Seadrill Limited (NYSE: SDRL) is one of 17 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Drilling” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Seadrill Limited to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Seadrill Limited and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Seadrill Limited $2.37 billion $1.15 billion -0.20
Seadrill Limited Competitors $1.42 billion $539.80 million -6.08

Seadrill Limited has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Seadrill Limited 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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

21.9% of Seadrill Limited shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.9% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies are held by 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.

Volatility and Risk

Seadrill Limited has a beta of 2.72, indicating that its stock price is 172% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Seadrill Limited’s peers have a beta of 1.83, indicating that their average stock price is 83% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Seadrill Limited and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Seadrill Limited -23.55% 2.64% 1.23%
Seadrill Limited Competitors -16.38% -7.98% -2.46%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Seadrill Limited and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Seadrill Limited 1 0 0 0 1.00
Seadrill Limited Competitors 510 1573 1276 59 2.26

As a group, “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies have a potential upside of 35.09%. Given Seadrill Limited’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Seadrill Limited has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.


Seadrill Limited peers beat Seadrill Limited on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Seadrill Limited Company Profile

Seadrill Limited is an offshore drilling contractor providing offshore drilling services to the oil and gas industry. The Company’s primary business is the ownership and operation of drillships, semi-submersible rigs and jack-up rigs for operations in shallow-, mid-, deep-, and ultra deepwater areas, and in benign and harsh environments. The Company’s segments are Floaters and Jack-ups. The Company offers services encompassing drilling, completion and maintenance of offshore exploration and production wells. The Company contracts its drilling units primarily on a dayrate basis to drill wells for its customers. The Company has a fleet of approximately 38 offshore drilling units consisting of over 12 semi-submersible rigs, approximately seven drillships and over 19 jack-up rigs in operation, and contracts for the construction of approximately 13 offshore drilling units. The Company also provides management services to certain unconsolidated companies in which its holds investments.

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