Comparing Helix Energy Solutions Group (HLX) and Matrix Service (MTRX)

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


This table compares Helix Energy Solutions Group and Matrix Service’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%
Matrix Service -0.59% -1.97% -1.12%

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Helix Energy Solutions Group $487.58 million 2.11 -$81.44 million ($0.60) -11.60
Matrix Service $1.20 billion 0.35 -$180,000.00 ($0.25) -62.00

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

Risk and Volatility

Helix Energy Solutions Group has a beta of 2.45, meaning that its share price is 145% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Matrix Service has a beta of 0.63, meaning that its share price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Helix Energy Solutions Group and Matrix Service, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Helix Energy Solutions Group 1 2 5 0 2.50
Matrix Service 0 2 0 0 2.00

Helix Energy Solutions Group currently has a consensus target price of $8.40, indicating a potential upside of 20.69%. Given Helix Energy Solutions Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Helix Energy Solutions Group is more favorable than Matrix Service.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

85.0% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.2% of Matrix Service shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.7% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of Matrix Service shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Helix Energy Solutions Group beats Matrix Service on 9 of the 14 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).

Matrix Service Company Profile

Matrix Service Company provides engineering, fabrication, infrastructure, construction and maintenance services primarily to the oil, gas, power, petrochemical, industrial, mining and minerals markets. The Company’s segments include Electrical Infrastructure, Oil Gas & Chemical, Storage Solutions and Industrial. The Electrical Infrastructure segment primarily includes construction and maintenance services to a range of power generation facilities, such as combined cycle plants, natural gas fired power stations and renewable energy installations. The Oil Gas & Chemical segment includes turnaround activities, plant maintenance services and construction in the downstream petroleum industry. The Storage Solutions segment includes new construction of crude and refined products aboveground storage tanks (ASTs), as well as planned and emergency maintenance services. The Industrial segment includes construction and maintenance work in the iron and steel and mining and minerals industries.

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