Critical Comparison: Republic Services (NYSE: RSG) and Quest Resource (NASDAQ: QRHC)

Services of the Republic (NYSE: RSGGet a rating) and Quest Resource (NASDAQ: QRHCGet a rating) are both business services companies, but which is the better investment? We’ll compare the two companies based on earnings strength, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, risk and profitability.

Volatility and risk

Republic Services has a beta of 0.75, suggesting its stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Quest Resource has a beta of 1.36, suggesting its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This chart compares the net margins, return on equity, and return on assets of Republic Services and Quest Resource.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
Republic Services 11.54% 15.60% 5.66%
quest resource -0.85% 5.81% 2.86%

Benefits and evaluation

This table compares the revenue, earnings per share and valuation of Republic Services and Quest Resource.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
Republic Services $11.30 billion 3.62 $1.29 billion $4.22 30.68
quest resource $155.71 million 0.60 $1.69 million ($0.09) -54.44

Republic Services has higher revenue and earnings than Quest Resource. Quest Resource trades at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Republic Services, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

92.8% of Republic Services shares are held by institutional investors. By comparison, 41.9% of Quest Resource’s shares are held by institutional investors. 0.1% of Republic Services shares are held by insiders. By comparison, 21.9% of Quest Resource’s shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that endowments, hedge funds, and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Notes

This is a breakdown of the current ratings and recommendations for Republic Services and Quest Resource, as provided by

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
Republic Services 0 3 5 1 2.78
quest resource 0 0 3 0 3.00

Republic Services currently has a consensus price target of $138.00, suggesting a potential upside of 6.60%. Quest Resource has a consensus price target of $11.67, suggesting a potential upside of 138.10%. Given Quest Resource’s stronger consensus rating and higher likely upside, analysts clearly believe Quest Resource is more favorable than Republic Services.


Republic Services beats Quest Resource on 11 out of 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Republic Services Company Profile (Get a rating)

Republic Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides environmental services in the United States. The company offers collection and processing of recyclable materials, collection, transfer and disposal of non-hazardous solid waste and other environmental solutions. Its collection services include curbside collection of materials for transportation to transfer stations, landfills or recycling processing centers; supply of recycling and waste containers; and rental of compactors. In addition, the company is engaged in the processing and sale of old corrugated cardboard containers, old newspaper, aluminum, glass and other materials; and the provision of landfill and transfer services. In addition, it offers non-hazardous solid and liquid material disposal and in-plant services, such as transportation and logistics. It serves small containers, large containers and residential customers. As of December 31, 2021, the company operated 356 collection operations, 239 transfer stations, 198 active landfills, 71 recycling treatment centers, 6 saltwater disposal wells and 7 deep injection wells, as well as 3 facilities treatment, recovery and disposal. in 41 states. It also operated 77 landfill gas-to-energy and renewable energy projects and had 124 closed landfills. The company was incorporated in 1996 and is based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Company Profile Quest Resource (Get a rating)

Quest Resource Holding Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides solutions for the reuse, recycling and disposal of various waste streams and recyclable materials in the United States. It offers disposal and recycling services for motor oil and automotive lubricants, oil filters, used tires, oily water, destruction of goods, food scraps, rendered meat, waste cooking oil and grease traps, plastics, cardboard, metal, glass, mixed paper, construction debris, and a wide variety of regulated and unregulated solid, liquid and gaseous wastes. The company provides antifreeze and windshield washer fluid, dumpster and compaction equipment, and other minor ancillary services. Additionally, it offers landfill diversion services. The company’s services focus on waste streams and recyclables from mass merchandisers, grocers and other retailers; automotive service, quick lube, dealerships and collision repair; transport, logistics and internal fleet operators; manufacturing plants; multi-family and commercial properties; restaurant chains and food operations; and construction and demolition projects. It markets its services to the automotive, manufacturing, hospitality and retail, construction and demolition, and commercial and multi-family property management industries through a direct sales force and strategic partnerships. The company was previously known as Infinity Resources Holdings Corp. and changed its name to Quest Resource Holding Corporation in October 2013. Quest Resource Holding Corporation was incorporated in 2002 and is based in The Colony, Texas.

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