Bristow Group (NYSE:BRS) & Frank’s International (FI) Head-To-Head Review

Bristow Group (NYSE: BRS) and Frank’s International (NYSE:FI) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Volatility and Risk

Bristow Group has a beta of 3.09, indicating that its share price is 209% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Frank’s International has a beta of 1.1, indicating that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Bristow Group pays an annual dividend of $0.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Frank’s International pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.0%. Bristow Group pays out -2.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Frank’s International pays out -56.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Frank’s International is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Bristow Group and Frank’s International, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bristow Group 0 4 1 0 2.20
Frank’s International 4 9 1 0 1.79

Bristow Group currently has a consensus target price of $14.75, indicating a potential upside of 5.28%. Frank’s International has a consensus target price of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 32.23%. Given Frank’s International’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Frank’s International is more favorable than Bristow Group.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Bristow Group and Frank’s International’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bristow Group $1.40 billion 0.35 -$170.53 million ($5.29) -2.65
Frank’s International $487.53 million 2.77 -$135.33 million ($0.53) -11.42

Frank’s International has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Bristow Group. Frank’s International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Bristow Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Bristow Group and Frank’s International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bristow Group -13.31% -7.08% -2.94%
Frank’s International -26.21% -9.25% -7.80%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

31.5% of Frank’s International shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.0% of Bristow Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 77.9% of Frank’s International shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Frank’s International beats Bristow Group on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Bristow Group

Bristow Group Inc. is an industrial aviation services provider and helicopter service provider to the offshore energy industry. The Industrial Aviation Services segment’s operations are conducted primarily through four regions: Europe Caspian, Africa, Americas and Asia Pacific. The Europe Caspian region consists of all its operations and affiliates in Europe and Central Asia, including Norway, the United Kingdom and Turkmenistan. The Africa region consists of all its operations and affiliates on the African continent, including Nigeria, Tanzania and Egypt. The Americas region consists of all its operations and affiliates in North America and South America, including Brazil, Canada, Trinidad and the United States Gulf of Mexico. The Asia Pacific region consists of all its operations and affiliates in Australia and Southeast Asia, including Malaysia and Sakhalin. Additionally, it operates a training unit, Bristow Academy.

About Frank’s International

Frank’s International N.V. (FINV) is a provider of engineered tubular services, tubular fabrication and specialty well construction and well intervention solutions to the oil and gas industry. The Company operates through four business segments: International Services, U. S. Services, Tubular Sales and Blackhawk. As of December 31, 2016, the International Services segment provided tubular services in international offshore markets and in several onshore international regions in approximately 60 countries on six continents. The U.S. Services segment provides tubular services. The Blackhawk segment provides well construction and well intervention rental equipment, services and products, in addition to the cementing tool expertise, in the United States and Mexican Gulf of Mexico, onshore United States and other select international locations.

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