Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, offshore drilling contractor Atwood Oceanics (NYSE: ATW ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Atwood's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Houston (1968)|
|Market Cap||$3.0 billion|
|Industry||Oil and gas drilling|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$712.5 million|
|Management||CEO Robert Saltiel (since 2009)
CFO Mark Mey (since 2010)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||17.8%|
|Cash/Debt||$79.0 million / $657.7 million|
|Competitors||Diamond Offshore Drilling
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 99% of the 2,387 members who have rated Atwood believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
There is plenty of risk involved in ordering the construction of drilling rigs, whether jackups or deep water rigs, without contracts from oil exploration and production companies in hand before shipyard work begins. Still, management of Atwood seems to be savvy in knowing what and when to build. ... As long as they keep expanding their rig count cautiously (especially the deep water rigs) and oil prices don't plunge much lower, I'm a buyer at this level.
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