Comparing Stericycle (NASDAQ:SRCL) and Its Competitors

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

Risk & Volatility

Stericycle has a beta of 0.16, suggesting that its stock price is 84% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stericycle’s peers have a beta of 0.62, suggesting that their average stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Stericycle and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Stericycle $3.56 billion $206.35 million -116.66
Stericycle Competitors $850.65 million $28.19 million 147.78

Stericycle has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Stericycle is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Stericycle and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stericycle 2 3 6 0 2.36
Stericycle Competitors 46 280 586 14 2.61

Stericycle currently has a consensus target price of $75.90, indicating a potential upside of 14.14%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 8.73%. Given Stericycle’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Stericycle is more favorable than its peers.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

94.6% of Stericycle shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.0% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of Stericycle 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, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Stericycle and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stericycle -0.79% 13.93% 5.61%
Stericycle Competitors -280.96% -68.14% -14.45%

Summary

Stericycle beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Stericycle

Stericycle, Inc. is a business-to-business services provider. The Company focuses on regulated and compliance solutions for healthcare, retail, and commercial businesses. The Company’s segments include Domestic and Canada Regulated Waste and Compliance Services (RCS), Domestic Communication and Related Services (CRS), International RCS and All other. The Domestic and Canada RCS and International RCS segments include medical waste disposal, pharmaceutical waste disposal, hazardous waste management, sustainability solutions for expired or unused inventory, secure information destruction of documents and e-media, training and consulting through its Steri-Safe and Clinical Services programs, and other regulatory compliance services. The Domestic CRS segment consists of inbound/outbound communication, automated patient reminders, online scheduling, notifications, product retrievals, product returns and quality audits.

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