ERHC Energy (OTCMKTS:ERHE) and North American Construction Group (NYSE:NOA) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.

Dividends

North American Construction Group pays an annual dividend of $0.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. ERHC Energy does not pay a dividend. North American Construction Group pays out 42.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. North American Construction Group has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares ERHC Energy and North American Construction Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ERHC Energy N/A N/A N/A
North American Construction Group 4.34% 10.56% 3.95%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

51.2% of North American Construction Group shares are held by institutional investors. 4.9% of ERHC Energy shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

ERHC Energy has a beta of -0.27, meaning that its share price is 127% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, North American Construction Group has a beta of 0.39, meaning that its share price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares ERHC Energy and North American Construction Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ERHC Energy N/A N/A -$12.04 million N/A N/A
North American Construction Group $225.58 million 1.23 $4.06 million $0.14 73.43

North American Construction Group has higher revenue and earnings than ERHC Energy.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for ERHC Energy and North American Construction Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ERHC Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
North American Construction Group 0 0 1 0 3.00

Summary

North American Construction Group beats ERHC Energy on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

ERHC Energy Company Profile

ERHC Energy Inc. engages in the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas resources in Africa. Its principal assets include the rights to working interests in exploration acreage in the Republic of Kenya; the Republic of Chad; the Joint Development Zone between the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe; the Federal Republic of Nigeria; and the economic zone of Sao Tome. The company was founded in 1986 and is based in Houston, Texas.

North American Construction Group Company Profile

North American Construction Group Ltd. provides 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 Edmonton, Canada.

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