Reviewing Casella Waste Systems (CWST) & The Competition

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

79.3% of Casella Waste Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.0% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.5% of Casella Waste Systems shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Casella Waste Systems and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Casella Waste Systems -9.09% -56.99% 4.28%
Casella Waste Systems Competitors -280.96% -68.14% -14.45%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Casella Waste Systems and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Casella Waste Systems $565.03 million -$6.84 million -16.19
Casella Waste Systems Competitors $850.65 million $28.19 million 158.31

Casella Waste Systems’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Casella Waste Systems. Casella Waste Systems 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Casella Waste Systems and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Casella Waste Systems 0 3 2 0 2.40
Casella Waste Systems Competitors 46 280 586 14 2.61

Casella Waste Systems currently has a consensus target price of $16.60, suggesting a potential downside of 21.14%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 11.45%. Given Casella Waste Systems’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Casella Waste Systems has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Volatility & Risk

Casella Waste Systems has a beta of 0.73, meaning that its share price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Casella Waste Systems’ competitors have a beta of 0.62, meaning that their average share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Casella Waste Systems competitors beat Casella Waste Systems on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Casella Waste Systems

Casella Waste Systems, Inc. is a solid waste services company. The Company provides resource management services to residential, commercial, municipal and industrial customers, primarily in the areas of solid waste collection and disposal, transfer, recycling and organics services. It manages its solid waste operations on a geographic basis through two regional operating segments: Eastern and Western regions, each of which provides a range of solid waste services, and its recycling and commodity brokerage operations through its Recycling segment. Organics services, ancillary operations and industrial services are included in its Other segment. As of January 31, 2017, the Company owned and/or operated 32 solid waste collection operations, 46 transfer stations, 18 recycling facilities, nine Subtitle D landfills, four landfill gas-to-energy facilities and one landfill permitted to accept construction and demolition (C&D) materials.

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