Tidewater (NYSE:TDW) and Helix Energy Solutions Group (HLX) Head-To-Head Survey

Helix Energy Solutions Group (NYSE: HLX) and Tidewater (NYSE:TDW) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

85.9% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 27.7% of Tidewater shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.7% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.6% of Tidewater shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Helix Energy Solutions Group and Tidewater, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Helix Energy Solutions Group 1 2 5 0 2.50
Tidewater 0 0 1 0 3.00

Helix Energy Solutions Group presently has a consensus target price of $8.40, suggesting a potential upside of 1.45%. Given Helix Energy Solutions Group’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Helix Energy Solutions Group is more favorable than Tidewater.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Helix Energy Solutions Group and Tidewater’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Helix Energy Solutions Group $487.58 million 2.51 -$81.44 million ($0.59) -14.03
Tidewater N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Tidewater has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Helix Energy Solutions Group.


This table compares Helix Energy Solutions Group and Tidewater’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Helix Energy Solutions Group -13.72% -1.80% -1.11%
Tidewater N/A N/A N/A


Helix Energy Solutions Group beats Tidewater on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Helix Energy Solutions Group Company Profile

Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. is an international offshore energy services company. The Company provides services to the offshore energy industry, with a focus on well intervention and robotics operations. The Company operates in three segments: Well Intervention, Robotics and Production Facilities. Its Well Intervention segment includes the Company’s vessels and equipment used to perform well intervention services primarily in the Gulf of Mexico and North Sea regions. Its Robotics segment includes remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), trenchers and ROVDrills designed to complement offshore construction and well intervention services, and operates chartered ROV support vessels. Its Production Facilities segment includes the Helix Producer I (the HP I), a floating production vessel, the Helix Fast Response System (the HFRS), and its ownership interest in Independence Hub, LLC (Independence Hub).

Tidewater Company Profile

Tidewater Inc. provides offshore service vessels and marine support services. The Company operates through four segments: Americas, Asia/Pacific, Middle East/North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe. Its Americas segment includes the activities of the Company’s North American operations, which include operations in the United States Gulf of Mexico (GOM), and the United States and Canadian coastal waters of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, as well as operations of offshore Mexico, Trinidad and Brazil. The Asia/Pacific segment includes its Australian and Southeast Asian and Western Pacific operations. The Middle East/North Africa segment includes its operations in the Mediterranean and Red Seas, the Black Sea, the Arabian Gulf and offshore India. The Company’s Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe segment includes operations conducted along the East and West Coasts of Africa, as well as operations in and around the Caspian Sea, the North Sea, and certain other arctic/cold water markets.

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