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

Risk & Volatility

Stericycle has a beta of 0.19, suggesting that its stock price is 81% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stericycle’s rivals have a beta of 0.77, suggesting that their average stock price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

94.6% of Stericycle shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.0% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.5% of Stericycle shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held 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.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Stericycle $3.56 billion $206.35 million -119.54
Stericycle Competitors $850.65 million $28.19 million 164.03

Stericycle has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Stericycle 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Stericycle and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stericycle 2 3 6 0 2.36
Stericycle Competitors 44 278 586 14 2.62

Stericycle currently has a consensus price target of $75.90, indicating a potential upside of 13.39%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 7.71%. Given Stericycle’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Stericycle is more favorable than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Stericycle and its rivals’ 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 -280.96% -68.14% -14.45%

Summary

Stericycle beats its rivals on 7 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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