Casella Waste Systems (NASDAQ: CWST) is one of 20 public companies in the “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Casella Waste Systems to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and dividends.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Casella Waste Systems and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Casella Waste Systems||$565.03 million||-$6.84 million||-16.22|
|Casella Waste Systems Competitors||$850.65 million||$28.19 million||151.72|
Risk and Volatility
Casella Waste Systems has a beta of 0.72, suggesting that its stock price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Casella Waste Systems’ competitors have a beta of 0.71, suggesting that their average stock price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Casella Waste Systems and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Casella Waste Systems||-9.09%||-56.99%||4.28%|
|Casella Waste Systems Competitors||-280.96%||-68.14%||-14.45%|
Institutional and Insider Ownership
79.3% of Casella Waste Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.0% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 11.5% of Casella Waste Systems 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 endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Casella Waste Systems and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Casella Waste Systems||0||3||2||0||2.40|
|Casella Waste Systems Competitors||46||278||586||14||2.61|
Casella Waste Systems presently has a consensus target price of $16.60, suggesting a potential downside of 21.25%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 9.59%. Given Casella Waste Systems’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Casella Waste Systems has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.
Casella Waste Systems competitors beat Casella Waste Systems on 8 of the 13 factors compared.
About Casella Waste Systems
Casella Waste Systems, Inc. is a solid waste services company. The Company provides resource management services to residential, commercial, municipal and industrial customers, primarily in the areas of solid waste collection and disposal, transfer, recycling and organics services. It manages its solid waste operations on a geographic basis through two regional operating segments: Eastern and Western regions, each of which provides a range of solid waste services, and its recycling and commodity brokerage operations through its Recycling segment. Organics services, ancillary operations and industrial services are included in its Other segment. As of January 31, 2017, the Company owned and/or operated 32 solid waste collection operations, 46 transfer stations, 18 recycling facilities, nine Subtitle D landfills, four landfill gas-to-energy facilities and one landfill permitted to accept construction and demolition (C&D) materials.
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