Heritage-Crystal Clean (NASDAQ:HCCI) versus Its Competitors Head to Head Review

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

Profitability

This table compares Heritage-Crystal Clean and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Heritage-Crystal Clean 5.56% 6.76% 4.73%
Heritage-Crystal Clean Competitors -280.96% -68.14% -14.45%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

58.6% of Heritage-Crystal Clean shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.0% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 14.8% of Heritage-Crystal Clean shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Heritage-Crystal Clean has a beta of 1.96, meaning that its stock price is 96% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Heritage-Crystal Clean’s rivals have a beta of 0.62, meaning that their average stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Heritage-Crystal Clean and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Heritage-Crystal Clean 0 1 4 0 2.80
Heritage-Crystal Clean Competitors 46 280 586 14 2.61

Heritage-Crystal Clean presently has a consensus target price of $22.80, indicating a potential upside of 17.22%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 10.17%. Given Heritage-Crystal Clean’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Heritage-Crystal Clean is more favorable than its rivals.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Heritage-Crystal Clean and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Heritage-Crystal Clean $347.63 million $5.84 million 22.62
Heritage-Crystal Clean Competitors $850.65 million $28.19 million 144.16

Heritage-Crystal Clean’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Heritage-Crystal Clean. Heritage-Crystal Clean 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.

Summary

Heritage-Crystal Clean beats its rivals on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

About Heritage-Crystal Clean

Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. provides full-service parts cleaning, containerized waste management, used oil collection, vacuum truck services and antifreeze recycling. The Company owns and operates a used oil re-refinery. The Company operates through two segments: Environmental Services and Oil Business. The Company provides hazardous and non-hazardous waste services to small and mid-sized customers in both the manufacturing and vehicle maintenance sectors. The Environmental Services segment consists of the Company’s parts cleaning, containerized waste management, vacuum truck services, used antifreeze recycling activities and field services. The Oil Business segment consists of used oil collection activities, sale of recycled fuel oil, re-refining activities, and oil filter removal and disposal services. Through its re-refining process, the Company recycles used oil into lubricant base oil and by-products, and it is a supplier to firms that produce and market finished lubricants.

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