US Ecology (ECOL) and Its Competitors Critical Comparison
US Ecology (NASDAQ: ECOL) is one of 20 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 companies based on the strength of its earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk and dividends.
Risk & Volatility
US Ecology has a beta of 0.71, suggesting that its share price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, US Ecology’s competitors have a beta of 0.72, suggesting that their average share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.
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 Competitors||-280.96%||-68.14%||-14.45%|
US Ecology pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. 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 is a summary of recent ratings for US Ecology and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|US Ecology Competitors||46||279||586||14||2.61|
US Ecology presently has a consensus price target of $51.25, suggesting a potential upside of 2.40%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 9.86%. Given US Ecology’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe US Ecology has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
92.6% of US Ecology shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.0% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.5% 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, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares US Ecology and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|US Ecology||$477.67 million||$34.25 million||41.71|
|US Ecology Competitors||$850.65 million||$28.19 million||162.71|
US Ecology’s competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than US Ecology. US Ecology is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.
US Ecology competitors beat US Ecology on 9 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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