North American Construction Group (NYSE:NOA) and US Well Services (NASDAQ:USWS) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares North American Construction Group and US Well Services’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|North American Construction Group||$316.40 million||1.09||$11.85 million||$0.42||30.24|
|US Well Services||$648.85 million||0.73||-$65.90 million||N/A||N/A|
Institutional & Insider Ownership
54.7% of North American Construction Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.6% of US Well Services shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares North American Construction Group and US Well Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|North American Construction Group||3.89%||10.55%||3.34%|
|US Well Services||N/A||-72.75%||-12.67%|
This is a summary of recent recommendations for North American Construction Group and US Well Services, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|North American Construction Group||0||0||3||0||3.00|
|US Well Services||0||0||1||0||3.00|
US Well Services has a consensus target price of $7.90, suggesting a potential upside of 5.33%. Given US Well Services’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe US Well Services is more favorable than North American Construction Group.
North American Construction Group pays an annual dividend of $0.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. US Well Services does not pay a dividend. North American Construction Group pays out 14.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. North American Construction Group has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.
North American Construction Group beats US Well Services on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
North American Construction Group Company Profile
North American Construction Group Ltd. engages in providing 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 Acheson, Canada.
US Well Services Company Profile
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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