Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) will release its earnings data before the market opens on Tuesday, October 30th. Analysts expect Ecolab to post earnings of $1.55 per share for the quarter.

Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 31st. The basic materials company reported $1.27 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.27. Ecolab had a return on equity of 18.96% and a net margin of 10.83%. The firm had revenue of $3.69 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.69 billion. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.13 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 6.6% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts expect Ecolab to post $5 EPS for the current fiscal year and $6 EPS for the next fiscal year.

Shares of NYSE:ECL opened at $147.34 on Monday. The company has a current ratio of 1.27, a quick ratio of 0.84 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80. Ecolab has a 12-month low of $125.74 and a 12-month high of $159.92. The stock has a market capitalization of $42.57 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 31.42, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.15 and a beta of 0.96.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, October 15th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, September 18th were paid a $0.41 dividend. This represents a $1.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.11%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, September 17th. Ecolab’s payout ratio is 34.97%.

A number of brokerages have issued reports on ECL. Boenning Scattergood reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Ecolab in a research note on Tuesday, July 31st. Barclays raised their price target on Ecolab from $150.00 to $165.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 24th. Nomura raised their price target on Ecolab from $146.00 to $153.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday, August 13th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Ecolab from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 24th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group raised their price target on Ecolab from $140.00 to $142.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 1st. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Ecolab presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $150.81.

In other news, Director David Maclennan acquired 500 shares of Ecolab stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 2nd. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $146.40 per share, with a total value of $73,200.00. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 2,128 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $311,539.20. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, EVP Roberto Inchaustegui sold 10,600 shares of Ecolab stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $145.71, for a total value of $1,544,526.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 33,202 shares in the company, valued at $4,837,863.42. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 114,885 shares of company stock worth $17,369,786 over the last ninety days. Corporate insiders own 1.50% of the company’s stock.

Ecolab Company Profile

Ecolab Inc provides water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services for customers worldwide. The company operates through Global Industrial, Global Institutional, and Global Energy segments. The Global Industrial segment provides water treatment and process applications, and cleaning and sanitizing solutions primarily to large industrial customers within the manufacturing, food and beverage processing, chemical, mining and primary metals, power generation, pulp and paper, and commercial laundry industries.

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