US ECOLOGY INC's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2015 has decreased when compared to the same period a year ago. Even though sales increased, the net income has decreased. US ECOLOGY INC has strong liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.67 which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has decreased from the same period last year.
During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 5.14% 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||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Net Sales ($mil)||136.65||53.35|
|Net Income ($mil)||5.87||9.36|
|Balance Sheet||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||10.2||77.92|
|Total Assets ($mil)||877.83||300.16|
|Total Debt ($mil)||372.7||0.0|
|Profitability||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Gross Profit Margin||37.8||49.93|
|Return on Assets||3.95||12.02|
|Return on Equity||14.0||15.3|
|Debt||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Share Data||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||21.66||21.53|
|Div / share||0.18||0.18|
|Book value / share||11.45||10.96|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||97405.0||161455.0|
BUY. US ECOLOGY INC's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 31.84 for the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and a significant premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 20.31. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 4.34 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.80 and a significant discount versus the industry average of 5.91. The current price-to-sales ratio is 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 31.05||Peers 31.84||ECOL 13.23||Peers 15.09|
Average. An average P/E ratio can signify an industry neutral price for a stock and an average growth expectation.
ECOL is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.
Discount. 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 discount to its peers.
|ECOL 23.55||Peers 21.67||ECOL 13.80||Peers 1.55|
Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.
ECOL is trading at a significant premium to its peers.
Premium. 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 significant premium to its peers.
|ECOL 4.34||Peers 5.91||ECOL -13.98||Peers 92.76|
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 significant 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 2.03||Peers 1.97||ECOL 150.82||Peers 5.88|
Average. 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 valuation on par with its industry on this measurement.
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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