Head to Head Comparison: Heritage-Crystal Clean (HCCI) & Its Competitors

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

Risk and Volatility

Heritage-Crystal Clean has a beta of 1.96, meaning that its share price is 96% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Heritage-Crystal Clean’s competitors have a beta of 0.71, meaning that their average share price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

58.6% of Heritage-Crystal Clean shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.2% 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 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 hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Heritage-Crystal Clean $347.63 million $5.84 million 24.94
Heritage-Crystal Clean Competitors $850.65 million $28.19 million 165.59

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

Profitability

This table compares Heritage-Crystal Clean and its competitors’ 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 -280.93% -69.03% -14.46%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Heritage-Crystal Clean and its competitors, as provided 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 46 283 593 14 2.61

Heritage-Crystal Clean currently has a consensus target price of $22.80, suggesting a potential upside of 5.07%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 6.12%. Given Heritage-Crystal Clean’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Heritage-Crystal Clean has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Heritage-Crystal Clean beats its competitors on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

Heritage-Crystal Clean Company Profile

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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