TIDEWATER INC (NYSE: TDW) and Exterran Corporation (NYSE:EXTN) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for TIDEWATER INC and Exterran Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TIDEWATER INC 1 1 1 0 2.00
Exterran Corporation 0 2 0 0 2.00

TIDEWATER INC currently has a consensus target price of $1.00, indicating a potential downside of 95.97%. Exterran Corporation has a consensus target price of $28.00, indicating a potential upside of 2.30%. Given Exterran Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Exterran Corporation is more favorable than TIDEWATER INC.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

89.9% of Exterran Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of Exterran Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares TIDEWATER INC and Exterran Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Exterran Corporation -1.45% -5.57% -2.24%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares TIDEWATER INC and Exterran Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TIDEWATER INC $548.79 million 2.13 $31.55 million N/A N/A
Exterran Corporation $1.07 billion 0.92 $161.23 million ($0.48) -57.02

Exterran Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than TIDEWATER INC.


Tidewater Inc. provides offshore service vessels and marine support services. The Company operates through four segments: Americas, Asia/Pacific, Middle East/North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe. Its Americas segment includes the activities of the Company’s North American operations, which include operations in the United States Gulf of Mexico (GOM), and the United States and Canadian coastal waters of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, as well as operations of offshore Mexico, Trinidad and Brazil. The Asia/Pacific segment includes its Australian and Southeast Asian and Western Pacific operations. The Middle East/North Africa segment includes its operations in the Mediterranean and Red Seas, the Black Sea, the Arabian Gulf and offshore India. The Company’s Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe segment includes operations conducted along the East and West Coasts of Africa, as well as operations in and around the Caspian Sea, the North Sea, and certain other arctic/cold water markets.

About Exterran Corporation

Exterran Corporation provides compression, production and processing products and services that support the production and transportation of oil and natural gas around the world. The Company operates through three segments: contract operations, aftermarket services, and oil and gas product sales. The contract operations segment provides natural gas compression services, production and processing equipment services, and maintenance services to meet specific customer requirements on assets owned by it. The aftermarket services segment provides a range of services to support the surface production, compression and processing needs of customers, from parts sales and normal maintenance services to full operation of a customer’s owned assets. The oil and gas product sales segment provides design, engineering, manufacturing, installation and sale of natural gas compression units, and accessories and equipment used in the production, treating and processing of crude oil and natural gas.

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