Superior Energy Services (NYSE: SPN) and Helix Energy Solutions Group (NYSE:HLX) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and risk.
This table compares Superior Energy Services and Helix Energy Solutions Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Superior Energy Services||-10.99%||-21.92%||-7.80%|
|Helix Energy Solutions Group||5.17%||-1.42%||-0.91%|
This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Superior Energy Services and Helix Energy Solutions Group, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Superior Energy Services||0||15||9||0||2.38|
|Helix Energy Solutions Group||1||1||4||0||2.50|
Superior Energy Services presently has a consensus target price of $12.86, indicating a potential upside of 32.39%. Helix Energy Solutions Group has a consensus target price of $8.40, indicating a potential upside of 29.63%. Given Superior Energy Services’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Superior Energy Services is more favorable than Helix Energy Solutions Group.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Superior Energy Services and Helix Energy Solutions Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Superior Energy Services||$1.87 billion||0.80||-$205.92 million||($1.65)||-5.88|
|Helix Energy Solutions Group||$581.38 million||1.65||$30.05 million||($0.15)||-43.20|
Helix Energy Solutions Group has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Superior Energy Services. Helix Energy Solutions Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Superior Energy Services, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Risk and Volatility
Superior Energy Services has a beta of 2.1, indicating that its stock price is 110% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Helix Energy Solutions Group has a beta of 2.52, indicating that its stock price is 152% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
87.9% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.9% of Superior Energy Services shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.9% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Helix Energy Solutions Group beats Superior Energy Services on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Superior Energy Services
Superior Energy Services, Inc. provides a range of services and products to the energy industry related to the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas. The Company’s segments include Drilling Products and Services, which rents and sells bottom hole assemblies, drill pipe, tubulars and specialized equipment for use with onshore and offshore oil and gas well drilling, production and workover activities; Onshore Completion and Workover Services, which provides pressure pumping services used to complete and stimulate production in new oil and gas wells, fluid handling services and well servicing rigs that provide a range of well completion and maintenance services; Production Services, which provides intervention services, such as coiled tubing, cased hole and mechanical wireline, hydraulic workover and snubbing, and remedial pumping services, and Technical Solutions, which provides services requiring specialized engineering, manufacturing or project planning.
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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