Head-To-Head Survey: Advanced Disposal Services (ADSW) versus Its Competitors

Advanced Disposal Services (NYSE: ADSW) is one of 20 publicly-traded companies in the “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Advanced Disposal Services to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Advanced Disposal Services and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Advanced Disposal Services $1.40 billion -$30.40 million -80.93
Advanced Disposal Services Competitors $850.65 million $28.19 million 144.23

Advanced Disposal Services has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its peers. Advanced Disposal Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Advanced Disposal Services has a beta of -0.67, meaning that its stock price is 167% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Advanced Disposal Services’ peers have a beta of 0.63, meaning that their average stock price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Advanced Disposal Services and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Advanced Disposal Services 0 3 5 0 2.63
Advanced Disposal Services Competitors 46 280 586 14 2.61

Advanced Disposal Services currently has a consensus price target of $25.71, suggesting a potential upside of 13.48%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 10.30%. Given Advanced Disposal Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Advanced Disposal Services is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Advanced Disposal Services and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Advanced Disposal Services -1.61% 5.84% 1.41%
Advanced Disposal Services Competitors -280.96% -68.14% -14.45%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

96.5% of Advanced Disposal Services shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.0% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of Advanced Disposal Services shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Advanced Disposal Services beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Advanced Disposal Services Company Profile

Advanced Disposal Services, Inc. is an integrated provider of non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, recycling and disposal services operating primarily in secondary markets or under exclusive arrangements. The Company’s segments include South, East, Midwest and Corporate. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had its presence in 16 states across the Midwest, South and East regions of the United States, as well as in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, served approximately 2.7 million residential customers and over 200,000 commercial and industrial (C&I) customers through its network of 90 collection operations, 72 transfer stations, 21 owned or operated recycling facilities and 39 owned or operated active landfills. The Company’s vertically integrated environmental services operations can be classified into three lines of business: collection services, disposal services and recycling services. The disposal services include transfer stations and landfills.

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