Critical Contrast: Tidewater (TDW) and Its Competitors

Tidewater (NYSE: TDW) is one of 48 public companies in the “Oil Related Services and Equipment” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Tidewater to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and earnings.


This table compares Tidewater and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tidewater -1,029.30% -424.31% -159.26%
Tidewater Competitors -33.39% -14.08% -6.63%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Tidewater and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Tidewater N/A N/A -0.04
Tidewater Competitors $1.90 billion -$327.68 million -670.84

Tidewater’s rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Tidewater. Tidewater is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Tidewater and its rivals, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tidewater 0 0 1 0 3.00
Tidewater Competitors 421 2120 2971 118 2.49

As a group, “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 20.20%. Given Tidewater’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Tidewater has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

27.7% of Tidewater shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.3% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 13.0% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Tidewater rivals beat Tidewater on 8 of the 11 factors compared.

About Tidewater

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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