Analyzing Clean Harbors (NYSE:CLH) & Stericycle (SRCL)

Stericycle (NASDAQ: SRCL) and Clean Harbors (NYSE:CLH) are both mid-cap business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

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This table compares Stericycle and Clean Harbors’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Stericycle $3.58 billion 1.45 $42.40 million $4.34 13.95
Clean Harbors $2.94 billion 0.94 $100.73 million $0.33 147.76



Clean Harbors has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Stericycle. Stericycle is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Clean Harbors, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Stericycle and Clean Harbors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stericycle 1 3 5 0 2.44
Clean Harbors 1 5 4 0 2.30

Stericycle presently has a consensus price target of $68.88, suggesting a potential upside of 13.75%. Clean Harbors has a consensus price target of $58.33, suggesting a potential upside of 19.63%. Given Clean Harbors’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Clean Harbors is more favorable than Stericycle.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

94.4% of Stericycle shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.7% of Clean Harbors shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of Stericycle shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.9% of Clean Harbors shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Stericycle and Clean Harbors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stericycle 1.18% 13.83% 5.61%
Clean Harbors 3.42% 1.36% 0.41%

Risk & Volatility

Stericycle has a beta of 0.39, suggesting that its stock price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Clean Harbors has a beta of 1.01, suggesting that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Stericycle beats Clean Harbors on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Clean Harbors

Clean Harbors, Inc. provides environmental, energy, and industrial services in North America. It operates through Technical Services; Industrial and Field Services; Safety-Kleen; and Oil, Gas and Lodging Services segments. The company's Technical Services segment provides a range of hazardous material management services, including the packaging, collection, transportation, treatment, and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste at its incinerator, landfill, wastewater, and other treatment facilities. Its Industrial and Field Services segment offers industrial and specialty services, such as high-pressure and chemical cleaning, daylighting, production servicing, decoking, pigging, and material processing to refineries, chemical plants, oil sands facilities, pulp and paper mills, and other industrial facilities. This segment also provides environmental cleanup services consisting of tank cleaning, decontamination, remediation, and spill cleanup. The company's Safety-Kleen segment offers parts cleaning, containerized waste, used oil collection, and vacuum services, as well as other environmental services and products, such as degreasers, glass and floor cleaners, hand cleaners, absorbents, windshield washer fluids, mats, and spill kits. This segment also manufactures, formulates, packages, blends, distributes, and markets lubricants. Its Oil, Gas and Lodging Services segment provides surface rental, seismic support, and directional boring services to the energy sector serving oil and gas exploration, and power generation. This segment also offers lodges and remote workforce accommodation facilities, including open lodges, as well as operator and drill camps in Western Canada; and manufactures modular units and wastewater processing plants. The company operates through a network of approximately 465 service locations in 49 states, 9 Canadian provinces, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. Clean Harbors, Inc. was founded in 1980 and is based in Norwell, Massachusetts.

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