Head-to-head poll: Quest Resource (NASDAQ:QRHC) and Avalon (NYSE:AWX)

Quest Resource (NASDAQ:QRHC – Get Rating) and Avalon (NYSE:AWX – Get Rating) are both small cap business services companies, but which is the better stock? We’ll compare the two companies based on their risk strength, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, dividends, earnings, and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and benefits

This chart compares revenue, earnings per share (EPS), and valuation of Quest Resource and Avalon.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
quest resource $155.71 million 0.72 $1.69 million $0.08 73.76
Avalon $70.38 million 0.19 $1.97 million $0.50 7.02

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

Analyst Notes

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Quest Resource and Avalon, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
quest resource 0 0 3 0 3.00
Avalon 0 0 0 0 N / A

Quest Resource currently has a consensus price target of $11.67, suggesting a potential upside of 97.74%. Given Quest Resource’s possible higher upside, stock analysts clearly believe that Quest Resource is more favorable than Avalon.


This table compares net margins, return on equity and return on assets of Quest Resource and Avalon.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
quest resource 1.09% 5.64% 3.16%
Avalon 2.80% 5.10% 2.50%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

30.1% of Quest Resource shares are held by institutional investors. By comparison, 10.7% of Avalon shares are held by institutional investors. 21.9% of Quest Resource shares are held by insiders. By comparison, 20.1% of Avalon shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that hedge funds, large fund managers, and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Quest Resource has a beta of 1.35, meaning its stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Avalon has a beta of 1.11, meaning its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Quest Resource beats Avalon on 10 out of 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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 and grease trap oil, 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 sectors 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.

Avalon Company Profile (Get a rating)

Avalon Holdings Corp. provides waste management services to industrial, commercial, municipal and government customers. It operates through Waste Management Services and Golf and Related Operations segments. The Waste Management Services segment offers waste disposal brokerage and management services, captive landfill management operations and salt water injection well operations. The Golf and Related Operations segment focuses on the operation and management of golf courses and country clubs, hotels and resorts, sports centers and travel agencies. The company was founded on April 30, 1998 and is based in Warren, OH.

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