Tidewater (TDW) and Helix Energy Solutions Group (HLX) Financial Contrast

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

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tidewater 0 0 1 0 3.00
Helix Energy Solutions Group 0 3 5 0 2.63

Helix Energy Solutions Group has a consensus target price of $8.50, suggesting a potential upside of 4.68%. Given Helix Energy Solutions Group’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Helix Energy Solutions Group is more favorable than Tidewater.


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

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

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tidewater N/A N/A N/A ($670.29) -0.04
Helix Energy Solutions Group $487.58 million 2.46 -$81.44 million ($0.59) -13.76

Tidewater has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Helix Energy Solutions Group. Helix Energy Solutions Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Tidewater, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

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


Helix Energy Solutions Group beats Tidewater on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Helix Energy Solutions Group

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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