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ECOL

US EcologyNasdaqGS:ECOL Stock Report

Market Cap

US$1.1b

7D

-1.9%

1Y

-3.4%

Updated

03 Dec, 2021

Data

Company Financials +
ECOL fundamental analysis
Snowflake Score
Valuation3/6
Future Growth3/6
Past Performance0/6
Financial Health3/6
Dividends0/6

ECOL Stock Overview

US Ecology, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides environmental services to commercial and government entities in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, internationally.

Rewards

Trading at 24.9% below our estimate of its fair value

Earnings are forecast to grow 72.49% per year

Risk Analysis

No risks detected for ECOL from our risk checks.

US Ecology Competitors

Waste Management

NYSE:WM

US$68.3b

Republic Services

NYSE:RSG

US$42.9b

Waste Connections

NYSE:WCN

US$34.9b

Clean Harbors

NYSE:CLH

US$5.3b

Price History & Performance

Summary of all time highs, changes and price drops for US Ecology
Historical stock prices
Current Share PriceUS$33.97
52 Week HighUS$45.72
52 Week LowUS$29.57
Beta1.17
1 Month Change3.50%
3 Month Change-3.44%
1 Year Change-3.41%
3 Year Change-46.81%
5 Year Change-27.57%
Change since IPO715.28%

Recent News & Updates

Dec 01
Capital Allocation Trends At US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) Aren't Ideal

Capital Allocation Trends At US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) Aren't Ideal

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Nov 06
Estimating The Intrinsic Value Of US Ecology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL)

Estimating The Intrinsic Value Of US Ecology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL)

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Sep 21
Is It Time To Consider Buying US Ecology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL)?

Is It Time To Consider Buying US Ecology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL)?

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Aug 19
Here's What's Concerning About US Ecology's (NASDAQ:ECOL) Returns On Capital

Here's What's Concerning About US Ecology's (NASDAQ:ECOL) Returns On Capital

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Shareholder Returns

ECOLUS Commercial ServicesUS Market
7D-1.9%-1.8%-2.7%
1Y-3.4%20.6%16.6%

Return vs Industry: ECOL underperformed the US Commercial Services industry which returned 23% over the past year.

Return vs Market: ECOL underperformed the US Market which returned 19.4% over the past year.

Price Volatility

Is ECOL's price volatile compared to industry and market?
ECOL volatility
ECOL Average Weekly Movement4.4%
Commercial Services Industry Average Movement5.6%
Market Average Movement6.1%
10% most volatile stocks in US Market14.8%
10% least volatile stocks in US Market2.4%

Stable Share Price: ECOL is not significantly more volatile than the rest of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 4% a week.

Volatility Over Time: ECOL's weekly volatility (4%) has been stable over the past year.

About the Company

FoundedEmployeesCEOWebsite
19523,600Jeff Feelerhttps://www.usecology.com

US Ecology, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides environmental services to commercial and government entities in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, internationally. It operates through three segments: Waste Solutions, Field Services, and Energy Waste. The Waste Solutions segment offers specialty waste management services, including treatment, disposal, beneficial re-use, and recycling of hazardous, non-hazardous, and other specialty waste at company-owned treatment, storage, and disposal facilities, as well as wastewater treatment services.

US Ecology Fundamentals Summary

How do US Ecology's earnings and revenue compare to its market cap?
ECOL fundamental statistics
Market CapUS$1.06b
Earnings (TTM)-US$90.64m
Revenue (TTM)US$967.65m

1.1x

P/S Ratio

-11.7x

P/E Ratio

Earnings & Revenue

Key profitability statistics from the latest earnings report
ECOL income statement (TTM)
RevenueUS$967.65m
Cost of RevenueUS$733.77m
Gross ProfitUS$233.88m
ExpensesUS$324.51m
Earnings-US$90.64m

Last Reported Earnings

Sep 30, 2021

Next Earnings Date

n/a

Earnings per share (EPS)-2.90
Gross Margin24.17%
Net Profit Margin-9.37%
Debt/Equity Ratio123.0%

How did ECOL perform over the long term?

See historical performance and comparison

Valuation

Is US Ecology undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?

24.9%

Undervalued compared to fair value


Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: ECOL ($33.97) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($45.22)

Significantly Below Fair Value: ECOL is trading below fair value by more than 20%.


Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: ECOL is unprofitable, so we can't compare its PE Ratio to the US Commercial Services industry average.

PE vs Market: ECOL is unprofitable, so we can't compare its PE Ratio to the US market.


Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: Insufficient data to calculate ECOL's PEG Ratio to determine if it is good value.


Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: ECOL is good value based on its PB Ratio (1.7x) compared to the US Commercial Services industry average (2.2x).


Future Growth

How is US Ecology forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 5 analysts?

72.5%

Forecasted annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts


Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: ECOL is forecast to become profitable over the next 3 years, which is considered faster growth than the savings rate (2%).

Earnings vs Market: ECOL is forecast to become profitable over the next 3 years, which is considered above average market growth.

High Growth Earnings: ECOL's is expected to become profitable in the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: ECOL's revenue (5% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (10% per year).

High Growth Revenue: ECOL's revenue (5% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.


Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts


Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: ECOL's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (5.9%).


Past Performance

How has US Ecology performed over the past 5 years?

-57.9%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: ECOL is currently unprofitable.

Growing Profit Margin: ECOL is currently unprofitable.


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: ECOL is unprofitable, and losses have increased over the past 5 years at a rate of 57.9% per year.

Accelerating Growth: Unable to compare ECOL's earnings growth over the past year to its 5-year average as it is currently unprofitable

Earnings vs Industry: ECOL is unprofitable, making it difficult to compare its past year earnings growth to the Commercial Services industry (35.3%).


Return on Equity

High ROE: ECOL has a negative Return on Equity (-14.71%), as it is currently unprofitable.


Financial Health

How is US Ecology's financial position?


Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: ECOL's short term assets ($382.7M) exceed its short term liabilities ($190.1M).

Long Term Liabilities: ECOL's short term assets ($382.7M) do not cover its long term liabilities ($1.0B).


Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: ECOL's net debt to equity ratio (111.4%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: ECOL's debt to equity ratio has increased from 105.1% to 123% over the past 5 years.


Balance Sheet


Cash Runway Analysis

For companies that have on average been loss making in the past we assess whether they have at least 1 year of cash runway.

Stable Cash Runway: Whilst unprofitable ECOL has sufficient cash runway for more than 3 years if it maintains its current positive free cash flow level.

Forecast Cash Runway: ECOL is unprofitable but has sufficient cash runway for more than 3 years, even with free cash flow being positive and shrinking by 0.2% per year.


Dividend

What is US Ecology current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?

0.83%

Forecast Dividend Yield


Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: Unable to evaluate ECOL's dividend yield against the bottom 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any recent payouts.

High Dividend: Unable to evaluate ECOL's dividend yield against the top 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any recent payouts.


Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if ECOL's dividends per share have been stable in the past.

Growing Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if ECOL's dividend payments have been increasing.


Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: ECOL is not paying a notable dividend for the US market.


Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: No need to calculate the sustainability of ECOL's dividend in 3 years as they are not forecast to pay a notable one for the US market.


Next Steps

Management

How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?

6.9yrs

Average management tenure


CEO

Jeff Feeler (51 yo)

8.58yrs

Tenure

US$3,084,077

Compensation

Mr. Jeffrey R. Feeler, also known as Jeff, CPA has been the Chief Executive Officer and President at US Ecology, Inc. since May 2013. Mr. Feeler has been President & Director of NRC Group Holdings Corp. si...


CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Jeff's total compensation ($USD3.08M) is above average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD2.36M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Jeff's compensation has increased whilst the company is unprofitable.


Leadership Team

Experienced Management: ECOL's management team is seasoned and experienced (6.9 years average tenure).


Board Members

Experienced Board: ECOL's board of directors are considered experienced (4.1 years average tenure).


Ownership

Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?


Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.


Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.


Top Shareholders

Company Information

US Ecology, Inc.'s employee growth, exchange listings and data sources


Key Information

  • Name: US Ecology, Inc.
  • Ticker: ECOL
  • Exchange: NasdaqGS
  • Founded: 1952
  • Industry: Environmental and Facilities Services
  • Sector: Commercial Services
  • Market Cap: US$1.062b
  • Shares outstanding: 31.26m
  • Website: https://www.usecology.com

Number of Employees


Location

  • US Ecology, Inc.
  • 101 South Capitol Boulevard
  • Suite 1000
  • Boise
  • Idaho
  • 83702
  • United States

Listings


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2021/12/03 23:53
End of Day Share Price2021/12/03 00:00
Earnings2021/09/30
Annual Earnings2020/12/31


Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.