A couple of offshore oil services firms have reported earnings that beat estimates over the last 24 hours. Transocean (NYSE:RIG) beat on both the top and the bottom lines. It had a nice run yesterday and I recently profiled the stock, which I own.
Tidewater (NYSE:TDW) also reported a beat on the top and the bottom lines, but not to the same extent as Transocean. I would use the tepid response to earnings today as a good entry point to pick up this good growth play.
Here are key highlights from Tidewater's earnings report:
- EPS came in at $0.83 a share, $0.09 a share ahead of consensus estimates.
- Revenues also beat consensus by a little over 1%.
Tidewater Inc. provides offshore service vessels and marine support services through the operation of a fleet of marine service vessels.
Here are five reasons why Tidewater is a good growth play at $49 a share:
- Earnings are exploding. The company made just $1.93 a share in FY 2011, but is on track to earn over $3.40 a share in FY 2012. Analysts have over $5 a share penciled in for earnings in FY 2013.
- The company is poised for better than 15% revenue growth in both FY 2012 and FY 2013. The stock has a cheap five-year projected PEG of under 1 (0.46).
- The 12 analysts who cover the stock have a median price target of $60.50 a share on Tidewater.
- The company sells for just over nine times forward earnings and also has a dividend yield north of 2%.
- The stock has some good technical support just under the current stock price (see chart below).
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