Analyzing Quest Resource (QRHC) & The Competition

Quest Resource (NASDAQ: QRHC) is one of 16 public companies in the “Equipment rental & leasing, not elsewhere classified” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Quest Resource to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Quest Resource and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Quest Resource 0 0 1 0 3.00
Quest Resource Competitors 81 396 633 50 2.56

Quest Resource currently has a consensus target price of $5.00, indicating a potential upside of 161.78%. As a group, “Equipment rental & leasing, not elsewhere classified” companies have a potential upside of 14.22%. Given Quest Resource’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Quest Resource is more favorable than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

12.1% of Quest Resource shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.4% of shares of all “Equipment rental & leasing, not elsewhere classified” companies are owned by institutional investors. 50.2% of Quest Resource shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 14.2% of shares of all “Equipment rental & leasing, not elsewhere classified” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Quest Resource and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Quest Resource -4.21% -9.10% -6.16%
Quest Resource Competitors 4.17% 3.45% -0.56%

Risk and Volatility

Quest Resource has a beta of 2.8, indicating that its share price is 180% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Quest Resource’s peers have a beta of 1.87, indicating that their average share price is 87% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Quest Resource and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Quest Resource $138.35 million -$5.82 million -5.03
Quest Resource Competitors $1.49 billion $248.19 million -0.29

Quest Resource’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Quest Resource. Quest Resource is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


Quest Resource peers beat Quest Resource on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Quest Resource

Quest Resource Holding Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides management programs to reuse, recycle, and dispose various waste streams and recyclables in the United States. The company offers recycling and waste management services for motor oil, oil filters, scrap tires, grease and cooking oil, food waste, and expired food products; and various other materials, such as glass, cardboard, paper, and metal, as well as hazardous materials, plastics, construction debris, batteries, mercury, lights, regulated waste, electronic devices, and industrial cleaning products. It also provides landfill diversion services. In addition, the company operates, a Website that offers data, information, and articles in engaging, educating, and entertaining consumers regarding the environment, recycling, and sustainability. Further, it provides sustainability programs, including strategic planning, writing policies and procedures, LEED and green globe certification, life cycle assessment, energy modeling, building commissioning, and carbon emission reduction reporting. Quest Resource Holding Corporation serves big box, food chain, and other retailers; automotive and fleet providers; construction and demolition projects; and commercial, industrial, residential, and educational properties through direct sales force and strategic partnerships. The company was formerly known as Infinity Resources Holdings Corp. and changed its name to Quest Resource Holding Corporation in October 2013. Quest Resource Holding Corporation is based in The Colony, Texas.

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