Stericycle (SRCL) & Advanced Disposal Services (ADSW) Head to Head Survey

Stericycle (NASDAQ: SRCL) and Advanced Disposal Services (NYSE:ADSW) are both mid-cap industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, risk and earnings.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stericycle -0.79% 13.93% 5.61%
Advanced Disposal Services -1.61% 5.84% 1.41%

Risk & Volatility

Stericycle has a beta of 0.26, meaning that its share price is 74% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Advanced Disposal Services has a beta of -0.35, meaning that its share price is 135% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Stericycle and Advanced Disposal Services’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Stericycle $3.56 billion 1.75 $206.35 million ($0.56) -130.07
Advanced Disposal Services $1.40 billion 1.49 -$30.40 million ($0.28) -84.32

Stericycle has higher revenue and earnings than Advanced Disposal Services. Stericycle is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Advanced Disposal Services, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

95.9% of Stericycle shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.1% of Advanced Disposal Services shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of Stericycle shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of Advanced Disposal Services shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Stericycle and Advanced Disposal Services, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stericycle 2 4 5 0 2.27
Advanced Disposal Services 0 2 6 0 2.75

Stericycle presently has a consensus price target of $72.44, suggesting a potential downside of 0.54%. Advanced Disposal Services has a consensus price target of $26.00, suggesting a potential upside of 10.12%. Given Advanced Disposal Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Advanced Disposal Services is more favorable than Stericycle.


Stericycle beats Advanced Disposal Services on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Stericycle Company Profile

Stericycle, Inc. is a business-to-business services provider. The Company focuses on regulated and compliance solutions for healthcare, retail, and commercial businesses. The Company’s segments include Domestic and Canada Regulated Waste and Compliance Services (RCS), Domestic Communication and Related Services (CRS), International RCS and All other. The Domestic and Canada RCS and International RCS segments include medical waste disposal, pharmaceutical waste disposal, hazardous waste management, sustainability solutions for expired or unused inventory, secure information destruction of documents and e-media, training and consulting through its Steri-Safe and Clinical Services programs, and other regulatory compliance services. The Domestic CRS segment consists of inbound/outbound communication, automated patient reminders, online scheduling, notifications, product retrievals, product returns and quality audits.

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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