Contrasting Perma-Fix Environmental Services (PESI) & Its Competitors

Perma-Fix Environmental Services (NASDAQ: PESI) 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 Perma-Fix Environmental Services to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

24.4% of Perma-Fix Environmental Services shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.2% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 6.2% of Perma-Fix Environmental Services shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Perma-Fix Environmental Services has a beta of 0.78, meaning that its stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Perma-Fix Environmental Services’ peers have a beta of 0.77, meaning that their average stock price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Perma-Fix Environmental Services and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Perma-Fix Environmental Services 0 0 0 0 N/A
Perma-Fix Environmental Services Competitors 44 279 586 14 2.62

As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 8.76%. Given Perma-Fix Environmental Services’ peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Perma-Fix Environmental Services has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Perma-Fix Environmental Services and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Perma-Fix Environmental Services -7.34% -10.86% -5.15%
Perma-Fix Environmental Services Competitors -281.35% -70.62% -14.88%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Perma-Fix Environmental Services and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Perma-Fix Environmental Services $51.22 million -$13.40 million -14.44
Perma-Fix Environmental Services Competitors $850.65 million $28.19 million 150.87

Perma-Fix Environmental Services’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Perma-Fix Environmental Services. Perma-Fix Environmental 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.

Summary

Perma-Fix Environmental Services peers beat Perma-Fix Environmental Services on 5 of the 9 factors compared.

Perma-Fix Environmental Services Company Profile

Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. is an environmental and environmental technology know-how company. It operates in three segments: The Treatment Segment (Treatment), the Services Segment (Services) and the Medical Segment (Medical). Treatment includes nuclear, low-level radioactive, mixed (waste containing both hazardous and low-level radioactive waste), hazardous and non-hazardous waste treatment, processing and disposal services primarily through approximately four licensed and permitted treatment and storage facilities held by its subsidiaries. Services include on-site waste management services to commercial and government customers, technical services and nuclear services. The Medical segment includes research and development (R&D) of a new medical isotope production technology by its Polish subsidiary, Perma-Fix Medical S.A. (PF Medical). Its Treatment and Services provide services to research institutions, commercial companies, public utilities and governmental agencies.

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