US Ecology (ECOL) & Its Rivals Financial Review

US Ecology (NASDAQ: ECOL) is one of 22 public companies in the “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare US Ecology to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares US Ecology and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
US Ecology 5.39% 10.35% 3.78%
US Ecology Competitors -309.97% -66.03% -11.30%

Dividends

US Ecology pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. US Ecology pays out 60.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 114.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for US Ecology and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
US Ecology 1 1 2 0 2.25
US Ecology Competitors 44 277 585 14 2.62

US Ecology presently has a consensus target price of $51.25, suggesting a potential upside of 11.41%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 8.69%. Given US Ecology’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe US Ecology is more favorable than its competitors.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

85.1% of US Ecology shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.1% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of US Ecology shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 13.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

US Ecology has a beta of 0.7, indicating that its share price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, US Ecology’s competitors have a beta of 0.65, indicating that their average share price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares US Ecology and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
US Ecology $477.67 million $34.25 million 38.33
US Ecology Competitors $866.17 million $36.04 million -401.94

US Ecology’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than US Ecology. US Ecology is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

US Ecology beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

US Ecology Company Profile

US Ecology, Inc. is a provider of environmental services to commercial and government entities. The Company offers treatment, disposal and recycling of hazardous, non-hazardous and radioactive waste, as well as a range of field and industrial services. The Company operates in two business segments: Environmental Services, and Field & Industrial Services. Its Environmental Services segment provides a range of hazardous material management services, including transportation, recycling, treatment and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste at Company-owned landfill, wastewater and other treatment facilities. The Company’s Field & Industrial Services segment provides packaging and collection of hazardous waste and total waste management solutions at customer sites and through its transfer facilities. Its services include on-site management, waste characterization, transportation and disposal of non-hazardous and hazardous waste.

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