Patterson-UTI Energy (NASDAQ: PTEN) and Diamond Offshore Drilling (NYSE:DO) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Patterson-UTI Energy and Diamond Offshore Drilling’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Patterson-UTI Energy -23.78% -10.03% -6.29%
Diamond Offshore Drilling 11.19% 5.77% 3.42%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

86.1% of Patterson-UTI Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 4.6% of Patterson-UTI Energy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.0% of Diamond Offshore Drilling shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Patterson-UTI Energy and Diamond Offshore Drilling’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Patterson-UTI Energy $1.34 billion 2.45 $260.21 million ($1.97) -7.88
Diamond Offshore Drilling $1.48 billion 0.97 $660.47 million $1.24 8.45

Diamond Offshore Drilling has higher revenue and earnings than Patterson-UTI Energy. Patterson-UTI Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Diamond Offshore Drilling, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Patterson-UTI Energy has a beta of 0.94, meaning that its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Diamond Offshore Drilling has a beta of 1.12, meaning that its stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Patterson-UTI Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Diamond Offshore Drilling does not pay a dividend. Patterson-UTI Energy pays out -4.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Patterson-UTI Energy and Diamond Offshore Drilling, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Patterson-UTI Energy 0 14 14 0 2.50
Diamond Offshore Drilling 8 12 2 0 1.73

Patterson-UTI Energy presently has a consensus target price of $28.00, indicating a potential upside of 80.30%. Diamond Offshore Drilling has a consensus target price of $15.64, indicating a potential upside of 49.23%. Given Patterson-UTI Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Patterson-UTI Energy is more favorable than Diamond Offshore Drilling.

Summary

Patterson-UTI Energy beats Diamond Offshore Drilling on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Patterson-UTI Energy

Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. is an oilfield services company. The Company owns and operates a fleet of land-based drilling rigs and a fleet of pressure pumping equipment in the United States. The Company’s segments include Contract Drilling, Pressure Pumping and Other operations. The Contract Drilling segment markets its contract drilling services to independent and other oil and natural gas operators. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had 202 marketed land-based drilling rigs. The Pressure Pumping segment provides pressure pumping services to oil and natural gas operators primarily in Texas (Southwest Region) and the Appalachian region (Northeast Region). The Other operations segment includes the Company’s pipe handling components and related technology business, the oil and natural gas working interests and the Middle East/North Africa business. In addition, the Company owns and invests in oil and natural gas assets as a non-operating working interest owner in Texas and New Mexico.

About Diamond Offshore Drilling

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. provides contract drilling services to the energy industry. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had a fleet of 24 offshore drilling rigs. As of December 31, 2016, its fleet consisted of four drillships, 19 semisubmersible rigs and one jack-up rig. Its fleet enables it to offer a range of services, primarily in the floater market, including ultra-deepwater, deepwater and mid-water. The principal markets for its offshore contract drilling services are the Gulf of Mexico, including the United States and Mexico; South America, principally offshore Brazil, and Trinidad and Tobago; Australia and Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam; Europe, principally offshore the United Kingdom and Norway; East and West Africa; the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. The Company provides offshore drilling services to a customer base that includes independent oil and gas companies, and government-owned oil companies.

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