US Ecology Inc

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ECOL : NASDAQ : Industrial Goods
$52.6 | %
Today's Range: 51.5 - 52.65
Avg. Daily Volume: 63700.0
09/22/17 - 4:00 PM ET

Financial Analysis

US ECOLOGY INC's gross profit margin for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2017 is essentially unchanged 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 1.78 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.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 7.48% 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 FY17 Q2 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)126.06122.35
EBITDA ($mil)26.5826.96
EBIT ($mil)15.917.09
Net Income ($mil)5.058.94

Balance Sheet Q2 FY17 Q2 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)4.912.79
Total Assets ($mil)789.45778.25
Total Debt ($mil)277.0287.05
Equity ($mil)287.15267.14

Profitability Q2 FY17 Q2 FY16
Gross Profit Margin36.9538.23
EBITDA Margin21.0822.03
Operating Margin12.6113.97
Sales Turnover0.610.67
Return on Assets3.554.37
Return on Equity9.7612.75
Debt Q2 FY17 Q2 FY16
Current Ratio1.911.78
Interest Expense3.014.3
Interest Coverage5.283.97

Share Data Q2 FY17 Q2 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)21.8321.77
Div / share0.180.18
Book value / share13.1612.27
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume65782.074821.0


BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 33.55 for the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and a significant premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 24.88. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 3.80 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 3.10 and a significant discount versus the industry average of 6.13. The current price-to-sales ratio is above the S&P 500 average, but below the industry average.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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premium   discount
ECOL 39.02 Peers 33.55   ECOL 16.31 Peers 19.88

Premium. A higher P/E ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher growth expectations.

ECOL is trading at a premium to 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.

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  Price to
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premium   discount
ECOL 24.91 Peers 26.88   ECOL 2.92 Peers 1.46

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.


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.

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  Earnings Growth
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lower   higher
ECOL 3.80 Peers 6.13   ECOL -18.48 Peers 128.98

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.

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  Sales Growth
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premium   discount
ECOL 2.28 Peers 2.71   ECOL -8.44 Peers 14.68

Discount. 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 discount to its industry on this measurement.


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

ECOL significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth



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