Casella Waste Systems (NASDAQ:CWST) and Alanco Technologies (OTCMKTS:ALAN) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.
This table compares Casella Waste Systems and Alanco Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Casella Waste Systems||6.30%||-94.81%||4.25%|
84.5% of Casella Waste Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 11.5% of Casella Waste Systems shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.4% of Alanco Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Casella Waste Systems and Alanco Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Casella Waste Systems||0||2||0||1||2.67|
Casella Waste Systems presently has a consensus target price of $30.00, suggesting a potential downside of 3.41%. Given Casella Waste Systems’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Casella Waste Systems is more favorable than Alanco Technologies.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Casella Waste Systems and Alanco Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Casella Waste Systems||$599.31 million||2.22||-$21.79 million||$0.67||46.36|
|Alanco Technologies||$190,000.00||0.26||-$1.59 million||N/A||N/A|
Alanco Technologies has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Casella Waste Systems.
Risk & Volatility
Casella Waste Systems has a beta of 0.88, indicating that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alanco Technologies has a beta of 2.27, indicating that its stock price is 127% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Casella Waste Systems beats Alanco Technologies on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Casella Waste Systems
Casella Waste Systems, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a vertically-integrated solid waste services company in the northeastern United States. The company operates through Eastern Region, Western Region, Recycling, and Other segments. It offers resource management services primarily in the areas of solid waste collection and disposal, transfer, recycling, and organics services to residential, commercial, municipal, and industrial customers. The company provides a range of non-hazardous solid waste services, including collections, transfer stations, material recovery facilities, and disposal facilities. It also processes and markets recyclable metals, aluminum, plastics, and paper and corrugated cardboard, as well as recyclables purchased from third-parties. In addition, the company is involved in commodity brokerage operations. As of January 31, 2018, it owned and/or operated 32 solid waste collection operations, 47 transfer stations, 18 recycling facilities, 9 Subtitle D landfills, 4 landfill gas-to-energy facilities, and 1 landfill permitted to accept construction and demolition materials. Casella Waste Systems, Inc. was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Rutland, Vermont.
About Alanco Technologies
Alanco Technologies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the treatment and disposal of produced water generated as a byproduct from oil and natural gas producers in Western Colorado. It is also involved in oil reclamation activities. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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