Ecolab Company Profile (NYSE:ECL)

About Ecolab

Ecolab logoEcolab Inc. provides water, hygiene and energy technologies and services. The Company's segments include Global Industrial, Global Institutional, Global Energy, Other and Corporate. The Global Industrial segment consists of the Water, Food and Beverage, Paper and Textile Care operating units. The 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 Other segment consists of the pest elimination and equipment care operating units. 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 approximately 170 countries.

Industry, Sector and Symbol:
  • Sector: Basic Materials
  • Industry: Cleaning Products
  • Sub-Industry: Specialty Chemicals
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Symbol: ECL
  • CUSIP: 27886510
Key Metrics:
  • Previous Close: $122.76
  • 50 Day Moving Average: $120.50
  • 200 Day Moving Average: $119.11
  • 52-Week Range: $101.59 - $124.60
  • Trailing P/E Ratio: 34.13
  • Foreward P/E Ratio: 22.90
  • P/E Growth: 2.12
  • Market Cap: $35.79B
  • Outstanding Shares: 291,552,000
  • Beta: 0.9
  • Net Margins: 8.11%
  • Return on Equity: 19.08%
  • Return on Assets: 7.06%
  • Debt-to-Equity Ratio: 0.73%
  • Current Ratio: 1.00%
  • Quick Ratio: 0.68%
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Analyst Ratings

Consensus Ratings for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) (?)
Ratings Breakdown: 2 Sell Ratings, 5 Hold Ratings, 10 Buy Ratings
Consensus Rating:Hold (Score: 2.47)
Consensus Price Target: $126.43 (2.99% upside)

Analysts' Ratings History for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)
DateFirmActionRatingPrice TargetDetails
2/22/2017Edward JonesUpgradeHold -> BuyView Rating Details
2/22/2017Longbow ResearchDowngradeBuy -> NeutralView Rating Details
1/21/2017RBC Capital MarketsSet Price TargetBuy$130.00View Rating Details
11/9/2016Jefferies Group LLCReiterated RatingHold$125.00 -> $125.00View Rating Details
11/8/2016NomuraReiterated RatingSellView Rating Details
11/7/2016Barclays PLCReiterated RatingBuy$135.00View Rating Details
8/25/2016MacquarieInitiated CoverageOutperform$122.80 -> $143.00View Rating Details
8/3/2016Credit Suisse GroupReiterated RatingHold$120.00View Rating Details
8/3/2016Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc.Boost Price TargetOutperform$120.00 -> $129.00View Rating Details
8/3/2016Canaccord GenuityBoost Price TargetBuy$126.00 -> $135.00View Rating Details
8/3/2016Deutsche Bank AGBoost Price TargetHold$118.00 -> $126.00View Rating Details
8/3/2016Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The)Boost Price TargetSell$103.00 -> $111.00View Rating Details
8/3/2016Citigroup Inc.UpgradeNeutral -> Buy$127.00 -> $141.00View Rating Details
8/2/2016Stifel NicolausDowngradeBuy -> HoldView Rating Details
4/9/2016Bank of America CorpReiterated RatingBuyView Rating Details
3/22/2016Sterne Agee CRTInitiated CoverageBuy$136.00View Rating Details
2/25/2016Royal Bank Of CanadaLower Price TargetOutperform$124.00 -> $118.00View Rating Details
11/30/2015William BlairReiterated RatingBuyView Rating Details
11/3/2015Piper Jaffray CompaniesBoost Price TargetOverweight$135.00 -> $137.00View Rating Details
10/9/2015J P Morgan Chase & CoDowngradeOverweight -> Neutral$120.00View Rating Details
6/4/2015Seaport Global SecuritiesInitiated CoverageNeutral$122.00View Rating Details
(Data available from 2/23/2015 forward)


Earnings History for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)
DateQuarterConsensus EstimateActual EPSRevenue EstimateActual RevenueRelease LinkConference CallDetails
2/21/2017Q416$1.28$1.25$3.47 billion$3.35 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
11/1/2016Q316$1.28$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$1.19$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)


Earnings Estimates for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)
Current Year EPS Consensus Estimate: $4.88 EPS
Next Year EPS Consensus Estimate: $5.36 EPS
QuarterNumber of EstimatesLow EstimateHigh EstimateAverage Estimate
Q1 20169$0.73$0.94$0.81
Q2 20164$1.07$1.10$1.08
Q3 20164$1.24$1.28$1.27
Q4 20164$1.27$1.28$1.28
Q1 20174$0.79$0.94$0.84
Q2 20174$1.13$1.20$1.17
Q3 20174$1.35$1.45$1.40
Q4 20174$1.35$1.43$1.39
Q1 20181$1.10$1.10$1.10
Q2 20181$1.34$1.34$1.34
Q3 20181$1.51$1.51$1.51
Q4 20181$1.49$1.49$1.49
(Data provided by Zacks Investment Research)


Current Dividend Information for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)
Annual Dividend:$1.48
Dividend Yield:1.21%
Dividend Growth:26.60% (3 Year Average)
Payout Ratio:41.11% (Based on Trailing 12 Months of Earnings)
30.33% (Based on Current Year Consensus EPS Estimate)
27.61% (Based on Next Year Consensus EPS Estimate)
Track Record:31 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth

Dividend History for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)
AnnouncedPeriodAmountYieldEx-Dividend DateRecord DatePayable Date
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)

Insider Trades

Insider Trading History for Ecolab (NYSE:ECL)
Insider Ownership Percentage: 1.50%
Institutional Ownership Percentage: 75.09%
Transaction DateInsider NameTitleBuy/SellNumber of SharesAverage Share PriceTotal TransactionDetails
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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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 announced a quarterly dividend on Thursday, December 8th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, December 20th will be given a dividend of $0.37 per share on Tuesday, January 17th. This represents a $1.48 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.21%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, December 16th. This is an increase from Ecolab's previous quarterly dividend of $0.35.

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

17 analysts have issued 12 month price targets for Ecolab's shares. Their predictions range from $98.00 to $143.00. On average, they anticipate Ecolab's share price to reach $126.43 in the next twelve months.

When will Ecolab announce their earnings?

Ecolab is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Monday, May, 1st 2017.

Who owns Ecolab stock?

Ecolab's stock is owned by a variety of of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional shareholders include State Street Corp (4.08%), Brown Advisory Inc. (1.50%), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust (1.50%), Franklin Resources Inc. (1.35%), Edgewood Management LLC (1.13%) and FMR LLC (0.97%). Company insiders that own Ecolab stock include Bryan L Hughes, Christophe Beck, Douglas M Baker Jr, Douglas M Baker, Jr, James J Seifert, Jerry A Grundhofer, Larry L Berger, Martha Goldberg Aronson, Michael A Hickey, Timothy P Mulhere and William H Gates III.

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 FMR LLC, Handelsbanken Fonder AB, Franklin Resources Inc., AMF Pensionsforsakring AB, Davis Selected Advisers, Janus Capital Management LLC, Gamco Investors INC. ET AL and Gabelli Funds LLC. Company insiders that have sold Ecolab stock in the last year include Bryan L Hughes, Christophe Beck, Douglas M Baker Jr, James J Seifert, Jerry A Grundhofer, Larry L Berger, Michael A Hickey and Timothy P Mulhere.

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 DZ BANK AG Deutsche Zentral Genossenschafts Bank Frankfurt am Main, Russell Investments Group Ltd., Artisan Partners Limited Partnership, Asset Management One Co. Ltd., Congress Asset Management Co. MA, State Street Corp, Marshall Wace LLP and Glenview Trust Co.

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.

How much does a share of Ecolab stock cost?

One share of Ecolab stock can currently be purchased for approximately $122.76.

Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) Chart for Thursday, February, 23, 2017

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Last Updated on 2/23/2017 by Staff