Financial Contrast: Newpark Resources (NR) versus Gulf Island Fabrication (GIFI)

Newpark Resources (NYSE: NR) and Gulf Island Fabrication (NASDAQ:GIFI) 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, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, risk and earnings.

Volatility & Risk

Newpark Resources has a beta of 1.64, meaning that its stock price is 64% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gulf Island Fabrication has a beta of 0.93, meaning that its stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

65.8% of Gulf Island Fabrication shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.9% of Newpark Resources shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.4% of Gulf Island Fabrication shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Newpark Resources and Gulf Island Fabrication, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Newpark Resources 0 1 3 0 2.75
Gulf Island Fabrication 0 0 0 0 N/A

Newpark Resources presently has a consensus price target of $9.50, indicating a potential downside of 3.55%. Given Newpark Resources’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Newpark Resources is more favorable than Gulf Island Fabrication.

Profitability

This table compares Newpark Resources and Gulf Island Fabrication’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Newpark Resources -2.20% -2.92% -1.82%
Gulf Island Fabrication -9.96% -7.83% -6.35%

Dividends

Gulf Island Fabrication pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Newpark Resources does not pay a dividend. Gulf Island Fabrication pays out -2.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Newpark Resources and Gulf Island Fabrication’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Newpark Resources $583.35 million 1.45 $24.26 million ($0.15) -65.67
Gulf Island Fabrication $204.71 million 0.89 -$10.08 million ($1.37) -8.98

Newpark Resources has higher revenue and earnings than Gulf Island Fabrication. Newpark Resources is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Gulf Island Fabrication, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Newpark Resources beats Gulf Island Fabrication on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Newpark Resources Company Profile

Newpark Resources, Inc. is a supplier providing products and services primarily to the oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) industry. The Company’s segments include Fluids Systems, and Mats and Integrated Services. The Fluids Systems segment provides drilling fluids products and technical services to customers in the North America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; Latin America, and Asia Pacific regions. The Mats and Integrated Services segment provides composite mat rentals, as well as location construction and related site services, to customers at well, production, transportation and refinery locations in the United States. It manufactures and sells composite mats to customers outside of the United States, and to domestic customers outside of the oil and gas exploration market. The Fluids Systems segment offers customized solutions for technical drilling projects involving subsurface conditions, such as horizontal, directional, geologically deep or deep water drilling.

Gulf Island Fabrication Company Profile

Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. (Gulf Island) is a holding company. The Company, along with its subsidiaries, is a fabricator of steel platforms and other specialized structures for customers in the offshore oil and gas industry. It also performs onshore and offshore construction and fabrication services for customers in the marine industry. Its primary activity is the fabrication of offshore drilling and production platforms and other steel structures for customers in the oil and gas and marine industries, including jackets and deck sections of fixed production platforms, hull, tendon, and/or deck sections of floating production platforms, piles, wellhead protectors. It conducts its operations through its subsidiaries, which include Gulf Island, L.L.C.; Gulf Marine Fabricators, L.P.; Gulf Island Marine Fabricators, L.L.C.; Gulf Island Shipyards, L.L.C.; Dolphin Services, L.L.C.; and Dolphin Steel Sales, L.L.C.

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