Head-To-Head Survey: Clean Harbors (CLH) vs. Tetra Tech (TTEK)

Clean Harbors (NYSE: CLH) and Tetra Tech (NASDAQ:TTEK) are both mid-cap business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Clean Harbors and Tetra Tech’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Clean Harbors -1.44% 0.31% 0.09%
Tetra Tech 4.04% 13.70% 6.66%

Dividends

Tetra Tech pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Clean Harbors does not pay a dividend. Tetra Tech pays out 21.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Clean Harbors and Tetra Tech’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Clean Harbors $2.81 billion 1.15 $404.91 million ($0.70) -80.63
Tetra Tech $2.03 billion 1.32 $212.17 million $1.89 24.89

Clean Harbors has higher revenue and earnings than Tetra Tech. Clean Harbors is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Tetra Tech, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Clean Harbors has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tetra Tech has a beta of 1.02, indicating that its stock price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

95.8% of Clean Harbors shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.9% of Tetra Tech shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.5% of Clean Harbors shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.8% of Tetra Tech shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Clean Harbors and Tetra Tech, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clean Harbors 1 3 8 0 2.58
Tetra Tech 0 4 4 0 2.50

Clean Harbors currently has a consensus price target of $60.55, suggesting a potential upside of 7.27%. Tetra Tech has a consensus price target of $47.50, suggesting a potential upside of 0.96%. Given Clean Harbors’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Clean Harbors is more favorable than Tetra Tech.

Summary

Clean Harbors beats Tetra Tech on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Clean Harbors

Clean Harbors, Inc. is a provider of environmental, energy and industrial services throughout North America. The Company is also a re-refiner and recycler of used oil in the world and a provider of parts cleaning and related environmental services to commercial, industrial and automotive customers in North America. The Company operates in six segments: Technical Services, Industrial Services, Field Services, Safety-Kleen, Oil and Gas Field Services, and Lodging Services. The Company is also a service provider in the recovery and decontamination of pollutants. The Company provides services to protect the ozone layer from the effects of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). The Company offers brands, such as Performance Plus brand and green brand EcoPower. The Company also offers CleanPack services, which include the collection, identification and categorization, packaging, transportation and disposal of laboratory chemicals and household hazardous waste.

About Tetra Tech

Tetra Tech, Inc. is a provider of consulting, engineering, program management, construction management, and technical services. The Company’s segments include Water, Environment and Infrastructure (WEI), Resource Management and Energy (RME), and Remediation and Construction Management (RCM). The WEI segment provides consulting and engineering services. The RME segment provides consulting and engineering services across the world for a range of resource management and energy needs. The Company includes wind-down of its non-core construction activities in the RCM segment. Its solutions span the entire life cycle of consulting and engineering projects and include applied science, research and technology, engineering, design, construction management, operations and maintenance, and information technology. It provides its services to a diverse base of international, the United States commercial, the United Sates federal clients.

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