Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII) and Bristow Group (NYSE:BRS) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Oceaneering International pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Bristow Group pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Oceaneering International pays out -206.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Bristow Group pays out -5.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

98.6% of Oceaneering International shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of Oceaneering International shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.0% of Bristow Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Oceaneering International and Bristow Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Oceaneering International 3 7 5 0 2.13
Bristow Group 0 5 1 0 2.17

Oceaneering International presently has a consensus target price of $28.50, suggesting a potential upside of 22.90%. Bristow Group has a consensus target price of $13.25, suggesting a potential upside of 84.54%. Given Bristow Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Bristow Group is more favorable than Oceaneering International.

Risk & Volatility

Oceaneering International has a beta of 1.66, suggesting that its share price is 66% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bristow Group has a beta of 2.84, suggesting that its share price is 184% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Oceaneering International and Bristow Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Oceaneering International $2.00 billion 1.14 $236.08 million ($0.29) -79.97
Bristow Group $1.33 billion 0.19 $60.98 million ($5.26) -1.37

Oceaneering International has higher revenue and earnings than Bristow Group. Oceaneering International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Bristow Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Oceaneering International and Bristow Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Oceaneering International -1.41% 1.14% 0.55%
Bristow Group -13.32% -6.83% -2.91%

Summary

Oceaneering International beats Bristow Group on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Oceaneering International Company Profile

Oceaneering International, Inc. is an oilfield provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications. The Company’s business segments are contained within two businesses: services and products provided to the oil and gas industry (Oilfield) and all other services and products (Advanced Technologies). Its four business segments within the Oilfield business are Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), Subsea Products, Subsea Projects and Asset Integrity. The services and products it provides to the oil and gas industry include remotely operated vehicles, specialty subsea hardware, engineering and project management, subsea intervention services, including manned diving, survey and positioning services and asset integrity and nondestructive testing services. The Company serves the defense, aerospace and commercial theme park industries.

Bristow Group Company Profile

Bristow Group Inc. is an industrial aviation services provider and helicopter service provider to the offshore energy industry. The Industrial Aviation Services segment’s operations are conducted primarily through four regions: Europe Caspian, Africa, Americas and Asia Pacific. The Europe Caspian region consists of all its operations and affiliates in Europe and Central Asia, including Norway, the United Kingdom and Turkmenistan. The Africa region consists of all its operations and affiliates on the African continent, including Nigeria, Tanzania and Egypt. The Americas region consists of all its operations and affiliates in North America and South America, including Brazil, Canada, Trinidad and the United States Gulf of Mexico. The Asia Pacific region consists of all its operations and affiliates in Australia and Southeast Asia, including Malaysia and Sakhalin. Additionally, it operates a training unit, Bristow Academy.

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