Vertex Energy (NASDAQ: VTNR) is one of 20 publicly-traded 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 related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk and profitability.

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%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

19.1% of Vertex Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.0% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 31.0% of Vertex Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Vertex Energy and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vertex Energy 0 1 0 0 2.00
Vertex Energy Competitors 46 280 586 14 2.61

Vertex Energy presently has a consensus price target of $1.00, suggesting a potential upside of 13.64%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 9.36%. Given Vertex Energy’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Vertex Energy is more favorable than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Vertex Energy and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Vertex Energy $98.08 million -$3.95 million -1.73
Vertex Energy Competitors $850.65 million $28.19 million 162.18

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.

Risk & Volatility

Vertex Energy has a beta of 0.98, meaning that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vertex Energy’s peers have a beta of 0.71, meaning that their average share price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Vertex Energy Company Profile

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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