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

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Stericycle and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Stericycle $3.56 billion $206.35 million -110.61
Stericycle Competitors $850.65 million $28.19 million 159.10

Stericycle has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Stericycle is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk and Volatility

Stericycle has a beta of 0.19, meaning that its share price is 81% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stericycle’s peers have a beta of 0.64, meaning that their average share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Stericycle and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stericycle 2 3 6 0 2.36
Stericycle Competitors 44 279 586 14 2.62

Stericycle currently has a consensus price target of $75.90, suggesting a potential upside of 20.38%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 6.53%. Given Stericycle’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Stericycle is more favorable than its peers.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

95.6% of Stericycle shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.2% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of Stericycle shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Stericycle and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stericycle -0.79% 13.93% 5.61%
Stericycle Competitors -281.35% -70.62% -14.88%

Summary

Stericycle beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Stericycle

Stericycle, Inc. is a business-to-business services provider. The Company focuses on regulated and compliance solutions for healthcare, retail, and commercial businesses. The Company’s segments include Domestic and Canada Regulated Waste and Compliance Services (RCS), Domestic Communication and Related Services (CRS), International RCS and All other. The Domestic and Canada RCS and International RCS segments include medical waste disposal, pharmaceutical waste disposal, hazardous waste management, sustainability solutions for expired or unused inventory, secure information destruction of documents and e-media, training and consulting through its Steri-Safe and Clinical Services programs, and other regulatory compliance services. The Domestic CRS segment consists of inbound/outbound communication, automated patient reminders, online scheduling, notifications, product retrievals, product returns and quality audits.

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