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US Ecology

Nasdaq:ECOL
Snowflake Description

Mediocre balance sheet second-rate dividend payer.

The Snowflake is generated from 30 checks in 5 different areas, read more below.
ECOL
Nasdaq
$1B
Market Cap
  1. Home
  2. US
  3. Commercial Services
Company description

US Ecology, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides environmental services to commercial and government entities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The last earnings update was 25 days ago. More info.


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ECOL Share Price and Events
7 Day Returns
-1.9%
NasdaqGS:ECOL
-1.2%
US Commercial Services
-1.1%
US Market
1 Year Returns
4.1%
NasdaqGS:ECOL
7.9%
US Commercial Services
5.8%
US Market
ECOL Shareholder Return
  7 Day 30 Day 90 Day 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year
US Ecology (ECOL) -1.9% -9.8% -4.9% 4.1% 34% 50.1%
US Commercial Services -1.2% -1.7% 17.9% 7.9% 47.3% 69.4%
US Market -1.1% -0.2% 19.7% 5.8% 37.9% 41.7%
1 Year Return vs Industry and Market
  • ECOL underperformed the Commercial Services industry which returned 7.9% over the past year.
  • ECOL underperformed the Market in United States of America which returned 5.8% over the past year.
Price Volatility
ECOL
Industry
5yr Volatility vs Market

ECOL Value

 Is US Ecology undervalued based on future cash flows and its price relative to the stock market?

Value is all about what a company is worth versus what price it is available for. If you went into a grocery store and all the bananas were on sale at half price, they could be considered undervalued.
INTRINSIC VALUE BASED ON FUTURE CASH FLOWS
Here we compare the current share price of US Ecology to its discounted cash flow analysis.value.

The discounted cash flow value is simply looking at what the company is worth today, based on estimates of how much money it is expected to make in the future.
Raw Data

Below are the data sources, inputs and calculation used to determine the intrinsic value for US Ecology.

NasdaqGS:ECOL Discounted Cash Flow Data Sources
Data Point Source Value
Valuation Model 2 Stage Free Cash Flow to Equity
Levered Free Cash Flow Average of 4 Analyst Estimates (S&P Global) See below
Discount Rate (Cost of Equity) See below 8.3%
Perpetual Growth Rate 10-Year US Government Bond Rate 2.7%

An important part of a discounted cash flow is the discount rate, below we explain how it has been calculated.

Calculation of Discount Rate/ Cost of Equity for NasdaqGS:ECOL
Data Point Calculation/ Source Result
Risk-Free Rate 10-Year US Govt Bond Rate 2.7%
Equity Risk Premium S&P Global 6%
Commercial Services Unlevered Beta Simply Wall St/ S&P Global 0.72
Re-levered Beta = Unlevered beta (1 + (1- tax rate) (Debt/Equity))
= 0.724 (1 + (1- 21%) (29.62%))
0.929
Levered Beta Levered Beta limited to 0.8 to 2.0
(practical range for a stable firm)
0.93
Discount Rate/ Cost of Equity = Cost of Equity = Risk Free Rate + (Levered Beta * Equity Risk Premium)
= 2.73% + (0.929 * 5.96%)
8.27%

Discounted Cash Flow Calculation for NasdaqGS:ECOL using 2 Stage Free Cash Flow to Equity Model

The calculations below outline how an intrinsic value for US Ecology is arrived at by discounting future cash flows to their present value using the 2 stage method. We try to start with analysts estimates of free cash flow, however if these are not available we use the most recent financial results. In the 1st stage we continue to grow the free cash flow over a 10 year period, with the growth rate trending towards the perpetual growth rate used in the 2nd stage. The 2nd stage assumes the company grows at a stable rate into perpetuity.

NasdaqGS:ECOL DCF 1st Stage: Next 10 year cash flow forecast
Levered FCF (USD, Millions) Source Present Value
Discounted (@ 8.27%)
2019 47.93 Analyst x3 44.27
2020 64.37 Analyst x3 54.91
2021 64.40 Analyst x1 50.75
2022 72.80 Analyst x1 52.99
2023 79.30 Analyst x1 53.31
2024 84.16 Est @ 6.13% 52.26
2025 88.46 Est @ 5.11% 50.73
2026 92.34 Est @ 4.39% 48.92
2027 95.94 Est @ 3.89% 46.95
2028 99.34 Est @ 3.55% 44.90
Present value of next 10 years cash flows $499.99
NasdaqGS:ECOL DCF 2nd Stage: Terminal Value
Calculation Result
Terminal Value = FCF2028 × (1 + g) ÷ (Discount Rate – g)
= $99.34 × (1 + 2.73%) ÷ (8.27% – 2.73%)
$1,843.64
Present Value of Terminal Value = Terminal Value ÷ (1 + r)10
= $1,843.64 ÷ (1 + 8.27%)10
$833.26
NasdaqGS:ECOL Total Equity Value
Calculation Result
Total Equity Value = Present value of next 10 years cash flows + Terminal Value
= $499.99 + $833.26
$1,333.25
Equity Value per Share
(USD)
= Total value / Shares Outstanding
= $1,333.25 / 22.06
$60.43
NasdaqGS:ECOL Discount to Share Price
Calculation Result
Value per share (USD) From above. $60.43
Current discount Discount to share price of $55.70
= -1 x ($55.70 - $60.43) / $60.43
7.8%

Learn more about our DCF calculations in Simply Wall St’s analysis model .

Current Discount
Amount off the current price US Ecology is available for.
Intrinsic value
8%
Share price is $55.7 vs Future cash flow value of $60.43
Current Discount Checks
For US Ecology to be considered undervalued it must be available for at least 20% below the current price. Less than 40% is even better.
  • US Ecology's share price is below the future cash flow value, but not at a moderate discount (< 20%).
  • US Ecology's share price is below the future cash flow value, but not at a substantial discount (< 40%).
PRICE RELATIVE TO MARKET
We can also value a company based on what the stock market is willing to pay for it. This is similar to the price of fruit (e.g. Mangoes or Avocados) increasing when they are out of season, or how much your home is worth.

The amount the stock market is willing to pay for US Ecology's earnings, growth and assets is considered below, and whether this is a fair price.
Price based on past earnings
Are US Ecology's earnings available for a low price, and how does this compare to other companies in the same industry?
Raw Data
NasdaqGS:ECOL PE (Price to Earnings) Ratio Data Sources
Data Point Source Value
Earnings Per Share * Company Filings (2018-12-31) in USD $2.27
NasdaqGS:ECOL Share Price ** NasdaqGS (2019-03-25) in USD $55.7
United States of America Commercial Services Industry PE Ratio Median Figure of 52 Publicly-Listed Commercial Services Companies 19.76x
United States of America Market PE Ratio Median Figure of 3,061 Publicly-Listed Companies 17.17x

* Trailing twelve months (TTM) annual GAAP earnings per share excluding extraordinary items.

** Primary Listing of US Ecology.

NasdaqGS:ECOL PE (Price to Earnings) Ratio Calculation
Calculation Outcome
PE Ratio

= NasdaqGS:ECOL Share Price ÷ EPS (both in USD)

= 55.7 ÷ 2.27

24.58x

Learn more about our ratios and growth rates in Simply Wall St’s analysis model >

  • US Ecology is overvalued based on earnings compared to the US Commercial Services industry average.
  • US Ecology is overvalued based on earnings compared to the United States of America market.
Price based on expected Growth
Does US Ecology's expected growth come at a high price?
Raw Data
NasdaqGS:ECOL PEG (Price to Earnings to Growth) Ratio Data Sources
Data Point Source Value
PE Ratio See PE Ratio Section 24.58x
Net Income Annual Growth Rate See Future Growth Section.
Line of Best Fit* through Consensus Estimate Earnings of 4 Analysts
9.5%per year
United States of America Commercial Services Industry PEG Ratio Median Figure of 35 Publicly-Listed Commercial Services Companies 1.55x
United States of America Market PEG Ratio Median Figure of 2,104 Publicly-Listed Companies 1.45x

*Line of best fit is calculated by linear regression .

NasdaqGS:ECOL PEG (Price to Earnings to Growth) Ratio Calculation
Calculation Outcome
PEG Ratio

= PE Ratio ÷ Net Income Annual Growth Rate

= 24.58x ÷ 9.5%

2.59x

Learn more about our ratios and growth rates in Simply Wall St’s analysis model >

  • US Ecology is poor value based on expected growth next year.
Price based on value of assets
What value do investors place on US Ecology's assets?
Raw Data
NasdaqGS:ECOL PB (Price to Book) Ratio Data Sources
Data Point Source Value
Book Value per Share Company Filings (2018-12-31) in USD $16.30
NasdaqGS:ECOL Share Price * NasdaqGS (2019-03-25) in USD $55.7
United States of America Commercial Services Industry PB Ratio Median Figure of 88 Publicly-Listed Commercial Services Companies 2.04x
United States of America Market PB Ratio Median Figure of 5,166 Publicly-Listed Companies 1.85x
NasdaqGS:ECOL PB (Price to Book) Ratio Calculation
Calculation Outcome
PB Ratio

= NasdaqGS:ECOL Share Price ÷ Book Value per Share (both in USD)

= 55.7 ÷ 16.30

3.42x

* Primary Listing of US Ecology.

Learn more about our ratios and growth rates in Simply Wall St’s analysis model >

  • US Ecology is overvalued based on assets compared to the US Commercial Services industry average.
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Value checks
We assess US Ecology's value by looking at:
  1. Is the discounted cash flow value less than 20%, or 40% of the share price? (2 checks) ( Click here or on bar chart for details of DCF calculation. )
  2. Is the PE ratio less than the market average, and/ or less than the Commercial Services industry average (and greater than 0)? (2 checks)
  3. Is the PEG ratio within a reasonable range (0 to 1)? (1 check)
  4. Is the PB ratio less than the Commercial Services industry average (and greater than 0)? (1 check)
  5. US Ecology has a total score of 0/6, see the detailed checks below.

    Note: We use GAAP Earnings per Share in all our calculations including PE and PEG Ratio.

    Full details on the Value part of the Simply Wall St company analysis model.

ECOL Future Performance

 How is US Ecology expected to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 4 analysts?

The future performance of a company is measured in the same way as past performance, by looking at estimated growth and how much profit it is expected to make.

Future estimates come from professional analysts. Just like forecasting the weather, they don’t always get it right!
Annual Growth Rate
9.5%
Expected annual growth in earnings.
Earnings growth vs Low Risk Savings
Is US Ecology expected to grow at an attractive rate?
  • US Ecology's earnings growth is expected to exceed the low risk savings rate of 2.7%.
Growth vs Market Checks
  • US Ecology's earnings growth is positive but not above the United States of America market average.
  • US Ecology's revenue growth is positive but not above the United States of America market average.
Annual Growth Rates Comparison
Raw Data
NasdaqGS:ECOL Future Growth Rates Data Sources
Data Point Source Value (per year)
NasdaqGS:ECOL Future Earnings Growth Rate Line of Best Fit* through Consensus Estimate Earnings of 4 Analysts 9.5%
NasdaqGS:ECOL Future Revenue Growth Rate Line of Best Fit* through Consensus Estimate Revenue of 4 Analysts 6.5%
United States of America Commercial Services Industry Earnings Growth Rate Market Cap Weighted Average 13.3%
United States of America Commercial Services Industry Revenue Growth Rate Market Cap Weighted Average 5.2%
United States of America Market Earnings Growth Rate Market Cap Weighted Average 14.2%
United States of America Market Revenue Growth Rate Market Cap Weighted Average 7.1%

*Line of best fit is calculated by linear regression .

Industry and Market average data is calculated daily.

Learn more about our growth rate calculations in Simply Wall St’s analysis model.

Analysts growth expectations
Raw Data
NasdaqGS:ECOL Analysts Growth Expectations Data Sources
Data Point Source Value
Past Financials Company Filings (2 months ago) See Below
Future Estimates Average of up to 4 Analyst Estimates (S&P Global) See Below
All numbers in USD Millions and using Trailing twelve months (TTM) annual period rather than quarterly.
NasdaqGS:ECOL Future Estimates Data
Date (Data in USD Millions) Revenue Cash Flow Net Income * Avg. No. Analysts
2023-12-31 801 1
2022-12-31 748 1
2021-12-31 676 69 2
2020-12-31 641 110 58 4
2019-12-31 605 105 50 4
NasdaqGS:ECOL Past Financials Data
Date (Data in USD Millions) Revenue Cash Flow Net Income *
2018-12-31 566 81 50
2018-09-30 542 87 67
2018-06-30 525 98 62
2018-03-31 514 89 53
2017-12-31 504 80 49
2017-09-30 488 68 26
2017-06-30 478 67 28
2017-03-31 475 65 32
2016-12-31 478 74 34
2016-09-30 499 71 34
2016-06-30 522 60 34
2016-03-31 540 79 27

*GAAP earnings excluding extraordinary items.

Super high growth metrics
High Growth Checks
  • US Ecology's earnings are expected to grow by 9.5% yearly, however this is not considered high growth (20% yearly).
  • US Ecology's revenue is expected to grow by 6.5% yearly, however this is not considered high growth (20% yearly).
Past and Future Earnings per Share
The accuracy of the analysts who estimate the future performance data can be gauged below. We look back 3 years and see if they were any good at predicting what actually occurred. We also show the highest and lowest estimates looking forward to see if there is a wide range.
Raw Data
NasdaqGS:ECOL Past and Future Earnings per Share
Data Point Source Value
Past Financials Company Filings (2 months ago) See Below
Future Estimates Average of up to 4 Analyst Estimates (S&P Global) See Below

All data from US Ecology Company Filings, last reported 2 months ago, and in Trailing twelve months (TTM) annual period rather than quarterly.

NasdaqGS:ECOL Future Estimates Data
Date (Data in USD Millions) EPS * EPS High Estimate EPS Low Estimate Avg. No. Analysts
2023-12-31
2022-12-31
2021-12-31 3.16 3.16 3.16 1.00
2020-12-31 2.63 2.83 2.45 4.00
2019-12-31 2.26 2.30 2.18 4.00
NasdaqGS:ECOL Past Financials Data
Date (Data in USD Millions) EPS *
2018-12-31 2.27
2018-09-30 3.05
2018-06-30 2.82
2018-03-31 2.45
2017-12-31 2.27
2017-09-30 1.21
2017-06-30 1.29
2017-03-31 1.47
2016-12-31 1.58
2016-09-30 1.58
2016-06-30 1.57
2016-03-31 1.26

*GAAP earnings excluding extraordinary items.

Performance in 3 years
In the same way as past performance we look at the future estimated return (profit) compared to the available funds. We do this looking forward 3 years.
  • US Ecology is not expected to efficiently use shareholders’ funds in the future (Return on Equity less than 20%).
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Future performance checks
We assess US Ecology's future performance by looking at:
  1. Is the annual earnings growth rate expected to beat the low risk savings rate, plus a premium to keep pace with inflation?
  2. Is the annual earnings growth rate expected to beat the average growth rate in earnings of the United States of America market? (1 check)
  3. Is the annual revenue growth rate expected to beat the average growth rate in revenue of the United States of America market? (1 check)
  4. Is the annual earnings growth rate expected to be above 20%? (1 check)
  5. Is the annual revenue growth rate expected to be above 20%? (1 check)
  6. Is the Return on Equity in 3 years expected to be over 20%? (1 check)
Some of the above checks will fail if the company is expected to be loss making in the relevant year.
US Ecology has a total score of 1/6, see the detailed checks below.

Note 1: We use GAAP Net Income Excluding Exceptional Items for our Earnings in all our calculations.

Full details on the Future part of the Simply Wall St company analysis model.

ECOL Past Performance

  How has US Ecology performed over the past 5 years?

The past performance of a company can be measured by how much growth it has experienced and how much profit it makes relative to the funds and assets it has available.
Past earnings growth
Below we compare US Ecology's growth in the last year to its industry (Commercial Services).
Past Earnings growth analysis
We also check if the company has grown in the past 5 years, and whether it has maintained that growth in the year.
  • US Ecology's year on year earnings growth rate has been positive over the past 5 years.
  • US Ecology's 1-year earnings growth is less than its 5-year average (0.5% vs 11.2%)
  • US Ecology's earnings growth has exceeded the US Commercial Services industry average in the past year (0.5% vs -0.4%).
Earnings and Revenue History
US Ecology's revenue and profit over the past 5 years is shown below, any years where they have experienced a loss will show up in red.
Raw Data

All data from US Ecology Company Filings, last reported 2 months ago, and in Trailing twelve months (TTM) annual period rather than quarterly.

NasdaqGS:ECOL Past Revenue, Cash Flow and Net Income Data
Date (Data in USD Millions) Revenue Net Income * G+A Expenses R&D Expenses
2018-12-31 565.93 49.60 92.34
2018-09-30 542.08 66.66 89.35
2018-06-30 524.72 61.59 88.14
2018-03-31 513.87 53.42 86.98
2017-12-31 504.04 49.37 84.47
2017-09-30 487.52 26.28 82.04
2017-06-30 478.29 28.03 78.04
2017-03-31 474.58 31.92 77.86
2016-12-31 477.67 34.25 77.57
2016-09-30 498.77 34.27 78.49
2016-06-30 522.36 34.06 83.56
2016-03-31 539.74 27.26 86.41
2015-12-31 563.07 25.61 93.08
2015-09-30 581.97 26.59 91.74
2015-06-30 604.42 30.01 93.74
2015-03-31 530.71 34.74 85.19
2014-12-31 447.41 38.24 66.94
2014-09-30 349.60 38.77 53.97
2014-06-30 231.82 35.76 34.57
2014-03-31 211.58 36.11 26.97
2013-12-31 201.13 32.15 26.06
2013-09-30 192.17 29.06 25.50
2013-06-30 184.82 27.39 25.59
2013-03-31 179.02 26.54 25.43
2012-12-31 169.14 25.66 25.66
2012-09-30 160.30 26.25 23.80
2012-06-30 154.23 21.31 23.32
2012-03-31 153.79 19.63 22.28

*GAAP earnings excluding extraordinary items.

Performance last year
We want to ensure a company is making the most of what it has available. This is done by comparing the return (profit) to a company's available funds, assets and capital.
  • US Ecology has not efficiently used shareholders’ funds last year (Return on Equity less than 20%).
  • US Ecology used its assets less efficiently than the US Commercial Services industry average last year based on Return on Assets.
  • US Ecology's use of capital deteriorated last year versus 3 years ago (Return on Capital Employed).
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Past performance checks
We assess US Ecology's performance over the past 5 years by checking for:
  1. Has earnings increased in past 5 years? (1 check)
  2. Has the earnings growth in the last year exceeded that of the Commercial Services industry? (1 check)
  3. Is the recent earnings growth over the last year higher than the average annual growth over the past 5 years? (1 check)
  4. Is the Return on Equity (ROE) higher than 20%? (1 check)
  5. Is the Return on Assets (ROA) above industry average? (1 check)
  6. Has the Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) increased from 3 years ago? (1 check)
The above checks will fail if the company has reported a loss in the most recent earnings report. Some checks require at least 3 or 5 years worth of data.
US Ecology has a total score of 2/6, see the detailed checks below.

Note: We use GAAP Net Income excluding extraordinary items in all our calculations.

Full details on the Past part of the Simply Wall St company analysis model.

ECOL Health

 How is US Ecology's financial health and their level of debt?

A company's financial position is much like your own financial position, it includes everything you own (assets) and owe (liabilities).

The boxes below represent the relative size of what makes up US Ecology's finances.

The net worth of a company is the difference between its assets and liabilities.
Net Worth
  • US Ecology is able to meet its short term (1 year) commitments with its holdings of cash and other short term assets.
  • US Ecology's long term commitments exceed its cash and other short term assets.
Balance sheet
This treemap shows a more detailed breakdown of US Ecology's finances. If any of them are yellow this indicates they may be out of proportion and red means they relate to one of the checks below.
Assets
Liabilities and shares
The 'shares' portion represents any funds contributed by the owners (shareholders) and any profits.
  • High level of physical assets or inventory.
  • Debt is not covered by short term assets, assets are 0.5x debt.
Historical Debt
Nearly all companies have debt. Debt in itself isn’t bad, however if the debt is too high, or the company can’t afford to pay the interest on its debts this may have impacts in the future.

The graphic below shows equity (available funds) and debt, we ideally want to see the red area (debt) decreasing.

If there is any debt we look at the companies capability to repay it, and whether the level has increased over the past 5 years.
Raw Data

All data from US Ecology Company Filings, last reported 2 months ago.

NasdaqGS:ECOL Past Debt and Equity Data
Date (Data in USD Millions) Total Equity Total Debt Cash & Short Term Investments
2018-12-31 359.22 364.00 31.97
2018-09-30 353.84 277.00 26.08
2018-06-30 340.30 277.00 53.30
2018-03-31 330.15 277.00 44.25
2017-12-31 324.08 277.64 27.04
2017-09-30 295.66 279.29 9.24
2017-06-30 287.15 279.68 4.90
2017-03-31 283.52 275.41 10.31
2016-12-31 280.02 282.74 7.02
2016-09-30 273.76 287.79 6.38
2016-06-30 267.14 295.49 12.79
2016-03-31 261.67 291.10 14.28
2015-12-31 256.14 298.42 5.99
2015-09-30 252.21 366.11 9.35
2015-06-30 250.08 364.19 13.08
2015-03-31 248.07 377.99 10.20
2014-12-31 251.34 387.52 22.97
2014-09-30 249.90 412.96 10.92
2014-06-30 242.24 413.96 13.80
2014-03-31 235.92 0.00 77.92
2013-12-31 231.54 0.00 73.94
2013-09-30 129.91 35.50 4.38
2013-06-30 121.81 43.00 3.98
2013-03-31 117.88 41.00 4.51
2012-12-31 112.02 45.00 2.12
2012-09-30 111.55 49.50 5.52
2012-06-30 105.05 50.00 5.91
2012-03-31 102.31 35.00 6.40
  • US Ecology's level of debt (101.3%) compared to net worth is high (greater than 40%).
  • The level of debt compared to net worth has increased over the past 5 years (0% vs 101.3% today).
  • Debt is well covered by operating cash flow (22.4%, greater than 20% of total debt).
  • Interest payments on debt are well covered by earnings (EBIT is 6.5x coverage).
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Financial health checks
We assess US Ecology's financial health by checking for:
  1. Are short term assets greater than short term liabilities? (1 check)
  2. Are short term assets greater than long term liabilities? (1 check)
  3. Has the debt to equity ratio increased in the past 5 years? (1 check)
  4. Is the debt to equity ratio over 40%? (1 check)
  5. Is the debt covered by operating cash flow? (1 check)
  6. Are earnings greater than 5x the interest on debt (if company pays interest at all)? (1 check)
  7. US Ecology has a total score of 3/6, see the detailed checks below.
For companies that are loss making and have been so on average in the past we replace the last 2 checks with:
  1. Does cash and short term investments cover stable operating expenses (recurring G&A and R&D) for more than 3 years? (1 check)
  2. Does cash and short term investments cover growing operating expenses (recurring G&A and R&D) for more than 3 years? (1 check)


Full details on the Health part of the Simply Wall St company analysis model.

ECOL Dividends

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

Dividends are regular cash payments to you from the company, similar to a bank paying you interest on a savings account.
Annual Dividend Income
Dividend payments
1.29%
Current annual income from US Ecology dividends. Estimated to be 1.44% next year.
If you bought $2,000 of US Ecology shares you are expected to receive $26 in your first year as a dividend.
Dividend Amount
Here we look how much dividend is being paid, if any. Is it above what you can get in a savings account? It is up there with the best dividend paying companies?
  • US Ecology's pays a lower dividend yield than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in United States of America (1.49%).
  • US Ecology's dividend is below the markets top 25% of dividend payers in United States of America (3.72%).
Annualized Historical and Future Dividends
It is important to see if the dividend for a company is stable, and not wildly increasing/decreasing each year. This graph shows you the historical rate to count toward your assessment of the stock.

We also check to see if the dividend has increased in the past 10 years.
Raw Data
NasdaqGS:ECOL Annualized Past and Future Dividends
Data Point Source Value
Past Annualized Dividend Yield S&P Global Market Data See Below
Past Dividends per Share Company Filings/ Annualized Dividend Payments See Below
Future Dividends per Share Estimates Average of up to 4 Analyst Estimates (S&P Global) See Below
United States of America Commercial Services Industry Average Dividend Yield Market Cap Weighted Average of 42 Stocks 1.8%
United States of America Market Average Dividend Yield Market Cap Weighted Average of 2003 Stocks 2.5%
United States of America Minimum Threshold Dividend Yield 10th Percentile 0.9%
United States of America Bottom 25% Dividend Yield 25th Percentile 1.5%
United States of America Top 25% Dividend Yield 75th Percentile 3.7%

Industry and Market average data is calculated daily.

Note all dividend per share amounts are annualized and not quarterly or other period.

NasdaqGS:ECOL Future Dividends Estimate Data
Date (Data in $) Dividend per Share (annual) Avg. No. Analysts
2023-12-31
2022-12-31
2021-12-31 0.88 1.00
2020-12-31 0.80 2.00
2019-12-31 0.76 2.00
NasdaqGS:ECOL Past Annualized Dividends Data
Date (Data in $) Dividend per share (annual) Avg. Yield (%)
2019-01-02 0.720 1.177
2018-10-01 0.720 1.075
2018-07-02 0.720 1.025
2018-04-02 0.720 1.231
2018-01-02 0.720 1.366
2017-10-02 0.720 1.432
2017-07-03 0.720 1.417
2017-04-03 0.720 1.457
2017-01-03 0.720 1.444
2016-10-03 0.720 1.598
2016-07-01 0.720 1.598
2016-04-01 0.720 1.627
2016-01-04 0.720 2.008
2015-10-01 0.720 1.821
2015-07-01 0.720 1.520
2015-04-01 0.720 1.492
2015-01-07 0.720 1.585
2014-10-01 0.720 1.700
2014-07-01 0.720 1.576
2014-04-01 0.720 1.577
2014-01-02 0.720 1.973
2013-10-01 0.720 2.092
2013-07-01 0.720 2.452
2013-04-01 0.720 2.632
2012-12-12 0.720 2.987
2012-10-01 0.720 3.253
2012-07-02 0.720 3.756
2012-04-02 0.720 3.897
2012-01-03 0.720 3.702
2011-10-03 0.720 4.133
2011-07-01 0.720 4.282
2011-01-03 0.720 4.236
2010-10-01 0.720 4.402
2010-05-25 0.720 5.074
2010-04-01 0.720 4.690
2010-01-04 0.720 4.567
2009-10-01 0.720 4.160
2009-05-14 0.720 3.987
2009-04-01 0.720 4.517
2009-03-26 0.720 4.952

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  • Dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.
  • No dividend growth in 10 years.
Current Payout to shareholders
What portion of US Ecology's earnings are paid to the shareholders as a dividend.
  • Dividends paid are well covered by earnings (3.1x coverage).
Future Payout to shareholders
  • Dividends after 3 years are expected to be well covered by earnings (3.6x coverage).
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Income/ dividend checks
We assess US Ecology's dividend by checking for:
  1. Firstly is the company paying a notable dividend (greater than 0.9%) - if not then the rest of the checks are ignored.
  2. Is current dividend yield above the bottom 25% of dividend payers? (1 check)
  3. Is current dividend yield above the top 25% of dividend payers? (1 check)
  4. Have they paid a dividend for 10 years, and during this period has the dividend been volatile (drop of more than 25%)? (1 check)
  5. If they have paid a dividend for 10 years has it increased in this time? (1 check)
  6. How sustainable is the dividend, can US Ecology afford to pay it from its earnings today and in 3 years (Payout ratio less than 90%)? (2 checks)
  7. US Ecology has a total score of 3/6, see the detailed checks below.


Full details on the Dividends part of the Simply Wall St company analysis model.

ECOL Management

 What is the CEO of US Ecology's salary, the management and board of directors tenure and is there insider trading?

Management is one of the most important areas of a company. We look at unreasonable CEO compensation, how long the team and board of directors have been around for and insider trading.
CEO
Jeff Feeler
COMPENSATION $1,844,671
AGE 48
TENURE AS CEO 5.8 years
CEO Bio

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 served as Acting President and Acting Chief Operating Officer of US Ecology, Inc. (also known as American Ecology Corp) from October 25, 2012 to May 2013. He served as Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Accounting Officer of US Ecology from July 28, 2006 to October 25, 2012. He also served as Secretary of US Ecology from 2006 to October 25, 2012 and its Chief Financial Officer from May 2007 to October 25, 2012. He served as Controller of American Ecology Corp., since July 28, 2006 until October 25, 2012. Mr. Feeler joined American Ecology from MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc. from 2005 to 2006. He joined MWI just prior to its initial public offering and was responsible for all financial reporting, SEC compliance, financial planning, Treasury and investor relations. From 1993 to 2002, he served at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, served as its Business Assurance Senior Manager, where he provided audit and accounting services including the preparation of equity and debt registration statements, merger and acquisition due diligence support and other financial reporting support to multi-national public companies. Prior to MWI, he spent nearly two years as Director, Financial Reporting of Albertson's, Inc. from 2003 to 2005 and previously held various finance positions at Hewlett-Packard Company from 2002 to 2003. He has been the Chairman of the Board at US Ecology, Inc. since 2015. He has been a Director of US Ecology, Inc. since September 2013. Mr. Feeler is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BBA of Accounting and a BBA of Finance from Boise State University.

CEO Compensation
  • Jeff's compensation has increased by more than 20% in the past year.
  • Jeff's remuneration is lower than average for companies of similar size in United States of America.
Management Team Tenure

Average tenure and age of the US Ecology management team in years:

5.8
Average Tenure
48
Average Age
  • The average tenure for the US Ecology management team is over 5 years, this suggests they are a seasoned and experienced team.
Management Team

Jeff Feeler

TITLE
Chairman of the Board
COMPENSATION
$2M
AGE
48
TENURE
5.8 yrs

Eric Gerratt

TITLE
Executive VP
COMPENSATION
$847K
AGE
47
TENURE
6.4 yrs

Simon Bell

TITLE
Executive VP & COO
COMPENSATION
$885K
AGE
48
TENURE
2.3 yrs

Steve Welling

TITLE
Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing
COMPENSATION
$885K
AGE
59
TENURE
5.8 yrs

Andy Marshall

TITLE
Executive Vice President of Regulatory Compliance & Safety
COMPENSATION
$757K
AGE
51
TENURE
4.2 yrs

Wayne Ipsen

TITLE
VP, Compliance Officer
AGE
48

Betsy Sterk

TITLE
Vice President of Human Resources
Board of Directors Tenure

Average tenure and age of the US Ecology board of directors in years:

4
Average Tenure
61.5
Average Age
  • The tenure for the US Ecology board of directors is about average.
Board of Directors

Jeff Feeler

TITLE
Chairman of the Board
COMPENSATION
$2M
AGE
48
TENURE
4.2 yrs

Dan Fox

TITLE
Independent Director
COMPENSATION
$160K
AGE
67
TENURE
9.2 yrs

Katina Dorton

TITLE
Lead Independent Director
COMPENSATION
$158K
AGE
60
TENURE
1.8 yrs

John Sahlberg

TITLE
Independent Director
COMPENSATION
$153K
AGE
65
TENURE
3.8 yrs

Steve Romano

TITLE
Independent Director
COMPENSATION
$126K
AGE
63
TENURE
17.2 yrs

Joe Colvin

TITLE
Independent Director
COMPENSATION
$141K
AGE
75
TENURE
10.8 yrs

Ron Keating

TITLE
Independent Director
COMPENSATION
$98K
AGE
49
TENURE
1.7 yrs

Glenn Eisenberg

TITLE
Independent Director
AGE
57
TENURE
1.1 yrs
Who owns this company?
Recent Insider Trading
  • No 3 month insider trading information.
Recent Insider Transactions
Announced Type Name Entity Role Start End Shares Max Price ($) Value ($)
19. Nov 18 Sell Stephen Romano Individual 15. Nov 18 15. Nov 18 -12,000 $70.62 $-847,392
14. Sep 18 Sell Katina Dorton Individual 12. Sep 18 12. Sep 18 -1,400 $74.55 $-104,370
14. Sep 18 Buy Katina Dorton Individual 12. Sep 18 12. Sep 18 400 $74.55 $29,820
12. Sep 18 Sell Simon Bell Individual 10. Sep 18 10. Sep 18 -3,000 $75.95 $-227,850
12. Sep 18 Sell Stephen Romano Individual 11. Sep 18 11. Sep 18 -2,000 $75.05 $-150,100
07. Sep 18 Sell Jeffrey Feeler Individual 05. Sep 18 05. Sep 18 -6,000 $73.08 $-438,480
27. Aug 18 Sell Daniel Fox Individual 24. Aug 18 24. Aug 18 -900 $72.15 $-64,935
08. Aug 18 Sell Daniel Fox Individual 07. Aug 18 07. Aug 18 -1,300 $69.76 $-90,683
08. Aug 18 Sell Joe Colvin Individual 07. Aug 18 07. Aug 18 -9,400 $70.02 $-658,141
25. May 18 Sell Jeffrey Feeler Individual 23. May 18 23. May 18 -5,064 $59.05 $-299,029
10. May 18 Sell Daniel Fox Individual 09. May 18 09. May 18 -1,500 $59.00 $-88,500
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Management checks
We assess US Ecology's management by checking for:
  1. Is the CEO's compensation unreasonable compared to market cap? (1 check)
  2. Has the CEO's compensation increased more than 20% whilst the EPS is down more then 20%? (1 check)
  3. Is the average tenure of the management team less than 2 years? (1 check)
  4. Is the average tenure of the board of directors team less than 3 years? (1 check)
  5. US Ecology has a total score of 0/6, this is not included on the snowflake, see the detailed checks below.


Note: We use the top 6 management executives and board members in our calculations.

Note 2: Insider trading include any internal stakeholders and these transactions .

Full details on the Management part of the Simply Wall St company analysis model.

ECOL News

Simply Wall St News

The US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) Share Price Has Gained 50% And Shareholders Are Hoping For More

One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company's share price and its earnings per share (EPS). … During five years of share price growth, US Ecology achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 5.6% per year. … This EPS growth is slower than the share price growth of 8.4% per year, over the same period.

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What You Should Know About US Ecology, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:ECOL) Financial Strength

(NASDAQ:ECOL) with its market cap of US$1.3b, are popular for their explosive growth, investors should also be aware of their balance sheet to judge whether the company can survive a downturn. … Evaluating financial health as part of your investment thesis is. … Let's work through some financial health checks you may wish to consider if you're interested in this stock.

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What Do Analysts Think About US Ecology, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:ECOL) Earnings Outlook?

The latest earnings update US Ecology, Inc. … (NASDAQ:ECOL) released in December 2018a … indicated

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What Type Of Shareholder Owns US Ecology, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:ECOL)?

(NASDAQ:ECOL), then you'll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. … Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it's not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. … It has a market capitalization of US$1.4b, which means it would generally expect to see some institutions on the share registry.

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Should You Worry About US Ecology, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:ECOL) CEO Pay?

This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. … The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels. … How Does Jeff Feeler's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

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Should You Be Worried About Insider Transactions At US Ecology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL)?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. … That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$63.90 … Arguably, insider selling at around current prices should give us reason to reflect on whether the stock is fully valued at the moment.

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Don't Sell US Ecology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL) Before You Read This

This article is for investors who would like to improve their understanding of price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). … US Ecology has a price to earnings ratio of 21.42, based on the last twelve months. … How Do I Calculate A Price To Earnings Ratio

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Should You Be Impressed By US Ecology Inc's (NASDAQ:ECOL) ROE?

While some investors are already well versed in financial metrics (hat tip), this article is for those who would like to learn about Return On Equity (ROE) and why it is important. … That means that for every $1 worth of shareholders' equity, it generated $0.19 in profit. … Return on Equity = Net Profit ÷ Shareholders' Equity

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

In this article I am going to calculate the intrinsic value of US Ecology Inc (NASDAQ:ECOL). … by projecting its future cash flows and then discounting them to today's value. … Anyone interested in learning a bit more about intrinsic value should have a read of the Simply Wall St analysis model

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Is US Ecology Inc's (NASDAQ:ECOL) CEO Pay Justified?

First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. … How Does Jeff Feeler's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies. … We examined companies with market caps from US$1.0b to US$3.2b, and discovered that the median CEO compensation of that group was US$4m

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ECOL Company Info

Description

US Ecology, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides environmental services to commercial and government entities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It operates through two segments, Environmental Services, and Field & Industrial Services. The Environmental Services segment offers hazardous material management services, including transportation, recycling, treatment, and disposal of hazardous, non-hazardous, and radioactive waste at its landfill, wastewater, deep-well injection, and other treatment facilities. The Field & Industrial Services segment provides services, such as on-site management, waste characterization, transportation, and disposal of non-hazardous and hazardous waste; and specialty field services comprising industrial cleaning and maintenance, remediation, lab packs, retail, transportation, emergency response, and other services to commercial and industrial facilities, and government entities. US Ecology, Inc. serves oil refineries, chemical production plants, steel mills, real estate developers, waste brokers/aggregators serving small manufacturers, and other industrial customers. The company was formerly known as American Ecology Corporation and changed its name to US Ecology, Inc. in February 2010. US Ecology, Inc. was founded in 1952 and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho.

Details
Name: US Ecology, Inc.
ECOL
Exchange: NasdaqGS
Founded: 1952
$1,228,853,400
22,062,000
Website: http://www.usecology.com
Address: US Ecology, Inc.
101 S. Capitol Boulevard,
Suite 1000,
Boise,
Idaho, 83702,
United States
Listings
Exchange Symbol Ticker Symbol Security Exchange Country Currency Listed on
NasdaqGS ECOL Common Stock Nasdaq Global Select US USD 09. May 1984
DB AFH Common Stock Deutsche Boerse AG DE EUR 09. May 1984
Number of employees
Current staff
Staff numbers
1,700
US Ecology employees.
Industry
Environmental and Facilities Services
Commercial Services
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
Area Date (UTC time)
Company Analysis updated: 2019/03/25 23:32
End of day share price update: 2019/03/25 00:00
Last estimates confirmation: 2019/03/01
Last earnings filing: 2019/02/28
Last earnings reported: 2018/12/31
Last annual earnings reported: 2018/12/31


All dates and times in UTC. All financial data provided by Standard & Poor’s Capital IQ.

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.