Quintana Energy Services (NYSE:QES) and Liberty Oilfield Services (NYSE:LBRT) are both construction companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and profitability.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Quintana Energy Services and Liberty Oilfield Services’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Quintana Energy Services $438.03 million 0.57 -$21.15 million ($0.05) -151.80
Liberty Oilfield Services $1.49 billion 1.72 $168.50 million $0.88 24.64

Liberty Oilfield Services has higher revenue and earnings than Quintana Energy Services. Quintana Energy Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Liberty Oilfield Services, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

17.0% of Quintana Energy Services shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Liberty Oilfield Services pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Quintana Energy Services does not pay a dividend. Liberty Oilfield Services pays out 22.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Quintana Energy Services and Liberty Oilfield Services, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Quintana Energy Services 0 1 6 0 2.86
Liberty Oilfield Services 0 2 9 0 2.82

Quintana Energy Services currently has a consensus price target of $11.98, suggesting a potential upside of 57.88%. Liberty Oilfield Services has a consensus price target of $27.44, suggesting a potential upside of 26.59%. Given Quintana Energy Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Quintana Energy Services is more favorable than Liberty Oilfield Services.

Profitability

This table compares Quintana Energy Services and Liberty Oilfield Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Quintana Energy Services N/A N/A N/A
Liberty Oilfield Services N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Liberty Oilfield Services beats Quintana Energy Services on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Quintana Energy Services

Quintana Energy Services Inc. provides oilfield services to onshore oil and natural gas exploration and production companies operating in conventional and unconventional plays in the United States. It operates through four segments: Directional Drilling Services, Pressure Pumping Services, Pressure Control Services, and Wireline Services. The Directional Drilling Services segment provides directional, horizontal, underbalanced, and measurement-while-drilling, as well as rental tool and pipe inspection services. The Pressure Pumping Services segment provides hydraulic fracturing stimulation services; cementing services, such as surface- and intermediate-casing and long-string cementing services; and a range of acid stimulation services comprising CO2 foamed acid stimulation services. As of December 31, 2017, this segment had a pressure pumping fleet of 245,925 hydraulic horsepower. The Pressure Control Services segment offers coiled tubing, rig-assisted snubbing, nitrogen, fluid pumping, and well control services for drilling, completion, and workover activities. As of December 31, 2017, this segment had a fleet of 23 coiled tubing, 36 rig-assisted snubbing, and 24 nitrogen pumping units. The Wireline Services segment offers pump-down services for setting plugs between frac stages, as well as the deployment of perforation equipment in connection with plug-and-perf operations; and other pump-down and cased-hole wireline services, including electro-mechanical pipe-cutting and punching. This segment also provides cased-hole production logging, injection profiling, stimulation performance evaluation, and water break-through identification services; and industrial logging services for cavern, storage, and injection wells, as well as operates Archer's POINT proprietary detection system and SPACE imaging and measurement platform in the land market. As of December 31, 2017, it owned 49 wireline units. The company was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

About Liberty Oilfield Services

Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. provides hydraulic fracturing services to onshore oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in North America. It provides its services primarily in the Permian Basin, the Eagle Ford Shale, the Denver-Julesburg Basin, the Williston Basin, and the Powder River Basin. The company was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

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