Contrasting Quest Resource (QRHC) and Its Peers

Quest Resource (NASDAQ: QRHC) is one of 16 publicly-traded companies in the “Equipment rental & leasing, not elsewhere classified” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Quest Resource to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Quest Resource and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Quest Resource 0 0 1 0 3.00
Quest Resource Competitors 80 393 630 50 2.56

Quest Resource presently has a consensus target price of $5.00, suggesting a potential upside of 167.38%. As a group, “Equipment rental & leasing, not elsewhere classified” companies have a potential upside of 16.86%. Given Quest Resource’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Quest Resource is more favorable than its competitors.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Quest Resource and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Quest Resource $138.35 million -$8.04 million -4.92
Quest Resource Competitors $1.49 billion $246.69 million 0.08

Quest Resource’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Quest Resource. Quest Resource 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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

12.1% of Quest Resource shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.4% of shares of all “Equipment rental & leasing, not elsewhere classified” companies are held by institutional investors. 50.2% of Quest Resource shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.3% of shares of all “Equipment rental & leasing, not elsewhere classified” companies are held by 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.

Risk & Volatility

Quest Resource has a beta of 2.8, meaning that its share price is 180% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Quest Resource’s competitors have a beta of 1.87, meaning that their average share price is 87% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Quest Resource and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Quest Resource -3.47% -8.57% -5.56%
Quest Resource Competitors -3.02% -3.36% -3.31%

Summary

Quest Resource competitors beat Quest Resource on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

Quest Resource Company Profile

Quest Resource Holding Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides management programs to reuse, recycle, and dispose various waste streams and recyclables in the United States. The company offers recycling and waste management services for motor oil, oil filters, scrap tires, grease and cooking oil, food waste, and expired food products; and various other materials, such as glass, cardboard, paper, and metal, as well as hazardous materials, plastics, construction debris, batteries, mercury, lights, regulated waste, electronic devices, and industrial cleaning products. It also provides landfill diversion services. In addition, the company operates Earth911.com, a Website that offers data, information, and articles in engaging, educating, and entertaining consumers regarding the environment, recycling, and sustainability. Further, it provides sustainability programs, including strategic planning, writing policies and procedures, LEED and green globe certification, life cycle assessment, energy modeling, building commissioning, and carbon emission reduction reporting. Quest Resource Holding Corporation serves big box, food chain, and other retailers; automotive and fleet providers; construction and demolition projects; and commercial, industrial, residential, and educational properties through direct sales force and strategic partnerships. The company was formerly known as Infinity Resources Holdings Corp. and changed its name to Quest Resource Holding Corporation in October 2013. Quest Resource Holding Corporation is based in The Colony, Texas.

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