Reviewing Vertex Energy (VTNR) & Perma-Fix Environmental Services (PESI)

Vertex Energy (NASDAQ: VTNR) and Perma-Fix Environmental Services (NASDAQ:PESI) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vertex Energy -6.49% -23.10% -10.13%
Perma-Fix Environmental Services -6.23% -8.74% -4.12%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Vertex Energy and Perma-Fix Environmental Services, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vertex Energy 0 1 0 0 2.00
Perma-Fix Environmental Services 0 0 0 0 N/A

Vertex Energy currently has a consensus target price of $1.00, indicating a potential upside of 5.26%. Given Vertex Energy’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Vertex Energy is more favorable than Perma-Fix Environmental Services.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

23.2% of Vertex Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 26.2% of Perma-Fix Environmental Services shares are held by institutional investors. 31.0% of Vertex Energy shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.2% of Perma-Fix Environmental Services shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Vertex Energy and Perma-Fix Environmental Services’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vertex Energy $131.20 million 0.23 $447,203.00 ($0.42) -2.26
Perma-Fix Environmental Services $51.79 million 0.77 $2.12 million ($0.27) -12.59

Perma-Fix Environmental Services has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Vertex Energy. Perma-Fix Environmental Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Vertex Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Vertex Energy has a beta of 0.84, meaning that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Perma-Fix Environmental Services has a beta of 0.86, meaning that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Perma-Fix Environmental Services beats Vertex Energy on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

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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