Bristow Group (NYSE: BRS) and NCS Multistage Holdings (NASDAQ:NCSM) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, earnings, valuation and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Bristow Group and NCS Multistage Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bristow Group 0 4 1 0 2.20
NCS Multistage Holdings 0 1 7 0 2.88

Bristow Group currently has a consensus price target of $13.25, suggesting a potential upside of 39.18%. NCS Multistage Holdings has a consensus price target of $29.00, suggesting a potential upside of 24.68%. Given Bristow Group’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Bristow Group is more favorable than NCS Multistage Holdings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.6% of NCS Multistage Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.0% of Bristow Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Bristow Group pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. NCS Multistage Holdings does not pay a dividend. Bristow Group pays out -5.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bristow Group -13.32% -6.83% -2.91%
NCS Multistage Holdings N/A N/A N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Bristow Group and NCS Multistage Holdings’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bristow Group $1.33 billion 0.25 $62.14 million ($5.26) -1.81
NCS Multistage Holdings $159.58 million 6.35 $27.87 million N/A N/A

Bristow Group has higher revenue and earnings than NCS Multistage Holdings.

Summary

NCS Multistage Holdings beats Bristow Group on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Bristow Group

Bristow Group Inc. is an industrial aviation services provider and helicopter service provider to the offshore energy industry. The Industrial Aviation Services segment’s operations are conducted primarily through four regions: Europe Caspian, Africa, Americas and Asia Pacific. The Europe Caspian region consists of all its operations and affiliates in Europe and Central Asia, including Norway, the United Kingdom and Turkmenistan. The Africa region consists of all its operations and affiliates on the African continent, including Nigeria, Tanzania and Egypt. The Americas region consists of all its operations and affiliates in North America and South America, including Brazil, Canada, Trinidad and the United States Gulf of Mexico. The Asia Pacific region consists of all its operations and affiliates in Australia and Southeast Asia, including Malaysia and Sakhalin. Additionally, it operates a training unit, Bristow Academy.

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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