Contrasting Tidewater (NYSE:TDW) & Eco-Stim Energy Solutions (ESES)

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions (NASDAQ: ESES) and Tidewater (NYSE:TDW) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings and valuation.


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

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

84.3% of Eco-Stim Energy Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 27.7% of Tidewater shares are held by institutional investors. 11.1% of Eco-Stim Energy Solutions shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Eco-Stim Energy Solutions 0 1 4 0 2.80
Tidewater 0 0 1 0 3.00

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions presently has a consensus price target of $2.36, indicating a potential upside of 63.89%. Given Eco-Stim Energy Solutions’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Eco-Stim Energy Solutions is more favorable than Tidewater.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Eco-Stim Energy Solutions $8.35 million 12.85 -$17.92 million ($1.09) -1.32
Tidewater N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

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


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

About Eco-Stim Energy Solutions

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.

About Tidewater

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.

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