USA Compression Partners, (NYSE: USAC) and Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure (NYSE:SOI) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares USA Compression Partners, and Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
USA Compression Partners, $265.92 million 3.84 $12.93 million $0.15 109.67
Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure $18.15 million 40.33 $2.80 million $0.22 76.18

USA Compression Partners, has higher revenue and earnings than Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure. Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than USA Compression Partners,, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for USA Compression Partners, and Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
USA Compression Partners, 0 2 1 0 2.33
Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure 0 2 11 0 2.85

USA Compression Partners, presently has a consensus price target of $17.00, suggesting a potential upside of 3.34%. Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure has a consensus price target of $17.45, suggesting a potential upside of 4.12%. Given Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure is more favorable than USA Compression Partners,.

Dividends

USA Compression Partners, pays an annual dividend of $2.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.8%. Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure does not pay a dividend. USA Compression Partners, pays out 1,400.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Profitability

This table compares USA Compression Partners, and Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
USA Compression Partners, 3.63% 1.62% 0.76%
Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure 18.84% 10.16% 9.23%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

58.4% of Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure beats USA Compression Partners, on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About USA Compression Partners,

USA Compression Partners, LP is an independent provider of compression services in the United States. The Company provides compression services to its customers primarily in connection with infrastructure applications, including both allowing for the processing and transportation of natural gas through the domestic pipeline system and managing crude oil production through artificial lift processes. The Company engineers, designs, operates, services and repairs its compression units, and maintains related support inventory and equipment. It provides compression services in mature conventional basins, including gas lift applications on crude oil wells focused by horizontal drilling techniques. The Company provides compression services in various shale plays throughout the United States, including the Utica, Marcellus, Permian Basin, Delaware Basin, Eagle Ford, Mississippi Lime, Granite Wash, Woodford, Barnett, Haynesville, Niobrara and Fayetteville shales.

About Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure

Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure, Inc. manufactures and provides its mobile proppant management systems that unload, store and deliver proppant at oil and natural gas well sites. The Company offers its services to oil and natural gas exploration and production (E&P) companies, as well as oilfield service companies. Its mobile proppant system is designed to address the challenges associated with transferring large quantities of proppant to the well site, including the cost and management of last mile logistics. Its systems provide 2.5 million pounds of proppant storage capacity. The Company manufactures its systems at its facility in Early, Texas, The Company’s system provides Streamlined last mile logistics and Improved execution to meet completion designs. Its systems provide triple the storage capacity, such as trailer-mounted, hydraulically powered storage bins. Its integrated PropView system delivers real-time proppant inventory and consumption levels.

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