Tesco Corporation (NASDAQ: TESO) and C&J Energy Services (NYSE:CJ) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.


This table compares Tesco Corporation and C&J Energy Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tesco Corporation -47.72% -18.21% -16.32%
C&J Energy Services N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Tesco Corporation and C&J Energy Services, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tesco Corporation 1 2 2 0 2.20
C&J Energy Services 0 2 11 0 2.85

Tesco Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 33.33%. C&J Energy Services has a consensus target price of $39.91, suggesting a potential upside of 47.76%. Given C&J Energy Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe C&J Energy Services is more favorable than Tesco Corporation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

91.1% of Tesco Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.3% of C&J Energy Services shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of Tesco Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Tesco Corporation and C&J Energy Services’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tesco Corporation $142.59 million 1.48 -$34.72 million ($1.46) -3.08
C&J Energy Services $1.18 billion 1.45 -$47.16 million N/A N/A

Tesco Corporation has higher revenue, but lower earnings than C&J Energy Services.


C&J Energy Services beats Tesco Corporation on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Tesco Corporation Company Profile

Tesco Corporation is a provider of technology-based solutions for drilling, servicing and completion of wells for the upstream energy industry. The Company’s operations consist of top drives and automated pipe handling equipment sales and rentals; aftermarket sales and services, and tubular services, including related products and accessories sales. Its segments include Products, Tubular Services, Research and Engineering, and Corporate and Other. The Products segment includes top drives and automated pipe handling equipment sales, rentals and aftermarket sales and services. The Tubular Services segment includes onshore and offshore tubular services and sales of related products and accessories. The Research and Engineering segment includes internal research, engineering, and development activities related to its products and tubular services. The Corporate and Other segment includes executive management and various global support and compliance functions.

C&J Energy Services Company Profile

C&J Energy Services, Inc. is a completion and production services company, which provides well construction, well completions and well services to the oil and gas industry. The Company operates through three segments: Completion Services, Well Support Services and Other Services. The Company also manufactures, repairs and refurbishes equipment used in the oilfield services industry. It operates in various North American onshore basins. Its Completion Services segment includes the hydraulic fracturing services, cased-hole wireline services, coiled tubing services and other well stimulation services. Its Well Support Services segment includes services, including rig services, fluid management services and other special well site services. Other services segment includes directional drilling services, equipment manufacturing and repair, specialty chemicals sales, research and technology, and the Middle East operations, as well as cementing services.

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