Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII) and NCS Multistage Holdings (NASDAQ:NCSM) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Oceaneering International and NCS Multistage Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Oceaneering International 3 7 6 0 2.19
NCS Multistage Holdings 0 1 7 0 2.88

Oceaneering International currently has a consensus price target of $28.55, indicating a potential upside of 10.64%. NCS Multistage Holdings has a consensus price target of $29.00, indicating a potential upside of 30.45%. Given NCS Multistage Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe NCS Multistage Holdings is more favorable than Oceaneering International.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Oceaneering International and NCS Multistage Holdings’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Oceaneering International $2.00 billion 1.27 $236.08 million ($0.29) -88.97
NCS Multistage Holdings $159.58 million 6.07 $27.87 million N/A N/A

Oceaneering International has higher revenue and earnings than NCS Multistage Holdings.


This table compares Oceaneering International and NCS Multistage Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Oceaneering International -1.41% 1.14% 0.55%
NCS Multistage Holdings N/A N/A N/A


Oceaneering International pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. NCS Multistage Holdings does not pay a dividend. Oceaneering International pays out -206.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.7% of Oceaneering International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.6% of NCS Multistage Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of Oceaneering International shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Oceaneering International beats NCS Multistage Holdings on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Oceaneering International Company Profile

Oceaneering International, Inc. is an oilfield provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications. The Company’s business segments are contained within two businesses: services and products provided to the oil and gas industry (Oilfield) and all other services and products (Advanced Technologies). Its four business segments within the Oilfield business are Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), Subsea Products, Subsea Projects and Asset Integrity. The services and products it provides to the oil and gas industry include remotely operated vehicles, specialty subsea hardware, engineering and project management, subsea intervention services, including manned diving, survey and positioning services and asset integrity and nondestructive testing services. The Company serves the defense, aerospace and commercial theme park industries.

NCS Multistage Holdings Company Profile

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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