Financial Review: QS Energy (QSEP) vs. NOW (DNOW)

QS Energy (OTCMKTS:QSEP) and NOW (NYSE:DNOW) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
QS Energy $50,000.00 366.25 -$4.83 million N/A N/A
NOW $2.65 billion 0.55 -$52.00 million ($0.27) -49.93

QS Energy has higher earnings, but lower revenue than NOW.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
QS Energy N/A N/A -775.34%
NOW 1.09% 2.43% 1.60%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

2.2% of QS Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 8.1% of QS Energy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of NOW shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for QS Energy and NOW, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
QS Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
NOW 0 6 4 0 2.40

NOW has a consensus price target of $15.00, indicating a potential upside of 11.28%. Given NOW’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe NOW is more favorable than QS Energy.


NOW beats QS Energy on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

NOW Company Profile

NOW Inc. distributes energy and industrial products in the United States, Canada, and internationally. It offers consumable maintenance, repair, and operating supplies; and pipes, valves, fittings, flanges, gaskets, fasteners, electrical products, instrumentations, artificial lift, pumping solutions, valve actuation and modular process, measurement and control equipment, process equipment, pumps, OEM parts, coatings, mill supplies, and safety supplies, as well as provides application systems, work processes, parts integration, optimization solutions, and after-sales support services. The company also provides supply chain and materials management solutions that include procurement, inventory and warehouse management, logistics, point of issue technology, project management, business process, and performance metrics reporting. It offers its products under the DistributionNOW and Wilson Export brand names. The company serves customers in the upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors of the energy industry, including drilling contractors, well servicing companies, independent and national oil and gas companies, midstream operators, and refineries, as well as petrochemical, chemical, utilities, and other downstream energy processors; and industrial and manufacturing companies. NOW Inc. was incorporated in 2013 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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