Comparing Tidewater (TDW) & Fairmount Santrol (FMSA)

Tidewater (NYSE: TDW) and Fairmount Santrol (NYSE:FMSA) 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 risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Tidewater and Fairmount Santrol, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tidewater 0 0 1 0 3.00
Fairmount Santrol 1 10 10 0 2.43

Fairmount Santrol has a consensus price target of $5.95, indicating a potential upside of 1.14%. Given Fairmount Santrol’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Fairmount Santrol is more favorable than Tidewater.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

27.7% of Tidewater shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.3% of Fairmount Santrol shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of Tidewater shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 9.8% of Fairmount Santrol shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Tidewater and Fairmount Santrol’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tidewater N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Fairmount Santrol $535.01 million 2.46 -$140.19 million $0.05 117.60

Tidewater has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Fairmount Santrol.


This table compares Tidewater and Fairmount Santrol’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tidewater N/A N/A N/A
Fairmount Santrol 1.69% 4.05% 0.86%


Fairmount Santrol beats Tidewater on 8 of the 9 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.

Fairmount Santrol Company Profile

Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc. is a provider of sand-based proppant solutions. The Company operates through two segments: Proppant Solutions, and Industrial & Recreational (I&R) Products. Its Proppant Solutions segment provides sand-based proppants for use in hydraulic fracturing operations throughout the United States and Canada, Argentina, Mexico, China, northern Europe and the United Arab Emirates. Its I&R segment provides raw, coated, and custom blended sands to the foundry, building products, glass, turf and landscape, and filtration industries in North America. Its asset base includes approximately 800 million tons of proven and probable mineral reserves. As of March 2017, the Company had 10 sand processing facilities with 16.8 million tons of annual sand processing capacity. Its coating facilities include operations in Mexico, Denmark and China, through which it serves international oil and gas markets.

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