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Ecolab Competitors

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Volume702,275 shs
Average Volume949,502 shs
Market Capitalization$64.07 billion
P/E RatioN/A
Dividend Yield0.87%
Beta1.01

Competitors

Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) Vs. SHW, IFF, ALB, CE, RPM, and ASH

Should you be buying ECL stock or one of its competitors? Companies in the sub-industry of "specialty chemicals" are considered alternatives and competitors to Ecolab, including The Sherwin-Williams (SHW), International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), Albemarle (ALB), Celanese (CE), RPM International (RPM), and Ashland Global (ASH).

Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) and The Sherwin-Williams (NYSE:SHW) are both large-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, dividends, profitability and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Ecolab and The Sherwin-Williams' net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
Ecolab-8.21%18.14%6.75%
The Sherwin-Williams10.41%56.69%10.66%

Risk and Volatility

Ecolab has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The Sherwin-Williams has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

73.6% of Ecolab shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.5% of The Sherwin-Williams shares are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of Ecolab shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of The Sherwin-Williams shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Ecolab pays an annual dividend of $1.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. The Sherwin-Williams pays an annual dividend of $2.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Ecolab pays out 33.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. The Sherwin-Williams pays out 10.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Ecolab has increased its dividend for 36 consecutive years. Ecolab is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Ecolab and The Sherwin-Williams' revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Ecolab$14.91 billion4.30$1.56 billion$5.8238.50
The Sherwin-Williams$17.90 billion4.25$1.54 billion$21.1213.55

Ecolab has higher earnings, but lower revenue than The Sherwin-Williams. The Sherwin-Williams is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ecolab, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Ecolab and The Sherwin-Williams, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
Ecolab07702.50
The Sherwin-Williams121502.78

Ecolab presently has a consensus price target of $228.70, indicating a potential upside of 2.07%. The Sherwin-Williams has a consensus price target of $309.9412, indicating a potential upside of 8.34%. Given The Sherwin-Williams' stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe The Sherwin-Williams is more favorable than Ecolab.

Summary

The Sherwin-Williams beats Ecolab on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) and International Flavors & Fragrances (NYSE:IFF) are both large-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, dividends, profitability and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Ecolab and International Flavors & Fragrances' net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
Ecolab-8.21%18.14%6.75%
International Flavors & Fragrances7.44%11.00%5.10%

Risk and Volatility

Ecolab has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, International Flavors & Fragrances has a beta of 0.97, indicating that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

73.6% of Ecolab shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.4% of International Flavors & Fragrances shares are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of Ecolab shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of International Flavors & Fragrances shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Ecolab pays an annual dividend of $1.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. International Flavors & Fragrances pays an annual dividend of $3.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Ecolab pays out 33.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. International Flavors & Fragrances pays out 49.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Ecolab has increased its dividend for 36 consecutive years and International Flavors & Fragrances has increased its dividend for 11 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Ecolab and International Flavors & Fragrances' revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Ecolab$14.91 billion4.30$1.56 billion$5.8238.50
International Flavors & Fragrances$5.14 billion6.84$455.87 million$6.1722.89

Ecolab has higher revenue and earnings than International Flavors & Fragrances. International Flavors & Fragrances is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ecolab, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Ecolab and International Flavors & Fragrances, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
Ecolab07702.50
International Flavors & Fragrances031002.77

Ecolab presently has a consensus price target of $228.70, indicating a potential upside of 2.07%. International Flavors & Fragrances has a consensus price target of $147.5385, indicating a potential upside of 4.48%. Given International Flavors & Fragrances' stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe International Flavors & Fragrances is more favorable than Ecolab.

Summary

International Flavors & Fragrances beats Ecolab on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) and Albemarle (NYSE:ALB) are both large-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, dividends, profitability and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Ecolab pays an annual dividend of $1.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Albemarle pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Ecolab pays out 33.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Albemarle pays out 25.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Ecolab has increased its dividend for 36 consecutive years and Albemarle has increased its dividend for 27 consecutive years. Albemarle is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Ecolab and Albemarle, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
Ecolab07702.50
Albemarle371002.35

Ecolab presently has a consensus price target of $228.70, indicating a potential upside of 2.07%. Albemarle has a consensus price target of $142.1429, indicating a potential downside of 13.23%. Given Ecolab's stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ecolab is more favorable than Albemarle.

Risk and Volatility

Ecolab has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Albemarle has a beta of 1.59, indicating that its stock price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Ecolab and Albemarle's net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
Ecolab-8.21%18.14%6.75%
Albemarle11.77%11.96%4.97%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Ecolab and Albemarle's revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Ecolab$14.91 billion4.30$1.56 billion$5.8238.50
Albemarle$3.59 billion5.33$533.23 million$6.0427.12

Ecolab has higher revenue and earnings than Albemarle. Albemarle is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ecolab, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

73.6% of Ecolab shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.4% of Albemarle shares are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of Ecolab shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of Albemarle shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Albemarle beats Ecolab on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Celanese (NYSE:CE) and Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) are both large-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability, valuation, dividends and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Celanese pays an annual dividend of $2.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Ecolab pays an annual dividend of $1.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Celanese pays out 28.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ecolab pays out 33.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Celanese has increased its dividend for 1 consecutive years and Ecolab has increased its dividend for 36 consecutive years. Celanese is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Celanese and Ecolab, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
Celanese151102.59
Ecolab07702.50

Celanese presently has a consensus price target of $156.6667, indicating a potential downside of 6.29%. Ecolab has a consensus price target of $228.70, indicating a potential upside of 2.07%. Given Ecolab's higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ecolab is more favorable than Celanese.

Volatility and Risk

Celanese has a beta of 1.21, meaning that its share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ecolab has a beta of 1.01, meaning that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Celanese and Ecolab's net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
Celanese10.46%31.41%9.42%
Ecolab-8.21%18.14%6.75%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Celanese and Ecolab's top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Celanese$6.30 billion2.99$852 million$9.5317.54
Ecolab$14.91 billion4.30$1.56 billion$5.8238.50

Ecolab has higher revenue and earnings than Celanese. Celanese is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ecolab, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.5% of Celanese shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.6% of Ecolab shares are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of Celanese shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of Ecolab shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Celanese beats Ecolab on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

RPM International (NYSE:RPM) and Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) are both large-cap construction companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability, valuation, dividends and institutional ownership.

Dividends

RPM International pays an annual dividend of $1.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Ecolab pays an annual dividend of $1.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. RPM International pays out 49.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ecolab pays out 33.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. RPM International has increased its dividend for 19 consecutive years and Ecolab has increased its dividend for 36 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for RPM International and Ecolab, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
RPM International04502.56
Ecolab07702.50

RPM International presently has a consensus price target of $96.8750, indicating a potential downside of 0.11%. Ecolab has a consensus price target of $228.70, indicating a potential upside of 2.07%. Given Ecolab's higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ecolab is more favorable than RPM International.

Volatility and Risk

RPM International has a beta of 1.01, meaning that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ecolab has a beta of 1.01, meaning that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares RPM International and Ecolab's net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
RPM International7.50%35.72%8.85%
Ecolab-8.21%18.14%6.75%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares RPM International and Ecolab's top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
RPM International$5.51 billion2.28$304.39 million$3.0731.59
Ecolab$14.91 billion4.30$1.56 billion$5.8238.50

Ecolab has higher revenue and earnings than RPM International. RPM International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ecolab, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

74.7% of RPM International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.6% of Ecolab shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of RPM International shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of Ecolab shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Ashland Global (NYSE:ASH) and Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability, valuation, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Ashland Global and Ecolab's net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
Ashland Global-21.84%5.40%2.43%
Ecolab-8.21%18.14%6.75%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ashland Global and Ecolab's top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Ashland Global$2.33 billion2.32$-508,000,000.00$2.8031.81
Ecolab$14.91 billion4.30$1.56 billion$5.8238.50

Ecolab has higher revenue and earnings than Ashland Global. Ashland Global is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ecolab, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Ashland Global has a beta of 1.35, meaning that its share price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ecolab has a beta of 1.01, meaning that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Ashland Global pays an annual dividend of $1.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Ecolab pays an annual dividend of $1.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Ashland Global pays out 39.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ecolab pays out 33.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Ashland Global has increased its dividend for 1 consecutive years and Ecolab has increased its dividend for 36 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Ashland Global and Ecolab, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
Ashland Global10702.75
Ecolab07702.50

Ashland Global presently has a consensus price target of $92.4444, indicating a potential upside of 3.80%. Ecolab has a consensus price target of $228.70, indicating a potential upside of 2.07%. Given Ashland Global's stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Ashland Global is more favorable than Ecolab.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

91.9% of Ashland Global shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.6% of Ecolab shares are held by institutional investors. 10.1% of Ashland Global shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of Ecolab shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Ecolab beats Ashland Global on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.


Ecolab Competitors List

Competitor NameCompetitor BTM RankCompetitor PriceCompetitor Price ChangeCompetitor Market CapCompetitor RevenueCompetitor P/E RatioCompetitor Indicator(s)
The Sherwin-Williams logo
SHW
The Sherwin-Williams
2.1$286.09+0.1%$76.09 billion$17.90 billion14.12
International Flavors & Fragrances logo
IFF
International Flavors & Fragrances
2.5$141.21+1.8%$35.15 billion$5.14 billion42.28Earnings Announcement
Analyst Report
News Coverage
Albemarle logo
ALB
Albemarle
2.1$163.81+3.7%$19.12 billion$3.59 billion45.76Analyst Report
Analyst Revision
News Coverage
Gap Down
Celanese logo
CE
Celanese
2.2$167.19+0.3%$18.83 billion$6.30 billion34.61
RPM International logo
RPM
RPM International
2.3$96.98+0.1%$12.56 billion$5.51 billion29.39Analyst Report
Ashland Global logo
ASH
Ashland Global
1.8$89.06+3.7%$5.41 billion$2.33 billion-10.60Gap Down
W. R. Grace & Co. logo
GRA
W. R. Grace & Co.
2.2$68.36+0.1%$4.53 billion$1.96 billion325.52Analyst Downgrade
Balchem logo
BCPC
Balchem
1.6$133.25+0.0%$4.32 billion$643.71 million52.26
Quaker Chemical logo
KWR
Quaker Chemical
2.4$234.74+1.1%$4.20 billion$1.13 billion652.07Dividend Announcement
Insider Selling
Analyst Revision
NewMarket logo
NEU
NewMarket
1.0$352.77+1.3%$3.86 billion$2.19 billion15.36
Sensient Technologies logo
SXT
Sensient Technologies
1.8$85.66+0.9%$3.62 billion$1.32 billion53.87
H.B. Fuller logo
FUL
H.B. Fuller
2.0$69.08+0.9%$3.61 billion$2.90 billion31.40Insider Selling
Stepan logo
SCL
Stepan
2.2$137.25+0.1%$3.09 billion$1.86 billion26.91Insider Selling
Minerals Technologies logo
MTX
Minerals Technologies
1.8$84.04+0.8%$2.83 billion$1.79 billion26.26Analyst Upgrade
Analyst Revision
News Coverage
Innospec logo
IOSP
Innospec
1.8$101.00+0.0%$2.49 billion$1.51 billion67.79Insider Selling
News Coverage
Ferro logo
FOE
Ferro
1.2$21.80+0.6%$1.80 billion$1.02 billion-363.27Earnings Announcement
Analyst Downgrade
Unusual Options Activity
Analyst Revision
News Coverage
Kraton logo
KRA
Kraton
1.3$35.17+1.1%$1.13 billion$1.80 billion-4.94
FutureFuel logo
FF
FutureFuel
1.3$14.91+1.1%$652.21 million$205.23 million5.73Dividend Announcement
Unusual Options Activity
Landec logo
LNDC
Landec
1.8$12.17+3.4%$356.98 million$590.37 million-6.99Gap Down
Flotek Industries logo
FTK
Flotek Industries
0.6$1.85+2.7%$134.55 million$119.35 million-0.73Earnings Announcement
Gap Up
Advanced Emissions Solutions logo
ADES
Advanced Emissions Solutions
0.9$5.25+1.0%$98.99 million$70.09 million-7.95Earnings Announcement
This page was last updated on 5/16/2021 by MarketBeat.com Staff
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