Critical Survey: US Ecology (ECOL) vs. Its Peers
US Ecology (NASDAQ: ECOL) is one of 20 public companies in the “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare US Ecology to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, profitability, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares US Ecology and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||NetIncome||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|US Ecology||$477.67 million||$34.25 million||40.67|
|US Ecology Competitors||$850.65 million||$28.19 million||-384.10|
US Ecology’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than US Ecology. US Ecology is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
Risk & Volatility
US Ecology has a beta of 0.7, meaning that its share price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, US Ecology’s peers have a beta of 0.64, meaning that their average share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500.
US Ecology pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. 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 98.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.
This table compares US Ecology and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|US Ecology Competitors||-281.27%||-69.54%||-14.78%|
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for US Ecology and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|US Ecology Competitors||44||278||586||14||2.62|
US Ecology currently has a consensus price target of $51.25, indicating a potential upside of 5.02%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 8.37%. Given US Ecology’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe US Ecology has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
85.5% of US Ecology shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.2% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of US Ecology shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
US Ecology beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.
About US Ecology
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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