Sharps Compliance (SMED) versus Its Peers Financial Analysis

Sharps Compliance (NASDAQ: SMED) is one of 20 public companies in the “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Sharps Compliance to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Sharps Compliance and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sharps Compliance -0.65% -0.98% -0.71%
Sharps Compliance Competitors -6.70% -4.94% -1.74%

Volatility & Risk

Sharps Compliance has a beta of 0.69, meaning that its stock price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sharps Compliance’s rivals have a beta of 0.62, meaning that their average stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

25.5% of Sharps Compliance shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.2% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 20.4% of Sharps Compliance shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Sharps Compliance and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sharps Compliance 0 0 2 0 3.00
Sharps Compliance Competitors 47 284 595 15 2.61

Sharps Compliance presently has a consensus price target of $7.00, indicating a potential upside of 71.15%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 4.60%. Given Sharps Compliance’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Sharps Compliance is more favorable than its rivals.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Sharps Compliance and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Sharps Compliance $38.19 million -$1.29 million -204.50
Sharps Compliance Competitors $850.65 million $28.19 million 168.68

Sharps Compliance’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Sharps Compliance. Sharps Compliance is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Sharps Compliance beats its rivals on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Sharps Compliance

Sharps Compliance Corp. is a provider of waste management services, including medical, pharmaceutical and hazardous. The Company’s solutions include Sharps Recovery System, TakeAway Medication Recovery System, MedSafe, Route-Based Pickup Service, TakeAway Recycle System, ComplianceTRAC, Universal Waste Shipback Systems and Other Solutions. The Company’s solutions facilitate the collection, containment, transportation and treatment of various types of healthcare-related materials, including hypodermic needles, lancets and other devices or objects used to puncture or lacerate the skin, or sharps, hazardous waste and unused consumer dispensed medications and over-the-counter drugs. It assists its customers in determining which of its solution offerings fit for the collection, containment, return transportation and treatment of medical waste, used healthcare materials, pharmaceutical waste, hazardous waste and unused dispensed medications. It provides tracking and reporting tools.

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