Perma-Fix Environmental Services (NASDAQ: PESI) is one of 21 publicly-traded companies in the “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Perma-Fix Environmental Services to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Perma-Fix Environmental Services and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Perma-Fix Environmental Services -7.34% -10.58% -5.07%
Perma-Fix Environmental Services Competitors -327.30% -70.09% -12.02%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Perma-Fix Environmental Services and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Perma-Fix Environmental Services 0 0 0 0 N/A
Perma-Fix Environmental Services Competitors 44 277 585 14 2.62

As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 10.21%. Given Perma-Fix Environmental Services’ peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Perma-Fix Environmental Services has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

24.3% of Perma-Fix Environmental Services shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.1% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 6.2% of Perma-Fix Environmental Services shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Perma-Fix Environmental Services has a beta of 0.78, suggesting that its stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Perma-Fix Environmental Services’ peers have a beta of 0.65, suggesting that their average stock price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Perma-Fix Environmental Services and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Perma-Fix Environmental Services $51.22 million -$13.40 million -17.61
Perma-Fix Environmental Services Competitors $866.17 million $36.04 million -354.90

Perma-Fix Environmental Services’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Perma-Fix Environmental Services. Perma-Fix Environmental Services is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Perma-Fix Environmental Services peers beat Perma-Fix Environmental Services on 5 of the 9 factors compared.

Perma-Fix Environmental Services Company Profile

Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. is an environmental and environmental technology know-how company. It operates in three segments: The Treatment Segment (Treatment), the Services Segment (Services) and the Medical Segment (Medical). Treatment includes nuclear, low-level radioactive, mixed (waste containing both hazardous and low-level radioactive waste), hazardous and non-hazardous waste treatment, processing and disposal services primarily through approximately four licensed and permitted treatment and storage facilities held by its subsidiaries. Services include on-site waste management services to commercial and government customers, technical services and nuclear services. The Medical segment includes research and development (R&D) of a new medical isotope production technology by its Polish subsidiary, Perma-Fix Medical S.A. (PF Medical). Its Treatment and Services provide services to research institutions, commercial companies, public utilities and governmental agencies.

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