Natural Gas Services Group (NYSE:NGS) and Propetro (NYSE:PUMP) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings and dividends.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Natural Gas Services Group and Propetro’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Natural Gas Services Group||$65.48 million||2.25||$430,000.00||$0.08||139.25|
|Propetro||$1.70 billion||0.61||$173.86 million||$2.00||5.22|
This table compares Natural Gas Services Group and Propetro’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Natural Gas Services Group||1.25%||0.58%||0.50%|
Volatility & Risk
Natural Gas Services Group has a beta of 1.23, suggesting that its stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Propetro has a beta of 1.67, suggesting that its stock price is 67% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Natural Gas Services Group and Propetro, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Natural Gas Services Group||0||0||3||0||3.00|
Natural Gas Services Group currently has a consensus target price of $19.67, indicating a potential upside of 76.54%. Propetro has a consensus target price of $23.76, indicating a potential upside of 127.80%. Given Propetro’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Propetro is more favorable than Natural Gas Services Group.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
94.8% of Natural Gas Services Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.1% of Propetro shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.2% of Natural Gas Services Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.0% of Propetro shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Propetro beats Natural Gas Services Group on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Natural Gas Services Group
Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. provides small to medium horsepower compression equipment to the natural gas industry in the United States. The company engages in the rental of small to medium horsepower compression equipment to non-conventional natural gas and oil production businesses. As of December 31, 2018, it had 2,572 natural gas compressors in its rental fleet totaling 398,765 horsepower. The company also assembles compressor components into compressor units for rent or sale; engineers and fabricates natural gas compressors; and designs and manufactures a line of reciprocating compressor frames, cylinders, and parts. In addition, it is involved in the design, fabrication, sale, installation, and service of flare stacks and related ignition and control devices for the onshore and offshore incineration of gas compounds, such as hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide, natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gases. Further, the company offers customer support services for its compressor and flare sales business; exchanges and rebuilds program for screw compressors; and maintains an inventory of new and used compressors. Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Midland, Texas.
ProPetro Holding Corp., an oilfield services company, provides pressure pumping and other related services. The company offers hydraulic fracturing services; and a suite of well completion and production services, including cementing, acidizing, coiled tubing, flowback, surface air drilling, and drilling services. It serves the upstream oil and gas companies engaged in the exploration and production of North American unconventional oil and natural gas resources in the Permian Basin. As of December 31, 2018, the company's fleet comprised 20 hydraulic fracturing units with 905,000 hydraulic horsepower. ProPetro Holding Corp. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Midland, Texas.
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