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US Ecology Inc
ECOL : NASDAQ : Industrial Goods
$44.71 0.46 | 1.04%
Today's Range: 44.25 - 44.94
Avg. Daily Volume: 147,900
08/21/14 - 3:46 PM ET

Financial Analysis


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 ($mil)66.0245.78
EBITDA ($mil)21.9516.71
EBIT ($mil)16.1212.41
Net Income ($mil)6.877.21


Balance Sheet Q2 FY14 Q2 FY13
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)13.83.98
Total Assets ($mil)905.39221.34
Total Debt ($mil)413.9643.0
Equity ($mil)242.24121.81


Profitability Q2 FY14 Q2 FY13
Gross Profit Margin47.0650.74
EBITDA Margin33.2436.5
Operating Margin24.4227.11
Sales Turnover0.260.83
Return on Assets3.9412.37
Return on Equity14.7622.48
Debt Q2 FY14 Q2 FY13
Current Ratio1.911.79
Debt/Capital0.630.26
Interest Expense0.860.22
Interest Coverage18.7955.9


Share Data Q2 FY14 Q2 FY13
Shares outstanding (mil)21.5318.51
Div / share0.180.18
EPS0.320.39
Book value / share11.256.58
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume152624.0172845.0

Valuation


BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a significant discount compared to an average of 68.17 for the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 19.39. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 4.00 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.68 and a premium versus the industry average of 3.92. The price-to-sales ratio is well above both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a premium.


Price/Earnings
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Price/Cash Flow
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
ECOL 25.14 Peers 68.17   ECOL 19.54 Peers 13.64

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.

 
Price/Projected
Earnings
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Price to
Earnings/Growth
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
ECOL 20.55 Peers 21.70   ECOL 3.76 Peers 3.52

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.

 

Average. 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 valuation on par to its peers.

 
Price/Book
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Earnings Growth
1 2 3 4 5
lower   higher
ECOL 4.00 Peers 3.92   ECOL 20.94 Peers 101.46

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.

 
Price/Sales
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Sales Growth
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
ECOL 4.18 Peers 1.99   ECOL 25.43 Peers 31.23

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.

 

Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.

ECOL trails its peers on the basis of sales growth

 

 

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