Precision Drilling Corporation (NYSE: PDS) is one of 19 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Drilling” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Precision Drilling Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

59.6% of Precision Drilling Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.5% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Precision Drilling Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Precision Drilling Corporation -9.45% -5.93% -2.73%
Precision Drilling Corporation Competitors -25.96% -8.51% -2.66%

Risk & Volatility

Precision Drilling Corporation has a beta of 1.79, suggesting that its stock price is 79% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Precision Drilling Corporation’s peers have a beta of 2.04, suggesting that their average stock price is 104% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Precision Drilling Corporation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Precision Drilling Corporation 1 5 7 1 2.57
Precision Drilling Corporation Competitors 496 1547 1254 57 2.26

Precision Drilling Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $5.04, indicating a potential upside of 67.36%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies have a potential upside of 11.06%. Given Precision Drilling Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Precision Drilling Corporation is more favorable than its peers.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Precision Drilling Corporation and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Precision Drilling Corporation $718.34 million -$117.47 million -9.71
Precision Drilling Corporation Competitors $1.65 billion -$44.58 million -163.01

Precision Drilling Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Precision Drilling Corporation. Precision Drilling Corporation 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.

About Precision Drilling Corporation

Precision Drilling Corporation (Precision) is an oilfield services company. The Company provides onshore drilling and completion and production services to exploration and production companies in the oil and natural gas industry. The Company operates through two segments: Contract Drilling Services, and Completion and Production Services. The Contract Drilling Services segment operates its rigs in Canada, the United States and internationally. The Completion and Production Services segment provides completion and workover services and ancillary services to oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in Canada and the United States. As of December 31, 2016, the Contract Drilling Services segment consisted of 255 land drilling rigs, including 135 in Canada, 103 in the United States, five in Mexico, four in Saudi Arabia, five in Kuwait, two in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and one in the country of Georgia.

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