Helix Energy Solutions Group (NYSE: HLX) and Baker Hughes A GE (NYSE:BHI) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Helix Energy Solutions Group and Baker Hughes A GE’s 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 1.70 $107.34 million ($0.51) -12.29
Baker Hughes A GE N/A N/A N/A ($4.36) -13.23

Helix Energy Solutions Group has higher revenue and earnings than Baker Hughes A GE. Baker Hughes A GE 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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

86.9% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.3% of Baker Hughes A GE shares are held by institutional investors. 5.7% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of Baker Hughes A GE shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Helix Energy Solutions Group and Baker Hughes A GE’s 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%
Baker Hughes A GE -7.45% -5.80% -3.84%

Risk and Volatility

Helix Energy Solutions Group has a beta of 2.59, meaning that its share price is 159% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Baker Hughes A GE has a beta of 0.83, meaning that its share price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Helix Energy Solutions Group and Baker Hughes A GE, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Helix Energy Solutions Group 0 1 6 0 2.86
Baker Hughes A GE 1 13 12 0 2.42

Helix Energy Solutions Group currently has a consensus target price of $10.50, indicating a potential upside of 67.46%. Baker Hughes A GE has a consensus target price of $62.15, indicating a potential upside of 7.75%. Given Helix Energy Solutions Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Helix Energy Solutions Group is more favorable than Baker Hughes A GE.

Dividends

Baker Hughes A GE pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Helix Energy Solutions Group does not pay a dividend. Baker Hughes A GE pays out -15.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Helix Energy Solutions Group beats Baker Hughes A GE on 8 of the 13 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 Baker Hughes A GE

Baker Hughes, a GE Company is an oil and gas company. The Company is a provider of integrated oilfield products, services and digital solutions. The Company’s products and services include upstream, midstream, downstream, industrial and digital. The Company’s upstream, which includes evaluation, drilling, completions and production. Midstream enables the power and compression efficiency for LNG and pipeline and storage. Downstream builds reliability and safety into process operations that includes refining and petrochemical and fertilizer solutions. The company’s industrial solutions offers power generation, to advanced control systems and sensing technology that power industrial facilities. Digital transformation integrates data on an open platform with security and scale. The digital transformation enables field services with real-time insights. The Company’s technology delivers capacities in smaller footprints.

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