Perma-Fix Environmental Services (NASDAQ: PESI) and Casella Waste Systems (NASDAQ:CWST) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

26.0% of Perma-Fix Environmental Services shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.4% of Casella Waste Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.2% of Perma-Fix Environmental Services shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.5% of Casella Waste Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Perma-Fix Environmental Services has a beta of 0.89, indicating that its share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Casella Waste Systems has a beta of 0.59, indicating that its share price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Perma-Fix Environmental Services and Casella Waste Systems’ 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%
Casella Waste Systems -10.01% -60.26% 3.31%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Perma-Fix Environmental Services and Casella Waste Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Perma-Fix Environmental Services 0 0 0 0 N/A
Casella Waste Systems 0 2 3 0 2.60

Casella Waste Systems has a consensus price target of $16.60, suggesting a potential downside of 8.79%. Given Casella Waste Systems’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Casella Waste Systems is more favorable than Perma-Fix Environmental Services.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Perma-Fix Environmental Services and Casella Waste Systems’ top-line 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 0.88 $2.12 million ($0.27) -14.44
Casella Waste Systems $582.75 million 1.31 $112.99 million ($1.40) -13.00

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

Summary

Casella Waste Systems beats Perma-Fix Environmental Services on 8 of the 12 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 Casella Waste Systems

Casella Waste Systems, Inc. is a solid waste services company. The Company provides resource management services to residential, commercial, municipal and industrial customers, primarily in the areas of solid waste collection and disposal, transfer, recycling and organics services. It manages its solid waste operations on a geographic basis through two regional operating segments: Eastern and Western regions, each of which provides a range of solid waste services, and its recycling and commodity brokerage operations through its Recycling segment. Organics services, ancillary operations and industrial services are included in its Other segment. As of January 31, 2017, the Company owned and/or operated 32 solid waste collection operations, 46 transfer stations, 18 recycling facilities, nine Subtitle D landfills, four landfill gas-to-energy facilities and one landfill permitted to accept construction and demolition (C&D) materials.

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