Contrasting Stericycle (SRCL) and Vertex Energy (VTNR)

Stericycle (NASDAQ: SRCL) and Vertex Energy (NASDAQ:VTNR) are both business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and profitabiliy.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

95.5% of Stericycle shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.5% of Vertex Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 3.3% of Stericycle shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 31.0% of Vertex Energy shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Stericycle has a beta of 0.13, meaning that its stock price is 87% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vertex Energy has a beta of 0.86, meaning that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Stericycle and Vertex Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stericycle 3 6 6 0 2.20
Vertex Energy 0 1 0 0 2.00

Stericycle presently has a consensus target price of $80.83, suggesting a potential upside of 6.08%. Vertex Energy has a consensus target price of $1.00, suggesting a potential downside of 2.91%. Given Stericycle’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Stericycle is more favorable than Vertex Energy.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Stericycle and Vertex Energy’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Stericycle $3.58 billion 1.81 $798.79 million $1.91 39.90
Vertex Energy $118.72 million 0.28 $975,784.00 ($0.55) -1.87

Stericycle has higher revenue and earnings than Vertex Energy. Vertex Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Stericycle, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares Stericycle and Vertex Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stericycle 5.23% 14.40% 5.82%
Vertex Energy -5.63% -16.86% -7.60%


Stericycle beats Vertex Energy on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Stericycle Company Profile

Stericycle, Inc. is a business-to-business services provider. The Company focuses on regulated and compliance solutions for healthcare, retail, and commercial businesses. The Company’s segments include Domestic and Canada Regulated Waste and Compliance Services (RCS), Domestic Communication and Related Services (CRS), International RCS and All other. The Domestic and Canada RCS and International RCS segments 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, training and consulting through its Steri-Safe and Clinical Services programs, and other regulatory compliance services. The Domestic CRS segment consists of inbound/outbound communication, automated patient reminders, online scheduling, notifications, product retrievals, product returns and quality audits.

Vertex Energy Company Profile

Vertex Energy, Inc. is an environmental services company that recycles industrial waste streams and off-specification commercial chemical products. The Company focuses on recycling used motor oil and other petroleum by-products. The Company’s segments include the Black Oil, Refining and Marketing, and Recovery divisions. The Company’s product categories include Used Motor Oil, Fuel Oil, pyrolysis gasoline (Pygas), Gasoline Blendstock and Base Oil. The Black Oil division is engaged in operations across the used motor oil recycling value chain, including collection, aggregation, transportation, storage, refinement and sales of aggregated feedstock and re-refined products to end users. The Refining and Marketing division is engaged in the aggregation of feedstock, re-refining it into end products, and selling these products to customers. The Recovery division is a provider of generator solutions for the recovery and management of hydrocarbon streams.

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