Reviewing Aly Energy Services (ALYE) & Quest Resource (QRHC)

Aly Energy Services (OTCMKTS:ALYE) and Quest Resource (NASDAQ:QRHC) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

Aly Energy Services has a beta of 2.17, indicating that its stock price is 117% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Quest Resource has a beta of 2.59, indicating that its stock price is 159% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Aly Energy Services and Quest Resource’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aly Energy Services -5.74% -5.00% -2.71%
Quest Resource -4.07% -5.74% -4.22%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Aly Energy Services and Quest Resource’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aly Energy Services $14.63 million 0.39 -$420,000.00 N/A N/A
Quest Resource $138.35 million 0.16 -$5.82 million ($0.38) -3.79

Aly Energy Services has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Quest Resource.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

13.6% of Quest Resource shares are held by institutional investors. 48.1% of Quest Resource shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Aly Energy Services and Quest Resource, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aly Energy Services 0 0 0 0 N/A
Quest Resource 0 0 1 0 3.00

Quest Resource has a consensus price target of $4.00, indicating a potential upside of 184.29%. Given Quest Resource’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Quest Resource is more favorable than Aly Energy Services.

Summary

Quest Resource beats Aly Energy Services on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Aly Energy Services

Aly Energy Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides oilfield services to oil and gas exploration and production companies primarily in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. The company offers solids control systems and surface rental equipment primarily designed for and used in land-based horizontal drilling. Its equipment includes centrifuges and auxiliary solids control equipment; mud circulating tanks of 400 and 500 barrel capacity; and auxiliary surface rental equipment, including portable mud mixing plants and containment systems. The company also provides personnel at the customer's well site to operate the equipment, as well as to rig-up/rig-down and haul the equipment to and from the customer's location. Aly Energy Services, Inc. was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

About Quest Resource

Quest Resource Holding Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides solutions for the reuse, recycle, and dispose various waste streams and recyclables in the United States. The company offers recycling and waste management services for motor oil, oil filters, scrap tires, grease and cooking oil, food waste, and expired food products; and various other materials, such as glass, cardboard, paper, and metal, as well as hazardous materials, plastics, construction debris, batteries, mercury, lights, regulated waste, electronic devices, and industrial cleaning products. It also provides landfill diversion services. Further, it provides sustainability programs, including strategic planning, writing policies and procedures, LEED certification, life cycle assessment, energy modeling, building commissioning, and carbon emission reduction reporting. Quest Resource Holding Corporation serves big box, food chain, and other retailers; automotive and fleet providers; manufacturing plants; residential and commercial properties, and construction and demolition projects through direct sales force and strategic partnerships. The company was formerly known as Infinity Resources Holdings Corp. and changed its name to Quest Resource Holding Corporation in October 2013. Quest Resource Holding Corporation is based in The Colony, Texas.

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