Heritage-Crystal Clean (NASDAQ: HCCI) is one of 20 public companies in the “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Heritage-Crystal Clean to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Heritage-Crystal Clean and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Heritage-Crystal Clean 5.56% 6.76% 4.73%
Heritage-Crystal Clean Competitors -280.96% -68.14% -14.45%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Heritage-Crystal Clean and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Heritage-Crystal Clean $347.63 million $5.84 million 22.62
Heritage-Crystal Clean Competitors $850.65 million $28.19 million 148.18

Heritage-Crystal Clean’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Heritage-Crystal Clean. Heritage-Crystal Clean is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Heritage-Crystal Clean has a beta of 1.96, suggesting that its stock price is 96% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Heritage-Crystal Clean’s competitors have a beta of 0.62, suggesting that their average stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

58.6% of Heritage-Crystal Clean shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.0% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 14.8% of Heritage-Crystal Clean shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Heritage-Crystal Clean and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Heritage-Crystal Clean 0 1 4 0 2.80
Heritage-Crystal Clean Competitors 46 280 586 14 2.61

Heritage-Crystal Clean presently has a consensus target price of $22.80, indicating a potential upside of 17.22%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 9.89%. Given Heritage-Crystal Clean’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Heritage-Crystal Clean is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

Heritage-Crystal Clean beats its competitors on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

Heritage-Crystal Clean Company Profile

Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. provides full-service parts cleaning, containerized waste management, used oil collection, vacuum truck services and antifreeze recycling. The Company owns and operates a used oil re-refinery. The Company operates through two segments: Environmental Services and Oil Business. The Company provides hazardous and non-hazardous waste services to small and mid-sized customers in both the manufacturing and vehicle maintenance sectors. The Environmental Services segment consists of the Company’s parts cleaning, containerized waste management, vacuum truck services, used antifreeze recycling activities and field services. The Oil Business segment consists of used oil collection activities, sale of recycled fuel oil, re-refining activities, and oil filter removal and disposal services. Through its re-refining process, the Company recycles used oil into lubricant base oil and by-products, and it is a supplier to firms that produce and market finished lubricants.

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