Financial Survey: Advanced Disposal Services (ADSW) & Sharps Compliance (NASDAQ:SMED)

Sharps Compliance (NASDAQ: SMED) and Advanced Disposal Services (NYSE:ADSW) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

25.5% of Sharps Compliance shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.5% of Advanced Disposal Services shares are held by institutional investors. 20.4% of Sharps Compliance shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of Advanced Disposal Services shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Sharps Compliance and Advanced Disposal Services, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sharps Compliance 0 0 2 0 3.00
Advanced Disposal Services 0 2 6 0 2.75

Sharps Compliance currently has a consensus target price of $7.00, indicating a potential upside of 75.44%. Advanced Disposal Services has a consensus target price of $26.00, indicating a potential upside of 7.57%. Given Sharps Compliance’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Sharps Compliance is more favorable than Advanced Disposal Services.


This table compares Sharps Compliance and Advanced Disposal Services’ 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%
Advanced Disposal Services -1.61% 5.84% 1.41%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Sharps Compliance and Advanced Disposal Services’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sharps Compliance $38.19 million 1.67 -$1.29 million ($0.01) -399.00
Advanced Disposal Services $1.40 billion 1.52 -$30.40 million ($0.28) -86.32

Sharps Compliance has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Advanced Disposal Services. Sharps Compliance is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Advanced Disposal Services, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Sharps Compliance has a beta of 0.68, meaning that its share price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Advanced Disposal Services has a beta of -0.7, meaning that its share price is 170% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Sharps Compliance beats Advanced Disposal Services on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Sharps Compliance Company Profile

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.

Advanced Disposal Services Company Profile

Advanced Disposal Services, Inc. is an integrated provider of non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, recycling and disposal services operating primarily in secondary markets or under exclusive arrangements. The Company’s segments include South, East, Midwest and Corporate. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had its presence in 16 states across the Midwest, South and East regions of the United States, as well as in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, served approximately 2.7 million residential customers and over 200,000 commercial and industrial (C&I) customers through its network of 90 collection operations, 72 transfer stations, 21 owned or operated recycling facilities and 39 owned or operated active landfills. The Company’s vertically integrated environmental services operations can be classified into three lines of business: collection services, disposal services and recycling services. The disposal services include transfer stations and landfills.

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