Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, offshore energy contractor Helix Energy Solutions (NYSE: HLX) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Helix facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Houston (1990)

Market Cap

$1.5 billion


Oil and gas equipment and services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.5 billion


CEO Owen Kratz (since 2008)
CFO Anthony Tripodo (since 2008)

Compound Annual Revenue and Net Income Growth (Over Past 5 Years)

21.9% and 13.6%


$270.7 million / $1.4 billion


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

On CAPS, 97% of the 999 members who have rated Helix believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include macaveli and LemuelsEgo.

Two months ago, macaveli brought some interesting insider activity to our community's attention: "This thing is primed for a steady climb with the price of oil and the gap to back to where it was pre crash. The CEO just bought 1.2 mill at about 11.70 a share."

In a pitch from three days ago, LemuelsEgo applauded management's fat-cutting initiatives:

Helix has been shedding nonessential aspects of their company off their books --which they have a lot of -- in order to focus on the core of their business: contracting services. Considering their oil hedge funds have been destabilizing their earnings reports, the sell-off will give them cash for future growth in their industry and a better return on their assets. Looking long on this one.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. W&T is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems pick. National Oilwell Varco is a selection of Stock Advisor. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.