Vertex Energy (NASDAQ: VTNR) is one of 20 publicly-traded companies in the “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Vertex Energy to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Vertex Energy and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vertex Energy -7.73% -30.22% -12.58%
Vertex Energy Competitors -327.38% -69.91% -12.03%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Vertex Energy and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vertex Energy 0 1 0 0 2.00
Vertex Energy Competitors 44 277 585 14 2.62

Vertex Energy presently has a consensus price target of $1.00, indicating a potential upside of 10.50%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 10.91%. Given Vertex Energy’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Vertex Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Vertex Energy and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Vertex Energy $98.08 million -$3.95 million -1.77
Vertex Energy Competitors $850.74 million $28.04 million -352.92

Vertex Energy’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Vertex Energy. Vertex Energy is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

Vertex Energy has a beta of 0.84, meaning that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vertex Energy’s rivals have a beta of 0.65, meaning that their average stock price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

15.7% of Vertex Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.5% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 31.0% of Vertex Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Vertex Energy rivals beat Vertex Energy on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About Vertex Energy

Vertex Energy, Inc. is an environmental services company that recycles industrial waste streams and off-specification commercial chemical products. The Company focuses on recycling used motor oil and other petroleum by-products. The Company’s segments include the Black Oil, Refining and Marketing, and Recovery divisions. The Company’s product categories include Used Motor Oil, Fuel Oil, pyrolysis gasoline (Pygas), Gasoline Blendstock and Base Oil. The Black Oil division is engaged in operations across the used motor oil recycling value chain, including collection, aggregation, transportation, storage, refinement and sales of aggregated feedstock and re-refined products to end users. The Refining and Marketing division is engaged in the aggregation of feedstock, re-refining it into end products, and selling these products to customers. The Recovery division is a provider of generator solutions for the recovery and management of hydrocarbon streams.

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