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
Debt/Capital0.490.52
Interest Expense3.014.3
Interest Coverage5.283.97


Share Data Q2 FY17 Q2 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)21.8321.77
Div / share0.180.18
EPS0.230.41
Book value / share13.1612.27
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume65782.074821.0

Valuation


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.


Price/Earnings
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Price/Cash Flow
1 2 3 4 5
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.

 
Price/Projected
Earnings
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Price to
Earnings/Growth
1 2 3 4 5
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.

 
Price/Book
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Earnings Growth
1 2 3 4 5
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.

 
Price/Sales
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Sales Growth
1 2 3 4 5
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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