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Market Cap

US$64.1b

Last Updated

2021/05/15 22:19 UTC

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Executive Summary

Ecolab Inc. provides water, hygiene, and infection prevention solutions and services worldwide. More Details


Snowflake Analysis

Average dividend payer with moderate growth potential.


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Share Price & News

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


Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: ECL is less volatile than 75% of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 3% a week.

Volatility Over Time: ECL's weekly volatility (3%) has been stable over the past year.


Market Performance


7 Day Return

-1.9%

ECL

-0.5%

US Chemicals

-1.7%

US Market


1 Year Return

15.1%

ECL

68.3%

US Chemicals

50.8%

US Market

Return vs Industry: ECL underperformed the US Chemicals industry which returned 68.3% over the past year.

Return vs Market: ECL underperformed the US Market which returned 50.5% over the past year.


Shareholder returns

ECLIndustryMarket
7 Day-1.9%-0.5%-1.7%
30 Day1.9%5.6%-1.2%
90 Day1.9%13.5%0.4%
1 Year16.1%15.1%71.8%68.3%53.3%50.8%
3 Year56.2%51.6%48.3%26.1%61.5%51.4%
5 Year102.5%92.0%113.1%71.3%125.9%100.7%

Long-Term Price Volatility Vs. Market

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


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Valuation

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

73.82x

Price to Earnings (PE) ratio


Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: ECL ($224.06) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($192.02)

Significantly Below Fair Value: ECL is trading above our estimate of fair value.


Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: ECL is poor value based on its PE Ratio (73.8x) compared to the US Chemicals industry average (27.6x).

PE vs Market: ECL is poor value based on its PE Ratio (73.8x) compared to the US market (19.9x).


Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: ECL is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (4.3x)


Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: ECL is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (10.2x) compared to the US Chemicals industry average (2.8x).


Future Growth

How is Ecolab forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 18 analysts?

17.2%

Forecasted annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts


Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: ECL's forecast earnings growth (17.2% per year) is above the savings rate (2%).

Earnings vs Market: ECL's earnings (17.2% per year) are forecast to grow faster than the US market (14.7% per year).

High Growth Earnings: ECL's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: ECL's revenue (5.9% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (9% per year).

High Growth Revenue: ECL's revenue (5.9% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.


Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts


Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: ECL's Return on Equity is forecast to be high in 3 years time (25.6%)


Past Performance

How has Ecolab performed over the past 5 years?

0.3%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: ECL has a large one-off loss of $319.4M impacting its March 31 2021 financial results.

Growing Profit Margin: ECL's current net profit margins (7.5%) are lower than last year (11.6%).


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: ECL's earnings have grown by 0.3% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: ECL's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: ECL had negative earnings growth (-40.7%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Chemicals industry average (1.6%).


Return on Equity

High ROE: ECL's Return on Equity (14%) is considered low.


Financial Health

How is Ecolab's financial position?


Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: ECL's short term assets ($5.2B) exceed its short term liabilities ($2.9B).

Long Term Liabilities: ECL's short term assets ($5.2B) do not cover its long term liabilities ($9.0B).


Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: ECL's debt to equity ratio (106%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: ECL's debt to equity ratio has increased from 102.8% to 106% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: ECL's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (26.6%).

Interest Coverage: ECL's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (7.7x coverage).


Balance Sheet


Dividend

What is Ecolab current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?

0.86%

Current Dividend Yield


Upcoming Dividend Payment

TodayMay 16 2021Ex Dividend DateJun 14 2021Dividend Pay DateJul 15 202131 days from Ex DividendBuy in the next 29 days to receive the upcoming dividend

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: ECL's dividend (0.86%) isn’t notable compared to the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.25%).

High Dividend: ECL's dividend (0.86%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.42%).


Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: ECL's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: ECL's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.


Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonable payout ratio (62.6%), ECL's dividend payments are covered by earnings.


Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: ECL's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (34.5% payout ratio).


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Management

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

2.3yrs

Average management tenure


CEO

Christophe Beck (52 yo)

0.33

Tenure

US$6,445,060

Compensation

Mr. Christophe Beck serves as President of Ecolab Inc. since April 1, 2019 and has been its Chief Executive Officer since January 01, 2021. Mr. Beck serves as Director at Ecolab Inc. since October 30, 2020...


CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Christophe's total compensation ($USD6.45M) is below average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD11.16M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Christophe's compensation has increased by more than 20% whilst company earnings have fallen more than 20% in the past year.


Leadership Team

Experienced Management: ECL's management team is considered experienced (2.3 years average tenure).


Board Members

Experienced Board: ECL's board of directors are considered experienced (8.3 years average tenure).


Ownership

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


Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: ECL insiders have only sold shares 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

Ecolab Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources


Key Information

  • Name: Ecolab Inc.
  • Ticker: ECL
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1923
  • Industry: Specialty Chemicals
  • Sector: Materials
  • Market Cap: US$64.067b
  • Shares outstanding: 285.94m
  • Website: https://www.ecolab.com

Number of Employees


Location

  • Ecolab Inc.
  • 1 Ecolab Place
  • Saint Paul
  • Minnesota
  • 55102-2233
  • United States

Listings


Biography

Ecolab Inc. provides water, hygiene, and infection prevention solutions and services worldwide. Its Global Industrial segment offers water treatment and process applications, and cleaning and sanitizing so...


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2021/05/15 22:19
End of Day Share Price2021/05/14 00:00
Earnings2021/03/31
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.