Ensco (NYSE:ESV) and Sauer Energy (OTCMKTS:SENY) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Risk and Volatility

Ensco has a beta of 1.83, meaning that its share price is 83% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sauer Energy has a beta of 0.76, meaning that its share price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Ensco and Sauer Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ensco -36.53% -5.98% -3.53%
Sauer Energy N/A -135.70% -112.94%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

98.9% of Ensco shares are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of Ensco shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ensco and Sauer Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ensco $1.84 billion 1.66 -$303.70 million ($0.52) -13.42
Sauer Energy N/A N/A -$1.59 million N/A N/A

Sauer Energy has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Ensco.


Ensco pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Sauer Energy does not pay a dividend. Ensco pays out -7.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Ensco and Sauer Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ensco 1 8 7 0 2.38
Sauer Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

Ensco currently has a consensus price target of $8.89, suggesting a potential upside of 27.30%. Given Ensco’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Ensco is more favorable than Sauer Energy.


Ensco beats Sauer Energy on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ensco Company Profile

Ensco plc provides offshore contract drilling services to the oil and gas industry worldwide. It operates through three segments: Floaters, Jackups, and Other. The company owns and operates an offshore drilling rig fleet of 65 rigs, including 32 located in the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific, which comprise 3 rigs under construction; 14 located in North and South America, such as Brazil; and 19 located in Europe and the Mediterranean. It also offers management services on rigs owned by third-parties. The company serves government-owned and independent oil and gas companies. Ensco plc was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

Sauer Energy Company Profile

Sauer Energy, Inc. develops and markets vertical axis wind turbines (VAWT) systems. The company focuses on providing its VAWT systems primarily under the WindCutter name. Its VAWT systems are would be used in residential and commercial buildings, oil rigs and off-shore platforms, ships, Islands and other remote facilities, and communications towers and bridges, as well as various industrial applications. Sauer Energy, Inc. was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Oxnard, California.

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