Cactus (NYSE:WHD) and QS Energy (OTCMKTS:QSEP) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Cactus and QS Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cactus 11.31% 51.28% 25.09%
QS Energy N/A N/A -775.34%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Cactus and QS Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cactus 0 0 11 0 3.00
QS Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

Cactus currently has a consensus price target of $38.89, indicating a potential upside of 32.41%. Given Cactus’ higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Cactus is more favorable than QS Energy.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

50.7% of Cactus shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.2% of QS Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 96.1% of Cactus shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.1% of QS Energy shares are held 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.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cactus and QS Energy’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cactus $341.19 million 6.45 $66.54 million $1,258.36 0.02
QS Energy $50,000.00 399.55 -$4.83 million N/A N/A

Cactus has higher revenue and earnings than QS Energy.

Summary

Cactus beats QS Energy on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cactus Company Profile

Cactus, Inc. engages in the design, manufacture, sale and rent out of a range of engineered wellhead and pressure control equipment. The products of the firm are sold and rented principally for onshore unconventional oil and gas wells, and are utilized during the drilling, completion, and production phase of wells. Its products include well head systems, frac stacks, zipper manifolds, and production trees. The company was founded in August 2011 and is headquartered in Houston, TX.

QS Energy Company Profile

QS Energy, Inc. develops and commercializes energy efficiency technologies in the United States and internationally. The company's energy efficiency technologies assist in meeting energy demands, enhancing the economics of oil extraction and transport, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Its intellectual properties include a portfolio of domestic and international patents and patents pending, which have been developed in conjunction with and licensed from Temple University of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The company's primary technology is Applied Oil Technology, a commercial-grade crude oil pipeline transportation flow-assurance product for the midstream pipeline marketplace. It serves upstream producers, midstream transporters, and downstream refiners. The company was formerly known as Save the World Air, Inc. and changed its name to QS Energy, Inc. in August 2015. QS Energy, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Tomball, Texas.

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