Contrasting Clean Harbors (NYSE:CLH) & Li-Cycle (NYSE:LICY)

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

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Clean Harbors and Li-Cycle’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Clean Harbors $3.14 billion 1.68 $134.84 million $2.32 41.89
Li-Cycle N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Clean Harbors has higher revenue and earnings than Li-Cycle.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

87.7% of Clean Harbors shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.3% of Li-Cycle shares are held by institutional investors. 7.4% of Clean Harbors shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clean Harbors 0 2 6 0 2.75
Li-Cycle 0 1 4 0 2.80

Clean Harbors presently has a consensus target price of $97.00, suggesting a potential downside of 0.19%. Li-Cycle has a consensus target price of $13.60, suggesting a potential upside of 43.46%. Given Li-Cycle’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Li-Cycle is more favorable than Clean Harbors.


This table compares Clean Harbors and Li-Cycle’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Clean Harbors 5.53% 12.86% 4.17%
Li-Cycle N/A -291.66% -62.65%


Clean Harbors beats Li-Cycle on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Clean Harbors

Clean Harbors, Inc. engages in the provision of environmental, energy, and industrial services. It operates through the Environmental Services and Safety-Kleen business segments. The Environmental Services segment consists of the technical services; industrial services; field services; and oil, gas, and lodging businesses. The Safety-Kleen segment includes parts washer services, containerized waste services, vac services, used motor oil collection, and sale of base and blended oil products. The company was founded by Alan S. McKim in 1980 and is headquartered in Norwell, MA.

About Li-Cycle

Peridot Acquisition Corp. is a blank check company. It formed for the purpose of merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. Peridot Acquisition Corp. is based in Houston, Texas.

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