NXT Energy Solutions (OTCMKTS:NSFDF) and Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (OTCMKTS:PGSVY) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares NXT Energy Solutions and Petroleum Geo-Services ASA’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NXT Energy Solutions N/A -32.28% -29.27%
Petroleum Geo-Services ASA -10.12% -11.40% -3.62%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for NXT Energy Solutions and Petroleum Geo-Services ASA, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NXT Energy Solutions 0 0 0 0 N/A
Petroleum Geo-Services ASA 0 0 1 0 3.00

Volatility & Risk

NXT Energy Solutions has a beta of 1.04, suggesting that its share price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Petroleum Geo-Services ASA has a beta of 2.58, suggesting that its share price is 158% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares NXT Energy Solutions and Petroleum Geo-Services ASA’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NXT Energy Solutions $1.09 million 23.94 -$6.91 million N/A N/A
Petroleum Geo-Services ASA $874.30 million 0.84 -$87.90 million N/A N/A

NXT Energy Solutions has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Petroleum Geo-Services ASA.

Summary

Petroleum Geo-Services ASA beats NXT Energy Solutions on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About NXT Energy Solutions

NXT Energy Solutions Inc. provides airborne and gravity based geophysical survey services for the oil and gas exploration and production companies through its proprietary stress field detection (SFD) survey system worldwide. Its SFD remote-sensing survey system offers information on areas conducive to fluid entrapment in the sedimentary column. The company was formerly known as Energy Exploration Technologies Inc. and changed its name to NXT Energy Solutions Inc. in September 2008. NXT Energy Solutions Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

About Petroleum Geo-Services ASA

Petroleum Geo-Services ASA, a marine geophysical company, provides a range of seismic and reservoir services worldwide. It operates in four business areas: Marine Contract, MultiClient, Operations, and Imaging & Engineering. The company is involved in the acquisition, imaging, interpretation, and field evaluation of seismic data to oil and gas companies. It also offers electromagnetic services; and data library that comprises individual 3D surveys. The company was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Oslo, Norway.

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