Helix Energy Solutions Group (NYSE: HLX) and Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure (NYSE:SOI) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

86.9% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.2% of Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure shares are held by institutional investors. 5.7% of Helix Energy Solutions Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Helix Energy Solutions Group and Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Helix Energy Solutions Group 0 3 6 0 2.67
Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure 0 2 11 0 2.85

Helix Energy Solutions Group currently has a consensus price target of $9.33, indicating a potential upside of 20.21%. Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure has a consensus price target of $17.10, indicating a potential upside of 11.76%. Given Helix Energy Solutions Group’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Helix Energy Solutions Group is more favorable than Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Helix Energy Solutions Group and Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Helix Energy Solutions Group $544.13 million 2.11 $107.34 million ($0.51) -15.22
Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure $35.75 million 4.67 $19.07 million N/A N/A

Helix Energy Solutions Group has higher revenue and earnings than Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure.


This table compares Helix Energy Solutions Group and Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure’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%
Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure N/A N/A N/A


Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure beats Helix Energy Solutions Group on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Helix Energy Solutions Group Company Profile

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).

Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure Company Profile

Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure, Inc. manufactures and provides its mobile proppant management systems that unload, store and deliver proppant at oil and natural gas well sites. The Company offers its services to oil and natural gas exploration and production (E&P) companies, as well as oilfield service companies. Its mobile proppant system is designed to address the challenges associated with transferring large quantities of proppant to the well site, including the cost and management of last mile logistics. Its systems provide 2.5 million pounds of proppant storage capacity. The Company manufactures its systems at its facility in Early, Texas, The Company’s system provides Streamlined last mile logistics and Improved execution to meet completion designs. Its systems provide triple the storage capacity, such as trailer-mounted, hydraulically powered storage bins. Its integrated PropView system delivers real-time proppant inventory and consumption levels.

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