US ECOLOGY INC's gross profit margin for the third quarter of its fiscal year 2014 has decreased when compared to the same period a year ago. The company has grown sales and net income significantly, outpacing the average growth rates of competitors within its industry. US ECOLOGY INC has strong liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.74 which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has increased from the same period last year.
At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has greatly increased by 92.36% from the same quarter last year. The key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is unlikely to face financial difficulties in the near future.
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|Income Statement||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Net Sales ($mil)||170.89||53.09|
|Net Income ($mil)||13.33||10.33|
|Balance Sheet||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||10.92||4.38|
|Total Assets ($mil)||917.15||230.73|
|Total Debt ($mil)||412.96||35.5|
|Profitability||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Gross Profit Margin||38.62||49.01|
|Return on Assets||4.22||12.59|
|Return on Equity||15.51||22.36|
|Debt||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Share Data||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||21.63||18.52|
|Div / share||0.18||0.18|
|Book value / share||11.55||7.02|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||229917.0||236470.0|
BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a significant discount compared to an average of 59.92 for the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 19.47. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 3.71 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.75 and a discount versus the industry average of 4.17. The price-to-sales ratio is well above both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a premium. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, US ECOLOGY INC proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.
|ECOL 23.27||Peers 59.92||ECOL 21.30||Peers 14.07|
Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.
ECOL is trading at a significant discount to its peers.
Premium. The P/CF ratio, a stock’s price divided by the company's cash flow from operations, is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.
ECOL is trading at a significant premium to its peers.
|ECOL 20.99||Peers 22.04||ECOL 1.60||Peers 2.06|
Average. An average price-to-projected earnings ratio can signify an industry neutral stock price and average future growth expectations.
ECOL is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.
Discount. The PEG ratio is the stock’s P/E divided by the consensus estimate of long-term earnings growth. Faster growth can justify higher price multiples.
ECOL trades at a discount to its peers.
|ECOL 3.71||Peers 4.17||ECOL 17.19||Peers 103.48|
Discount. A lower price-to-book ratio makes a stock more attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.
ECOL is trading at a discount to its peers.
Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
However, ECOL is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.
|ECOL 2.65||Peers 1.99||ECOL 81.93||Peers 5.99|
Premium. In the absence of P/E and P/B multiples, the price-to-sales ratio can display the value investors are placing on each dollar of sales.
ECOL is trading at a significant premium to its industry.
Higher. A sales growth rate that exceeds the industry implies that a company is gaining market share.
ECOL has a sales growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.
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