Analyzing Sharps Compliance (SMED) & CECO Environmental (CECE)

Sharps Compliance (NASDAQ: SMED) and CECO Environmental (NASDAQ:CECE) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

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This table compares Sharps Compliance and CECO Environmental’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sharps Compliance $38.19 million 1.88 -$1.29 million $0.01 447.45
CECO Environmental $345.05 million 0.47 -$3.02 million ($0.09) -52.22

Sharps Compliance has higher earnings, but lower revenue than CECO Environmental. CECO Environmental is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Sharps Compliance, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Sharps Compliance and CECO Environmental’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sharps Compliance 0.33% 0.54% 0.39%
CECO Environmental -0.88% 4.81% 2.01%

Volatility and Risk

Sharps Compliance has a beta of 0.56, indicating that its stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CECO Environmental has a beta of 1.12, indicating that its stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

24.1% of Sharps Compliance shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.3% of CECO Environmental shares are held by institutional investors. 20.4% of Sharps Compliance shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.3% of CECO Environmental shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

CECO Environmental pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Sharps Compliance does not pay a dividend. CECO Environmental pays out -166.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Sharps Compliance and CECO Environmental, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sharps Compliance 0 0 2 0 3.00
CECO Environmental 0 2 1 0 2.33

Sharps Compliance currently has a consensus price target of $7.00, suggesting a potential upside of 56.60%. CECO Environmental has a consensus price target of $7.00, suggesting a potential upside of 48.94%. Given Sharps Compliance’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Sharps Compliance is more favorable than CECO Environmental.

Summary

Sharps Compliance beats CECO Environmental on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sharps Compliance

Sharps Compliance Corp. is a provider of waste management services, including medical, pharmaceutical and hazardous. The Company’s solutions include Sharps Recovery System, TakeAway Medication Recovery System, MedSafe, Route-Based Pickup Service, TakeAway Recycle System, ComplianceTRAC, Universal Waste Shipback Systems and Other Solutions. The Company’s solutions facilitate the collection, containment, transportation and treatment of various types of healthcare-related materials, including hypodermic needles, lancets and other devices or objects used to puncture or lacerate the skin, or sharps, hazardous waste and unused consumer dispensed medications and over-the-counter drugs. It assists its customers in determining which of its solution offerings fit for the collection, containment, return transportation and treatment of medical waste, used healthcare materials, pharmaceutical waste, hazardous waste and unused dispensed medications. It provides tracking and reporting tools.

About CECO Environmental

CECO Environmental Corp. provides critical solutions to the environmental, energy, and fluid handling and filtration industries worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Energy, Environmental, and Fluid Handling and Filtration. The Energy segment offers gas turbine exhaust systems, dampers and diverters, gas and liquid separation and filtration equipment, selective catalytic reduction and selective non-catalytic reduction systems, acoustical components and silencers, secondary separators, and expansion joints for the power and petrochemical industries. The Environmental segment designs and manufactures cyclone systems; scrubbers; regenerative thermal and catalytic oxidizers; dust collectors and baghouses; standard and engineered industrial ducting products; fabric filters and cartridge collectors; ventilation and exhaust systems for emissions and contaminants; and process cooling systems for steel in rolling mills. This segment also provides component parts for industrial air systems; and alternatives to traditional duct components, as well as custom metal engineered fabrication services. The Fluid Handling and Filtration segment designs and manufactures centrifugal pumps for corrosive, abrasive, and high temperature liquids; filter products for air and liquid filtration; precious metal recovery systems; carbonate precipitators; and air movement and exhaust systems for use in the aquarium/aquaculture, plating and metal finishing, food and beverage, chemical/petrochemical, wastewater treatment, desalination, and pharmaceutical markets. The company markets its products and services to natural gas processors, refineries, power generators, boiler manufacturers, and compressor manufacturers; and transmission and distribution, metals and minerals, industrial manufacturing, engineering, and construction companies directly and through sales representatives. CECO Environmental Corp. was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

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