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4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Seahawk Drilling

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, offshore driller Seahawk Drilling (Nasdaq: HAWK  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Seahawk's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Seahawk facts

Headquarters (founded) Houston (2008)
Market Cap $112.2 million
Industry Oil and gas drilling
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $146.22 million

CEO Randall Stilley (since September 2008)

CFO James Easter (since May 2010)

Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity (19.9%)
Revenue Growth (over past year) (74.8%)
Cash/Debt $47.9 million / $6.4 million

Diamond Offshore (NYSE: DO  )

Noble (NYSE: NE  )

Nabors Industries (NYSE: NBR  )

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 202 members who have rated Seahawk believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include WPThatcher and Retracement.

Late last month, WPThatcher offered a simple reason for why Seahawk should soar: "Selling for way less than its liquidation value."

Shares of Seahawk have been absolutely crushed for its Gulf of Mexico exposure, but many Fools believe it's now way too beaten to pass up. For example, Seahawk's price-to-book (0.3) is considerably lower than that of rivals Diamond Offshore (2.6), Noble (1.2), and Nabors (1.1), as well as the more obvious offshore plays such as BP (NYSE: BP  ) (1.5) and Transocean (NYSE: RIG  ) (1.0). While the Gulf of Mexico may not be completely open for business yet, CAPS member Retracement thinks most of Seahawk's risks are baked well into the price:

If someone offers me a deal to buy something for less than 25 cents on the dollar value wise on a company which has the second-largest fleet of jack-up rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and DD shows a big catalyst behind current depressed earnings and resulting valuation being a very rare event like the Macondo spill, it warrants a further look.

[Seahawk] will face a bumpy road ahead in its efforts to diversify the business and to try to insulate the company from regulatory uncertainties in the US Gulf, but I feel that my 'margin of safety' on this stock is about as good as it gets buying at current market prices.

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  • Report this Comment On October 25, 2010, at 12:14 PM, gugudada wrote:

    I think you must be nuts! :) How you can recommend this one is beyond belief...

  • Report this Comment On October 26, 2010, at 3:24 PM, emroc60 wrote:

    I agree with gugudada. This is from a recent Morningstar report. Worth the read if your into bottom fishing value in the drillers. Better know what they do!

    "Unfortunately, there has been limited progress for shallow-water drillers. The administration has very effectively halted shallow-water drilling in the Gulf by basically refusing to issue any new drilling permits, which has created a de facto moratorium. The hardest impacted players are Gulf specialists such as Seahawk Drilling (HAWK) and Hercules Offshore (HERO), but larger drillers like Diamond Offshore (DO) and Ensco also have a few Gulf rigs."


    Also a good report by 24/7 Wall Street on drillers.

    Shallow water drillers typically look for gas. With shale plays on land creating such volumes in natural gas supplies it's hard to see value in HAWK in the short run.

  • Report this Comment On February 23, 2011, at 12:30 PM, PaulaB9 wrote:

    Boy did you miss the mark on this one! Fortunately I sold instead of buying more. Somebody didn't do their due diligence before recommending this one!

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