Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, contract driller Ensco International (NYSE:ESV) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Ensco facts

Headquarters (founded)

Dallas, Texas (1975)

Market Cap

$5.54 billion


Oil and gas drilling

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.4 billion


CEO Daniel Rabun (since 2007)
CFO James Swent, III (since 2003)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)



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

Over on CAPS, fully 965 of the 981 members who have rated Ensco -- some 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star MJKpayday, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community, and iamgreatness.

Two days ago, MJKpayday listed five of Ensco's bullish features:

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- Near tangible book value market cap.
- Single digit P/E
- Has remained profitable despite depressed oil prices
- 5 Star rating
- Tenured management

In an earlier pitch from April, iamgreatness drills down a little deeper:

Ensco has a huge net profit margin of 47%, their balance sheet is extremely strong with almost zero debt, and their [ROE] has been above 20% for the past 3 years. They have also managed their cash flows extremely well.

Usually, a major problem with companies like these are the huge capital expenditures they have to deal with. However, for the last 3 years, Ensco has kept their capex well below their net income and they are generating lots of cash.

The energy field will always be important. I don't see us getting away from oil soon. When you consider that and the fact that about two thirds of our planet is covered in water, you see how great a business model this is. Ensco has a modern fleet and this market sector has high barriers of entry.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.