N-Viro International (OTCMKTS:NVIC) and Clean Harbors (NYSE:CLH) are both business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

96.1% of Clean Harbors shares are held by institutional investors. 36.1% of N-Viro International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.7% of Clean Harbors shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares N-Viro International and Clean Harbors’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
N-Viro International $1.19 million 0.03 -$2.27 million N/A N/A
Clean Harbors $2.94 billion 1.27 $100.73 million $0.33 202.67

Clean Harbors has higher revenue and earnings than N-Viro International.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for N-Viro International and Clean Harbors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
N-Viro International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Clean Harbors 1 1 5 0 2.57

Clean Harbors has a consensus target price of $69.00, indicating a potential upside of 3.17%. Given Clean Harbors’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Clean Harbors is more favorable than N-Viro International.

Risk and Volatility

N-Viro International has a beta of 0.13, meaning that its stock price is 87% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Clean Harbors has a beta of 1.01, meaning that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares N-Viro International and Clean Harbors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
N-Viro International N/A N/A N/A
Clean Harbors 4.18% 4.93% 1.55%

Summary

Clean Harbors beats N-Viro International on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

N-Viro International Company Profile

N-Viro International Corporation markets its N-Viro Fuel technology that produces a renewable alternative fuel product out of certain bio-organic wastes. N-Viro Fuel is a patented biomass alternative energy fuel process that produces a product that has physical and chemical characteristics similar to certain coals and is created from municipal biosolids, collectable animal manure, pulp and paper sludge, and other organic wastes. The company owns and licenses the N-Viro Process, a patented technology to treat and recycle wastewater sludges and other bio-organic wastes, utilizing certain alkaline by-products produced by the cement, lime, and other industries, as well as electric utilities. Its N-Viro Process stabilizes and pasteurizes sludge; reduces odors to acceptable levels; neutralizes or immobilizes various constituents; and generates N-Viro Soil, a product that has a granular appearance similar to soil and is used in various agricultural applications. In addition, the company is involved in the distribution and resale of alkaline admixtures. N-Viro International Corporation was founded in 1979 and is based in Toledo, Ohio.

Clean Harbors Company Profile

Clean Harbors, Inc. provides environmental, energy, and industrial services in North America. It operates through Technical Services; Industrial and Field Services; Safety-Kleen; and Oil, Gas and Lodging Services segments. The company's Technical Services segment provides a range of hazardous material management services, including the packaging, collection, transportation, treatment, and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste at its incinerator, landfill, wastewater, and other treatment facilities. Its Industrial and Field Services segment offers industrial and specialty services, such as high-pressure and chemical cleaning, daylighting, production servicing, decoking, pigging, and material processing to refineries, chemical plants, oil sands facilities, pulp and paper mills, and other industrial facilities. This segment also provides environmental cleanup services consisting of tank cleaning, decontamination, remediation, and spill cleanup. The company's Safety-Kleen segment offers parts cleaning, containerized waste, used oil collection, and vacuum services, as well as other environmental services and products, such as degreasers, glass and floor cleaners, hand cleaners, absorbents, windshield washer fluids, mats, and spill kits. This segment also manufactures, formulates, packages, blends, distributes, and markets lubricants. Its Oil, Gas and Lodging Services segment provides surface rental, seismic support, and directional boring services to the energy sector serving oil and gas exploration, and power generation. This segment also offers lodges and remote workforce accommodation facilities, including open lodges, as well as operator and drill camps in Western Canada; and manufactures modular units and wastewater processing plants. The company operates through a network of approximately 465 service locations in 49 states, 9 Canadian provinces, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. Clean Harbors, Inc. was founded in 1980 and is based in Norwell, Massachusetts.

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