Reviewing Vertex Energy (VTNR) and The Competition

Vertex Energy (NASDAQ: VTNR) is one of 22 publicly-traded companies in the “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Vertex Energy to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Vertex Energy and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vertex Energy 0 1 0 0 2.00
Vertex Energy Competitors 44 277 585 14 2.62

Vertex Energy presently has a consensus target price of $1.00, indicating a potential upside of 7.53%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 8.59%. Given Vertex Energy’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Vertex Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

15.7% of Vertex Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.1% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 31.0% of Vertex Energy shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 13.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Vertex Energy and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vertex Energy -7.73% -30.22% -12.58%
Vertex Energy Competitors -309.97% -66.03% -11.30%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Vertex Energy and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Vertex Energy $98.08 million -$3.95 million -1.82
Vertex Energy Competitors $866.17 million $36.04 million -417.29

Vertex Energy’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Vertex Energy. Vertex Energy is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Vertex Energy has a beta of 0.84, meaning that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vertex Energy’s competitors have a beta of 0.64, meaning that their average stock price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Vertex Energy competitors beat Vertex Energy on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

Vertex Energy Company Profile

Vertex Energy, Inc. is an environmental services company that recycles industrial waste streams and off-specification commercial chemical products. The Company focuses on recycling used motor oil and other petroleum by-products. The Company’s segments include the Black Oil, Refining and Marketing, and Recovery divisions. The Company’s product categories include Used Motor Oil, Fuel Oil, pyrolysis gasoline (Pygas), Gasoline Blendstock and Base Oil. The Black Oil division is engaged in operations across the used motor oil recycling value chain, including collection, aggregation, transportation, storage, refinement and sales of aggregated feedstock and re-refined products to end users. The Refining and Marketing division is engaged in the aggregation of feedstock, re-refining it into end products, and selling these products to customers. The Recovery division is a provider of generator solutions for the recovery and management of hydrocarbon streams.

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