C&J Energy Services (NYSE: CJ) and Natural Gas Services Group (NYSE:NGS) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for C&J Energy Services and Natural Gas Services Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
C&J Energy Services 0 2 11 0 2.85
Natural Gas Services Group 0 0 3 0 3.00

C&J Energy Services currently has a consensus target price of $40.09, suggesting a potential upside of 32.10%. Natural Gas Services Group has a consensus target price of $32.67, suggesting a potential upside of 24.44%. Given C&J Energy Services’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe C&J Energy Services is more favorable than Natural Gas Services Group.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares C&J Energy Services and Natural Gas Services Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
C&J Energy Services N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Natural Gas Services Group $71.65 million 4.74 $6.46 million $0.18 145.83

Natural Gas Services Group has higher revenue and earnings than C&J Energy Services.

Profitability

This table compares C&J Energy Services and Natural Gas Services Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
C&J Energy Services N/A N/A N/A
Natural Gas Services Group 3.41% 0.98% 0.79%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

89.1% of Natural Gas Services Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.9% of Natural Gas Services Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Natural Gas Services Group beats C&J Energy Services on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Natural Gas Services Group Company Profile

Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. is a provider of small to medium horsepower compression equipment to the natural gas industry. The Company focuses primarily on the non-conventional natural gas and oil production business in the United States, such as coal bed methane, gas shale, tight gas and oil shales. The Company manufactures, fabricates and rents natural gases compressors that enhance the production of natural gas wells and provides maintenance services for its natural gas compressors. In addition, it sells custom fabricated natural gas compressors to meet customer specifications dictated by well pressures, production characteristics and particular applications. It also manufactures and sells flare systems for oil and gas plant and production facilities. The Company’s operating units include Gas Compressor Rental, Engineered Equipment Sales, Service and Maintenance, and Corporate.

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