Helix Energy Solutions Group (NYSE: HLX) and Archrock (NYSE:AROC) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitabiliy, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

88.6% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.5% of Archrock shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.7% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of Archrock 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

Archrock pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.0%. Helix Energy Solutions Group does not pay a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Helix Energy Solutions Group has a beta of 2.59, suggesting that its share price is 159% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Archrock has a beta of 3.49, suggesting that its share price is 249% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Helix Energy Solutions Group and Archrock’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Helix Energy Solutions Group $544.13 million 1.59 $107.34 million ($0.51) -11.47
Archrock $777.50 million 0.88 $284.77 million N/A N/A

Archrock has higher revenue and earnings than Helix Energy Solutions Group.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Helix Energy Solutions Group -12.09% -1.21% -0.71%
Archrock -8.57% -3.44% -0.98%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Helix Energy Solutions Group and Archrock, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Helix Energy Solutions Group 0 1 7 0 2.88
Archrock 0 7 0 0 2.00

Helix Energy Solutions Group presently has a consensus target price of $10.50, indicating a potential upside of 79.49%. Archrock has a consensus target price of $13.35, indicating a potential upside of 38.34%. Given Helix Energy Solutions Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Helix Energy Solutions Group is more favorable than Archrock.

Summary

Helix Energy Solutions Group beats Archrock on 8 of the 13 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 Archrock

Archrock, Inc. is a natural gas contract operations services company. The Company also provides natural gas compression services to customers in the oil and natural gas industry throughout the United States and supplies aftermarket services to customers that own compression equipment in the United States. The Company operates through two segments: contract operations and aftermarket services. The contract operations segment primarily provides natural gas compression services to meet specific customer requirements. The Company provides contract operations services, including the personnel, equipment, tools, materials and supplies to meet its customers’ natural gas compression needs. The aftermarket services segment provides a range of services to support the compression needs of customers, from parts sales and normal maintenance services to full operation of a customer’s owned assets.

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