Reviewing Stericycle (SRCL) and Clean Harbors (CLH)

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

Volatility & Risk

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

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Stericycle and Clean Harbors’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Stericycle $3.58 billion 1.44 $42.40 million $4.34 13.91
Clean Harbors $2.94 billion 0.92 $100.73 million $0.33 146.06

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 Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Stericycle and Clean Harbors, as reported 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 currently has a consensus price target of $68.88, suggesting a potential upside of 14.11%. Clean Harbors has a consensus price target of $58.33, suggesting a potential upside of 21.02%. Given Clean Harbors’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Clean Harbors is more favorable than Stericycle.

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%

Institutional & Insider 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 insiders. Comparatively, 8.9% of Clean Harbors shares are owned 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

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

Stericycle Company Profile

Stericycle, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides regulated and compliance solutions to the healthcare, retail, and commercial businesses in the United States and internationally. It collects and processes regulated and specialized waste for disposal services; and collects personal and confidential information for secure destruction, as well as offers training, consulting, recall/return, communication, and compliance services. The company's services also 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, and compliance services; and regulated recall and returns management communication, logistics, and data management services for expired, withdrawn, or recalled products. In addition, it offers compliance programs under the Steri-Safe, Clinical Services, First Practice Management, SeguriMed, and EnviroAssure brand names; and live voice and automated communication services, including afterhours answering, appointment scheduling, appointment reminders, secure messaging, and event registration. The company serves healthcare businesses, including hospitals, physician and dental practices, outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, etc.; retailers and manufacturers; financial and professional service providers; governmental entities; and other businesses. Stericycle, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is based in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Clean Harbors Company Profile

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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