Stericycle (NASDAQ: SRCL) is one of 20 public companies in the “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Stericycle to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Stericycle and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stericycle 2 3 6 0 2.36
Stericycle Competitors 46 278 586 14 2.61

Stericycle currently has a consensus target price of $75.90, suggesting a potential upside of 13.39%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 7.97%. Given Stericycle’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Stericycle is more favorable than its peers.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.6% of Stericycle shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.0% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.5% of Stericycle shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Stericycle and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stericycle -0.79% 13.93% 5.61%
Stericycle Competitors -280.96% -68.14% -14.45%

Volatility & Risk

Stericycle has a beta of 0.19, meaning that its share price is 81% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stericycle’s peers have a beta of 0.72, meaning that their average share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Stericycle and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Stericycle $3.56 billion $206.35 million -119.54
Stericycle Competitors $850.65 million $28.19 million 151.71

Stericycle has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Stericycle is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Stericycle beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

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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