Harsco (NYSE:HSC) and CRYO-CELL International (OTCMKTS:CCEL) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

Harsco has a beta of 2.27, suggesting that its share price is 127% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CRYO-CELL International has a beta of -0.25, suggesting that its share price is 125% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Harsco and CRYO-CELL International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Harsco 0 0 3 0 3.00
CRYO-CELL International 0 0 0 0 N/A

Harsco presently has a consensus target price of $26.67, indicating a potential upside of 277.18%. Given Harsco’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Harsco is more favorable than CRYO-CELL International.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Harsco and CRYO-CELL International’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Harsco $1.50 billion 0.37 $503.92 million $0.90 7.86
CRYO-CELL International $31.80 million 1.59 $2.29 million N/A N/A

Harsco has higher revenue and earnings than CRYO-CELL International.

Profitability

This table compares Harsco and CRYO-CELL International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Harsco 31.08% 14.30% 3.46%
CRYO-CELL International 7.24% -35.27% 6.31%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

91.7% of Harsco shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.8% of Harsco shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 54.0% of CRYO-CELL International shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Harsco beats CRYO-CELL International on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Harsco

Harsco Corporation provides industrial services and engineered products worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Harsco Metals & Minerals, Harsco Industrial, and Harsco Rail. The Harsco Metals & Minerals segment provides on-site services of material logistics, product quality improvement, and resource recovery for iron, steel, and metals manufacturing; and value added environmental solutions for industrial co-products, as well as produces industrial abrasives and roofing granules. The Harsco Industrial segment manufactures and supplies custom-engineered and manufactured air-cooled heat exchangers for the natural gas, natural gas processing, and petrochemical industries; industrial grating products, such as metal bar grating configurations for industrial flooring, and safety and security applications in the energy, paper, chemical, refining, and processing industries. It also offers heat transfer products, such as boilers and water heaters for commercial and institutional applications; and high-security fencing products. The Harsco Rail segment designs and manufactures safety systems for transportation and industrial applications; and equipment, after-market parts, and services for the maintenance, repair, and construction of railway track. It serves private and government-owned railroads, and urban mass transit systems. Harsco Corporation was founded in 1853 and is headquartered in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

About CRYO-CELL International

Cryo-Cell International, Inc. engages in the cellular processing and cryogenic cellular storage with a focus on the collection and preservation of umbilical cord blood stem cells for family use. It provides cord tissue service that stores a section of the umbilical cord tissue, a source of mesenchymal stem cells that are used in regenerative medicine to treat a range of conditions, including heart, kidney, ALS, wound healing, and auto-immune diseases. The company also manufactures and sells PrepaCyte CB processing system, a technology used to process umbilical cord blood stem cells. It stores approximately 500,000 cord blood and cord tissue specimens worldwide. The company markets its cord blood stem cell preservation services directly to expectant parents, as well as by distributing information through obstetricians, pediatricians, childbirth educators, certified nurse-midwives, and other related healthcare professionals. Cryo-Cell International, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Oldsmar, Florida.

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