Pacific Drilling (OTCMKTS: PACDQ) is one of 16 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Drilling” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Pacific Drilling to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends, valuation and profitability.

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Pacific Drilling and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

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

As a group, “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies have a potential upside of 15.87%. Given Pacific Drilling’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Pacific Drilling has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk and Volatility

Pacific Drilling has a beta of 3.32, meaning that its stock price is 232% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pacific Drilling’s peers have a beta of 1.94, meaning that their average stock price is 94% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Pacific Drilling and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Pacific Drilling $769.47 million -$37.15 million -0.04
Pacific Drilling Competitors $1.59 billion -$49.50 million -0.23

Pacific Drilling’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Pacific Drilling. Pacific Drilling 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.

Profitability

This table compares Pacific Drilling and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pacific Drilling -101.35% -17.63% -7.68%
Pacific Drilling Competitors -19.63% -6.20% -1.67%

Summary

Pacific Drilling peers beat Pacific Drilling on 7 of the 9 factors compared.

About Pacific Drilling

Pacific Drilling S.A. is an international offshore drilling contractor. The Company provides offshore drilling services to the oil and natural gas industry through the use of high-specification rigs. The Company’s primary business is to contract its high-specification rigs, related equipment and work crews, primarily on a day rate basis, to drill wells for its clients. The Company is engaged in drillships segment. The Company focuses on the high-specification segment of the floating rig market. The Company considers high-specification requirements to include rigs in water depths of approximately 7,500 feet or projects requiring advanced operating capabilities, such as hook-loads (>800 tons), accommodations (over 200 beds), mud storage and pumping capacity, and deck-load and space capabilities. The Company’s contract drillships operate in the deepwater regions of the United States, Gulf of Mexico and Nigeria.

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