NasdaqGS:ECOL

Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

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

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Fundamentals

Reasonable growth potential with adequate balance sheet.


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Share Price & News

How has US Ecology's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?


Latest Share Price and Events


Market Performance


7 Day Return

-2.7%

NasdaqGS:ECOL

-0.08%

US Commercial Services

0.2%

US Market


1 Year Return

-15.6%

NasdaqGS:ECOL

5.1%

US Commercial Services

-0.7%

US Market

ECOL underperformed the Commercial Services industry which returned 6.4% over the past year.

ECOL underperformed the Market in United States of America which returned 0.3% over the past year.


Share holder returns

ECOLIndustryMarket
7 Day-2.7%-0.08%0.2%
30 Day-3.5%-1.1%-2.7%
90 Day1.2%2.7%1.6%
1 Year-14.7%-15.6%9.2%5.1%1.6%-0.7%
3 Year41.1%35.7%62.8%51.8%40.0%30.9%
5 Year46.3%36.1%95.5%75.9%53.8%36.8%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is US Ecology's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?


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Valuation

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

32%

Discount to future cash flow value


Intrinsic Value Based on Future Cash Flows

US Ecology's share price is below the future cash flow value, and 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 Based on Earnings

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

US Ecology is good value based on expected growth next year.


Price Based on Value of Assets

US Ecology is overvalued based on assets compared to the US Commercial Services industry average.


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Future Growth

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

26.3%

Forecasted annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue Growth Estimates


Future Annual Growth Analysis

US Ecology's revenue is expected to grow by 8.1% yearly, however this is not considered high growth (20% yearly).

US Ecology's earnings are expected to grow significantly at over 20% yearly.

US Ecology's revenue growth is expected to exceed the United States of America market average.

US Ecology's earnings growth is expected to exceed the United States of America market average.

US Ecology's earnings growth is expected to exceed the low risk savings rate of 2.7%.


Earnings per Share Growth Estimates


Future Return on Equity

US Ecology is not expected to efficiently use shareholders’ funds in the future (Return on Equity less than 20%).


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Past Performance

How has US Ecology performed over the past 5 years?

12.6%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

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 negative, it can't be compared to the 5-year average.

US Ecology's 1-year earnings growth is negative, it can't be compared to the US Commercial Services industry average.


Return on Equity

US Ecology has not efficiently used shareholders’ funds last year (Return on Equity less than 20%).


Return on Assets

US Ecology used its assets more efficiently than the US Commercial Services industry average last year based on Return on Assets.


Return on Capital Employed

US Ecology's use of capital deteriorated last year versus 3 years ago (Return on Capital Employed).


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Financial Health

How is US Ecology's financial position?


Financial Position Analysis

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.


Debt to Equity History and Analysis

US Ecology's level of debt (89%) compared to net worth is high (greater than 40%).

The level of debt compared to net worth has been reduced over the past 5 years (170.8% vs 89% today).

Debt is well covered by operating cash flow (21.6%, greater than 20% of total debt).

Interest payments on debt are well covered by earnings (EBIT is 5.6x coverage).


Balance Sheet

High level of physical assets or inventory.

Debt is not covered by short term assets, assets are 0.6x debt.


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Dividend

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

1.30%

Expected Dividend Yield


Dividend Yield and Payments Analysis

US Ecology's pays a lower dividend yield than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in United States of America (1.48%).

US Ecology's dividend is below the markets top 25% of dividend payers in United States of America (3.83%).

Dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

No dividend growth in 10 years.


Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividends paid are well covered by earnings (3.2x coverage).


Future Payout to Shareholders

Dividends after 3 years are expected to be well covered by earnings (3.4x coverage).


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Management

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

6.3yrs

Average management tenure


CEO

Jeff Feeler (49yo)

6.3yrs

Tenure

US$1,963,355

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 served as Acting President and Acting Chief Operating Office ...


CEO Compensation Analysis

Jeff's remuneration is lower than average for companies of similar size in United States of America.

Jeff's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year, both up more than 20%.


Management Age and Tenure

6.3yrs

Average Tenure

49yo

Average Age

The average tenure for the US Ecology management team is over 5 years, this suggests they are a seasoned and experienced team.


Board Age and Tenure

4.3yrs

Average Tenure

62.5yo

Average Age

The tenure for the US Ecology board of directors is about average.


Insider Trading

No 3 month open market individual insider trading information.


Recent Insider Transactions

SellUS$847,39219 Nov 18
Stephen Romano
EntityIndividual
Role
Member of the Board of Directors
Independent Director
Shares12,000
Max PriceUS$70.62
BuyUS$29,82014 Sep 18
Katina Dorton
EntityIndividual
Role
Lead Director
Lead Independent Director
Shares400
Max PriceUS$74.55
SellUS$104,37014 Sep 18
Katina Dorton
EntityIndividual
Role
Lead Director
Lead Independent Director
Shares1,400
Max PriceUS$74.55
SellUS$227,85012 Sep 18
Simon Bell
EntityIndividual
Role
Chief Operating Officer
Executive VP & COO
Shares3,000
Max PriceUS$75.95
SellUS$150,10012 Sep 18
Stephen Romano
EntityIndividual
Role
Member of the Board of Directors
Independent Director
Shares2,000
Max PriceUS$75.05
SellUS$438,48007 Sep 18
Jeffrey Feeler
EntityIndividual
Role
Chief Executive Officer
Chairman of the Board
Shares6,000
Max PriceUS$73.08
SellUS$64,93527 Aug 18
Daniel Fox
EntityIndividual
Role
Member of the Board of Directors
Independent Director
Shares900
Max PriceUS$72.15

Ownership Breakdown


Management Team

  • Steve Welling (60yo)

    Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing

    • Tenure: 6.3yrs
    • Compensation: US$1.08m
  • Simon Bell (49yo)

    Executive VP & COO

    • Tenure: 2.8yrs
    • Compensation: US$1.08m
  • Wayne Ipsen (49yo)

    VP, Compliance Officer

    • Tenure: 0.0yrs
  • Jeff Feeler (49yo)

    Chairman of the Board

    • Tenure: 6.3yrs
    • Compensation: US$1.96m
  • Eric Gerratt (48yo)

    Executive VP

    • Tenure: 6.8yrs
    • Compensation: US$1.00m
  • Andy Marshall (52yo)

    Executive Vice President of Regulatory Compliance & Safety

    • Tenure: 4.6yrs
    • Compensation: US$786.50k
  • Betsy Sterk

    Vice President of Human Resources

    • Tenure: 0.0yrs

Board Members

  • Steve Romano (64yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 17.6yrs
    • Compensation: US$126.83k
  • Joe Colvin (76yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 11.3yrs
    • Compensation: US$133.08k
  • Glenn Eisenberg (58yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 1.5yrs
    • Compensation: US$158.29k
  • Ron Keating (50yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 2.1yrs
    • Compensation: US$133.50k
  • Jeff Feeler (49yo)

    Chairman of the Board

    • Tenure: 6.3yrs
    • Compensation: US$1.96m
  • Katina Dorton (61yo)

    Lead Independent Director

    • Tenure: 4.3yrs
    • Compensation: US$157.33k
  • John Sahlberg (66yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 4.3yrs
    • Compensation: US$151.33k
  • Dan Fox (68yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 9.6yrs
    • Compensation: US$158.67k
  • Melanie Steiner

    Director

    • Tenure: 0.1yrs

Company Information

US Ecology, Inc.'s company bio, 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$1.322b
  • Shares outstanding: 22.01m
  • Website: https://www.usecology.com

Number of Employees


Location

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

Listings

TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
ECOLNasdaqGS (Nasdaq Global Select)YesCommon StockUSUSDMay 1984
AFHDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURMay 1984

Biography

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 S ...


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2019/08/20 23:33
End of Day Share Price2019/08/20 00:00
Earnings2019/06/30
Annual Earnings2018/12/31


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.