Nuverra Environmental Solutions (NYSE: NES) and Darling Ingredients (NYSE:DAR) are both industrial goods companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, earnings, dividends and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Nuverra Environmental Solutions and Darling Ingredients’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nuverra Environmental Solutions N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Darling Ingredients $3.50 billion 0.75 $442.53 million $0.65 24.46

Darling Ingredients has higher revenue and earnings than Nuverra Environmental Solutions.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Nuverra Environmental Solutions and Darling Ingredients, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nuverra Environmental Solutions 0 0 0 0 N/A
Darling Ingredients 0 0 6 0 3.00

Darling Ingredients has a consensus price target of $18.00, suggesting a potential upside of 13.21%. Given Darling Ingredients’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Darling Ingredients is more favorable than Nuverra Environmental Solutions.


This table compares Nuverra Environmental Solutions and Darling Ingredients’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nuverra Environmental Solutions N/A N/A N/A
Darling Ingredients 3.06% 5.15% 2.24%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

96.0% of Darling Ingredients shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Darling Ingredients shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Darling Ingredients beats Nuverra Environmental Solutions on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Nuverra Environmental Solutions

Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc. (Nuverra) provides environmental solutions to customers focused on the development and production of oil and natural gas from shale formations. The Company’s environmental solutions include delivery, collection, treatment, recycling, disposal of water, wastewater, waste fluids, hydrocarbons, and restricted solids that are part of the drilling, completion, and production of shale oil and natural gas. The Company operates through three segments, which include the Northeast division comprising the Marcellus and Utica Shale areas; the Southern division comprising the Haynesville, Eagle Ford and Permian Basin Shale areas, and the Rocky Mountain division comprising the Bakken Shale area. Nuverra operates in select shale areas in the United States, including oil shale areas consisting of the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Permian Shale areas, and natural gas shale areas in Haynesville, Marcellus and Utica.

About Darling Ingredients

Darling Ingredients Inc. (Darling) is a developer and producer of sustainable natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients, creating a range of ingredients and customized specialty solutions for customers in the pharmaceutical, food, pet food, feed, industrial, fuel, bioenergy and fertilizer industries. The Company operates through three segments: Feed Ingredients, Food Ingredients and Fuel Ingredients. The Company collects and transforms all aspects of animal by-product streams into useable and specialty ingredients, such as gelatin, edible fats, feed-grade fats, animal proteins and meals, plasma, pet food ingredients, organic fertilizers, yellow grease, fuel feedstocks, green energy, natural casings and hides. In addition, the Company provides grease trap services to food service establishments, environmental services to food processors and sells restaurant cooking oil delivery and collection equipment.

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