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 companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, risk and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

19.1% of Vertex Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.9% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 31.0% of Vertex Energy shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Vertex Energy has a beta of 0.98, indicating that its stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vertex Energy’s rivals have a beta of 0.62, indicating that their average stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Vertex Energy and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vertex Energy 0 1 0 0 2.00
Vertex Energy Competitors 46 281 589 14 2.61

Vertex Energy presently has a consensus price target of $1.00, indicating a potential upside of 20.48%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 10.41%. Given Vertex Energy’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Vertex Energy is more favorable than its rivals.

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 -280.95% -67.99% -14.33%

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Vertex Energy $98.08 million -$3.95 million -1.63
Vertex Energy Competitors $850.65 million $28.19 million 146.79

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

Vertex Energy Company Profile

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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