NCS Multistage (NASDAQ: NCSM) and Ranger Energy Services (NYSE:RNGR) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for NCS Multistage and Ranger Energy Services, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NCS Multistage 0 1 6 1 3.00
Ranger Energy Services 0 3 5 0 2.63

NCS Multistage presently has a consensus target price of $25.33, indicating a potential upside of 45.26%. Ranger Energy Services has a consensus target price of $17.25, indicating a potential upside of 86.49%. Given Ranger Energy Services’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Ranger Energy Services is more favorable than NCS Multistage.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares NCS Multistage and Ranger Energy Services’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NCS Multistage $98.47 million 7.78 -$17.92 million $0.09 193.78
Ranger Energy Services $52.80 million 2.68 -$5.00 million N/A N/A

Ranger Energy Services has lower revenue, but higher earnings than NCS Multistage.

Profitability

This table compares NCS Multistage and Ranger Energy Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NCS Multistage 2.42% 2.22% 1.56%
Ranger Energy Services -14.29% -14.10% -10.47%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

93.0% of NCS Multistage shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 32.4% of Ranger Energy Services shares are owned 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.

Summary

NCS Multistage beats Ranger Energy Services on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

NCS Multistage Company Profile

NCS Multistage Holdings, Inc. is a provider of engineered products and support services for oil and natural gas well completions and field development strategies. The Company’s products and services include Multistage Unlimited, casing-installed sliding sleeves, downhole frac isolation assembly, AirLock casing buoyancy system and liner hanger systems. The Company provides products and services primarily to exploration and production (E&P) companies for use in onshore wells, predominantly wells that have been drilled with horizontal laterals in unconventional oil and natural gas formations. The Company’s products and services are utilized in oil and natural gas basins throughout North America and in selected international markets, including Argentina, China and Russia.

Ranger Energy Services Company Profile

Ranger Energy Services, Inc. is an independent provider of high-specification (high-spec) well service rigs and associated services in the United States. The Company focuses on unconventional horizontal well completion and production operations. The Company operates through Well Services and Processing Solutions segment. Well Services segment provides high-spec well service rigs and complementary equipment and services in the United States, with a focus on unconventional horizontal well completion, workover and maintenance operations. Processing Solutions segment engages in the rental, installation, commissioning, start-up, operation and maintenance of MRUs, NGL stabilizer units, NGL storage units and related equipment. The Company also offers full transportation, turn-key mobilization services, installation and ongoing operation services in the field. The Company’s turn-key mobilization services include in-bound transportation and site offloading.

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