GulfMark Offshore (NYSE: GLF) and SAExploration Holdings (NASDAQ:SAEX) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for GulfMark Offshore and SAExploration Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
GulfMark Offshore 1 2 0 0 1.67
SAExploration Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A

GulfMark Offshore presently has a consensus target price of $4.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1,091.54%. Given GulfMark Offshore’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe GulfMark Offshore is more favorable than SAExploration Holdings.

Volatility & Risk

GulfMark Offshore has a beta of 2.81, suggesting that its share price is 181% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SAExploration Holdings has a beta of 0.03, suggesting that its share price is 97% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

69.2% of GulfMark Offshore shares are held by institutional investors. 25.4% of GulfMark Offshore shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.9% of SAExploration Holdings shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares GulfMark Offshore and SAExploration Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
GulfMark Offshore -512.40% -126.89% -47.00%
SAExploration Holdings -16.08% -97.88% -15.44%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares GulfMark Offshore and SAExploration Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
GulfMark Offshore N/A N/A N/A ($7.21) -0.05
SAExploration Holdings $201.58 million 0.15 $31.63 million ($2.29) -1.43

SAExploration Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than GulfMark Offshore. SAExploration Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than GulfMark Offshore, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


SAExploration Holdings beats GulfMark Offshore on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

GulfMark Offshore Company Profile

GulfMark Offshore, Inc. provides offshore marine support and transportation services. The Company offers these services to companies engaged in the offshore exploration and production of oil and natural gas. The Company operates in three segments: the North Sea (N. Sea), Southeast Asia (SEA) and the Americas. Its vessels transport materials, supplies and personnel to offshore facilities, as well as move and position drilling and production facilities. The operations are conducted in the North Sea, offshore Southeast Asia and offshore in the Americas. It operates a fleet of over 70 owned or managed offshore supply vessels (OSVs), which include over 30 vessels in the North Sea, over 10 vessels offshore Southeast Asia and over 30 vessels offshore the Americas. Its customers include oil and natural gas companies, independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies working in international markets, and foreign Government-owned or controlled oil and natural gas companies.

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