About Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)
Ecolab 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
- Market Cap: $38.43 billion
- Outstanding Shares: 289,381,000
- 50 Day Moving Avg: $131.37
- 200 Day Moving Avg: $130.58
- 52 Week Range: $110.65 - $134.89
Sales & Book Value:
- Trailing P/E Ratio: 30.36
- Foreward P/E Ratio: 24.82
- P/E Growth: 2.22
- Annual Revenue: $13.36 billion
- Price / Sales: 2.88
- Book Value: $23.91 per share
- Price / Book: 5.55
- Annual Dividend: $1.48
- Dividend Yield: 1.1%
- EBITDA: $2.89 billion
- Net Margins: 9.66%
- Return on Equity: 18.93%
- Return on Assets: 6.97%
- Debt-to-Equity Ratio: 0.85%
- Current Ratio: 1.05%
- Quick Ratio: 0.71%
- 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?
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?
Some companies that are related to Ecolab include Huntsman Corporation (HUN), Johnson Matthey PLC (JMAT), Cytec Industries (CYT), Croda International Plc (CRDA), W.R. Grace & Co. (GRA), Valvoline (VVV), Versum Materials (VSM), Cabot Corporation (CBT), Sensient Technologies Corporation (SXT), Platform Specialty Products Corporation (PAH), Trinseo S.A. (TSE), Kronos Worldwide (KRO), Minerals Technologies (MTX), Victrex plc (VCT), Ferro Corporation (FOE), Stepan Company (SCL), Synthomer PLC (SYNT) and Innospec (IOSP).
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?
MarketBeat Community Rating for Ecolab (NYSE ECL)MarketBeat's community ratings are surveys of what our community members think about Ecolab and other stocks. Vote "Outperform" if you believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 over the long term. Vote "Underperform" if you believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 over the long term. You may vote once every thirty days.
One share of Ecolab stock can currently be purchased for approximately $132.80.
Consensus Ratings for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) (How are Consensus Ratings Calculated?)
MarketBeat calculates consensus ratings using the most recent rating from each brokerage that has rated a stock within the last twelve months. Since brokers often use different ratings systems, each rating is normalized to a standardized rating score of 1 (sell), 2 (hold), 3 (buy) or 4 (strong buy). Consensus ratings scores are calculated using the mean average of the number of normalized sell, hold, buy and strong buy ratings. Each stock's consensus rating is derived from its calculated consensus ratings score (0-1.5 = Sell, 1.5-2.5 = Hold, 2.5-3.5 = Buy, >3.5 = Strong Buy). MarketBeat's consensus price targets are a mean average of the most recent available price targets set by each analyst that has set a price target for the stock in the last twelve months.
MarketBeat will no longer include ratings and price target data in its consensus calculation if a broker drops coverage and MarketBeat has received a report that coverage was dropped. Ratings from certain research firms that issue ratings using purely quantitative methods (such as Zacks, Vetr and ValuEngine) are not included in consensus calculations. MarketBeat's consensus ratings and consensus price targets may differ from those calculated by other firms due to differences in methodology and available data.
|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)
Analysts' Ratings History for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)
(Data available from 10/22/2015 forward)
|Date||Firm||Action||Rating||Price Target||Impact on Share Price||Details|
|10/12/2017||Robert W. Baird||Reiterated Rating||Hold||$140.00||N/A|
|9/12/2017||Instinet||Reiterated Rating||Neutral||$120.00 -> $117.00||Low|
|9/12/2017||Nomura||Reiterated Rating||Hold||$120.00 -> $117.00||Low|
|9/12/2017||Royal Bank Of Canada||Boost Price Target||Outperform||$134.00 -> $137.00||Low|
|9/11/2017||Canaccord Genuity||Reiterated Rating||Buy||$145.00||Low|
|9/6/2017||Credit Suisse Group||Reiterated Rating||Neutral -> Hold||High|
|8/16/2017||Jefferies Group LLC||Reiterated Rating||Hold||$130.00||Medium|
|8/15/2017||Morgan Stanley||Initiated Coverage||Equal -> Equal Weight||$140.00||Low|
|8/3/2017||Stifel Nicolaus||Reiterated Rating||Hold||$130.00||Low|
|8/2/2017||Deutsche Bank AG||Boost Price Target||Hold||$132.00 -> $134.00||Low|
|6/2/2017||Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc.||Reiterated Rating||Outperform||$133.00 -> $141.00||Low|
|5/26/2017||J P Morgan Chase & Co||Upgrade||Neutral -> Overweight||$120.00 -> $138.00||Low|
|2/22/2017||Edward Jones||Upgrade||Hold -> Buy||N/A|
|2/22/2017||Longbow Research||Downgrade||Buy -> Neutral||N/A|
|11/7/2016||Barclays PLC||Reiterated Rating||Buy||$135.00||N/A|
|8/25/2016||Macquarie||Initiated Coverage||Outperform||$122.80 -> $143.00||N/A|
|8/3/2016||Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The)||Boost Price Target||Sell||$103.00 -> $111.00||N/A|
|8/3/2016||Citigroup Inc.||Upgrade||Neutral -> Buy||$127.00 -> $141.00||N/A|
|4/9/2016||Bank of America Corporation||Reiterated Rating||Buy||N/A|
|3/22/2016||Sterne Agee CRT||Initiated Coverage||Buy||$136.00||N/A|
|11/30/2015||William Blair||Reiterated Rating||Buy||N/A|
|11/3/2015||Piper Jaffray Companies||Boost Price Target||Overweight||$135.00 -> $137.00||N/A|
Earnings History for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)Earnings History by Quarter for Ecolab (NYSE ECL)
(Data available from 1/1/2011 forward)
|Date||Quarter||Consensus Estimate||Actual EPS||Revenue Estimate||Actual Revenue||Release Link||Conference Call||Details|
|8/1/2017||Q2 2017||$1.12||$1.13||$3.40 billion||$3.46 billion||View||Listen|
|5/2/2017||Q1 2017||$0.81||$0.80||$3.16 billion||$3.17 billion||View||Listen|
|2/21/2017||Q416||$1.28||$1.25||$3.47 billion||$3.35 billion||View||Listen|
|11/1/2016||Q316||$1.27||$1.28||$3.49 billion||$3.39 billion||View||N/A|
|8/2/2016||Q216||$1.08||$1.08||$3.33 billion||$3.32 billion||View||N/A|
|5/3/2016||Q116||$0.76||$0.77||$3.12 billion||$3.10 billion||View||N/A|
|2/23/2016||Q415||$1.24||$1.22||$3.49 billion||$3.40 billion||View||Listen|
|11/2/2015||Q315||$1.28||$1.28||$3.55 billion||$3.45 billion||View||N/A|
|7/28/2015||Q215||$1.08||$1.08||$3.47 billion||$3.39 billion||View||Listen|
|4/28/2015||Q115||$0.81||$0.80||$3.36 billion||$3.30 billion||View||N/A|
|2/24/2015||Q414||$1.20||$1.20||$3.74 billion||$3.68 billion||View||N/A|
|10/28/2014||Q314||$1.20||$1.21||$3.73 billion||$3.73 billion||View||Listen|
|7/29/2014||Q214||$1.02||$1.03||$3.55 billion||$3.57 billion||View||Listen|
|4/28/2014||Q114||$0.74||$0.74||$3.32 billion||$3.34 billion||View||Listen|
|2/21/2014||Q413||$1.05||$1.04||$3.54 billion||$3.56 billion||View||Listen|
|10/29/2013||Q313||$1.03||$1.04||$3.54 billion||$3.48 billion||View||N/A|
|7/30/2013||Q2 2013||$0.84||$0.86||$3.39 billion||$3.34 billion||View||N/A|
|4/30/2013||Q1 2013||$0.59||$0.60||$2.88 billion||$2.87 billion||View||N/A|
|2/26/2013||Q4 2012||$0.89||$0.89||$3.04 billion||$3.05 billion||View||N/A|
|10/30/2012||Q312||$0.87||$0.87||$3.07 billion||$3.02 billion||View||N/A|
Earnings Estimates for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)
2017 EPS Consensus Estimate: $4.75
2018 EPS Consensus Estimate: $5.55
(Data provided by Zacks Investment Research)
|Quarter||Number of Estimates||Low Estimate||High Estimate||Average Estimate|
Current Dividend Information for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)
|Most Recent Dividend:||10/16/2017|
|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 History by Quarter for Ecolab (NYSE ECL)
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)
|Announced||Period||Amount||Yield||Ex-Dividend Date||Record Date||Payable Date|
Insider Trading and Institutional Ownership History for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)
Insider Ownership Percentage: 1.49%Insider Trades by Quarter for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)
Institutional Ownership Percentage: 75.39%
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)
|Transaction Date||Insider Name||Title||Buy/Sell||Number of Shares||Average Share Price||Total Transaction||Details|
|9/14/2017||Thomas W. Handley||Insider||Sell||7,397||$130.63||$966,270.11|| |
|8/3/2017||William H Gates III||Major Shareholder||Buy||75,500||$132.57||$10,009,035.00|| |
|6/9/2017||Stephen M Taylor||EVP||Sell||23,151||$133.06||$3,080,472.06|| |
|6/6/2017||Bruno Lavandier||SVP||Sell||1,000||$133.52||$133,520.00|| |
|5/30/2017||Michael A. Hickey||EVP||Sell||13,700||$131.30||$1,798,810.00|| |
|5/19/2017||Christophe Beck||EVP||Sell||6,959||$127.11||$884,558.49|| |
|5/5/2017||Carl M Casale||Director||Buy||5,000||$126.33||$631,650.00|| |
|3/8/2017||Jerry W Levin||Director||Sell||748||$124.49||$93,118.52|| |
|2/24/2017||David Maclennan||Director||Buy||800||$124.94||$99,952.00|| |
|9/7/2016||Christophe Beck||EVP||Sell||5,789||$122.70||$710,310.30|| |
|8/29/2016||Michael A Hickey||EVP||Sell||17,761||$123.90||$2,200,587.90|| |
|8/19/2016||Douglas M Baker Jr||Chairman||Sell||25,800||$122.41||$3,158,178.00|| |
|6/8/2016||Timothy P Mulhere||EVP||Sell||3,762||$121.60||$457,459.20|| |
|5/13/2016||Timothy P Mulhere||EVP||Sell||4,379||$116.54||$510,328.66|| |
|5/10/2016||Bryan L Hughes||VP||Sell||6,000||$117.03||$702,180.00|| |
|5/6/2016||Jerry A Grundhofer||Director||Sell||15,000||$116.55||$1,748,250.00|| |
|5/6/2016||Larry L Berger||VP||Sell||11,590||$116.33||$1,348,264.70|| |
|3/11/2016||James J Seifert||VP||Sell||3,330||$106.59||$354,944.70|| |
|3/10/2016||William H Gates III||Major Shareholder||Buy||499,999||$105.36||$52,679,894.64|| |
|11/23/2015||Michael A. Hickey||EVP||Sell||20,900||$119.19||$2,491,071.00|| |
|11/6/2015||Douglas M. Baker, Jr.||CEO||Sell||42,500||$116.97||$4,971,225.00|| |
|9/8/2015||Christophe Beck||EVP||Sell||3,450||$108.35||$373,807.50|| |
|6/17/2015||Martha Goldberg Aronson||EVP||Sell||1,000||$115.00||$115,000.00|| |
|5/1/2015||James J Seifert||VP||Sell||50,352||$113.00||$5,689,776.00|| |
|12/5/2014||Christophe Beck||EVP||Sell||10,400||$109.75||$1,141,400.00|| |
|11/20/2014||Douglas M Baker Jr||CEO||Sell||45,000||$113.39||$5,102,550.00|| |
|8/29/2014||Jerry W Levin||Director||Sell||855||$114.68||$98,051.40|| |
|8/25/2014||Bryan L Hughes||VP||Sell||3,075||$114.34||$351,595.50|| |
|6/11/2014||Douglas M Baker Jr||CEO||Sell||30,000||$109.38||$3,281,400.00|| |
|6/11/2014||Jerry W Levin||Director||Sell||1,592||$109.41||$174,180.72|| |
|6/10/2014||Christophe Beck||EVP||Sell||3,956||$110.02||$435,239.12|| |
|5/20/2014||Jerry Levin||Director||Sell||2,122||$106.57||$226,141.54|| |
|5/1/2014||Jerry Grundhofer||Director||Buy||4,700||$104.37||$490,539.00|| |
|3/10/2014||Jerry Levin||Director||Sell||5,917||$109.75||$649,390.75|| |
|3/10/2014||Timothy Mulhere||EVP||Sell||17,200||$109.45||$1,882,540.00|| |
|12/10/2013||Christophe Beck||EVP||Sell||7,560||$105.56||$798,033.60|| |
|10/31/2013||Michael A Hickey||EVP||Sell||30,300||$106.37||$3,223,011.00|| |
|9/3/2013||Jerry Levin||Director||Sell||1,075||$92.63||$99,577.25|| |
|8/30/2013||Jerry Levin||Director||Sell||1,000||$91.39||$91,390.00|| |
|8/27/2013||Stephen Chazen||Director||Buy||2,000||$91.61||$183,220.00|| |
|5/13/2013||Jerry W Levin||Director||Sell||3,337||$87.00||$290,319.00|| |
|5/10/2013||Jerry W Levin||Director||Sell||12,500||$86.93||$1,086,625.00|| |
|5/2/2013||Jerry A Grundhofer||Director||Buy||5,935||$84.23||$499,905.05|| |
|12/5/2012||Jerry W Levin||Director||Sell||5,906||$71.32||$421,215.92|| |
|12/4/2012||Michael A Hickey||VP||Sell||39,900||$72.00||$2,872,800.00|| |
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