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Is Seadrill Ltd. (SDRL) a Suitable Pick for Value Investors?

Value investing is easily one of the most popular ways to find great stocks in any market environment. After all, who wouldn’t want to find stocks that are either flying under the radar and are compelling buys, or offer up tantalizing discounts when compared to fair value?

One way to find these companies is by looking at several key metrics and financial ratios, many of which are crucial in the value stock selection process. Let’s put Seadrill Limited SDRL stock into this equation and find out if it is a good choice for value-oriented investors right now, or if investors subscribing to this methodology should look elsewhere for top picks:

PE Ratio

A key metric that value investors always look at is the Price to Earnings Ratio, or PE for short. This shows us how much investors are willing to pay for each dollar of earnings in a given stock, and is easily one of the most popular financial ratios in the world. The best use of the PE ratio is to compare the stock’s current PE ratio with: a) where this ratio has been in the past; b) how it compares to the average for the industry/sector; and c) how it compares to the market as a whole.

On this front, Seadrill has a trailing twelve months PE ratio of 0.29, as you can see in the chart below

This level actually compares pretty favorably with the market at large, as the PE for the S&P 500 stands at about 20.07. If we focus on the long-term PE trend, Seadrill’s current PE level puts it below its midpoint over the past five years. Moreover, the current level is fairly below the highs for this stock over the past five years, suggesting it might be a good entry point.

Further, the stock’s PE also compares highly favorably with the Zacks classified Oil & Gas Drilling industry’s trailing twelve months PE ratio, which stands at 48.15. At the very least, this indicates that the stock is relatively undervalued right now, compared to its peers.


P/S Ratio

Another key metric to note is the Price/Sales ratio. This approach compares a given stock’s price to its total sales, where a lower reading is generally considered better. Some people like this metric more than other value-focused ones because it looks at sales, something that is far harder to manipulate with accounting tricks than earnings.

Right now, Seadrill has a P/S ratio of about 0.06. This is considerably lower than the S&P 500 average, which comes in at 3.11 right now.

If anything, SDRL is trading at the lower end of its range in the time period from a P/S metric, suggesting some level of undervalued trading—at least compared to historical norms.

Broad Value Outlook

In aggregate, Seadrill currently has a Zacks Value Style Score of ‘A’, putting it into the top 20% of all stocks we cover from this look. This makes Seadrill a solid choice for value investors, and some of its other key metrics make this pretty clear too.

For example, the Price/book (P/B) ratio for Seadrill Limited is 0.02, a level that is lower than the industry average of 0.50. The Price to Book ratio or P/B is calculated as market capitalization divided by its book value. Additionally, its P/CF ratio (another great indicator of value) comes in at 0.16, which is better than the industry average of 1.48. Clearly, SDRL is a solid choice on the value front from multiple angles.

What About the Stock Overall?

Though Seadrill might be a good choice for value investors, there are plenty of other factors to consider before investing in this name. In particular, it is worth noting that the company has a Growth grade of ‘D’ and a Momentum score of ‘A’. This gives SDRL a Zacks VGM score—or its overarching fundamental grade—of ‘B’. (You can read more about the Zacks Style Scores here >>)

Meanwhile, the current quarter has seen one upward estimate revision in the past sixty days compared to none downward, while the current year estimate has seen three upward and no downward revisions in the same time frame.

As a result, the current quarter consensus estimate now stands at break even from a loss of 1 cent per share two months ago. Meanwhile, the current year estimate has narrowed from a loss 18 cents per share to a loss of 10 cents per share. You can see the consensus estimate trend and recent price action for the stock in the chart below:

Seadrill Limited Price and Consensus

This somewhat favorable trend is why the stock has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and why we are looking for better performance from the company in the near term.

Bottom Line

Seadrill is an inspired choice for value investors, as it is hard to beat its good lineup of statistics on this front. Moreover, a strong industry rank (Top 44% out of more than 250 industries) and a Zacks Rank #2 further support the growth potential of the stock. However, over the past two years, the Zacks Oil & Gas Drilling industry has clearly underperformed the broader market, as you can see below:

So, value investors might want to wait for estimates and analyst sentiment to turn around in this name first, but once that happens, this stock could be a compelling pick. Moreover, broader factors at the industry level support the growth potential of the company as well.

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