Transocean Partners (NYSE: RIGP) and Nabors Industries (NYSE:NBR) are both energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, profitabiliy and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Transocean Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.45 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.1%. Nabors Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Transocean Partners pays out 70.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Nabors Industries pays out -8.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Transocean Partners has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years and Nabors Industries has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

29.0% of Transocean Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.1% of Transocean Partners shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.1% of Nabors Industries shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Transocean Partners and Nabors Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Transocean Partners 0 2 1 0 2.33
Nabors Industries 0 9 16 0 2.64

Transocean Partners currently has a consensus target price of $14.67, suggesting a potential downside of 17.74%. Nabors Industries has a consensus target price of $14.98, suggesting a potential upside of 92.48%. Given Nabors Industries’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Nabors Industries is more favorable than Transocean Partners.

Profitability

This table compares Transocean Partners and Nabors Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Transocean Partners 53.12% 13.03% 15.28%
Nabors Industries -36.49% -11.57% -4.77%

Volatility & Risk

Transocean Partners has a beta of 1.68, meaning that its share price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nabors Industries has a beta of 1.57, meaning that its share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Transocean Partners and Nabors Industries’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Transocean Partners N/A N/A N/A $2.07 8.61
Nabors Industries $2.19 billion 1.02 $562.51 million ($2.74) -2.84

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

Transocean Partners Company Profile

Transocean Partners LLC a limited liability company. The Company is formed by Transocean Partners Holdings Limited and a subsidiary of Transocean Ltd. (Transocean), to own, operate and acquire advanced offshore drilling rigs. The Company’s assets consist of over 50% ownership interest in each of the entities that owns and operates over three ultra-deepwater drilling rigs that are operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, which include Discoverer Clear Leader, Discoverer Inspiration and Development Driller III. The Company owns or has partial ownership interests in, and operated over 60 mobile offshore drilling units, including approximately 30 ultra-deepwater floaters, over seven harsh environment floaters, approximately five deepwater floaters, over 10 midwater floaters and approximately 10 high-specification jackups. Transocean also has approximately six ultra-deepwater drillships and over five high-specification jackups under construction.

Nabors Industries Company Profile

Nabors Industries Ltd. owns and operates a land-based drilling rig fleet. The Company is a provider of offshore platform drilling rigs in the United States and multiple international markets. The Company conducts its Drilling & Rig Services business through four segments: U.S. Drilling, Canada Drilling, International Drilling and Rig Services. The Company provides wellbore placement services, drilling software and performance tools, drilling equipment and various technologies throughout the oil and gas markets. The Company’s Drilling & Rig Services business comprises land-based and offshore drilling rig operations and other rig services, consisting of equipment manufacturing, rig instrumentation and optimization software. The Company is a provider of directional drilling and measurement while drilling (MWD) systems and services. The Company also provides drilling technology and equipment, and well-site services.

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