Tidewater (NYSE:SII) versus Weidai (NYSE:WEI) Critical Analysis

Tidewater (NYSE:SII) and Weidai (NYSE:WEI) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Tidewater and Weidai, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tidewater 0 2 0 0 2.00
Weidai 2 0 0 0 1.00

Tidewater currently has a consensus price target of $58.00, indicating a potential upside of 45.44%. Weidai has a consensus price target of $5.40, indicating a potential upside of 434.65%. Given Weidai’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Weidai is more favorable than Tidewater.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tidewater $72.50 million 14.03 $10.20 million $0.04 997.00
Weidai $482.27 million 0.15 $36.43 million $0.52 1.94

Weidai has higher revenue and earnings than Tidewater. Weidai is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Tidewater, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tidewater 19.54% 6.53% 5.32%
Weidai 7.55% 7.93% 4.23%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

15.8% of Tidewater shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.3% of Weidai shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Tidewater beats Weidai on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Tidewater Company Profile

Sprott Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the firm provides asset management, portfolio management, wealth management, fund management, and administrative and consulting services to its clients. It offers mutual funds, hedge funds, and offshore funds, along with managed accounts. Further, the firm also provides broker-dealer activities. Sprott Inc. was formed on February 13, 2008 and is based in Toronto, Canada.

Weidai Company Profile

Weidai Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides auto-backed financing solutions in the People's Republic of China. Its auto-backed financing platform connects borrowers primarily mall and micro enterprise owners with online investors and institutional funding partners. The company was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Hangzhou, the People's Republic of China.

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