Vertex Energy (NASDAQ: VTNR) 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 Vertex Energy to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Vertex Energy and its competitors’ 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 -280.96% -68.14% -14.45%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

19.1% of Vertex Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.0% 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, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Vertex Energy and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Vertex Energy $98.08 million -$3.95 million -1.82
Vertex Energy Competitors $850.65 million $28.19 million 153.27

Vertex Energy’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Vertex Energy. Vertex Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Vertex Energy and its competitors, as reported 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 46 278 586 14 2.61

Vertex Energy currently has a consensus price target of $1.00, suggesting a potential upside of 7.53%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 8.31%. Given Vertex Energy’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Vertex Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Risk & Volatility

Vertex Energy has a beta of 0.97, suggesting that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vertex Energy’s competitors have a beta of 0.62, suggesting that their average share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Vertex Energy competitors beat Vertex Energy on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Vertex Energy Company Profile

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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