US Ecology Inc

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ECOL : NASDAQ : Industrial Goods
$48.51 up 0.36 | 0.75%
Today's Range: 47.65 - 48.69
Avg. Daily Volume: 93,500
07/27/16 - 3:59 PM ET

Financial Analysis

US ECOLOGY INC's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2016 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. Even though sales decreased, the net income has increased, representing an increase to the bottom line. US ECOLOGY INC has strong liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.64 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 5.48% 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 Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)113.32136.65
EBITDA ($mil)25.3227.55
EBIT ($mil)15.7815.73
Net Income ($mil)7.525.87

Balance Sheet Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)14.2810.2
Total Assets ($mil)768.23877.83
Total Debt ($mil)283.51372.7
Equity ($mil)261.67248.07

Profitability Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Gross Profit Margin39.4937.8
EBITDA Margin22.3420.16
Operating Margin13.9311.51
Sales Turnover0.70.6
Return on Assets3.543.95
Return on Equity10.4114.0
Debt Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Current Ratio1.761.82
Interest Expense4.565.69
Interest Coverage3.462.76

Share Data Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)21.7621.66
Div / share0.180.18
Book value / share12.0311.45
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume91943.0109436.0


BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 32.80 for the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and a significant premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 25.16. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 3.96 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.82 and a discount versus the industry average of 5.08. The current price-to-sales ratio is similar to the S&P 500 average, but it is below the industry average, indicating a discount.

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premium   discount
  Price/Cash Flow
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
ECOL 37.79 Peers 32.80   ECOL 13.10 Peers 16.72

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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premium   discount
  Price to
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premium   discount
ECOL 22.70 Peers 26.10   ECOL 0.62 Peers 8.26

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.


Discount. 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 discount to its peers.

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premium   discount
  Earnings Growth
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lower   higher
ECOL 3.96 Peers 5.08   ECOL -21.25 Peers -23.40

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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premium   discount
  Sales Growth
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premium   discount
ECOL 1.92 Peers 2.25   ECOL 1.70 Peers 2.79

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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