Quest Resource Holding Corporation. (NASDAQ: QRHC) and Alexco Resource Corp. (NYSE:AXU) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitabiliy.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Quest Resource Holding Corporation. and Alexco Resource Corp., as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Quest Resource Holding Corporation. 0 0 3 0 3.00
Alexco Resource Corp. 0 0 1 0 3.00

Quest Resource Holding Corporation. presently has a consensus price target of $5.33, suggesting a potential upside of 160.16%. Given Quest Resource Holding Corporation.’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Quest Resource Holding Corporation. is more favorable than Alexco Resource Corp..

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Quest Resource Holding Corporation. and Alexco Resource Corp.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Quest Resource Holding Corporation. $180.58 million 0.17 -$2.98 million ($0.52) -3.94
Alexco Resource Corp. $8.42 million 15.54 -$4.51 million N/A N/A

Quest Resource Holding Corporation. has higher revenue and earnings than Alexco Resource Corp..

Profitability

This table compares Quest Resource Holding Corporation. and Alexco Resource Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Quest Resource Holding Corporation. -4.27% -11.38% -7.16%
Alexco Resource Corp. -48.17% -4.10% -3.16%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

11.9% of Quest Resource Holding Corporation. shares are held by institutional investors. 50.2% of Quest Resource Holding Corporation. shares are held by company 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.

Summary

Quest Resource Holding Corporation. beats Alexco Resource Corp. on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Quest Resource Holding Corporation. Company Profile

Quest Resource Holding Corporation (QRHC) provides businesses with one-stop management programs to reuse, recycle and dispose of a range of waste streams and recyclables generated by their businesses and operate social media and online data platforms that contain information and instructions to recycle or properly dispose of household products and materials. The Company’s reuse, recycling and disposal management programs are designed to enable regional and national customers to have a single point of contact for managing a range of waste streams and recyclables. Its directory of local recycling and disposal options provides guidance for the proper recycling or disposal of a range of household products and materials. Its services focuses on the waste streams and recyclables from big box, food chain and other retailers; automotive and fleet providers; hospital and other healthcare facilities, and commercial, industrial, residential and educational properties.

Alexco Resource Corp. Company Profile

Alexco Resource Corp. (Alexco) operates two businesses: a mining business, consisting of mineral exploration and mine development and operation in Canada, located in Yukon Territory, and through its Alexco Environmental Group (AEG), an environmental services business, providing consulting, remediation solutions and project management services in respect of environmental permitting and compliance and site remediation, in Canada and the United States. The Company’s principal mining business activities are being carried out within the Keno Hill Silver District (KHSD) in Yukon Territory. The KHSD project is located near the village of Keno City, approximately 350 kilometers north of Whitehorse, Yukon. The KHSD property comprises the Flame & Moth, Bellekeno and Lucky Queen deposits, as well as the Onek, Bermingham properties and Elsa Tailings properties. It holds various other property interests within KHSD, including Silver King, Husky and McQuesten, and other properties.

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