US ECOLOGY INC's gross profit margin for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2014 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 1.70 which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company managed to increase its liquidity from the same period a year ago, despite already having strong liquidity to begin with. This would indicate improved cash flow.
At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has greatly increased by 98.87% 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||Q2 FY14||Q2 FY13|
|Net Sales ($mil)||66.02||45.78|
|Net Income ($mil)||6.87||7.21|
|Balance Sheet||Q2 FY14||Q2 FY13|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||13.8||3.98|
|Total Assets ($mil)||905.39||221.34|
|Total Debt ($mil)||413.96||43.0|
|Profitability||Q2 FY14||Q2 FY13|
|Gross Profit Margin||47.06||50.74|
|Return on Assets||3.94||12.37|
|Return on Equity||14.76||22.48|
|Debt||Q2 FY14||Q2 FY13|
|Share Data||Q2 FY14||Q2 FY13|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||21.61||18.51|
|Div / share||0.18||0.18|
|Book value / share||11.21||6.58|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||148306.0||169708.0|
BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a significant discount compared to an average of 63.14 for the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 19.49. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 3.98 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.70 and a premium versus the industry average of 3.83. The price-to-sales ratio is well above both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a premium.
|ECOL 24.94||Peers 63.14||ECOL 19.42||Peers 13.21|
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 20.72||Peers 21.75||ECOL 4.77||Peers 3.39|
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 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 3.98||Peers 3.83||ECOL 20.94||Peers 103.31|
Average. 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 valuation on par with 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 4.16||Peers 1.97||ECOL 25.43||Peers 17.40|
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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