Contrasting Weatherford International (WFT) and QS Energy (QSEP)

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Weatherford International -45.58% -283.53% -8.30%
QS Energy N/A N/A -658.89%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Weatherford International and QS Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Weatherford International 3 7 10 0 2.35
QS Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

Weatherford International currently has a consensus target price of $3.56, indicating a potential upside of 179.97%. Given Weatherford International’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Weatherford International is more favorable than QS Energy.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

2.2% of QS Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Weatherford International shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.1% of QS Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Weatherford International has a beta of 2.84, suggesting that its stock price is 184% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, QS Energy has a beta of 0.02, suggesting that its stock price is 98% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Weatherford International and QS Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Weatherford International $5.70 billion 0.22 -$2.81 billion ($1.16) -1.09
QS Energy $50,000.00 508.40 -$4.83 million N/A N/A

QS Energy has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Weatherford International.

Summary

QS Energy beats Weatherford International on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Weatherford International Company Profile

Weatherford International plc operates as a multinational oilfield service company worldwide. It offers equipment and services used in the drilling, evaluation, completion, production, and intervention of oil and natural gas wells. The company operates in two segments, Western Hemisphere and Eastern Hemisphere. It offers artificial-lift systems, including reciprocating rod, progressing cavity pumping, gas, hydraulic, plunger, and hybrid lift systems, as well as related automation and control systems; pressure pumping and reservoir stimulation services, such as acidizing, fracturing and fluid systems, cementing, and coiled-tubing intervention; and drill stem test tools, and surface well testing and multiphase flow measurement services. The company also provides safety, down hole reservoir monitoring, flow control, and multistage fracturing systems; sand-control technologies, and production and isolation packers for maximum production with minimal cost; liner hangers to suspend a casing string in high-temperature and high-pressure wells; cementing products, including plugs, float and stage equipment, and torque-and-drag reduction technology to operators for zonal isolation; and pre-job planning and installation services. In addition, it offers directional, and logging and measurement while drilling systems; rotary-steerable systems; high-temperature and high-pressure sensors, drilling reamers, and circulation subs; managed pressure drilling, conventional mud-logging, drilling instrumentation, gas analysis, well site consultancy, open hole and cased-hole logging services; reservoir solutions and software products; and remediation services. Further, the company provides equipment and drilling tools; tubular handling, management, and connection services; equipment rental services; and onshore contract drilling and related services, as well as operates a fleet of land drilling and work over rigs. The company was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Baar, Switzerland.

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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