Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-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.

Atwood facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Houston (1968)

Market Cap

$2.25 billion


Energy equipment and services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$586 million


CEO Robert Saltiel (since 2009)

CFO James Holland (since 1988)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$100 million / $275 million


Diamond Offshore (NYSE:DO)

Transocean (NYSE:RIG)

CAPS Members Bullish on ATW Also Bullish on


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

On CAPS, 99% of the 2,074 members who have rated Atwood believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include tomk104 and All-Star TSIF, who is ranked in the top 1% of our community.

Last week, tomk104 singled out the stock as a particularly slick pick:

A solid company in a growth industry. Oil prices have to go up at some point. It's a limited resource with ever increasing demand. Alternative energy sources are still years if not decades from reaching more attractive price points than fossil fuels.

In a pitch from this past weekend, TSIF drilled down even deeper. Here's an excerpt:

Atwood, similar to its oil drilling peers has struggled to keep rigs engaged, but still managed to record record revenues. The rising price of oil has renewed the thirst for companies to pick up the pace of their drilling and Atwood Oceanics productive rig count is on the climb. ... Cash balance is strong, rigs well maintained and either engaged or ready with new rigs in construction. Profit margins of 42%, P/B a moderate 2.1, ROA 14%. ... While it may be some time before oil spikes up to the heights of two years ago, Atwood is a strong long term play even in a weak oil market.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Atwood and National Oilwell are Motley Fool Stock Advisor picks. Johnson & Johnson is a choice of Income Investor. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.