Veolia Environnement (VEOEY) versus Waste Connections (WCN) Head-To-Head Contrast

Veolia Environnement (OTCMKTS: VEOEY) and Waste Connections (NYSE:WCN) are both large-cap utilities companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

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This table compares Veolia Environnement and Waste Connections’ revenue, earnings per share 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 19.38
Waste Connections $4.63 billion 4.12 $576.81 million $2.16 33.50

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

Profitability

This table compares Veolia Environnement and Waste Connections’ 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
Waste Connections 12.46% 9.63% 4.85%

Dividends

Veolia Environnement pays an annual dividend of $0.71 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Waste Connections pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Veolia Environnement pays out 58.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Waste Connections pays out 25.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Waste Connections has increased its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Veolia Environnement and Waste Connections, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Veolia Environnement 0 2 3 0 2.60
Waste Connections 0 1 9 1 3.00

Waste Connections has a consensus target price of $78.42, suggesting a potential upside of 8.38%. Given Waste Connections’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Waste Connections is more favorable than Veolia Environnement.

Volatility and Risk

Veolia Environnement has a beta of 0.55, suggesting that its stock price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Waste Connections has a beta of 0.18, suggesting that its stock price is 82% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.4% of Veolia Environnement shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.2% of Waste Connections shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Veolia Environnement shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of Waste Connections 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.

Summary

Waste Connections beats Veolia Environnement on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Veolia Environnement

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.

About Waste Connections

Waste Connections, Inc. is a solid waste services company in North America. The Company provides waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services in markets in the United States and Canada. The Company operates through six segments: Southern segment, Western segment, Eastern segment, Canada segment, Central segment and E&P segment. Through its R360 Environmental Solutions subsidiary, it also provides non-hazardous exploration and production, or E&P, waste treatment, recovery and disposal services in various natural resource producing areas in the United States. It also provides intermodal services for the rail haul movement of cargo and solid waste containers in the Pacific Northwest through a network of intermodal facilities. As of December 31, 2016, it served residential, commercial, industrial and exploration and production (E&P) customers in 40 states and the District of Columbia in the United States and five provinces in Canada.

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