.48 $258.40 million $2.36 2.88

FTS International has higher revenue and earnings than ERHC Energy.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

67.1% of FTS International shares are held by institutional investors. 4.9% of ERHC Energy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.1% of FTS International shares are held by company 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for ERHC Energy and FTS International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ERHC Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
FTS International 0 5 6 0 2.55

FTS International has a consensus price target of $12.06, suggesting a potential upside of 77.29%. Given FTS International’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe FTS International is more favorable than ERHC Energy.

Risk & Volatility

ERHC Energy has a beta of -0.33, indicating that its stock price is 133% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, FTS International has a beta of 1.25, indicating that its stock price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares ERHC Energy and FTS International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ERHC Energy N/A N/A N/A
FTS International 9.60% 301.48% 24.58%

Summary

FTS International beats ERHC Energy on 10 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ERHC Energy

ERHC Energy Inc. engages in the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas resources in Africa. Its principal assets include the rights to working interests in exploration acreage in the Republic of Kenya; the Republic of Chad; the Joint Development Zone between the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe; the Federal Republic of Nigeria; and the economic zone of Sao Tome. The company was founded in 1986 and is based in Houston, Texas.

About FTS International

FTS International, Inc. provides hydraulic fracturing services in North America. Its services enhance hydrocarbon flow from oil and natural gas wells drilled by exploration and production companies (E&P), in shale and other unconventional resource formations. The company's wireline services primarily consist of setting plugs between hydraulic fracturing stages, creating perforations within hydraulic fracturing stages, and logging the characteristics of resource formations. It operates in five unconventional basins in the United States, including the Permian Basin, the SCOOP/STACK Formation, the Marcellus/Utica Shale, the Eagle Ford Shale, and the Haynesville Shale. As of December 31, 2017, it owned 51 wireline units; and had approximately 1.6 million hydraulic horsepower across 32 fleets. The company serves E&P companies that specialize in unconventional oil and natural gas resources. FTS International, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.

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