USA Compression Partners, (NYSE: USAC) and Tidewater (NYSE:TDW) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and profitability.


This table compares USA Compression Partners, and Tidewater’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
USA Compression Partners, 1.20% 1.38% 0.65%
Tidewater N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for USA Compression Partners, and Tidewater, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
USA Compression Partners, 0 2 1 0 2.33
Tidewater 1 1 1 0 2.00

USA Compression Partners, presently has a consensus target price of $18.00, suggesting a potential upside of 16.81%. Tidewater has a consensus target price of $1.00, suggesting a potential downside of 96.56%. Given USA Compression Partners,’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe USA Compression Partners, is more favorable than Tidewater.


USA Compression Partners, pays an annual dividend of $2.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 13.6%. Tidewater does not pay a dividend. USA Compression Partners, pays out 7,000.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares USA Compression Partners, and Tidewater’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
USA Compression Partners, $268.09 million 3.54 $129.99 million $0.03 513.67
Tidewater $548.79 million 2.50 $31.55 million N/A N/A

USA Compression Partners, has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Tidewater.


USA Compression Partners, beats Tidewater on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

USA Compression Partners, Company Profile

USA Compression Partners, LP is an independent provider of compression services in the United States. The Company provides compression services to its customers primarily in connection with infrastructure applications, including both allowing for the processing and transportation of natural gas through the domestic pipeline system and managing crude oil production through artificial lift processes. The Company engineers, designs, operates, services and repairs its compression units, and maintains related support inventory and equipment. It provides compression services in mature conventional basins, including gas lift applications on crude oil wells focused by horizontal drilling techniques. The Company provides compression services in various shale plays throughout the United States, including the Utica, Marcellus, Permian Basin, Delaware Basin, Eagle Ford, Mississippi Lime, Granite Wash, Woodford, Barnett, Haynesville, Niobrara and Fayetteville shales.

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.

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