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

Volatility and Risk

Vertex Energy has a beta of 0.84, indicating that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vertex Energy’s rivals have a beta of 0.64, indicating that their average stock price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

14.6% of Vertex Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.2% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 31.0% of Vertex Energy 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 is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Vertex Energy and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Vertex Energy $98.08 million -$3.95 million -1.76
Vertex Energy Competitors $850.65 million $28.19 million 170.23

Vertex Energy’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Vertex Energy. Vertex Energy 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.

Profitability

This table compares Vertex Energy and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vertex Energy -7.73% -30.22% -12.58%
Vertex Energy Competitors -281.27% -69.54% -14.78%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Vertex Energy and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vertex Energy 0 1 0 0 2.00
Vertex Energy Competitors 44 279 586 14 2.62

Vertex Energy presently has a consensus target price of $1.00, indicating a potential upside of 11.11%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 7.91%. Given Vertex Energy’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Vertex Energy is more favorable than its rivals.

About Vertex Energy

Vertex Energy, Inc. is an environmental services company that recycles industrial waste streams and off-specification commercial chemical products. The Company focuses on recycling used motor oil and other petroleum by-products. The Company’s segments include the Black Oil, Refining and Marketing, and Recovery divisions. The Company’s product categories include Used Motor Oil, Fuel Oil, pyrolysis gasoline (Pygas), Gasoline Blendstock and Base Oil. The Black Oil division is engaged in operations across the used motor oil recycling value chain, including collection, aggregation, transportation, storage, refinement and sales of aggregated feedstock and re-refined products to end users. The Refining and Marketing division is engaged in the aggregation of feedstock, re-refining it into end products, and selling these products to customers. The Recovery division is a provider of generator solutions for the recovery and management of hydrocarbon streams.

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