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Waste Management (WM) Set to Acquire Avangard Innovative

Waste Management, Inc. WM recently announced its plan to acquire Houston-based Avangard Innovative's U.S. business. This business will run as an independent company named Natura PCR under the primary ownership and control of WM.

Avangard and affiliated entities will have a collective minority equity position in Natura PCR. The deal is subject to customary closing conditions and is anticipated to be completed by the end of the year. The financial terms have been kept under wraps.

WM to Expand Foothold in PCR Market

Natura PCR plans to ramp up recycling capacities at Avangard's existing plant in Waller, TX, and build new plant capacity in the Midwest. In five years, it aims to produce 400 million pounds of post-consumer resin (PCR) per year through mechanical recycling of film and flexible plastics. This will help WM  expand its foothold in the emerging PCR market.

“Today, there is so much untapped potential to reuse film – which impacts many of our commercial customers. We can help our customers close the loop and bring more recycled materials to the store shelf," said Jim Fish, president and CEO of WM.

Shares of WM have gained 11.2% over the past year against a 19.9% decline of the industry it belongs to.

Zacks Rank and Stocks to Consider

Waste Management currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Some better-ranked stocks in the broader Zacks Business Services sector are Avis Budget Group, Inc. CAR, Genpact Limited G and CRA International, Inc. CRAI.

Avis Budget sports a Zacks Rank #1 at present. CAR has an earnings growth rate of 108.4% for 2022.

Avis Budget delivered a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 69.5%, on average.

Genpact carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) at present. G has a long-term earnings growth expectation of 12.3%.

Genpact delivered a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 10.1%, on average.

CRA International carries a Zacks Rank of 2, currently. CRAI has a long-term earnings growth expectation of 14.3%.

CRAI delivered a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 26%, on average.

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