Ecolab Inc. provides water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services worldwide. More Details
Average dividend payer with mediocre balance sheet.
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 +/- 4% a week.
Volatility Over Time: ECL's weekly volatility (4%) has been stable over the past year.
7 Day Return
1 Year Return
Return vs Industry: ECL exceeded the US Chemicals industry which returned 15.2% over the past year.
Return vs Market: ECL underperformed the US Market which returned 22.1% over the past year.
Long-Term Price Volatility Vs. Market
How volatile is Ecolab's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?
Simply Wall St News
5 days ago | Simply Wall StThese 4 Measures Indicate That Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) Is Using Debt Reasonably Well
2 weeks ago | Simply Wall StIs Ecolab Inc.'s (NYSE:ECL) ROE Of 20% Impressive?
4 weeks ago | Simply Wall StWhy Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) Could Be Worth Watching
Is Ecolab undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?
Price to Earnings (PE) ratio
Share Price vs. Fair Value
Below Fair Value: ECL ($225.61) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($99.4)
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 (54.3x) compared to the US Chemicals industry average (30.1x).
PE vs Market: ECL is poor value based on its PE Ratio (54.3x) compared to the US market (19.4x).
Price to Earnings Growth Ratio
PEG Ratio: ECL is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (2.6x)
Price to Book Ratio
PB vs Industry: ECL is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (10.7x) compared to the US Chemicals industry average (2.3x).
How is Ecolab forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 18 analysts?
Forecasted annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts
Analyst Future Growth Forecasts
Earnings vs Savings Rate: ECL's forecast earnings growth (21.2% per year) is above the savings rate (2.2%).
Earnings vs Market: ECL's earnings (21.2% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (21.9% per year).
High Growth Earnings: earnings are expected to grow significantly over the next 3 years.
Revenue vs Market: ECL's revenue (4.8% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (10.2% per year).
High Growth Revenue: ECL's revenue (4.8% 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 low in 3 years time (19.8%).
How has Ecolab performed over the past 5 years?
Historical annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue History
Quality Earnings: ECL has a large one-off loss of $397.7M impacting its September 30 2020 financial results.
Growing Profit Margin: ECL's current net profit margins (8.3%) are lower than last year (10.9%).
Past Earnings Growth Analysis
Earnings Trend: ECL's earnings have grown by 7.1% 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 (-16.3%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Chemicals industry average (-16.3%).
Return on Equity
High ROE: Whilst ECL's Return on Equity (20.05%) is high, this metric is skewed due to their high level of debt.
How is Ecolab's financial position?
Financial Position Analysis
Short Term Liabilities: ECL's short term assets ($5.0B) exceed its short term liabilities ($3.1B).
Long Term Liabilities: ECL's short term assets ($5.0B) do not cover its long term liabilities ($8.9B).
Debt to Equity History and Analysis
Debt Level: ECL's debt to equity ratio (114.2%) is considered high.
Reducing Debt: ECL's debt to equity ratio has increased from 98.7% to 114.2% over the past 5 years.
Debt Coverage: ECL's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (29.4%).
Interest Coverage: ECL's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (10x coverage).
What is Ecolab current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?
Current Dividend Yield
Dividend Yield vs Market
Notable Dividend: ECL's dividend (0.83%) isn’t notable compared to the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.49%).
High Dividend: ECL's dividend (0.83%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (4.1%).
Stability and Growth of Payments
Stable Dividend: ECL's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.
Growing Dividend: ECL's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.
Current Payout to Shareholders
Dividend Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (45.3%), ECL's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.
Future Payout to Shareholders
Future Dividend Coverage: ECL's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (32.4% payout ratio).
How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?
Average management tenure
Doug Baker (61 yo)
Mr. Douglas M. Baker, Jr., also known as Doug, has been Chairman of the board at Ecolab Inc. since May 12, 2006 and has been its Chief Executive Officer since July 1, 2004. Mr. Baker served as President of...
CEO Compensation Analysis
Compensation vs Market: Doug's total compensation ($USD19.80M) is above average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD10.98M).
Compensation vs Earnings: Doug's compensation has increased by more than 20% whilst company earnings have fallen more than 20% in the past year.
|Chairman & CEO||16.42yrs||US$19.80m||0.27% |
|President & COO||1.67yrs||US$4.90m||0.017% |
|Chief Financial Officer||8.17yrs||US$5.24m||0.074% |
|Executive Vice President of Innovation & Transformation||8.17yrs||US$4.57m||0.0040% |
|Executive Vice President of Growth Initiatives||5.92yrs||US$3.51m||0.012% |
|Executive VP & CTO||6.92yrs||no data||0.010% |
|Executive VP & Chief Information Officer||no data||no data||no data|
|Director of Investor Relations||no data||no data||no data|
|Executive VP||3.75yrs||no data||0.019% |
|Chief Compliance Officer & Chief Employment Counsel||1.92yrs||no data||no data|
|Executive Vice President of Global Marketing||0.92yr||no data||0.0029% |
|Senior Vice President of Global Marketing & Communications||0.92yr||no data||no data|
Experienced Management: ECL's management team is considered experienced (4.8 years average tenure).
|Chairman & CEO||16.42yrs||US$19.80m||0.27% |
|Independent Director||2yrs||US$313.07k||0.00069% |
|Independent Lead Director||3.58yrs||US$320.62k||0.0022% |
|Independent Director||5yrs||US$290.62k||0.0031% |
|Independent Director||8.92yrs||US$280.62k||0.0023% |
|Independent Director||11.08yrs||US$300.62k||0.00035% |
|Independent Director||10.58yrs||US$280.62k||0.0069% |
|Independent Director||14.58yrs||US$300.62k||0.0077% |
|Independent Director||12.83yrs||US$295.62k||0.0093% |
|Independent Director||2yrs||US$313.07k||0% |
|Independent Director||5.83yrs||US$290.62k||0.0015% |
|Independent Director||6.83yrs||US$280.62k||0.0017% |
Experienced Board: ECL's board of directors are considered experienced (7.9 years average tenure).
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
Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.
Ecolab Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources
- Name: Ecolab Inc.
- Ticker: ECL
- Exchange: NYSE
- Founded: 1923
- Industry: Specialty Chemicals
- Sector: Materials
- Market Cap: US$64.399b
- Shares outstanding: 285.45m
- Website: https://www.ecolab.com
Number of Employees
- Ecolab Inc.
- 1 Ecolab Place
- Saint Paul
- United States
|Ticker||Exchange||Primary Security||Security Type||Country||Currency||Listed on|
|ECL||NYSE (New York Stock Exchange)||Yes||Common Stock||US||USD||Jan 1969|
|ECJ||DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)||Yes||Common Stock||DE||EUR||Jan 1969|
|ECL *||BMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores)||Yes||Common Stock||MX||MXN||Jan 1969|
|0IFA||LSE (London Stock Exchange)||Yes||Common Stock||GB||USD||Jan 1969|
|ECL||WBAG (Wiener Boerse AG)||Yes||Common Stock||AT||EUR||Jan 1969|
|ECJ||ETLX (Eurotlx)||Yes||Common Stock||IT||EUR||Jan 1969|
|E1CL34||BOVESPA (Bolsa de Valores de Sao Paulo)||BDR EACH 4 REPR 1 COM||BR||BRL||Jan 2020|
Ecolab Inc. provides water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services worldwide. The company operates through Global Industrial, Global Institutional, Global Energy, and Other segments. Its Global Indu...
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
|Data||Last Updated (UTC time)|
|Company Analysis||2020/12/05 00:29|
|End of Day Share Price||2020/12/04 00:00|
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