Heritage-Crystal Clean (NASDAQ:HCCI) vs. Li-Cycle (NYSE:LICY) Critical Survey

Heritage-Crystal Clean (NASDAQ:HCCI) and Li-Cycle (NYSE:LICY) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Heritage-Crystal Clean and Li-Cycle, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Heritage-Crystal Clean 0 0 5 0 3.00
Li-Cycle 0 1 4 0 2.80

Heritage-Crystal Clean presently has a consensus target price of $31.40, indicating a potential upside of 15.48%. Li-Cycle has a consensus target price of $13.60, indicating a potential upside of 43.46%. Given Li-Cycle’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Li-Cycle is more favorable than Heritage-Crystal Clean.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Heritage-Crystal Clean and Li-Cycle’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Heritage-Crystal Clean $405.95 million 1.62 $11.94 million $0.38 71.55
Li-Cycle N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Heritage-Crystal Clean has higher revenue and earnings than Li-Cycle.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

62.9% of Heritage-Crystal Clean shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.3% of Li-Cycle shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.9% of Heritage-Crystal Clean shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Heritage-Crystal Clean and Li-Cycle’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Heritage-Crystal Clean 7.61% 12.41% 7.74%
Li-Cycle N/A -291.66% -62.65%


Heritage-Crystal Clean beats Li-Cycle on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Heritage-Crystal Clean

Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. engages in the provision of parts cleaning and waste management services to the manufacturing and vehicle service sectors. It operates through the Environmental Services, and Oil Business segments. The Environmental Services segment includes parts cleaning, containerized waste management, vacuum truck services, antifreeze recycling activities, and field services. The Oil Business segment comprises of used oil collection, recycled fuel oil sales, used oil re-refining activities, and used oil filter removal and disposal services. The company was founded by Joseph Chalhoub in 1999 and is headquartered in Elgin, IL.

About Li-Cycle

Peridot Acquisition Corp. is a blank check company. It formed for the purpose of merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. Peridot Acquisition Corp. is based in Houston, Texas.

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