Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Tidewater (NYSE:TDW), which provides offshore marine services for the oil industry, has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Tidewater's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Tidewater facts

Headquarters (founded)

New Orleans (1956)

Market Cap

$2.27 Billion


Oil and Gas Equipment and Services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.39 Billion


CEO Dean Taylor (Since 2002)

CFO Quinn Fanning (Since 2008)

Return on Equity (Average, Past Three Years)


Dividend Yield



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CAPS Members Bullish on TDW Also Bullish on:



CAPS Members Bearish on TDW Also Bearish on:

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Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 643 of the 666 members who have rated Tidewater -- or 96.5% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include rickak and JaspersPicks.

Last year, rickak reminded our community that Tidewater "has the largest fleet of offshore support ships in the world." Our CAPS member continued: "The company is well run by industry professionals. The fleet continues to be modernized and demand will only increase for [Tidewater's] services."

In a more recent pitch from last week, JaspersPicks also predicted turning tides for Tidewater:

Highlights are almost no debt, great margins compared to their industry, tons of cash on hand and even more being generated. … A nice dividend that was recently increased and a conservative payout ratio. ...

I think the energy sector as a whole is poised for a rebound and should provide a nice tailwind for this company. ... Add it all up and you get a company with stronger fundamentals than its industry and lower valuations. … In my book that all equals a stock that has the legs and the room to break from the pack.

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