Comparing US Ecology (ECOL) and China Industrial Waste Management (CIWT)

US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) and China Industrial Waste Management (OTCMKTS:CIWT) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability and valuation.

Volatility and Risk

US Ecology has a beta of 0.48, meaning that its share price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, China Industrial Waste Management has a beta of -0.35, meaning that its share price is 135% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.1% of US Ecology shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of US Ecology shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares US Ecology and China Industrial Waste Management’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
US Ecology $504.04 million 2.79 $49.36 million $1.72 37.13
China Industrial Waste Management N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

US Ecology has higher revenue and earnings than China Industrial Waste Management.

Dividends

US Ecology pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. China Industrial Waste Management does not pay a dividend. US Ecology pays out 41.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares US Ecology and China Industrial Waste Management’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
US Ecology 12.30% 15.68% 6.44%
China Industrial Waste Management N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for US Ecology and China Industrial Waste Management, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
US Ecology 2 0 2 0 2.00
China Industrial Waste Management 0 0 0 0 N/A

US Ecology presently has a consensus target price of $68.50, suggesting a potential upside of 7.25%. Given US Ecology’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe US Ecology is more favorable than China Industrial Waste Management.

Summary

US Ecology beats China Industrial Waste Management on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

US Ecology Company Profile

US Ecology, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides environmental services to commercial and government entities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It operates in two segments, Environmental Services; and Field & Industrial Services. The Environmental Services segment offers hazardous material management services, including transportation, recycling, treatment, and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste at its landfill, wastewater, and other treatment facilities. The Field & Industrial Services segment provides packaging and collection of hazardous waste; on-site management, waste characterization, and transportation and disposal of non-hazardous and hazardous waste at customer sites; and excavation, high-pressure cleaning, tank cleaning, decontamination, remediation, transportation, spill cleanup and emergency response, and other services. It serves oil refineries, chemical production plants, steel mills, real estate developers, waste brokers/aggregators serving small manufacturers, and other industrial customers. The company was formerly known as American Ecology Corporation and changed its name to US Ecology, Inc. in February 2010. US Ecology, Inc. was founded in 1952 and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho.

China Industrial Waste Management Company Profile

China Industrial Waste Management, Inc. provides environmental services and solutions in northeastern China. The company collects, stores, treats, disposes, and recycles industrial solid waste through incineration and/or landfill, physical and/or chemical treatment, material processing, packaging, analysis, and storage. It is also involved in the treatment of municipal sewage, as well as sludge resulting from the processing of sewage that is routed from the sewage treatment facilities located in Dalian and surrounding areas. The company operates a sewage treatment facility and a sludge treatment facility in Dalian, as well as provides environmental pollution remediation services to the Dalian municipal government. In addition, it offers environmental protection, technology consultation, pollution treatment, waste management design processing, waste disposal, waste transportation, and onsite waste management services. The company sells its recycled materials, including cupric sulfate, as well as metals and methane derived from sludge treatment to commodity traders and metallurgical companies. China Industrial Waste Management, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is based in Dalian, China.

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