Casella Waste Systems (NASDAQ: CWST) is one of 20 public companies in the “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Casella Waste Systems to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

Casella Waste Systems has a beta of 0.73, indicating that its stock price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Casella Waste Systems’ rivals have a beta of 0.62, indicating that their average stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Casella Waste Systems and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Casella Waste Systems 0 2 2 0 2.50
Casella Waste Systems Competitors 46 280 586 14 2.61

Casella Waste Systems presently has a consensus price target of $17.00, suggesting a potential downside of 19.24%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 11.45%. Given Casella Waste Systems’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Casella Waste Systems has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Casella Waste Systems and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Casella Waste Systems -9.09% -56.99% 4.28%
Casella Waste Systems Competitors -280.96% -68.14% -14.45%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Casella Waste Systems and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Casella Waste Systems $565.03 million -$6.84 million -16.19
Casella Waste Systems Competitors $850.65 million $28.19 million 150.53

Casella Waste Systems’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Casella Waste Systems. Casella Waste Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

79.3% of Casella Waste Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.0% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.5% of Casella Waste Systems 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 hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Casella Waste Systems rivals beat Casella Waste Systems on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

Casella Waste Systems Company Profile

Casella Waste Systems, Inc. is a solid waste services company. The Company provides resource management services to residential, commercial, municipal and industrial customers, primarily in the areas of solid waste collection and disposal, transfer, recycling and organics services. It manages its solid waste operations on a geographic basis through two regional operating segments: Eastern and Western regions, each of which provides a range of solid waste services, and its recycling and commodity brokerage operations through its Recycling segment. Organics services, ancillary operations and industrial services are included in its Other segment. As of January 31, 2017, the Company owned and/or operated 32 solid waste collection operations, 46 transfer stations, 18 recycling facilities, nine Subtitle D landfills, four landfill gas-to-energy facilities and one landfill permitted to accept construction and demolition (C&D) materials.

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