Head to Head Survey: Valaris (VALPQ) versus Its Rivals

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

Risk & Volatility

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Valaris and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

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

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Valaris and its peers 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 peers. Valaris is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

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


This table compares Valaris and its peers’ 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%


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

Valaris Company Profile

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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