Reviewing Seadrill Limited (SDRL) & The Competition

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

Risk and Volatility

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

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Seadrill Limited and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Seadrill Limited $2.37 billion $1.15 billion -0.28
Seadrill Limited Competitors $1.42 billion $539.80 million -6.12

Seadrill Limited has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Seadrill Limited 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.


This table compares Seadrill Limited and its rivals’ 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 -15.95% -7.74% -2.32%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Seadrill Limited and its rivals, 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 1576 1278 59 2.26

As a group, “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies have a potential upside of 34.93%. Given Seadrill Limited’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Seadrill Limited has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

21.9% of Seadrill Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.9% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Seadrill Limited rivals beat Seadrill Limited on 7 of the 13 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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