Tidewater (NYSE: TDW) and Eco-Stim Energy Solutions (NASDAQ:ESES) 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.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Tidewater and Eco-Stim Energy Solutions’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tidewater N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Eco-Stim Energy Solutions $8.35 million 12.41 -$17.92 million ($1.09) -1.28

Tidewater has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Eco-Stim Energy Solutions.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Tidewater and Eco-Stim Energy Solutions, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tidewater 0 0 1 0 3.00
Eco-Stim Energy Solutions 0 1 3 0 2.75

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions has a consensus target price of $2.45, indicating a potential upside of 76.26%. Given Eco-Stim Energy Solutions’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Eco-Stim Energy Solutions is more favorable than Tidewater.

Profitability

This table compares Tidewater and Eco-Stim Energy Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tidewater N/A N/A N/A
Eco-Stim Energy Solutions -85.29% -43.11% -23.60%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

3.8% of Tidewater shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.6% of Eco-Stim Energy Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of Tidewater shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.1% of Eco-Stim Energy Solutions 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.

Summary

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions beats Tidewater on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Tidewater Company Profile

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.

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions Company Profile

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions, Inc. is an oilfield services company. The Company provides well stimulation, coiled tubing and field management services to the upstream oil and gas industry. The Company focuses on the active shale and unconventional oil and natural gas basins outside the United States and it has commenced operations in Argentina. The Company operates well stimulation fleets, coiled tubing units and other downhole completion equipment, as well as provides sweet spot analysis in shale resource basins using geophysical predictive modeling combined with real-time feedback from down-hole diagnostic tools. The Company offers a pumping fleet, including well-stimulation pumps, nitrogen pumping units and cranes, in both trailer-mounted and skid-mounted configurations. It provides a range of pressure-pumping services, including work-over pumping, well injection and wireline pump downs.

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