Hercules Offshore Com (NASDAQ: HERO) and Noble Corporation (NYSE:NE) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

95.5% of Noble Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of Noble Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Hercules Offshore Com and Noble Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hercules Offshore Com 0 0 0 0 N/A
Noble Corporation 6 17 5 0 1.96

Noble Corporation has a consensus target price of $5.58, suggesting a potential upside of 49.31%. Given Noble Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Noble Corporation is more favorable than Hercules Offshore Com.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Hercules Offshore Com and Noble Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hercules Offshore Com N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Noble Corporation $1.40 billion 0.65 $639.70 million ($7.21) -0.52

Noble Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Hercules Offshore Com.

Profitability

This table compares Hercules Offshore Com and Noble Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hercules Offshore Com N/A N/A N/A
Noble Corporation -122.04% -3.19% -1.83%

Summary

Noble Corporation beats Hercules Offshore Com on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Hercules Offshore Com

Hercules Offshore, Inc. is a provider of shallow-water drilling and marine services to the oil and natural gas exploration and production industry. The Company operates three business segments: Domestic Offshore, International Offshore and International Liftboats. The Company’s Domestic Offshore segment includes 24 jackup rigs. The Company’s International Offshore segment includes nine jackup rigs (including one jackup rig under construction). The Company’s International Liftboats segment includes 24 liftboats (including five liftboats owned by a third party). The Company provides services to national oil and gas companies, integrated energy companies and independent oil and natural gas operators. The Company’s diverse fleet provides services, such as oil and gas exploration and development drilling, well service, platform inspection, maintenance and decommissioning operations in several shallow-water provinces around the world.

About Noble Corporation

Noble Corporation is an offshore drilling contractor for the oil and gas industry. The Company performs contract drilling services with its fleet of 79 mobile offshore drilling units and one floating production storage and offloading unit (NYSE:NE) located globally.

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