Head to Head Comparison: Quintana Energy Services (QES) and North American Energy Partners (NOA)

Quintana Energy Services (NYSE: QES) and North American Energy Partners (NYSE:NOA) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, earnings, risk and valuation.


This table compares Quintana Energy Services and North American Energy Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Quintana Energy Services N/A N/A N/A
North American Energy Partners 2.44% 5.20% 2.03%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Quintana Energy Services and North American Energy Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Quintana Energy Services 0 1 6 0 2.86
North American Energy Partners 0 0 1 0 3.00

Quintana Energy Services presently has a consensus price target of $12.50, suggesting a potential upside of 40.92%. North American Energy Partners has a consensus price target of $9.00, suggesting a potential upside of 38.46%. Given Quintana Energy Services’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Quintana Energy Services is more favorable than North American Energy Partners.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.0% of Quintana Energy Services shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.0% of North American Energy Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Quintana Energy Services and North American Energy Partners’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Quintana Energy Services $438.03 million 0.67 -$21.15 million ($0.05) -177.40
North American Energy Partners $225.58 million 0.80 $4.06 million $0.14 46.43

North American Energy Partners has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Quintana Energy Services. Quintana Energy Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than North American Energy Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


North American Energy Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Quintana Energy Services does not pay a dividend. North American Energy Partners pays out 42.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. North American Energy Partners has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.


North American Energy Partners beats Quintana Energy Services on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Quintana Energy Services

Quintana Energy Services Inc. provides oilfield services to onshore oil and natural gas exploration and production companies operating in conventional and unconventional plays in the United States. It operates through four segments: Directional Drilling Services, Pressure Pumping Services, Pressure Control Services, and Wireline Services. The Directional Drilling Services segment provides directional, horizontal, underbalanced, and measurement-while-drilling, as well as rental tool and pipe inspection services. The Pressure Pumping Services segment provides hydraulic fracturing stimulation services; cementing services, such as surface- and intermediate-casing and long-string cementing services; and a range of acid stimulation services comprising CO2 foamed acid stimulation services. As of December 31, 2017, this segment had a pressure pumping fleet of 245,925 hydraulic horsepower. The Pressure Control Services segment offers coiled tubing, rig-assisted snubbing, nitrogen, fluid pumping, and well control services for drilling, completion, and workover activities. As of December 31, 2017, this segment had a fleet of 23 coiled tubing, 36 rig-assisted snubbing, and 24 nitrogen pumping units. The Wireline Services segment offers pump-down services for setting plugs between frac stages, as well as the deployment of perforation equipment in connection with plug-and-perf operations; and other pump-down and cased-hole wireline services, including electro-mechanical pipe-cutting and punching. This segment also provides cased-hole production logging, injection profiling, stimulation performance evaluation, and water break-through identification services; and industrial logging services for cavern, storage, and injection wells, as well as operates Archer's POINT proprietary detection system and SPACE imaging and measurement platform in the land market. As of December 31, 2017, it owned 49 wireline units. The company was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

About North American Energy Partners

North American Energy Partners Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of mining and heavy construction services to customers in the resource development and industrial construction sectors, primarily in Western Canada. The company offers construction and operations support services through various stages of an oil sands project's lifecycle. Its services include site clearing and access road construction; site development and underground utility installation; construction and relocation of mine site infrastructure; stripping, muskeg removal, and overburden removal; heavy equipment and labor supply; material hauling; and mine reclamation, and tailings pond construction and maintenance. The company also provides site development services for plants and refineries, including in situ oil sands facilities; and heavy and light civil construction services for various resource infrastructure projects. In addition, it offers heavy equipment maintenance services. Further, the company maintains a fleet of heavy and ancillary equipment for its maintenance and repair centers; and operates running maintenance and repair facilities at its oil sands mine sites. North American Energy Partners Inc. was founded in 1953 and is headquartered in Edmonton, Canada.

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