Comparing Keane Group (NYSE:FRAC) and US Well Services (NYSE:USWS)

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Keane Group (NYSE:FRAC) and US Well Services (NASDAQ:USWS) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

88.4% of Keane Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.8% of US Well Services shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Keane Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.9% of US Well Services shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Keane Group and US Well Services, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Keane Group 0 3 10 0 2.77
US Well Services 0 0 3 0 3.00

Keane Group currently has a consensus price target of $16.70, suggesting a potential upside of 214.50%. US Well Services has a consensus price target of $8.97, suggesting a potential upside of 248.90%. Given US Well Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe US Well Services is more favorable than Keane Group.

Profitability

This table compares Keane Group and US Well Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Keane Group 0.53% 7.21% 3.25%
US Well Services N/A -42.52% -13.56%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Keane Group and US Well Services’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Keane Group $2.14 billion 0.26 $59.33 million $0.92 5.77
US Well Services $648.85 million 0.27 -$65.90 million ($1.33) -1.93

Keane Group has higher revenue and earnings than US Well Services. US Well Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Keane Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Keane Group beats US Well Services on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Keane Group Company Profile

Keane Group, Inc. engages in the provision of hydraulic and engineered related solutions. It provides horizontal and vertical fracturing, wireline perforation and logging & engineered, as well as other value-added services. The company operates through two segments: Completion, and Other Services. The Completion Services segment refers to the hydraulic fracturing and wireline divisions. The Other Services include coiled tubing, cementing and ancillary services. The company was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Houston, TX.

US Well Services Company Profile

U.S. Well Services, Inc. operates as an oilfield service company in the United States. It provides hydraulic fracturing services for the oil and natural gas exploration and production companies. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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