Republic Services (NYSE:RSG) and Alanco Technologies (OTCMKTS:ALAN) are both business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Republic Services and Alanco Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Republic Services $10.04 billion 2.42 $1.28 billion $2.43 30.76
Alanco Technologies $190,000.00 0.30 -$1.59 million N/A N/A

Republic Services has higher revenue and earnings than Alanco Technologies.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Republic Services and Alanco Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Republic Services 0 5 3 0 2.38
Alanco Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Republic Services presently has a consensus target price of $73.50, suggesting a potential downside of 1.66%. Given Republic Services’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Republic Services is more favorable than Alanco Technologies.

Risk & Volatility

Republic Services has a beta of 0.54, meaning that its stock price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alanco Technologies has a beta of 2.27, meaning that its stock price is 127% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

60.9% of Republic Services shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of Republic Services shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 16.4% of Alanco Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Republic Services and Alanco Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Republic Services 13.90% 12.11% 4.52%
Alanco Technologies N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Republic Services pays an annual dividend of $1.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Alanco Technologies does not pay a dividend. Republic Services pays out 61.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Republic Services has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Summary

Republic Services beats Alanco Technologies on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Republic Services Company Profile

Republic Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, recycling, disposal, and energy services for small-container, large-container, municipal and residential, and energy services customers in the United States and Puerto Rico. The company's collection services include curbside collection of waste for transport to transfer stations; supply of waste containers; and renting of compactors. It is also involved in the processing and sale of old corrugated containers, old newsprint, aluminum, glass, and other materials; temporary waste collection services; and provision of landfill services. As of December 31, 2017, the company operated through 343 collection operations, 204 transfer stations, 195 active landfills, 90 recycling centers, and 11 salt water disposal wells, as well as 7 treatment, recovery, and disposal facilities in 40 states and Puerto Rico. It also operated 68 landfill gas and renewable energy projects and had 124 closed landfills. The company was founded in 1996 and is based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Alanco Technologies Company Profile

Alanco Technologies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the treatment and disposal of produced water generated as a byproduct from oil and natural gas producers in Western Colorado. It is also involved in oil reclamation activities. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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