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

Volatility & Risk

Vertex Energy has a beta of 0.97, suggesting that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vertex Energy’s peers have a beta of 0.72, suggesting that their average share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vertex Energy -7.73% -30.22% -12.58%
Vertex Energy Competitors -280.96% -68.14% -14.45%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Vertex Energy and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Vertex Energy $98.08 million -$3.95 million -1.82
Vertex Energy Competitors $850.65 million $28.19 million 151.71

Vertex Energy’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Vertex Energy. Vertex Energy 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Vertex Energy and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vertex Energy 0 1 0 0 2.00
Vertex Energy Competitors 46 278 586 14 2.61

Vertex Energy presently has a consensus target price of $1.00, suggesting a potential upside of 7.53%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 8.55%. Given Vertex Energy’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Vertex Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

19.1% of Vertex Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.0% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 31.0% of Vertex Energy 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, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Vertex Energy peers beat Vertex Energy on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Vertex Energy

Vertex Energy, Inc. is an environmental services company that recycles industrial waste streams and off-specification commercial chemical products. The Company focuses on recycling used motor oil and other petroleum by-products. The Company’s segments include the Black Oil, Refining and Marketing, and Recovery divisions. The Company’s product categories include Used Motor Oil, Fuel Oil, pyrolysis gasoline (Pygas), Gasoline Blendstock and Base Oil. The Black Oil division is engaged in operations across the used motor oil recycling value chain, including collection, aggregation, transportation, storage, refinement and sales of aggregated feedstock and re-refined products to end users. The Refining and Marketing division is engaged in the aggregation of feedstock, re-refining it into end products, and selling these products to customers. The Recovery division is a provider of generator solutions for the recovery and management of hydrocarbon streams.

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