Rowan Companies PLC (NYSE: RDC) is one of 18 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Drilling” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Rowan Companies PLC to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Rowan Companies PLC and its competitors, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Rowan Companies PLC 2 12 4 0 2.11
Rowan Companies PLC Competitors 492 1505 1227 57 2.26

Rowan Companies PLC currently has a consensus target price of $16.47, suggesting a potential upside of 20.11%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies have a potential upside of 22.38%. Given Rowan Companies PLC’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Rowan Companies PLC has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Rowan Companies PLC and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Rowan Companies PLC $1.43 billion $627.20 million -44.22
Rowan Companies PLC Competitors $1.42 billion $540.19 million -6.95

Rowan Companies PLC has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Rowan Companies PLC is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

74.9% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of Rowan Companies PLC shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Rowan Companies PLC has a beta of 1.88, meaning that its stock price is 88% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Rowan Companies PLC’s competitors have a beta of 1.89, meaning that their average stock price is 89% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Rowan Companies PLC and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Rowan Companies PLC -2.62% 0.51% 0.31%
Rowan Companies PLC Competitors -18.41% -8.37% -2.62%


Rowan Companies PLC competitors beat Rowan Companies PLC on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Rowan Companies PLC Company Profile

Rowan Companies plc is a provider of offshore contract drilling services to the international oil and gas industry. The Company operates through two segments: deepwater and jack-ups. Its deepwater segment consists of drillship operations. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s fleet consisted of 29 mobile offshore drilling units, including 25 self-elevating jack-up rigs and four ultra-deepwater drillships. The Company’s fleet operates across the world, including the United States Gulf of Mexico (US GOM), the United Kingdom and Norwegian sectors of the North Sea, the Middle East and Trinidad. As of February 14, 2017, the Company’s drilling fleet consisted of four ultra-deepwater drillships; 19 high-specification cantilever jack-up rigs, and six premium cantilever jack-up rigs. Its jack-ups are capable of drilling wells to maximum depths ranging from 25,000 to 40,000 feet and in maximum water depths ranging from 300 to 550 feet, depending on rig size, location and outfitting.

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