Vertex Energy (NASDAQ: VTNR) is one of 20 public companies in the “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Vertex Energy to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and risk.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
19.1% of Vertex Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.2% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 31.0% of Vertex Energy 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 will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares Vertex Energy and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Vertex Energy||$98.08 million||-$3.95 million||-1.86|
|Vertex Energy Competitors||$850.65 million||$28.19 million||172.30|
Vertex Energy’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Vertex Energy. Vertex Energy 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.
Risk and Volatility
Vertex Energy has a beta of 0.98, indicating that its stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vertex Energy’s competitors have a beta of 0.71, indicating that their average stock price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of current ratings for Vertex Energy and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Vertex Energy Competitors||47||283||595||15||2.61|
Vertex Energy currently has a consensus target price of $1.00, indicating a potential upside of 5.26%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 4.54%. Given Vertex Energy’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Vertex Energy is more favorable than its competitors.
This table compares Vertex Energy and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Vertex Energy Competitors||-280.86%||-67.94%||-14.36%|
Vertex Energy competitors beat Vertex Energy on 7 of the 13 factors compared.
Vertex Energy Company Profile
Vertex Energy, Inc. is an environmental services company that recycles industrial waste streams and off-specification commercial chemical products. The Company focuses on recycling used motor oil and other petroleum by-products. The Company’s segments include the Black Oil, Refining and Marketing, and Recovery divisions. The Company’s product categories include Used Motor Oil, Fuel Oil, pyrolysis gasoline (Pygas), Gasoline Blendstock and Base Oil. The Black Oil division is engaged in operations across the used motor oil recycling value chain, including collection, aggregation, transportation, storage, refinement and sales of aggregated feedstock and re-refined products to end users. The Refining and Marketing division is engaged in the aggregation of feedstock, re-refining it into end products, and selling these products to customers. The Recovery division is a provider of generator solutions for the recovery and management of hydrocarbon streams.
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