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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Helix Energy Solutions Group and NCS Multistage Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Helix Energy Solutions Group 0 1 6 0 2.86
NCS Multistage Holdings 0 1 7 0 2.88

Helix Energy Solutions Group presently has a consensus price target of $10.50, suggesting a potential upside of 66.93%. NCS Multistage Holdings has a consensus price target of $29.00, suggesting a potential upside of 47.88%. Given Helix Energy Solutions Group’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Helix Energy Solutions Group is more favorable than NCS Multistage Holdings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

86.9% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.6% of NCS Multistage Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.7% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Helix Energy Solutions Group and NCS Multistage Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Helix Energy Solutions Group $544.13 million 1.71 $107.34 million ($0.51) -12.33
NCS Multistage Holdings $159.58 million 5.35 $27.87 million N/A N/A

Helix Energy Solutions Group has higher revenue and earnings than NCS Multistage Holdings.

Profitability

This table compares Helix Energy Solutions Group and NCS Multistage Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Helix Energy Solutions Group -12.09% -1.21% -0.71%
NCS Multistage Holdings N/A N/A N/A

Summary

NCS Multistage Holdings beats Helix Energy Solutions Group on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

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).

About NCS Multistage Holdings

NCS Multistage Holdings, Inc. is a provider of engineered products and support services for oil and natural gas well completions and field development strategies. The Company’s products and services include Multistage Unlimited, casing-installed sliding sleeves, downhole frac isolation assembly, AirLock casing buoyancy system and liner hanger systems. The Company provides products and services primarily to exploration and production (E&P) companies for use in onshore wells, predominantly wells that have been drilled with horizontal laterals in unconventional oil and natural gas formations. The Company’s products and services are utilized in oil and natural gas basins throughout North America and in selected international markets, including Argentina, China and Russia.

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