Perma-Fix Environmental Services (NASDAQ: PESI) and Advanced Disposal Services (NASDAQ:ADSW) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, risk, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Perma-Fix Environmental Services and Advanced Disposal Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Perma-Fix Environmental Services -6.23% -8.74% -4.12%
Advanced Disposal Services -0.05% -0.10% -0.02%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Perma-Fix Environmental Services and Advanced Disposal Services, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Perma-Fix Environmental Services 0 0 0 0 N/A
Advanced Disposal Services 0 2 8 0 2.80

Advanced Disposal Services has a consensus price target of $25.22, indicating a potential upside of 0.81%. Given Advanced Disposal Services’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Advanced Disposal Services is more favorable than Perma-Fix Environmental Services.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

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

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Perma-Fix Environmental Services and Advanced Disposal Services’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Perma-Fix Environmental Services $51.79 million 0.89 $2.12 million ($0.27) -14.63
Advanced Disposal Services $1.44 billion 1.54 $394.80 million N/A N/A

Advanced Disposal Services has higher revenue and earnings than Perma-Fix Environmental Services.

Summary

Advanced Disposal Services beats Perma-Fix Environmental Services on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Perma-Fix Environmental Services

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.

About Advanced Disposal Services

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.

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