Financial Comparison: Valaris (VALPQ) & The Competition

Valaris (OTCMKTS: VALPQ) is one of 30 public companies in the “Drilling oil & gas wells” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Valaris to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Valaris and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Valaris $2.05 billion -$198.00 million -0.01
Valaris Competitors $1.10 billion -$283.81 million 0.42

Valaris has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Valaris is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Valaris and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Valaris 1 0 0 0 1.00
Valaris Competitors 878 2320 1931 78 2.23

Valaris presently has a consensus price target of $0.06, indicating a potential downside of 30.80%. As a group, “Drilling oil & gas wells” companies have a potential upside of 73.67%. Given Valaris’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Valaris has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.


This table compares Valaris and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Valaris -237.15% -15.28% -7.57%
Valaris Competitors -93.43% -19.59% -6.98%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

62.2% of Valaris shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 55.0% of shares of all “Drilling oil & gas wells” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Valaris shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of shares of all “Drilling oil & gas wells” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Valaris has a beta of 2.54, indicating that its share price is 154% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Valaris’ competitors have a beta of 2.56, indicating that their average share price is 156% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Valaris competitors beat Valaris on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

About Valaris

Valaris plc provides offshore drilling services in various water depths worldwide. It operates a rig fleet of ultra-deepwater drillships, versatile semisubmersibles, and modern shallow-water jackups. The company's offshore fleet includes 16 drillships, 12 semisubmersibles, 54 jackups, and 2 deepwater managed units. The company was formerly known as Ensco Rowan plc and changed its name to Valaris plc in July 2019. Valaris plc was incorporated in 2009 and is based in London, the United Kingdom. On August 19, 2020, Valaris plc, along with its affiliates, filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

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