Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, offshore driller Seadrill (NYSE: SDRL) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Seadrill facts

Headquarters (Founded) Hamilton, Bermuda (1972)
Market Cap $13.14 billion
Industry Oil and gas drilling
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $4 billion

CEO Alf Thorkildsen (since 2008)

CFO Esa Ikaheimonen (since 2010)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 17.3%
Cash/Debt $1.35 billion / $9.59 billion
Dividend Yield 7.8%

Noble (NYSE: NE)

Transocean (NYSE: RIG)

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

On CAPS, 99.7% of the 328 members who have rated Seadrill believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include KnockoutMouse and billney.

Late last year, KnockoutMouse noted that Seadrill "has a modern fleet of rigs and pays a great dividend but has taken on a huge debt load to do it." Our CAPS member concludes: "If oil prices keep rising then Seadrill's deep water gamble will generate enough income to bring their balance sheet into order."

Currently, Seadrill even sports a forward P/E of 10.6. That represents a slight discount to other contract drillers Diamond Offshore Drilling (NYSE: DO) (13.7), Noble (10.9), and Transocean (11.2).

CAPS member billney elaborates on the Seadrill bull case:

Oil companies will be doing everything possible to minimize risk and utilizing the most sophisticated and new drilling rigs. ... Deep water around the world will still be exceptionally profitable for the service companies and Seadrill's advantage in owning the newest technology will serve them very well over the next decade.

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