GulfMark Offshore (NYSE: GLF) and Deep Down (OTCMKTS:DPDW) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for GulfMark Offshore and Deep Down, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
GulfMark Offshore 0 2 0 0 2.00
Deep Down 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares GulfMark Offshore and Deep Down’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
GulfMark Offshore -512.40% -126.89% -47.00%
Deep Down 6.51% 7.27% 6.26%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares GulfMark Offshore and Deep Down’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
GulfMark Offshore N/A N/A N/A ($7.21) -0.05
Deep Down $26.05 million 0.56 $3.07 million $0.10 9.70

Deep Down has higher revenue and earnings than GulfMark Offshore. GulfMark Offshore is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Deep Down, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

69.2% of GulfMark Offshore shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 6.0% of Deep Down shares are held by institutional investors. 25.4% of GulfMark Offshore shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

GulfMark Offshore has a beta of 2.81, meaning that its share price is 181% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Deep Down has a beta of -0.08, meaning that its share price is 108% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Deep Down beats GulfMark Offshore on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

GulfMark Offshore Company Profile

GulfMark Offshore, Inc. provides offshore marine support and transportation services. The Company offers these services to companies engaged in the offshore exploration and production of oil and natural gas. The Company operates in three segments: the North Sea (N. Sea), Southeast Asia (SEA) and the Americas. Its vessels transport materials, supplies and personnel to offshore facilities, as well as move and position drilling and production facilities. The operations are conducted in the North Sea, offshore Southeast Asia and offshore in the Americas. It operates a fleet of over 70 owned or managed offshore supply vessels (OSVs), which include over 30 vessels in the North Sea, over 10 vessels offshore Southeast Asia and over 30 vessels offshore the Americas. Its customers include oil and natural gas companies, independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies working in international markets, and foreign Government-owned or controlled oil and natural gas companies.

Deep Down Company Profile

Deep Down, Inc. is engaged in the oilfield services industry. The Company operates through Deep Down Delaware segment. The Company is a provider of specialized services to the offshore energy industry to support deep water and ultra-deep water exploration, development and production of oil and gas, and other maritime operations. It also produces custom engineered products that assist it in fulfilling service objectives for specific projects on a contractual basis. The Company designs and manufactures deep water and ultra-deep water, surface and offshore equipment solutions, which are used by independent and foreign national oil and gas companies in offshore areas across the world. The Company provides engineering and management services, including the design, installation and retrieval of subsea equipment and systems, connection and termination operations, well-commissioning services, as well as construction support and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations support.

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