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Executive Summary

Waste Management, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides waste management environmental services to residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers in North America.

Snowflake Analysis

Established dividend payer with mediocre balance sheet.

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Share Price & News

How has Waste Management's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: WM has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Commercial Services


US Market

1 Year Return




US Commercial Services


US Market

Return vs Industry: WM matched the US Commercial Services industry which returned -3.3% over the past year.

Return vs Market: WM underperformed the US Market which returned 8.5% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day3.5%4.0%2.4%
30 Day11.3%13.7%10.2%
90 Day-5.9%-3.6%3.4%
1 Year-1.2%-3.0%3.0%-0.7%11.6%9.2%
3 Year61.3%51.9%40.9%31.9%33.7%24.9%
5 Year154.4%127.3%80.9%62.2%59.7%41.8%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Waste Management's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

Simply Wall St News


Is Waste Management undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Price to Earnings (PE) ratio

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: WM ($110.21) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($96.44)

Significantly Below Fair Value: WM is trading above our estimate of fair value.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: WM is poor value based on its PE Ratio (27.8x) compared to the Commercial Services industry average (19.3x).

PE vs Market: WM is poor value based on its PE Ratio (27.8x) compared to the US market (15.8x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: WM is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (2.5x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: WM is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (6.9x) compared to the US Commercial Services industry average (1.4x).

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Future Growth

How is Waste Management forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 12 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: WM's forecast earnings growth (11.2% per year) is above the savings rate (2.2%).

Earnings vs Market: WM's earnings (11.2% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (22.1% per year).

High Growth Earnings: WM's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: WM's revenue (3.1% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (8.9% per year).

High Growth Revenue: WM's revenue (3.1% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: WM's Return on Equity is forecast to be high in 3 years time (24.6%)

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Past Performance

How has Waste Management performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: WM has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: WM's current net profit margins (10.9%) are lower than last year (12.4%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: WM's earnings have grown by 15.4% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: WM's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: WM had negative earnings growth (-10.2%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Commercial Services industry average (5.8%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: Whilst WM's Return on Equity (24.98%) is high, this metric is skewed due to their high level of debt.

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Financial Health

How is Waste Management's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: WM's short term assets ($5.6B) exceed its short term liabilities ($3.1B).

Long Term Liabilities: WM's short term assets ($5.6B) do not cover its long term liabilities ($17.4B).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: WM's debt to equity ratio (187.5%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: WM's debt to equity ratio has increased from 165.2% to 187.5% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: WM's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (29.6%).

Interest Coverage: WM's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (6.4x coverage).

Balance Sheet

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What is Waste Management's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: WM's dividend (1.98%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.67%).

High Dividend: WM's dividend (1.98%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (4.48%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: WM's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: WM's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonable payout ratio (52.5%), WM's dividend payments are covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: WM's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be covered by earnings (55.7% payout ratio).

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Jim Fish (57yo)





Mr. James C. Fish, Jr., also known as Jim, has been the Chief Executive Officer of Waste Management, Inc. since November 11, 2016 and as has been its President since July 27, 2016. Mr. Fish served as Execu ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Jim's total compensation ($USD11.30M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD11.58M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Jim's compensation has increased by more than 20% whilst company earnings have fallen more than 20% in the past year.

Leadership Team

James Fish
President3.58yrsUS$11.30m0.063% $29.1m
Devina Rankin
Executive VP & CFO3.33yrsUS$3.62m0.0060% $2.8m
John Morris
Executive VP & COO1.42yrsUS$4.04m0.021% $9.6m
Tara Hemmer
Senior Vice President of Operations8.25yrsUS$3.00m0.0050% $2.3m
Steven Batchelor
Senior Vice President of Field Operations1.42yrsUS$2.99m0.0050% $2.3m
Leslie Nagy
VP & Chief Accounting Officer2.58yrsno data0.000090% $41.9k
Edward Egl
Director of Investor Relationsno datano datano data
Charles Boettcher
Executive VP of Corporate Development & Chief Legal Officer3.42yrsno data0.0041% $1.9m
Tamla Oates-Forney
Senior VP & Chief People Officer1.5yrsno datano data
Nikolaj Sjoqvist
Senior VP & Chief Digital Officer2.67yrsno data0.0051% $2.4m


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: WM's management team is considered experienced (2.7 years average tenure).

Board Members

James Fish
President3.58yrsUS$11.30m0.063% $29.1m
Patrick Gross
Independent Director14yrsUS$290.06k0.0059% $2.7m
Frank Clark
Independent Director17.67yrsUS$285.06k0.0076% $3.5m
Thomas Weidemeyer
Non-Executive Independent Chairman2.17yrsUS$464.96k0.0074% $3.4m
Victoria Holt
Independent Director7.42yrsUS$265.06k0.0041% $1.9m
William Plummer
Independent Director0.83yrUS$107.28k0.00028% $130.2k
John Pope
Independent Director23.42yrsUS$265.06k0.013% $5.9m
Andrés Ricardo Gluski Weilert
Independent Director5.42yrsUS$265.06k0.0027% $1.2m
Kathleen Mazzarella
Independent Director4.67yrsUS$280.06k0.0022% $1.0m


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: WM's board of directors are considered experienced (5.4 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Waste Management, Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Waste Management, Inc.
  • Ticker: WM
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1987
  • Industry: Environmental and Facilities Services
  • Sector: Commercial Services
  • Market Cap: US$46.511b
  • Shares outstanding: 422.03m
  • Website: https://www.wm.com

Number of Employees


  • Waste Management, Inc.
  • 1001 Fannin Street
  • Suite 4000
  • Houston
  • Texas
  • 77002
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
WMNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockUSUSDJun 1988
UWSDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURJun 1988
0LTGLSE (London Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockGBUSDJun 1988
WMWBAG (Wiener Boerse AG)YesCommon StockATEURJun 1988
UWSETLX (Eurotlx)YesCommon StockITEURJun 1988
W1MC34BOVESPA (Bolsa de Valores de Sao Paulo)BDR EACH REPR 2 COMBRBRLDec 2019


Waste Management, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides waste management environmental services to residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers in North America. It provides collection services, including picking up and transporting waste and recyclable materials from where it was generated to a transfer station, material recovery facility (MRF), or disposal site; and owns, develops, and operates landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States, as well as owns and operates transfer stations. As of December 31, 2018, the company owned or operated 247 solid waste landfills; 5 secure hazardous waste landfills; 102 MRFs; and 314 transfer stations. It also provides materials processing and commodities recycling services; recycling brokerage services, such as managing the marketing of recyclable materials for third parties; and other strategic business solutions. In addition, the company offers construction and remediation services; services related with the disposal of fly ash, and residue generated from the combustion of coal and other fuel stocks; in-plant services comprising full-service waste management solutions and consulting services; and specialized disposal services for oil and gas exploration and production operations. Further, it offers fluorescent bulb and universal waste mail-back services through LampTracker program; portable restroom services under the Port-o-Let name; and street and parking lot sweeping services, as well as holds interests in oil and gas producing properties. The company was formerly known as USA Waste Services, Inc. and changed its name to Waste Management, Inc. in 1998. Waste Management, Inc. was incorporated in 1987 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/06/04 02:51
End of Day Share Price2020/06/03 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.