M.D.C. (NYSE: MDC) and Quintana Energy Services (NYSE:QES) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and risk.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for M.D.C. and Quintana Energy Services, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
M.D.C. 1 5 1 0 2.00
Quintana Energy Services 0 1 5 0 2.83

M.D.C. currently has a consensus price target of $32.67, indicating a potential upside of 11.99%. Quintana Energy Services has a consensus price target of $12.60, indicating a potential upside of 47.54%. Given Quintana Energy Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Quintana Energy Services is more favorable than M.D.C..

Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.2% of M.D.C. shares are held by institutional investors. 27.0% of M.D.C. shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares M.D.C. and Quintana Energy Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
M.D.C. 5.50% 11.00% 5.82%
Quintana Energy Services N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares M.D.C. and Quintana Energy Services’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
M.D.C. $2.58 billion 0.63 $141.83 million $2.49 11.64
Quintana Energy Services N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

M.D.C. has higher revenue and earnings than Quintana Energy Services.

Dividends

M.D.C. pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.1%. Quintana Energy Services does not pay a dividend. M.D.C. pays out 48.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. M.D.C. has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Summary

M.D.C. beats Quintana Energy Services on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About M.D.C.

M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. is engaged in two primary operations, including homebuilding and financial services. The Company’s segments include West, including segments located in Arizona, California, Nevada and Washington; Mountain, including segments located in Colorado and Utah; East, including segments located in Virginia, Florida and Maryland, which includes Pennsylvania and New Jersey; mortgage operations, including HomeAmerican Mortgage Corporation, and Other, which includes Allegiant Insurance Company, Inc., StarAmerican Insurance Ltd., American Home Insurance Agency, Inc. and American Home Title and Escrow Company. The homebuilding operations consist of subsidiary companies that purchases finished lots or develop lots necessary for the construction and sale of single-family detached homes to first-time and first-time move-up homebuyers under the name Richmond American Homes. It also includes land acquisition and development, home construction, and sales and marketing.

About Quintana Energy Services

Quintana Energy Services Inc. is a provider of oilfield services to onshore oil and natural gas throughout the United States. The Company’s business segments include Directional Drilling Services, Pressure Pumping Services, Pressure Control Services, and Wireline Services. The Directional Drilling Services enable efficient drilling and guidance of the horizontal section of a wellbore are using its technologically-advanced fleet of downhole motors and 117 MWD kits. The Pressure Pumping Services, which includes hydraulic fracturing, cementing and acidizing services, and such services are supported by a pressure pumping fleet of 236,125 HHP. The Wireline Servicesincludes 50 wireline units providing a range of pump-down services in support of unconventional completions, and cased-hole wireline services enabling reservoir characterization.

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