US Well Services (NASDAQ:USWS) and North American Construction Group (NYSE:NOA) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

72.6% of US Well Services shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.7% of North American Construction Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.9% of US Well Services shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares US Well Services and North American Construction Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
US Well Services $648.85 million 0.76 -$65.90 million ($1.33) -5.86
North American Construction Group $316.40 million 1.11 $11.85 million $0.42 30.93

North American Construction Group has lower revenue, but higher earnings than US Well Services. US Well Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than North American Construction Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares US Well Services and North American Construction Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
US Well Services N/A -72.75% -12.67%
North American Construction Group 3.89% 10.55% 3.34%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for US Well Services and North American Construction Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
US Well Services 0 0 1 0 3.00
North American Construction Group 0 0 3 0 3.00

US Well Services currently has a consensus target price of $7.90, suggesting a potential upside of 1.28%. Given US Well Services’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe US Well Services is more favorable than North American Construction Group.

Dividends

North American Construction Group pays an annual dividend of $0.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. US Well Services does not pay a dividend. North American Construction Group pays out 14.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. North American Construction Group has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Summary

North American Construction Group beats US Well Services on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About US Well Services

U.S. Well Services, Inc. operates as an oilfield service company in the United States. It provides hydraulic fracturing services for the oil and natural gas exploration and production companies. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

About North American Construction Group

North American Construction Group Ltd. engages in providing mining and heavy construction services. It offers their services to customers in the resource development and industrial construction sectors, primarily within Western Canada. The company focuses on supporting the construction and operation of surface mines, in the oil sands. The company was founded in 1953 and is headquartered in Acheson, Canada.

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