Head-To-Head Comparison: Sharps Compliance (SMED) & Its Peers

Sharps Compliance (NASDAQ: SMED) is one of 20 public companies in the “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Sharps Compliance to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, dividends, risk and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Sharps Compliance and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sharps Compliance -0.65% -0.98% -0.71%
Sharps Compliance Competitors -280.96% -68.14% -14.45%

Risk and Volatility

Sharps Compliance has a beta of 0.69, suggesting that its stock price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sharps Compliance’s competitors have a beta of 0.72, suggesting that their average stock price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Sharps Compliance and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sharps Compliance 0 0 2 0 3.00
Sharps Compliance Competitors 46 279 586 14 2.61

Sharps Compliance presently has a consensus price target of $7.00, suggesting a potential upside of 75.44%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 8.83%. Given Sharps Compliance’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Sharps Compliance is more favorable than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Sharps Compliance and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Sharps Compliance $38.19 million -$1.29 million -199.50
Sharps Compliance Competitors $850.65 million $28.19 million 162.71

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

25.5% of Sharps Compliance shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.0% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 20.4% of Sharps Compliance shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by company 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.

Summary

Sharps Compliance beats its competitors on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Sharps Compliance

Sharps Compliance Corp. is a provider of waste management services, including medical, pharmaceutical and hazardous. The Company’s solutions include Sharps Recovery System, TakeAway Medication Recovery System, MedSafe, Route-Based Pickup Service, TakeAway Recycle System, ComplianceTRAC, Universal Waste Shipback Systems and Other Solutions. The Company’s solutions facilitate the collection, containment, transportation and treatment of various types of healthcare-related materials, including hypodermic needles, lancets and other devices or objects used to puncture or lacerate the skin, or sharps, hazardous waste and unused consumer dispensed medications and over-the-counter drugs. It assists its customers in determining which of its solution offerings fit for the collection, containment, return transportation and treatment of medical waste, used healthcare materials, pharmaceutical waste, hazardous waste and unused dispensed medications. It provides tracking and reporting tools.

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