Head to Head Survey: Nabors Industries (NBR) vs. Its Peers

Nabors Industries (NYSE: NBR) is one of 18 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Drilling” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Nabors Industries to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings, dividends, valuation and institutional ownership.


Nabors Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Nabors Industries pays out -9.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.4% and pay out -116.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Nabors Industries has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Nabors Industries lags its competitors as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Volatility and Risk

Nabors Industries has a beta of 1.63, meaning that its stock price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nabors Industries’ competitors have a beta of 1.89, meaning that their average stock price is 89% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

95.7% of Nabors Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.9% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.1% of Nabors Industries shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Nabors Industries and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Nabors Industries $2.25 billion $535.84 million -3.01
Nabors Industries Competitors $1.42 billion $540.19 million -6.91

Nabors Industries has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its competitors. Nabors Industries is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nabors Industries -32.35% -13.31% -5.32%
Nabors Industries Competitors -18.41% -8.37% -2.62%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Nabors Industries and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nabors Industries 0 6 17 0 2.74
Nabors Industries Competitors 489 1496 1221 57 2.26

Nabors Industries presently has a consensus target price of $12.30, suggesting a potential upside of 60.16%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies have a potential upside of 21.26%. Given Nabors Industries’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Nabors Industries is more favorable than its competitors.


Nabors Industries competitors beat Nabors Industries on 8 of the 14 factors compared.

About Nabors Industries

Nabors Industries Ltd. owns and operates a land-based drilling rig fleet. The Company is a provider of offshore platform drilling rigs in the United States and multiple international markets. The Company conducts its Drilling & Rig Services business through four segments: U.S. Drilling, Canada Drilling, International Drilling and Rig Services. The Company provides wellbore placement services, drilling software and performance tools, drilling equipment and various technologies throughout the oil and gas markets. The Company’s Drilling & Rig Services business comprises land-based and offshore drilling rig operations and other rig services, consisting of equipment manufacturing, rig instrumentation and optimization software. The Company is a provider of directional drilling and measurement while drilling (MWD) systems and services. The Company also provides drilling technology and equipment, and well-site services.

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