Profire Energy (NASDAQ:PFIE) vs. QS Energy (NASDAQ:QSEP) Critical Survey

Profire Energy (NASDAQ:PFIE) and QS Energy (OTCMKTS:QSEP) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, risk and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Profire Energy $38.98 million 0.87 $2.02 million N/A N/A
QS Energy $50,000.00 179.51 -$5.62 million N/A N/A

Profire Energy has higher revenue and earnings than QS Energy.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Profire Energy -6.05% -3.89% -3.55%
QS Energy N/A N/A -692.41%

Risk and Volatility

Profire Energy has a beta of 1.36, suggesting that its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, QS Energy has a beta of 0.59, suggesting that its stock price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

40.9% of Profire Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 22.0% of Profire Energy shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.1% of QS Energy shares are held by 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Profire Energy and QS Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Profire Energy 0 1 0 0 2.00
QS Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

Profire Energy beats QS Energy on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Profire Energy Company Profile

Profire Energy, Inc., an oilfield technology company, provides burner- and chemical-management products and services for the oil and gas industry in North America. It assists energy production companies in the production and transportation of oil and natural gas. Its products include PF3100, a burner-management system, which is designed to operate, monitor, control, and manage various complex and multi-faceted oilfield appliances; safety and monitoring devices, such as shut-down and temperature valves, pressure transmitters and switches, burners, pilots, and other combustion related equipment; and chemical-management systems to monitor and manage chemical-injection process to ensure that optimal levels of chemicals are injected. The company also sells and installs its systems in France, Italy, Argentina, India, Nigeria, the Middle East, Australia, and Brazil. Profire Energy, Inc. is headquartered in Lindon, Utah.

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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