Heritage-Crystal Clean (HCCI) and Strategic Environmental & Energy Res (SENR) Head-To-Head Review

Heritage-Crystal Clean (NASDAQ:HCCI) and Strategic Environmental & Energy Res (OTCMKTS:SENR) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

61.8% of Heritage-Crystal Clean shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.5% of Strategic Environmental & Energy Res shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.6% of Heritage-Crystal Clean shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Heritage-Crystal Clean and Strategic Environmental & Energy Res, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Heritage-Crystal Clean 0 0 4 0 3.00
Strategic Environmental & Energy Res 0 0 0 0 N/A

Heritage-Crystal Clean presently has a consensus target price of $28.50, suggesting a potential upside of 11.59%. Given Heritage-Crystal Clean’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Heritage-Crystal Clean is more favorable than Strategic Environmental & Energy Res.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Heritage-Crystal Clean and Strategic Environmental & Energy Res’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Heritage-Crystal Clean $365.96 million 1.61 $28.12 million $0.68 37.56
Strategic Environmental & Energy Res $8.43 million 0.59 -$2.19 million N/A N/A

Heritage-Crystal Clean has higher revenue and earnings than Strategic Environmental & Energy Res.


This table compares Heritage-Crystal Clean and Strategic Environmental & Energy Res’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Heritage-Crystal Clean 6.00% 7.76% 5.74%
Strategic Environmental & Energy Res -63.05% N/A -135.10%

Volatility & Risk

Heritage-Crystal Clean has a beta of 1.61, indicating that its share price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Strategic Environmental & Energy Res has a beta of 0.54, indicating that its share price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Heritage-Crystal Clean beats Strategic Environmental & Energy Res on 11 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Heritage-Crystal Clean Company Profile

Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc., through its subsidiary, Heritage-Crystal Clean, LLC, provides parts cleaning, and hazardous and non-hazardous containerized waste services to small and mid-sized customers in the vehicle maintenance and manufacturing services industries in North America. It operates in two segments, Environmental Services and Oil Business. The Environmental Services segment offers parts cleaning, containerized waste management, vacuum truck, antifreeze recycling, and field services. The Oil Business segment engages in the collection of used oil, the sale of recycled fuel oil, and used oil filter removal and disposal activities, as well as the re-refining of used oil into lubricant base oil and other products. This segment also collects and disposes waste water. As of February 28, 2018, the company operated through 86 branches serving approximately 108,000 customer locations. Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. was incorporated in 2007 and is headquartered in Elgin, Illinois.

Strategic Environmental & Energy Res Company Profile

Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides clean-technologies, waste management innovations, and related services to companies primarily in the oil and gas, refining, landfill, food, beverage and agriculture, and renewable fuel industries in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Industrial Cleaning, Environmental Solutions, and Solid Waste. It offers general industrial cleaning and waste management services to various industry sectors, primarily upstream oil and gas production, and downstream refineries. The company also designs and sells H2SPlus and OdorFilter dry scrubber system solutions for management of hydrogen sulfide in biogas, landfill gas, and petroleum processing operations; and develops waste destruction technology using pyrolytic heating process combined with non-thermal plasma assisted oxidation. In addition, it develops renewable natural gas projects; and chemical absorbents and catalysts that enhance the capability of biogas produced from landfill, wastewater treatment, and agricultural digester operations. The company is headquartered in Golden, Colorado. Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources, Inc. is a subsidiary of New Stratus Energy Inc.

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