Pacific Drilling (OTCMKTS: PACDQ) is one of 16 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Drilling” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Pacific Drilling to related companies based on the strength of its risk, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Pacific Drilling and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Pacific Drilling $769.47 million -$37.15 million -0.03
Pacific Drilling Competitors $1.59 billion -$49.50 million -0.67

Pacific Drilling’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Pacific Drilling. Pacific Drilling is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Pacific Drilling has a beta of 3.23, indicating that its stock price is 223% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pacific Drilling’s peers have a beta of 2.21, indicating that their average stock price is 121% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Pacific Drilling and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pacific Drilling 0 0 0 0 N/A
Pacific Drilling Competitors 497 1562 1259 58 2.26

As a group, “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies have a potential upside of 10.04%. Given Pacific Drilling’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Pacific Drilling has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Pacific Drilling and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pacific Drilling -101.35% -17.63% -7.68%
Pacific Drilling Competitors -19.63% -6.20% -1.67%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.4% of Pacific Drilling shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.7% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Pacific Drilling peers beat Pacific Drilling on 7 of the 9 factors compared.

About Pacific Drilling

Pacific Drilling S.A. is an international offshore drilling contractor. The Company provides offshore drilling services to the oil and natural gas industry through the use of high-specification rigs. The Company’s primary business is to contract its high-specification rigs, related equipment and work crews, primarily on a day rate basis, to drill wells for its clients. The Company is engaged in drillships segment. The Company focuses on the high-specification segment of the floating rig market. The Company considers high-specification requirements to include rigs in water depths of approximately 7,500 feet or projects requiring advanced operating capabilities, such as hook-loads (>800 tons), accommodations (over 200 beds), mud storage and pumping capacity, and deck-load and space capabilities. The Company’s contract drillships operate in the deepwater regions of the United States, Gulf of Mexico and Nigeria.

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