Union Drilling (NASDAQ: UDRL) is one of 16 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Drilling” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Union Drilling to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Union Drilling and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Union Drilling N/A N/A N/A
Union Drilling Competitors -19.63% -6.20% -1.67%

Volatility and Risk

Union Drilling has a beta of 2, indicating that its stock price is 100% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Union Drilling’s rivals have a beta of 1.94, indicating that their average stock price is 94% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Union Drilling and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Union Drilling 0 0 0 0 N/A
Union Drilling Competitors 496 1560 1258 57 2.26

As a group, “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies have a potential upside of 17.56%. Given Union Drilling’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Union Drilling has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Union Drilling and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Union Drilling N/A N/A 163.75
Union Drilling Competitors $1.59 billion -$49.50 million -0.04

Union Drilling’s rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Union Drilling. Union Drilling is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

73.7% 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 company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Union Drilling Company Profile

Operates an oil and gas land drilling company. The Company provides contract land drilling services and equipment to natural gas producers. the principal operations are in the Appalachian basin, extending from New York to Tennessee, the Arkoma basin in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas, the fort worth basin in northern Texas, the perchance basin in western Colorado and the Uinta basin in eastern Utah. It has increased the size of fleet to 76 land drilling rigs, of which 70 are marketed and six are stacked in. It operates in United States and Canada.

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