Ecolab Company Profile (NYSE:ECL)

About Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)

Ecolab logoEcolab Inc. provides water, hygiene and energy technologies and services. The Company's cleaning and sanitizing programs and products, pest elimination services and equipment maintenance and repair services support customers in the foodservice, food and beverage processing, hospitality, healthcare, government and education, retail, textile care and commercial facilities management sectors in over 170 countries. Its segments include Global Industrial, Global Institutional, Global Energy, Other and Corporate. Its Global Industrial segment consists of the Water, Food and Beverage, Paper and Textile Care operating units. Its Global Institutional segment consists of the Institutional, Specialty and Healthcare operating units. The Global Energy segment provides on-site and technology-driven solutions to the global drilling, oil and gas production, refining, and petrochemical industries. The Company's Other segment consists of the Pest Elimination and Equipment Care operating units.

Industry, Sector and Symbol:
  • Sector: Basic Materials
  • Industry: Specialty Chemicals
  • Sub-Industry: Specialty Chemicals
  • Symbol: NYSE:ECL
  • CUSIP: 27886510
  • Web: www.ecolab.com
Capitalization:
  • Market Cap: $38.43 billion
  • Outstanding Shares: 289,381,000
Average Prices:
  • 50 Day Moving Avg: $131.37
  • 200 Day Moving Avg: $130.58
  • 52 Week Range: $110.65 - $134.89
P/E:
  • Trailing P/E Ratio: 30.36
  • Foreward P/E Ratio: 24.82
  • P/E Growth: 2.22
Sales & Book Value:
  • Annual Revenue: $13.36 billion
  • Price / Sales: 2.88
  • Book Value: $23.91 per share
  • Price / Book: 5.55
Dividend:
  • Annual Dividend: $1.48
  • Dividend Yield: 1.1%
Profitability:
  • EBITDA: $2.89 billion
  • Net Margins: 9.66%
  • Return on Equity: 18.93%
  • Return on Assets: 6.97%
Debt:
  • Debt-to-Equity Ratio: 0.85%
  • Current Ratio: 1.05%
  • Quick Ratio: 0.71%
Misc:
  • Average Volume: 843,472 shs.
  • Beta: 0.98
  • Short Ratio: 4.94
 

Frequently Asked Questions for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)

What is Ecolab's stock symbol?

Ecolab trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "ECL."

How often does Ecolab pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Ecolab?

Ecolab declared a quarterly dividend on Thursday, August 3rd. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, September 19th will be given a dividend of $0.37 per share on Monday, October 16th. This represents a $1.48 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.11%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, September 18th. View Ecolab's Dividend History.

How were Ecolab's earnings last quarter?

Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August, 1st. The company reported $1.13 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $1.12 by $0.01. The company earned $3.46 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.40 billion. Ecolab had a return on equity of 18.93% and a net margin of 9.66%. The firm's revenue was up 4.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $1.08 EPS. View Ecolab's Earnings History.

When will Ecolab make its next earnings announcement?

Ecolab is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Tuesday, October, 31st 2017. View Earnings Estimates for Ecolab.

What guidance has Ecolab issued on next quarter's earnings?

Ecolab updated its FY17 earnings guidance on Tuesday, August, 1st. The company provided earnings per share (EPS) guidance of $4.70-4.90 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $4.79. Ecolab also updated its Q3 guidance to $1.36-1.44 EPS.

Where is Ecolab's stock going? Where will Ecolab's stock price be in 2017?

15 brokers have issued twelve-month target prices for Ecolab's shares. Their predictions range from $117.00 to $145.00. On average, they expect Ecolab's share price to reach $133.23 in the next twelve months. View Analyst Ratings for Ecolab.

What are analysts saying about Ecolab stock?

Here are some recent quotes from research analysts about Ecolab stock:

  • 1. According to Zacks Investment Research, "Ecolab’s second-quarter 2017 earnings and revenues surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The upside came from new business gains, better pricing, product innovation and cost efficiencies. This more than offset higher delivered product costs. Going forward we believe a robust product portfolio and an expanding customer base will drive Ecolab organic sales over the long haul. In fact, the realization of targeted synergies associated with acquisitions should also pave way for margin expansion. Year-to-date, Ecolab has outperformed the industry. The company expects its water, food and beverage, and paper businesses to benefit in the near term. On the flipside, Ecolab operates in highly competitive markets, which might dent its prospects over the long haul. We believe volatility in foreign currency exchange rates will remain a significant headwind for the company. Ecolab faces pricing pressure in the Energy segment which is likely to hurt profits." (10/3/2017)
  • 2. Canaccord Genuity analysts commented, "We find Ecolab very well positioned to benefit from the convergence of population growth, resource volatility and rapid industrialization across the world. The company’s recurring services model drives high visibility (even in a variable macro environment)." (3/15/2017)

Who are some of Ecolab's key competitors?

Who are Ecolab's key executives?

Ecolab's management team includes the folowing people:

  • Douglas M. Baker Jr., Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer
  • Thomas W. Handley, President, Chief Operating Officer
  • Daniel J. Schmechel, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer
  • Larry L. Berger, Executive Vice President, Chief Technical Officer
  • James J. Seifert, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary
  • Laurie M. Marsh, Executive Vice President - Human Resources
  • Christophe Beck, Executive Vice President and President – Global Water & Process Services
  • Alex N. Blanco, Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer
  • Michael A. Hickey, Executive Vice President, President - Global Institutional
  • Roberto Inchaustegui, Executive Vice President and President – Global Services and Specialty

Who owns Ecolab stock?

Ecolab's stock is owned by many different of institutional and retail investors. Top institutional shareholders include PGGM Investments (0.20%), APG Asset Management N.V. (0.18%), Alta Capital Management LLC (0.13%), Inverness Counsel LLC NY (0.07%), Douglas Lane & Associates LLC (0.07%) and Shell Asset Management Co. (0.06%). Company insiders that own Ecolab stock include Bruno Lavandier, Bryan L Hughes, Carl M Casale, Christophe Beck, David Maclennan, Douglas M Baker Jr, Douglas M Baker, Jr, James J Seifert, Jerry A Grundhofer, Jerry W Levin, Larry L Berger, Michael A Hickey, Stephen M Taylor, Thomas W Handley, Timothy P Mulhere and William H Gates III. View Institutional Ownership Trends for Ecolab.

Who sold Ecolab stock? Who is selling Ecolab stock?

Ecolab's stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Inverness Counsel LLC NY, Mountain Pacific Investment Advisers Inc. ID, Bridges Investment Counsel Inc., Douglas Lane & Associates LLC, State Treasurer State of Michigan, Alta Capital Management LLC, LS Investment Advisors LLC and Harvey Investment Co. LLC. Company insiders that have sold Ecolab stock in the last year include Bruno Lavandier, Christophe Beck, Jerry W Levin, Michael A Hickey, Stephen M Taylor and Thomas W Handley. View Insider Buying and Selling for Ecolab.

Who bought Ecolab stock? Who is buying Ecolab stock?

Ecolab's stock was acquired by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Shell Asset Management Co., APG Asset Management N.V., Wealth Enhancement Advisory Services LLC, PGGM Investments, Assenagon Asset Management S.A., Rockefeller Financial Services Inc., Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. and Bath Savings Trust Co. Company insiders that have bought Ecolab stock in the last two years include Carl M Casale, David Maclennan and William H Gates III. View Insider Buying and Selling for Ecolab.

How do I buy Ecolab stock?

Shares of Ecolab can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.

What is Ecolab's stock price today?

One share of Ecolab stock can currently be purchased for approximately $132.80.


MarketBeat Community Rating for Ecolab (NYSE ECL)
Community Ranking:  3.0 out of 5 (star star star)
Outperform Votes:  465 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  319 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  784
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Analyst Ratings

Consensus Ratings for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) (How are Consensus Ratings Calculated?)
Ratings Breakdown: 9 Hold Ratings, 6 Buy Ratings
Consensus Rating:Hold (Score: 2.40)
Consensus Price Target: $133.23 (0.32% upside)
Consensus Price Target History for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)
Price Target History for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)
Analysts' Ratings History for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)
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DateFirmActionRatingPrice TargetImpact on Share PriceDetails
10/12/2017Robert W. BairdReiterated RatingHold$140.00N/AView Rating Details
9/12/2017InstinetReiterated RatingNeutral$120.00 -> $117.00LowView Rating Details
9/12/2017NomuraReiterated RatingHold$120.00 -> $117.00LowView Rating Details
9/12/2017Royal Bank Of CanadaBoost Price TargetOutperform$134.00 -> $137.00LowView Rating Details
9/11/2017Canaccord GenuityReiterated RatingBuy$145.00LowView Rating Details
9/6/2017Credit Suisse GroupReiterated RatingNeutral -> HoldHighView Rating Details
8/16/2017Jefferies Group LLCReiterated RatingHold$130.00MediumView Rating Details
8/15/2017Morgan StanleyInitiated CoverageEqual -> Equal Weight$140.00LowView Rating Details
8/3/2017Stifel NicolausReiterated RatingHold$130.00LowView Rating Details
8/2/2017Deutsche Bank AGBoost Price TargetHold$132.00 -> $134.00LowView Rating Details
6/2/2017Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc.Reiterated RatingOutperform$133.00 -> $141.00LowView Rating Details
5/26/2017J P Morgan Chase & CoUpgradeNeutral -> Overweight$120.00 -> $138.00LowView Rating Details
2/22/2017Edward JonesUpgradeHold -> BuyN/AView Rating Details
2/22/2017Longbow ResearchDowngradeBuy -> NeutralN/AView Rating Details
11/7/2016Barclays PLCReiterated RatingBuy$135.00N/AView Rating Details
8/25/2016MacquarieInitiated CoverageOutperform$122.80 -> $143.00N/AView Rating Details
8/3/2016Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The)Boost Price TargetSell$103.00 -> $111.00N/AView Rating Details
8/3/2016Citigroup Inc.UpgradeNeutral -> Buy$127.00 -> $141.00N/AView Rating Details
4/9/2016Bank of America CorporationReiterated RatingBuyN/AView Rating Details
3/22/2016Sterne Agee CRTInitiated CoverageBuy$136.00N/AView Rating Details
11/30/2015William BlairReiterated RatingBuyN/AView Rating Details
11/3/2015Piper Jaffray CompaniesBoost Price TargetOverweight$135.00 -> $137.00N/AView Rating Details
(Data available from 10/22/2015 forward)

Earnings

Earnings History for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)
Earnings by Quarter for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)
Earnings History by Quarter for Ecolab (NYSE ECL)
DateQuarterConsensus EstimateActual EPSRevenue EstimateActual RevenueRelease LinkConference CallDetails
10/31/2017$1.41N/AView Earnings Details
8/1/2017Q2 2017$1.12$1.13$3.40 billion$3.46 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
5/2/2017Q1 2017$0.81$0.80$3.16 billion$3.17 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
2/21/2017Q416$1.28$1.25$3.47 billion$3.35 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
11/1/2016Q316$1.27$1.28$3.49 billion$3.39 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
8/2/2016Q216$1.08$1.08$3.33 billion$3.32 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
5/3/2016Q116$0.76$0.77$3.12 billion$3.10 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
2/23/2016Q415$1.24$1.22$3.49 billion$3.40 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
11/2/2015Q315$1.28$1.28$3.55 billion$3.45 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/28/2015Q215$1.08$1.08$3.47 billion$3.39 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
4/28/2015Q115$0.81$0.80$3.36 billion$3.30 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
2/24/2015Q414$1.20$1.20$3.74 billion$3.68 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/28/2014Q314$1.20$1.21$3.73 billion$3.73 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
7/29/2014Q214$1.02$1.03$3.55 billion$3.57 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
4/28/2014Q114$0.74$0.74$3.32 billion$3.34 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
2/21/2014Q413$1.05$1.04$3.54 billion$3.56 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
10/29/2013Q313$1.03$1.04$3.54 billion$3.48 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/30/2013Q2 2013$0.84$0.86$3.39 billion$3.34 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/30/2013Q1 2013$0.59$0.60$2.88 billion$2.87 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
2/26/2013Q4 2012$0.89$0.89$3.04 billion$3.05 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/30/2012Q312$0.87$0.87$3.07 billion$3.02 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/31/2012$0.72$0.72ViewN/AView Earnings Details
5/1/2012$0.48$0.50ViewN/AView Earnings Details
2/28/2012$0.70$0.70ViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/25/2011$0.75$0.75ViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/27/2011$0.64$0.64ViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/26/2011$0.44$0.45ViewN/AView Earnings Details
2/17/2011$0.61$0.60ViewN/AView Earnings Details
(Data available from 1/1/2011 forward)

Estimates

Earnings Estimates for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)
2017 EPS Consensus Estimate: $4.75
2018 EPS Consensus Estimate: $5.55
QuarterNumber of EstimatesLow EstimateHigh EstimateAverage Estimate
Q1 20174$0.79$0.81$0.80
Q2 20174$1.11$1.14$1.13
Q3 20174$1.34$1.40$1.37
Q4 20174$1.39$1.49$1.45
Q1 20181$0.99$0.99$0.99
Q2 20181$1.37$1.37$1.37
Q3 20181$1.59$1.59$1.59
Q4 20181$1.60$1.60$1.60
(Data provided by Zacks Investment Research)

Dividends

Current Dividend Information for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)
Most Recent Dividend:10/16/2017
Annual Dividend:$1.48
Dividend Yield:1.11%
Dividend Growth:26.60% (3 Year Average)
Payout Ratio:33.79% (Trailing 12 Months of Earnings)
31.29% (Based on This Year's Estimates)
27.66% (Based on Next Year's Estimates)
Track Record:31 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth
Dividend Payments by Quarter for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)

Dividend History by Quarter for Ecolab (NYSE ECL)
AnnouncedPeriodAmountYieldEx-Dividend DateRecord DatePayable Date
8/3/2017quarterly$0.371.11%9/18/20179/19/201710/16/2017
5/4/2017quarterly$0.371.17%6/16/20176/20/20177/17/2017
2/23/2017quarterly$0.371.18%3/17/20173/21/20174/17/2017
12/8/2016quarterly$0.371.23%12/16/201612/20/20161/17/2017
8/4/2016quarterly$0.351.14%9/16/20169/20/201610/17/2016
5/5/2016quarterly$0.351.2%6/17/20166/21/20167/15/2016
2/25/2016quarterly$0.351.32%3/11/20163/15/20164/15/2016
12/3/2015quarterly$0.351.17%12/11/201512/15/20151/15/2016
8/6/2015quarterly$0.331.15%9/11/20159/15/201510/15/2015
5/7/2015quarterly$0.331.15%6/12/20156/16/20157/15/2015
2/26/2015quarterly$0.331.14%3/6/20153/10/20154/15/2015
12/4/2014quarterly$0.331.21%12/12/201412/16/20141/15/2015
8/7/2014quarterly$0.281.01%9/12/20149/16/201410/15/2014
5/8/2014quarterly$0.281.05%6/13/20146/17/20147/15/2014
2/27/2014quarterly$0.281.02%3/7/20143/11/20144/15/2014
12/5/2013quarterly$0.281.04%12/13/201312/17/20131/15/2014
8/1/2013quarterly$0.230.98%9/13/20139/17/201310/15/2013
5/2/2013quarterly$0.231.08%6/14/20136/18/20137/15/2013
2/22/2013quarterly$0.231.26%3/1/20133/5/20134/15/2013
12/9/2012quarterly$0.231.27%12/14/201212/18/201212/28/2012
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)

Insider Trades

Insider Trading and Institutional Ownership History for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)
Insider Ownership Percentage: 1.49%
Institutional Ownership Percentage: 75.39%
Insider Trades by Quarter for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)
Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)
Insider Trades by Quarter for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)
Transaction DateInsider NameTitleBuy/SellNumber of SharesAverage Share PriceTotal TransactionDetails
9/14/2017Thomas W. HandleyInsiderSell7,397$130.63$966,270.11View SEC Filing  
8/3/2017William H Gates IIIMajor ShareholderBuy75,500$132.57$10,009,035.00View SEC Filing  
6/9/2017Stephen M TaylorEVPSell23,151$133.06$3,080,472.06View SEC Filing  
6/6/2017Bruno LavandierSVPSell1,000$133.52$133,520.00View SEC Filing  
5/30/2017Michael A. HickeyEVPSell13,700$131.30$1,798,810.00View SEC Filing  
5/19/2017Christophe BeckEVPSell6,959$127.11$884,558.49View SEC Filing  
5/5/2017Carl M CasaleDirectorBuy5,000$126.33$631,650.00View SEC Filing  
3/8/2017Jerry W LevinDirectorSell748$124.49$93,118.52View SEC Filing  
2/24/2017David MaclennanDirectorBuy800$124.94$99,952.00View SEC Filing  
9/7/2016Christophe BeckEVPSell5,789$122.70$710,310.30View SEC Filing  
8/29/2016Michael A HickeyEVPSell17,761$123.90$2,200,587.90View SEC Filing  
8/19/2016Douglas M Baker JrChairmanSell25,800$122.41$3,158,178.00View SEC Filing  
6/8/2016Timothy P MulhereEVPSell3,762$121.60$457,459.20View SEC Filing  
5/13/2016Timothy P MulhereEVPSell4,379$116.54$510,328.66View SEC Filing  
5/10/2016Bryan L HughesVPSell6,000$117.03$702,180.00View SEC Filing  
5/6/2016Jerry A GrundhoferDirectorSell15,000$116.55$1,748,250.00View SEC Filing  
5/6/2016Larry L BergerVPSell11,590$116.33$1,348,264.70View SEC Filing  
3/11/2016James J SeifertVPSell3,330$106.59$354,944.70View SEC Filing  
3/10/2016William H Gates IIIMajor ShareholderBuy499,999$105.36$52,679,894.64View SEC Filing  
11/23/2015Michael A. HickeyEVPSell20,900$119.19$2,491,071.00View SEC Filing  
11/6/2015Douglas M. Baker, Jr.CEOSell42,500$116.97$4,971,225.00View SEC Filing  
9/8/2015Christophe BeckEVPSell3,450$108.35$373,807.50View SEC Filing  
6/17/2015Martha Goldberg AronsonEVPSell1,000$115.00$115,000.00View SEC Filing  
5/1/2015James J SeifertVPSell50,352$113.00$5,689,776.00View SEC Filing  
12/5/2014Christophe BeckEVPSell10,400$109.75$1,141,400.00View SEC Filing  
11/20/2014Douglas M Baker JrCEOSell45,000$113.39$5,102,550.00View SEC Filing  
8/29/2014Jerry W LevinDirectorSell855$114.68$98,051.40View SEC Filing  
8/25/2014Bryan L HughesVPSell3,075$114.34$351,595.50View SEC Filing  
6/11/2014Douglas M Baker JrCEOSell30,000$109.38$3,281,400.00View SEC Filing  
6/11/2014Jerry W LevinDirectorSell1,592$109.41$174,180.72View SEC Filing  
6/10/2014Christophe BeckEVPSell3,956$110.02$435,239.12View SEC Filing  
5/20/2014Jerry LevinDirectorSell2,122$106.57$226,141.54View SEC Filing  
5/1/2014Jerry GrundhoferDirectorBuy4,700$104.37$490,539.00View SEC Filing  
3/10/2014Jerry LevinDirectorSell5,917$109.75$649,390.75View SEC Filing  
3/10/2014Timothy MulhereEVPSell17,200$109.45$1,882,540.00View SEC Filing  
12/10/2013Christophe BeckEVPSell7,560$105.56$798,033.60View SEC Filing  
10/31/2013Michael A HickeyEVPSell30,300$106.37$3,223,011.00View SEC Filing  
9/3/2013Jerry LevinDirectorSell1,075$92.63$99,577.25View SEC Filing  
8/30/2013Jerry LevinDirectorSell1,000$91.39$91,390.00View SEC Filing  
8/27/2013Stephen ChazenDirectorBuy2,000$91.61$183,220.00View SEC Filing  
5/13/2013Jerry W LevinDirectorSell3,337$87.00$290,319.00View SEC Filing  
5/10/2013Jerry W LevinDirectorSell12,500$86.93$1,086,625.00View SEC Filing  
5/2/2013Jerry A GrundhoferDirectorBuy5,935$84.23$499,905.05View SEC Filing  
12/5/2012Jerry W LevinDirectorSell5,906$71.32$421,215.92View SEC Filing  
12/4/2012Michael A HickeyVPSell39,900$72.00$2,872,800.00View SEC Filing  
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)

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