Head to Head Analysis: Helix Energy Solutions Group (HLX) versus Its Peers

Helix Energy Solutions Group (NYSE: HLX) is one of 57 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil Related Services and Equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Helix Energy Solutions Group to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, valuation and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Helix Energy Solutions Group and its competitors’ 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%
Helix Energy Solutions Group Competitors -16.13% -9.60% -5.06%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

86.9% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.8% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.7% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.7% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Helix Energy Solutions Group and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Helix Energy Solutions Group $544.13 million $107.34 million -11.83
Helix Energy Solutions Group Competitors $2.00 billion $268.99 million -23.21

Helix Energy Solutions Group’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Helix Energy Solutions Group. Helix Energy Solutions Group is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Helix Energy Solutions Group and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Helix Energy Solutions Group 0 3 6 0 2.67
Helix Energy Solutions Group Competitors 401 2067 2925 114 2.50

Helix Energy Solutions Group presently has a consensus target price of $9.33, suggesting a potential upside of 33.65%. As a group, “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 25.04%. Given Helix Energy Solutions Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Helix Energy Solutions Group is more favorable than its competitors.

Volatility and Risk

Helix Energy Solutions Group has a beta of 2.63, meaning that its stock price is 163% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Helix Energy Solutions Group’s competitors have a beta of 1.60, meaning that their average stock price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Helix Energy Solutions Group beats its competitors on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

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).

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