Analyzing Veolia Environnement (VEOEY) & Casella Waste Systems (CWST)

Veolia Environnement (OTCMKTS: VEOEY) and Casella Waste Systems (NASDAQ:CWST) are both utilities companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and earnings.

Dividends

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Veolia Environnement pays an annual dividend of $0.71 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Casella Waste Systems does not pay a dividend. Veolia Environnement pays out 58.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.



Volatility and Risk

Veolia Environnement has a beta of 0.55, meaning that its share price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Casella Waste Systems has a beta of 0.92, meaning that its share price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.4% of Veolia Environnement shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.2% of Casella Waste Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Veolia Environnement shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.5% of Casella Waste Systems shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Veolia Environnement and Casella Waste Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Veolia Environnement 0 2 3 1 2.83
Casella Waste Systems 0 1 3 0 2.75

Casella Waste Systems has a consensus price target of $22.25, indicating a potential downside of 9.26%. Given Casella Waste Systems’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Casella Waste Systems is more favorable than Veolia Environnement.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Veolia Environnement and Casella Waste Systems’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Veolia Environnement $28.38 billion 0.47 $453.66 million $1.22 19.32
Casella Waste Systems $599.31 million 1.73 -$21.79 million $0.67 36.60

Veolia Environnement has higher revenue and earnings than Casella Waste Systems. Veolia Environnement is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Casella Waste Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Veolia Environnement and Casella Waste Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Veolia Environnement N/A N/A N/A
Casella Waste Systems -3.64% -58.61% 4.76%

Veolia Environnement Company Profile

Veolia Environnement S.A. provides a range of environmental services worldwide. It operates through Water, Waste, and Energy businesses. The Water business integrates drinking water and wastewater activities, such as water distribution and collection, water and wastewater treatment and supply, industrial process water, wastewater sludge management, and recycling and reuse solutions, as well as construction of water treatment plant. It also manufactures water treatment equipment and technologies. The Waste business collects, sorts, processes, disposes, and recycles household, commercial, and industrial wastes. The Energy business produces renewable energy comprising heat and electricity produced from waste and biomass; heat from data centers, wastewater calories, and industrial companies; and develops a range of energy management activities, including heating and cooling networks, thermal and multi-technical services, industrial utilities, installation and maintenance of production equipment, and integration services for the management of buildings. The company was formerly known as Vivendi Environnement and changed its name to Veolia Environnement S.A. in 2003. Veolia Environnement S.A. was founded in 1853 and is headquartered in Paris, France.

Casella Waste Systems Company Profile

Casella Waste Systems, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a vertically-integrated solid waste services company in the northeastern United States. The company operates through Eastern Region, Western Region, Recycling, and Other segments. It offers resource management services primarily in the areas of solid waste collection and disposal, transfer, recycling, and organics services to residential, commercial, municipal, and industrial customers. The company provides a range of non-hazardous solid waste services, including collections, transfer stations, material recovery facilities, and disposal facilities. It also processes and markets recyclable metals, aluminum, plastics, and paper and corrugated cardboard, as well as recyclables purchased from third-parties. In addition, the company is involved in commodity brokerage operations. As of January 31, 2018, it owned and/or operated 32 solid waste collection operations, 47 transfer stations, 18 recycling facilities, 9 Subtitle D landfills, 4 landfill gas-to-energy facilities, and 1 landfill permitted to accept construction and demolition materials. Casella Waste Systems, Inc. was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Rutland, Vermont.

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