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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Heritage-Crystal Clean and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Heritage-Crystal Clean 0 1 4 0 2.80
Heritage-Crystal Clean Competitors 44 277 585 14 2.62

Heritage-Crystal Clean currently has a consensus target price of $22.80, indicating a potential upside of 24.59%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 10.49%. Given Heritage-Crystal Clean’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Heritage-Crystal Clean is more favorable than its competitors.

Volatility and Risk

Heritage-Crystal Clean has a beta of 2.01, suggesting that its stock price is 101% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Heritage-Crystal Clean’s competitors have a beta of 0.65, suggesting that their average stock price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Heritage-Crystal Clean and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Heritage-Crystal Clean $347.63 million $5.84 million 21.03
Heritage-Crystal Clean Competitors $850.74 million $28.04 million -352.92

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

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 -327.38% -69.91% -12.03%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

55.0% of Heritage-Crystal Clean shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.5% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 14.8% of Heritage-Crystal Clean shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Heritage-Crystal Clean beats its competitors on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

About Heritage-Crystal Clean

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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