Pioneer Energy Services Corp (NYSE: PDC) and Ensco Plc (NYSE:ESV) are both energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

91.6% of Ensco Plc shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Ensco Plc shares are held by company 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.


Ensco Plc pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Pioneer Energy Services Corp does not pay a dividend. Ensco Plc pays out 23.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Pioneer Energy Services Corp and Ensco Plc, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pioneer Energy Services Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
Ensco Plc 3 7 9 0 2.32

Ensco Plc has a consensus target price of $9.34, suggesting a potential upside of 75.63%.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Pioneer Energy Services Corp and Ensco Plc’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pioneer Energy Services Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ensco Plc $1.98 billion 0.82 $716.60 million $0.17 31.30

Ensco Plc has higher revenue and earnings than Pioneer Energy Services Corp.


This table compares Pioneer Energy Services Corp and Ensco Plc’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pioneer Energy Services Corp -18.86% -32.74% -11.44%
Ensco Plc 2.68% 0.77% 0.45%


Ensco Plc beats Pioneer Energy Services Corp on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Pioneer Energy Services Corp

Pioneer Energy Services Corp. provides land-based drilling services and production services to a group of independent oil and gas exploration and production companies in the United States and internationally in Colombia. The Company operates through two segments, which include drilling services segment and production services segment. It also provides two of its services (coiled tubing and wireline services) offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Its drilling services segment provides contract land drilling services to a group of exploration and production companies through the Company’s four drilling divisions in the United States, and internationally in Colombia. Its production services segment provides a range of services to a group of exploration and production companies, with its operations concentrated in the various United States onshore oil and gas producing regions in the Mid-Continent and Rocky Mountain states and in the Gulf Coast.

About Ensco Plc

Ensco plc is an offshore contract drilling company. The Company provides offshore contract drilling services to the international oil and gas industry. Its segments include Floaters, Jackups and Other. The Floaters segment includes its drillships and semisubmersible rigs, and provides contract drilling. Other consists of management services on rigs owned by third parties. The Floaters and the Jackups segments provide contract drilling. It owned and operated an offshore drilling rig fleet of 57 rigs, including two rigs under construction, with drilling operations around the world, as of December 31, 2016. As of December 31, 2016, its rig fleet included eight drill ships, 10 dynamically positioned semisubmersible rigs, three moored semisubmersible rigs and 38 jackup rigs. As of December 31, 2016, of its 59 rigs, 25 were located in the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, 16 were located in North and South America (including Brazil) and 18 were located in Europe and the Mediterranean.

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