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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

96.5% of Advanced Disposal Services shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.9% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of Advanced Disposal Services 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 hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Advanced Disposal Services and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Advanced Disposal Services 0 2 6 0 2.75
Advanced Disposal Services Competitors 46 281 589 14 2.61

Advanced Disposal Services presently has a consensus target price of $26.00, indicating a potential upside of 14.24%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 9.66%. Given Advanced Disposal Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Advanced Disposal Services is more favorable than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Advanced Disposal Services and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Advanced Disposal Services -1.61% 5.84% 1.41%
Advanced Disposal Services Competitors -280.69% -68.67% -14.67%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Advanced Disposal Services and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Advanced Disposal Services $1.40 billion -$30.40 million -81.29
Advanced Disposal Services Competitors $850.65 million $28.19 million 159.55

Advanced Disposal Services has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its rivals. Advanced Disposal Services 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.

Summary

Advanced Disposal Services beats its rivals on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About Advanced Disposal Services

Advanced Disposal Services, Inc. is an integrated provider of non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, recycling and disposal services operating primarily in secondary markets or under exclusive arrangements. The Company’s segments include South, East, Midwest and Corporate. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had its presence in 16 states across the Midwest, South and East regions of the United States, as well as in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, served approximately 2.7 million residential customers and over 200,000 commercial and industrial (C&I) customers through its network of 90 collection operations, 72 transfer stations, 21 owned or operated recycling facilities and 39 owned or operated active landfills. The Company’s vertically integrated environmental services operations can be classified into three lines of business: collection services, disposal services and recycling services. The disposal services include transfer stations and landfills.

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