Sharps Compliance Corp (NASDAQ: SMED) and Casella Waste Systems (NASDAQ:CWST) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Sharps Compliance Corp and Casella Waste Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sharps Compliance Corp 0 0 2 0 3.00
Casella Waste Systems 0 2 3 0 2.60

Sharps Compliance Corp currently has a consensus target price of $7.50, indicating a potential upside of 51.52%. Casella Waste Systems has a consensus target price of $16.60, indicating a potential downside of 1.25%. Given Sharps Compliance Corp’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Sharps Compliance Corp is more favorable than Casella Waste Systems.

Volatility & Risk

Sharps Compliance Corp has a beta of 0.58, meaning that its share price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Casella Waste Systems has a beta of 0.57, meaning that its share price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

25.0% of Sharps Compliance Corp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.4% of Casella Waste Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 20.3% of Sharps Compliance Corp shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.5% of Casella Waste Systems shares are held 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Sharps Compliance Corp and Casella Waste Systems’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sharps Compliance Corp $38.19 million 2.07 $1.00 million ($0.07) -70.70
Casella Waste Systems $582.75 million 1.21 $112.99 million ($1.40) -12.01

Casella Waste Systems has higher revenue and earnings than Sharps Compliance Corp. Sharps Compliance Corp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Casella Waste Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Sharps Compliance Corp and Casella Waste Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sharps Compliance Corp -3.39% -2.36% -1.68%
Casella Waste Systems -10.01% -60.26% 3.31%

Summary

Sharps Compliance Corp beats Casella Waste Systems on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Sharps Compliance Corp Company Profile

Sharps Compliance Corp. is a provider of waste management services, including medical, pharmaceutical and hazardous. The Company’s solutions include Sharps Recovery System, TakeAway Medication Recovery System, MedSafe, Route-Based Pickup Service, TakeAway Recycle System, ComplianceTRAC, Universal Waste Shipback Systems and Other Solutions. The Company’s solutions facilitate the collection, containment, transportation and treatment of various types of healthcare-related materials, including hypodermic needles, lancets and other devices or objects used to puncture or lacerate the skin, or sharps, hazardous waste and unused consumer dispensed medications and over-the-counter drugs. It assists its customers in determining which of its solution offerings fit for the collection, containment, return transportation and treatment of medical waste, used healthcare materials, pharmaceutical waste, hazardous waste and unused dispensed medications. It provides tracking and reporting tools.

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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