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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Quintana Energy Services and US Well Services, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Quintana Energy Services 0 3 2 0 2.40
US Well Services 0 0 3 0 3.00

Quintana Energy Services presently has a consensus target price of $2.44, indicating a potential upside of 87.50%. US Well Services has a consensus target price of $8.97, indicating a potential upside of 248.90%. Given US Well Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe US Well Services is more favorable than Quintana Energy Services.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Quintana Energy Services -4.17% -12.31% -7.39%
US Well Services N/A -42.52% -13.56%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Quintana Energy Services and US Well Services’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Quintana Energy Services $604.35 million 0.07 -$18.18 million ($0.50) -2.60
US Well Services $648.85 million 0.27 -$65.90 million ($1.33) -1.93

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

16.5% of Quintana Energy Services shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.8% of US Well Services shares are owned by institutional investors. 29.6% of Quintana Energy Services shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.9% of US Well Services shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

US Well Services beats Quintana Energy Services on 8 of the 13 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. The company operates through four segments: Directional Drilling, Pressure Pumping, Pressure Control, and Wireline. The Directional Drilling segment provides directional, horizontal, under balanced, and measurement-while-drilling services, as well as rental tools and support services. The Pressure Pumping segment provides hydraulic fracturing stimulation services, cementing, and acidizing services for the completion, production, and maintenance of oil and gas wells. As of December 31, 2018, this segment had a pressure pumping fleet of 267,500 hydraulic horsepower. The Pressure Control segment offers coiled tubing, rig-assisted snubbing, fluid pumping, nitrogen, well control, and other pressure control related services to support completion and workover operations. This segment had a fleet of 24 coiled tubing, 36 rig-assisted snubbing, and 24 nitrogen pumping units. The Wireline segment offers pump-down services for setting plugs between hydraulic fracturing stages, as well as the deployment of perforation equipment in connection with plug-and-perf operations. 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. It owned 41 wireline units. Quintana Energy Services Inc. was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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.

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