Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, contract driller Ensco
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.
|Headquarters (Founded)||London (1975)|
|Market Cap||$11.0 billion|
|Industry||Oil and gas drilling|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$2.3 billion|
|Management||Chairman/CEO Daniel Rabun
CFO James Swent, III
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||10.9%|
|Cash/Debt||$479.9 million / $5.1 billion|
Diamond Offshore Drilling
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 98% of the 1,095 members who have rated Ensco believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include eksummers620 and All-Star Babachrono, who is ranked in the top 15% of our community.
Earlier this month, eksummers620 tapped Ensco as a particularly enticing energy play: "[F]or feeding our oil addiction: offshore drilling, and, most notably, deepwater offshore drilling."
Over the next five years, in fact, Ensco is expected to grow its bottom line at a solid rate of 16% annually. That's faster than competitors Diamond Offshore (7%) and Noble (12%), let alone Transocean's expected average decline of 7%.
CAPS All-Star Babachrono elaborates on the Ensco bull case:
They have a solid balance sheet and are just starting to realize synergies from their recent acquisition. Their dividend payout % is a little high, but I think that will correct itself as the merger wraps up. Despite the desire for clean energy, we're not going to stop needing drilling companies anytime soon. They have a huge amount of rigs and are the second largest. Looking for them to hit street price targets near $70 in about 18 months.
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