Financial Contrast: Select Energy Services (WTTR) vs. FTS International (FTSI)

Select Energy Services (NYSE: WTTR) and FTS International (NYSE:FTSI) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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43.0% of Select Energy Services shares are held by institutional investors. 8.3% of Select Energy Services shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Select Energy Services -2.31% 0.96% 0.76%
FTS International N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Select Energy Services and FTS International, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Select Energy Services 0 2 7 0 2.78
FTS International 0 0 9 0 3.00

Select Energy Services currently has a consensus target price of $19.00, indicating a potential upside of 31.31%. FTS International has a consensus target price of $29.29, indicating a potential upside of 56.61%. Given FTS International’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe FTS International is more favorable than Select Energy Services.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Select Energy Services and FTS International’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Select Energy Services $692.49 million 2.22 -$16.81 million $0.80 18.09
FTS International $1.47 billion 1.36 $200.70 million N/A N/A

FTS International has higher revenue and earnings than Select Energy Services.


FTS International beats Select Energy Services on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Select Energy Services Company Profile

Select Energy Services, Inc., an oilfield services company, provides water solutions to the United States unconventional oil and gas industry. The company operates through three segments: Water Solutions, Accommodations and Rentals, and Wellsite Completion and Construction Services. The Water Solutions segment provides water solutions, including the sourcing of water; the transfer of the water to the wellsite through permanent pipeline infrastructure and temporary pipe; the containment of fluids off-and on-location; measuring and monitoring of water; the filtering and treatment of fluids, well testing, and handling of flowback and produced formation water; and the transportation and recycling or disposal of drilling, completion, and production fluids. The Accommodations and Rentals segment offers workforce accommodations and surface rental equipment supporting drilling, completion, and production operations. The Wellsite Completion and Construction Services segment provides crane and logistics services, wellsite and pipeline construction, and field services. Select Energy Services, Inc. was incorporated in 2016 and is headquartered in Gainesville, Texas.

FTS International Company Profile

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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