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Stock Research and Analysis

by Barbara Noverini

Bulls Say

Republic's business should rise with the overall economic tide as pricing and volume return to normalized levels.
Republic has a strong history of returning cash to shareholders, with dividends per share growing an average of 8.3% over the past five years.
Increasing volumes should lead to better operating leverage as fixed-cost disposal asset utilization improves. Read more 

Bears Say

Deteriorating gross margins suggest that Republic may be chasing lower-margin volumes in an attempt to boost revenue growth.
Returns on invested capital have steadily declined since 2011, calling into question the value of the Allied transaction.
Disposal overcapacity in competitive markets may prevent Republic from appreciably improving near-term pricing. Read more 

Management

Don Slager took over as CEO in January 2011, succeeding Jim O'Connor, who had been CEO for 12 years through the Allied merger. Slager had been COO and president at Allied since 2005, making him a likely choice to continue leading the company post-integration.  Read more 

Profile

Republic Services is the second-largest provider of solid waste management services in the United States, with operations in 39 states and Puerto Rico. The company operates   Read more 

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