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

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Seadrill Limited $2.37 billion $1.15 billion -0.30
Seadrill Limited Competitors $1.42 billion $540.19 million -6.93

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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Seadrill Limited and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Seadrill Limited 1 0 0 0 1.00
Seadrill Limited Competitors 489 1503 1223 57 2.26

As a group, “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies have a potential upside of 21.77%. Given Seadrill Limited’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Seadrill Limited has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

21.9% of Seadrill Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.9% 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 endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Seadrill Limited has a beta of 2.9, indicating that its share price is 190% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Seadrill Limited’s peers have a beta of 1.89, indicating that their average share price is 89% 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 -18.41% -8.37% -2.62%


Seadrill Limited peers beat Seadrill Limited on 7 of the 13 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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