Analyzing Helix Energy Solutions Group (HLX) & Bristow Group (BRS)

Bristow Group (NYSE: BRS) and Helix Energy Solutions Group (NYSE:HLX) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bristow Group -13.31% -7.08% -2.94%
Helix Energy Solutions Group -13.72% -1.80% -1.11%

Dividends

Bristow Group pays an annual dividend of $0.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Helix Energy Solutions Group does not pay a dividend. Bristow Group pays out -2.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Bristow Group and Helix Energy Solutions Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bristow Group 0 4 1 0 2.20
Helix Energy Solutions Group 0 3 5 0 2.63

Bristow Group presently has a consensus price target of $14.75, indicating a potential upside of 16.23%. Helix Energy Solutions Group has a consensus price target of $8.55, indicating a potential upside of 19.08%. Given Helix Energy Solutions Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Helix Energy Solutions Group is more favorable than Bristow Group.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bristow Group $1.40 billion 0.32 -$170.53 million ($5.29) -2.40
Helix Energy Solutions Group $487.58 million 2.18 -$81.44 million ($0.60) -11.97

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

85.9% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.0% of Bristow Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.7% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Bristow Group has a beta of 3.09, meaning that its stock price is 209% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Helix Energy Solutions Group has a beta of 2.6, meaning that its stock price is 160% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Helix Energy Solutions Group beats Bristow Group on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Bristow Group

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.

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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