Advanced Disposal Services (NASDAQ: ADSW) and US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) are both industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Advanced Disposal Services and US Ecology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Advanced Disposal Services -0.05% -0.10% -0.02%
US Ecology 5.86% 11.37% 4.11%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.8% of US Ecology shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of US Ecology shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

US Ecology pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Advanced Disposal Services does not pay a dividend. US Ecology pays out 56.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Advanced Disposal Services and US Ecology, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Advanced Disposal Services 0 2 8 0 2.80
US Ecology 1 1 2 0 2.25

Advanced Disposal Services presently has a consensus target price of $25.22, suggesting a potential upside of 9.95%. US Ecology has a consensus target price of $53.75, suggesting a potential upside of 16.34%. Given US Ecology’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe US Ecology is more favorable than Advanced Disposal Services.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Advanced Disposal Services and US Ecology’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Advanced Disposal Services $1.44 billion 1.41 $394.80 million N/A N/A
US Ecology $478.29 million 2.11 $106.70 million $1.28 36.09

Advanced Disposal Services has higher revenue and earnings than US Ecology.

Summary

US Ecology beats Advanced Disposal Services on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Advanced Disposal Services Company Profile

Advanced Disposal Services, Inc. is an integrated provider of non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, recycling and disposal services operating primarily in secondary markets or under exclusive arrangements. The Company’s segments include South, East, Midwest and Corporate. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had its presence in 16 states across the Midwest, South and East regions of the United States, as well as in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, served approximately 2.7 million residential customers and over 200,000 commercial and industrial (C&I) customers through its network of 90 collection operations, 72 transfer stations, 21 owned or operated recycling facilities and 39 owned or operated active landfills. The Company’s vertically integrated environmental services operations can be classified into three lines of business: collection services, disposal services and recycling services. The disposal services include transfer stations and landfills.

US Ecology Company Profile

US Ecology, Inc. is a provider of environmental services to commercial and government entities. The Company offers treatment, disposal and recycling of hazardous, non-hazardous and radioactive waste, as well as a range of field and industrial services. The Company operates in two business segments: Environmental Services, and Field & Industrial Services. Its Environmental Services segment provides a range of hazardous material management services, including transportation, recycling, treatment and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste at Company-owned landfill, wastewater and other treatment facilities. The Company’s Field & Industrial Services segment provides packaging and collection of hazardous waste and total waste management solutions at customer sites and through its transfer facilities. Its services include on-site management, waste characterization, transportation and disposal of non-hazardous and hazardous waste.

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