Helix Energy Solutions Group (NYSE: HLX) and Frank’s International (NYSE:FI) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Helix Energy Solutions Group and Frank’s International’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Helix Energy Solutions Group $487.58 million 2.09 -$81.44 million ($0.60) -11.52
Frank’s International $487.53 million 2.89 -$135.33 million ($0.53) -11.92

Helix Energy Solutions Group has higher revenue and earnings than Frank’s International. Frank’s International 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.

Profitability

This table compares Helix Energy Solutions Group and Frank’s International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Helix Energy Solutions Group -13.72% -1.80% -1.11%
Frank’s International -26.21% -9.25% -7.80%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

86.3% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 26.3% of Frank’s International shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.7% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 77.9% of Frank’s International shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Frank’s International pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. Helix Energy Solutions Group does not pay a dividend. Frank’s International pays out -56.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Helix Energy Solutions Group and Frank’s International, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Helix Energy Solutions Group 0 3 5 0 2.63
Frank’s International 4 9 1 0 1.79

Helix Energy Solutions Group presently has a consensus price target of $8.55, suggesting a potential upside of 23.73%. Frank’s International has a consensus price target of $8.00, suggesting a potential upside of 26.58%. Given Frank’s International’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Frank’s International is more favorable than Helix Energy Solutions Group.

Risk & Volatility

Helix Energy Solutions Group has a beta of 2.62, suggesting that its stock price is 162% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Frank’s International has a beta of 1.13, suggesting that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Helix Energy Solutions Group beats Frank’s International on 9 of the 15 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 Frank’s International

Frank’s International N.V. (FINV) is a provider of engineered tubular services, tubular fabrication and specialty well construction and well intervention solutions to the oil and gas industry. The Company operates through four business segments: International Services, U. S. Services, Tubular Sales and Blackhawk. As of December 31, 2016, the International Services segment provided tubular services in international offshore markets and in several onshore international regions in approximately 60 countries on six continents. The U.S. Services segment provides tubular services. The Blackhawk segment provides well construction and well intervention rental equipment, services and products, in addition to the cementing tool expertise, in the United States and Mexican Gulf of Mexico, onshore United States and other select international locations.

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