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

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 company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Seadrill Limited and its competitors’ 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 -17.22% -7.89% -2.35%

Risk & Volatility

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Seadrill Limited and its competitors, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Seadrill Limited 1 0 0 0 1.00
Seadrill Limited Competitors 510 1579 1282 59 2.26

As a group, “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies have a potential upside of 23.98%. Given Seadrill Limited’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Seadrill Limited has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Seadrill Limited and its competitors revenue, earnings per share 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 -6.82

Seadrill Limited has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Seadrill Limited is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.


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

About Seadrill Limited

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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