Sharps Compliance (NASDAQ: SMED) and CECO Environmental (NASDAQ:CECE) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, dividends, risk and valuation.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Sharps Compliance and CECO Environmental’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Sharps Compliance||$38.19 million||1.91||-$1.29 million||$0.01||454.45|
|CECO Environmental||$345.05 million||0.51||-$3.02 million||($0.09)||-56.55|
Sharps Compliance has higher earnings, but lower revenue than CECO Environmental. CECO Environmental is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Sharps Compliance, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Risk & Volatility
Sharps Compliance has a beta of 0.56, meaning that its share price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CECO Environmental has a beta of 1.12, meaning that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.
CECO Environmental pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Sharps Compliance does not pay a dividend. CECO Environmental pays out -166.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
24.1% of Sharps Compliance shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.3% of CECO Environmental shares are held by institutional investors. 20.4% of Sharps Compliance shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.3% of CECO Environmental shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Sharps Compliance and CECO Environmental, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Sharps Compliance presently has a consensus price target of $7.00, suggesting a potential upside of 54.19%. CECO Environmental has a consensus price target of $7.00, suggesting a potential upside of 37.52%. Given Sharps Compliance’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Sharps Compliance is more favorable than CECO Environmental.
This table compares Sharps Compliance and CECO Environmental’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Sharps Compliance beats CECO Environmental on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
Sharps Compliance Company Profile
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.
CECO Environmental Company Profile
CECO Environmental Corp. is a provider of engineered technologies to the environmental, energy, and fluid handling and filtration industrial segments. The Company is focused on engineering, designing, building and installing systems that capture, clean and destroy airborne contaminants from industrial facilities, as well as equipment that controls emissions from such facilities, and fluid handling and filtration systems. Its Environmental segment is engaged in the design and manufacture of product recovery and air pollution control technologies that enable its customers to meet compliance targets for toxic emissions, fumes, volatile organic compounds, process and industrial odors. Its Energy segment provides customized solutions for the power and petrochemical industry. Its Fluid Handling and Filtration segment provides the design and manufacture of pump, filtration and fume exhaust solutions.
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