Dear Valued Visitor,

We have noticed that you are using an ad blocker software.

Although advertisements on the web pages may degrade your experience, our business certainly depends on them and we can only keep providing you high-quality research based articles as long as we can display ads on our pages.

To view this article, you can disable your ad blocker and refresh this page or simply login.

We only allow registered users to use ad blockers. You can sign up for free by clicking here or you can login if you are already a member.

National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV), Cameron International Corporation (CAM), ENSCO PLC (ESV): These Three Oil Service Companies Offer Stunning Value

Goldman Sachs recently issued a note to clients, identifying what it believed are the 40 most undervalued stocks in this current market.

In my opinion, three of the most appealing stocks on this list are in the generally undervalued oil and gas drilling and exploration sector.

Sector growth
Oil and gas drilling and exploration services will always be in demand. As of October 2012, there were 197 offshore rigs under construction, a 16.5% expansion to the existing fleet. This is an example of the huge demand in the industry, and Goldman expects day rates for high-spec ultra-deep-water drilling rigs and ships to continue rising without any let-up in the medium term.

National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE:NOV)This is all good news in particular for National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE:NOV and Cameron International Corporation (NYSE:CAM), both of which are specialists in their own field of production, and considered by Goldman to be some of the most undervalued stocks on the market. National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE:NOV) manufactures the drilling equipment, and Cameron International Corporation (NYSE:CAM) produces the high-tech sub-sea systems and blow-out preventer’s that are key for drilling operation.

This is also good news for the world’s second-largest offshore drilling company ENSCO PLC (NYSE:ESV), which is also considered by Goldman to be undervalued. The market for offshore drilling is expected to grow at a compounded-annual-rate of 10.6% until 2018, from the current value of $73.1 billion to $121.1 billion, and ENSCO PLC (NYSE:ESV) should be at the forefront of this, considering the company’s dominance over the industry.

Backlogs show strength
The order backlogs for all three companies show the strength of the market and demand for products. At the end of Q2, National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE:NOV)’s order backlog for equipment was at a record level of $13.95 billion, up 8% from the end of Q1, and up 24% from the end of Q2 2012. New orders during the quarter were $3.15 billion, reflecting continued strong demand for oilfield equipment.

Elsewhere, Cameron International Corporation (NYSE:CAM)’s backlog at the end of Q2 was $10.5 billion, its highest historical level. This was up from the prior year level of $7.5 billion, and the beginning of the year level of $8.6 billion. ENSCO PLC (NYSE:ESV) had a backlog of $11 billion, or two-and-a-half years of revenue guaranteed at 2012 levels.

Not only do these record backlogs show record strength in the market, but they also mean that these companies have revenue for the period, and investors are able to rest easy, knowing that money is going to continue flowing in. Indeed, ENSCO PLC (NYSE:ESV)’s backlog is worth two-and-a-half years of revenue at current rates, National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE:NOV)’s backlog is worth three-quarters of revenue at current rates, and Cameron International Corporation (NYSE:CAM)’s backlog locks in a year-and-a-half at current rates. With revenues to some extent guaranteed for the next year or so, these companies should be trading at much higher valuations.

Valuations look attractive
In particular, all three companies offer growth at a reasonable price. National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE:NOV) trades at a PEG ratio of 1.1, Cameron International Corporation (NYSE:CAM) trades at a PEG ratio of 0.96, and ENSCO PLC (NYSE:ESV) trades at a PEG of 0.6.

Valuations are below average



Industry Average








Price/Cash Flow















Return On Assets





Operating Margin





DOWNLOAD FREE REPORT: Warren Buffett's Best Stock Picks

Let Warren Buffett, George Soros, Steve Cohen, and Daniel Loeb WORK FOR YOU.

If you want to beat the low cost index funds by 19 percentage points per year, look no further than our monthly newsletter.In this free report you can find an in-depth analysis of the performance of Warren Buffett's entire historical stock picks. We uncovered Warren Buffett's Best Stock Picks and a way to for Buffett to improve his returns by more than 4 percentage points per year.

Bonus Biotech Stock Pick: You can also find a detailed bonus biotech stock pick that we expect to return more than 50% within 12 months.
Subscribe me to Insider Monkey's Free Daily Newsletter
This is a FREE report from Insider Monkey. Credit Card is NOT required.