US Ecology Inc

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ECOL : NASDAQ : Industrial Goods
$46.85 -0.05 | -0.11%
Today's Range: 46.5 - 47.55
Avg. Daily Volume: 74700.0
03/24/17 - 4:00 PM ET

Financial Analysis

US ECOLOGY INC's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2016 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales and net income have dropped, underperforming the average competitor within its industry. US ECOLOGY INC has strong liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.72 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 9.32% 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 Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)117.17138.27
EBITDA ($mil)26.5332.62
EBIT ($mil)16.2422.29
Net Income ($mil)7.687.7

Balance Sheet Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)7.025.99
Total Assets ($mil)776.4771.99
Total Debt ($mil)279.54293.74
Equity ($mil)280.02256.14

Profitability Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Gross Profit Margin39.6139.4
EBITDA Margin22.6323.58
Operating Margin13.8616.12
Sales Turnover0.620.73
Return on Assets4.413.31
Return on Equity12.239.99
Debt Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Current Ratio1.841.8
Interest Expense4.177.16
Interest Coverage3.93.11

Share Data Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)21.7721.74
Div / share0.180.18
Book value / share12.8611.78
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume74163.0106005.0


BUY. The current P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 32.61 for the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 26.33. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 3.65 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.93 and a discount versus the industry average of 4.74. The current price-to-sales ratio is similar to the S&P 500 average, but it is below the industry average, indicating a discount. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, US ECOLOGY INC proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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ECOL 29.87 Peers 32.61   ECOL 13.68 Peers 15.96

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.

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  Price to
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ECOL 23.39 Peers 29.04   ECOL 2.04 Peers 1.38

Discount. A lower price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower future growth expectations.

ECOL is trading at a discount 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.

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  Earnings Growth
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ECOL 3.65 Peers 4.74   ECOL 33.05 Peers 57.03

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.

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  Sales Growth
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ECOL 2.14 Peers 2.43   ECOL -15.17 Peers 10.24

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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