Tidewater (NYSE: TDW) and Ecopetrol (NYSE:EC) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and valuation.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Tidewater and Ecopetrol’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Ecopetrol||$16.56 billion||2.28||$1.99 billion||$0.44||41.71|
Institutional and Insider Ownership
68.9% of Tidewater shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.6% of Ecopetrol shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Tidewater and Ecopetrol, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Ecopetrol has a consensus target price of $10.67, indicating a potential downside of 41.87%. Given Ecopetrol’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Ecopetrol is more favorable than Tidewater.
This table compares Tidewater and Ecopetrol’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Ecopetrol pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Tidewater does not pay a dividend. Ecopetrol pays out 36.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Ecopetrol beats Tidewater on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
Tidewater Company Profile
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.
Ecopetrol Company Profile
Ecopetrol S.A. is an oil company. The Company operates in Colombia, Peru, Brazil and the United States Gulf Coast. The Company’s segments include Exploration and Production, Transportation and Logistics, and Refining, Petrochemicals and Biofuels. The Company’s Exploration and Production segment includes exploration, development and production activities in Colombia and abroad. The Company’s Transportation and Logistics segment includes the transportation of crude oil, motor fuels, fuel oil and other refined products, including diesel and biofuels. The Company’s main crude oil pipeline systems’ operating capacity is approximately 1.34 million barrels per day (BPD). The Company’s main refineries are the Barrancabermeja refinery, which it directly owns and operates, and a refinery in the Free Trade Zone in Cartagena that is operated by Reficar S.A., a subsidiary of the Company. The Company also owns and operates two other minor refineries: Orito and Apiay.
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