Sharps Compliance Corp (NASDAQ: SMED) and Perma-Fix Environmental Services (NASDAQ:PESI) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Risk & Volatility

Sharps Compliance Corp has a beta of 0.58, indicating that its share price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Perma-Fix Environmental Services has a beta of 0.86, indicating that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Sharps Compliance Corp and Perma-Fix Environmental Services, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sharps Compliance Corp 0 0 2 0 3.00
Perma-Fix Environmental Services 0 0 0 0 N/A

Sharps Compliance Corp presently has a consensus target price of $7.50, suggesting a potential upside of 48.51%. Given Sharps Compliance Corp’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Sharps Compliance Corp is more favorable than Perma-Fix Environmental Services.

Profitability

This table compares Sharps Compliance Corp and Perma-Fix Environmental Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sharps Compliance Corp -3.39% -2.36% -1.68%
Perma-Fix Environmental Services -6.23% -8.74% -4.12%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

25.0% of Sharps Compliance Corp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 26.0% of Perma-Fix Environmental Services shares are held by institutional investors. 20.3% of Sharps Compliance Corp shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.2% of Perma-Fix Environmental Services shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Sharps Compliance Corp and Perma-Fix Environmental Services’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sharps Compliance Corp $38.19 million 2.12 $1.00 million ($0.07) -72.13
Perma-Fix Environmental Services $51.79 million 0.78 $2.12 million ($0.27) -12.78

Perma-Fix Environmental Services has higher revenue and earnings than Sharps Compliance Corp. Sharps Compliance Corp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Perma-Fix Environmental Services, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Sharps Compliance Corp beats Perma-Fix Environmental Services on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Sharps Compliance Corp Company Profile

Sharps Compliance Corp. is a provider of waste management services, including medical, pharmaceutical and hazardous. The Company’s solutions include Sharps Recovery System, TakeAway Medication Recovery System, MedSafe, Route-Based Pickup Service, TakeAway Recycle System, ComplianceTRAC, Universal Waste Shipback Systems and Other Solutions. The Company’s solutions facilitate the collection, containment, transportation and treatment of various types of healthcare-related materials, including hypodermic needles, lancets and other devices or objects used to puncture or lacerate the skin, or sharps, hazardous waste and unused consumer dispensed medications and over-the-counter drugs. It assists its customers in determining which of its solution offerings fit for the collection, containment, return transportation and treatment of medical waste, used healthcare materials, pharmaceutical waste, hazardous waste and unused dispensed medications. It provides tracking and reporting tools.

Perma-Fix Environmental Services Company Profile

Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. is an environmental and environmental technology know-how company. It operates in three segments: The Treatment Segment (Treatment), the Services Segment (Services) and the Medical Segment (Medical). Treatment includes nuclear, low-level radioactive, mixed (waste containing both hazardous and low-level radioactive waste), hazardous and non-hazardous waste treatment, processing and disposal services primarily through approximately four licensed and permitted treatment and storage facilities held by its subsidiaries. Services include on-site waste management services to commercial and government customers, technical services and nuclear services. The Medical segment includes research and development (R&D) of a new medical isotope production technology by its Polish subsidiary, Perma-Fix Medical S.A. (PF Medical). Its Treatment and Services provide services to research institutions, commercial companies, public utilities and governmental agencies.

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