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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

94.2% of Stericycle shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.5% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.3% of Stericycle shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held 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.

Profitability

This table compares Stericycle and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stericycle -0.79% 13.93% 5.61%
Stericycle Competitors -327.38% -69.78% -11.95%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Stericycle and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stericycle 2 3 6 0 2.36
Stericycle Competitors 44 277 585 14 2.62

Stericycle presently has a consensus price target of $75.90, indicating a potential upside of 20.94%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 9.77%. Given Stericycle’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Stericycle is more favorable than its peers.

Volatility & Risk

Stericycle has a beta of 0.19, suggesting that its share price is 81% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stericycle’s peers have a beta of 0.64, suggesting that their average share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Stericycle and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Stericycle $3.56 billion $206.35 million -110.10
Stericycle Competitors $850.65 million $28.04 million -385.23

Stericycle has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Stericycle is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Stericycle beats its peers on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

Stericycle Company Profile

Stericycle, Inc. is a business-to-business services provider. The Company focuses on regulated and compliance solutions for healthcare, retail, and commercial businesses. The Company’s segments include Domestic and Canada Regulated Waste and Compliance Services (RCS), Domestic Communication and Related Services (CRS), International RCS and All other. The Domestic and Canada RCS and International RCS segments include medical waste disposal, pharmaceutical waste disposal, hazardous waste management, sustainability solutions for expired or unused inventory, secure information destruction of documents and e-media, training and consulting through its Steri-Safe and Clinical Services programs, and other regulatory compliance services. The Domestic CRS segment consists of inbound/outbound communication, automated patient reminders, online scheduling, notifications, product retrievals, product returns and quality audits.

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