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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

94.6% of Stericycle shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.0% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.5% of Stericycle 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, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

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

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Stericycle and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Stericycle $3.56 billion $206.35 million -112.03
Stericycle Competitors $850.65 million $28.19 million 162.73

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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Stericycle and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

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 target price of $75.90, indicating a potential upside of 18.85%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 8.39%. Given Stericycle’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Stericycle is more favorable than its peers.

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 -281.27% -69.54% -14.78%

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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