Head-To-Head Review: Heritage-Crystal Clean (HCCI) versus Stericycle (SRCL)
Heritage-Crystal Clean (NASDAQ: HCCI) and Stericycle (NASDAQ:SRCL) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.
Risk and Volatility
Heritage-Crystal Clean has a beta of 2.09, meaning that its share price is 109% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stericycle has a beta of 0.15, meaning that its share price is 85% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
55.1% of Heritage-Crystal Clean shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.7% of Stericycle shares are owned by institutional investors. 14.8% of Heritage-Crystal Clean shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.3% of Stericycle shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Heritage-Crystal Clean and Stericycle, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Heritage-Crystal Clean currently has a consensus price target of $20.40, indicating a potential downside of 0.49%. Stericycle has a consensus price target of $80.83, indicating a potential upside of 15.05%. Given Stericycle’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Stericycle is more favorable than Heritage-Crystal Clean.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Heritage-Crystal Clean and Stericycle’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Heritage-Crystal Clean||$355.46 million||1.30||$41.31 million||$0.76||26.97|
|Stericycle||$3.61 billion||1.66||$777.58 million||($0.26)||-270.23|
Stericycle has higher revenue and earnings than Heritage-Crystal Clean. Stericycle is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Heritage-Crystal Clean, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares Heritage-Crystal Clean and Stericycle’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Stericycle beats Heritage-Crystal Clean on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
Heritage-Crystal Clean Company Profile
Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. provides full-service parts cleaning, containerized waste management, used oil collection, vacuum truck services and antifreeze recycling. The Company owns and operates a used oil re-refinery. The Company operates through two segments: Environmental Services and Oil Business. The Company provides hazardous and non-hazardous waste services to small and mid-sized customers in both the manufacturing and vehicle maintenance sectors. The Environmental Services segment consists of the Company’s parts cleaning, containerized waste management, vacuum truck services, used antifreeze recycling activities and field services. The Oil Business segment consists of used oil collection activities, sale of recycled fuel oil, re-refining activities, and oil filter removal and disposal services. Through its re-refining process, the Company recycles used oil into lubricant base oil and by-products, and it is a supplier to firms that produce and market finished lubricants.
Stericycle Company Profile
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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