Helix Energy Solutions Group (NYSE: HLX) and Cameron International (NYSE:CAM) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, risk, valuation and profitability.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

86.9% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.7% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Helix Energy Solutions Group and Cameron International’s 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 2.01 $107.34 million ($0.51) -14.49
Cameron International N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Helix Energy Solutions Group has higher revenue and earnings than Cameron International.

Profitability

This table compares Helix Energy Solutions Group and Cameron International’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%
Cameron International 7.17% 11.16% 5.17%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Helix Energy Solutions Group and Cameron International, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Helix Energy Solutions Group 0 2 6 0 2.75
Cameron International 0 0 0 0 N/A

Helix Energy Solutions Group currently has a consensus price target of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 35.32%. Given Helix Energy Solutions Group’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Helix Energy Solutions Group is more favorable than Cameron International.

Summary

Helix Energy Solutions Group beats Cameron International on 5 of the 8 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 Cameron International

Cameron International Corporation (Cameron), incorporated on November 10, 1994, provides flow equipment products, systems and services to worldwide oil, gas and process industries. The Company operates through four business segments: Subsea, Surface, Drilling and Valves & Measurement (V&M). The Subsea segment delivers integrated solutions, products, systems and services to the subsea oil and gas market, including integrated subsea production systems. Cameron’s Surface segment designs and manufactures wellhead and Christmas tree systemsfor onshore and offshore topside applications – from conventional to high-pressure, high temperature systems, to specialized systems for dry completions and heavy oil. The Drilling segment is a global supplier of integrated drilling systems. The V&M segment’s businesses provide valves and measurement systems. Its businesses serve portions of the upstream, midstream and downstream markets.

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