ENSCO PLC (NYSE: ESV) and MAMMOOTH ENERGY (NASDAQ:TUSK) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and analyst recommendations.


This table compares ENSCO PLC and MAMMOOTH ENERGY’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ENSCO PLC 2.68% 0.77% 0.45%
MAMMOOTH ENERGY -21.65% -3.04% -2.28%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares ENSCO PLC and MAMMOOTH ENERGY’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ENSCO PLC $1.98 billion 0.87 $716.60 million $0.17 33.30
MAMMOOTH ENERGY $302.48 million 2.28 $53.64 million ($1.81) -8.57

ENSCO PLC has higher revenue and earnings than MAMMOOTH ENERGY. MAMMOOTH ENERGY is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ENSCO PLC, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for ENSCO PLC and MAMMOOTH ENERGY, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ENSCO PLC 3 6 10 0 2.37
MAMMOOTH ENERGY 0 3 10 0 2.77

ENSCO PLC presently has a consensus target price of $9.16, suggesting a potential upside of 61.77%. MAMMOOTH ENERGY has a consensus target price of $22.27, suggesting a potential upside of 43.51%. Given ENSCO PLC’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe ENSCO PLC is more favorable than MAMMOOTH ENERGY.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

91.6% of ENSCO PLC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.4% of MAMMOOTH ENERGY shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of ENSCO PLC shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.0% of MAMMOOTH ENERGY shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


ENSCO PLC pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. MAMMOOTH ENERGY does not pay a dividend. ENSCO PLC pays out 23.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


ENSCO PLC beats MAMMOOTH ENERGY on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

ENSCO PLC Company Profile

Ensco plc is an offshore contract drilling company. The Company provides offshore contract drilling services to the international oil and gas industry. Its segments include Floaters, Jackups and Other. The Floaters segment includes its drillships and semisubmersible rigs, and provides contract drilling. Other consists of management services on rigs owned by third parties. The Floaters and the Jackups segments provide contract drilling. It owned and operated an offshore drilling rig fleet of 57 rigs, including two rigs under construction, with drilling operations around the world, as of December 31, 2016. As of December 31, 2016, its rig fleet included eight drill ships, 10 dynamically positioned semisubmersible rigs, three moored semisubmersible rigs and 38 jackup rigs. As of December 31, 2016, of its 59 rigs, 25 were located in the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, 16 were located in North and South America (including Brazil) and 18 were located in Europe and the Mediterranean.


Mammoth Energy Services, Inc. is an integrated oilfield service company. The Company is engaged in the exploration and development of North American onshore unconventional oil and natural gas reserves. The Company’s segments include Contract Land and Directional Drilling Services; Completion and Production Services; Natural Sand Proppant Services, and Remote Accommodation Services. Its Completion and Production Services division provides pressure pumping services, pressure control Services, flowback services and equipment rentals. Its Natural Sand Proppant Services division is engaged in selling, distributing and producing proppant for hydraulic fracturing. Its Contract Land and Directional Drilling Services division provides drilling rigs and crews for operators, as well as rental equipment. Its Remote Accommodation Services division provides housing, kitchen and dining, and recreational service facilities for oilfield workers located in remote areas.

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