Contrasting Helix Energy Solutions Group (HLX) and Its Competitors

Helix Energy Solutions Group (NYSE: HLX) is one of 57 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil Related Services and Equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Helix Energy Solutions Group to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

86.8% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.5% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.7% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Helix Energy Solutions Group and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Helix Energy Solutions Group 0 3 6 0 2.67
Helix Energy Solutions Group Competitors 400 2059 2923 114 2.50

Helix Energy Solutions Group currently has a consensus price target of $9.33, suggesting a potential upside of 33.65%. As a group, “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 24.88%. Given Helix Energy Solutions Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Helix Energy Solutions Group is more favorable than its rivals.

Risk & Volatility

Helix Energy Solutions Group has a beta of 2.63, indicating that its stock price is 163% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Helix Energy Solutions Group’s rivals have a beta of 1.60, indicating that their average stock price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Helix Energy Solutions Group and its rivals’ 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%
Helix Energy Solutions Group Competitors -16.44% -9.53% -5.00%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Helix Energy Solutions Group and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Helix Energy Solutions Group $544.13 million $107.34 million -11.83
Helix Energy Solutions Group Competitors $2.00 billion $268.99 million -23.04

Helix Energy Solutions Group’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Helix Energy Solutions Group. Helix Energy Solutions Group is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Helix Energy Solutions Group beats its rivals on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

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).

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