Analyzing US Ecology (ECOL) & Alanco Technologies (ALAN)

US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) and Alanco Technologies (OTCMKTS:ALAN) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, risk and valuation.


US Ecology pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Alanco Technologies does not pay a dividend. US Ecology pays out 41.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares US Ecology and Alanco Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
US Ecology $504.04 million 3.08 $49.36 million $1.72 40.96
Alanco Technologies $190,000.00 0.30 -$1.59 million N/A N/A

US Ecology has higher revenue and earnings than Alanco Technologies.


This table compares US Ecology and Alanco Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
US Ecology 12.30% 15.68% 6.44%
Alanco Technologies N/A N/A N/A

Volatility & Risk

US Ecology has a beta of 0.51, suggesting that its stock price is 49% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alanco Technologies has a beta of 2.27, suggesting that its stock price is 127% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

83.5% of US Ecology shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of US Ecology shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.4% of Alanco Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for US Ecology and Alanco Technologies, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
US Ecology 1 1 2 0 2.25
Alanco Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

US Ecology presently has a consensus target price of $69.25, indicating a potential downside of 1.70%. Given US Ecology’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe US Ecology is more favorable than Alanco Technologies.


US Ecology beats Alanco Technologies on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

US Ecology Company Profile

US Ecology, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides environmental services to commercial and government entities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It operates in two segments, Environmental Services; and Field & Industrial Services. The Environmental Services segment offers hazardous material management services, including transportation, recycling, treatment, and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste at its landfill, wastewater, and other treatment facilities. The Field & Industrial Services segment provides packaging and collection of hazardous waste; on-site management, waste characterization, and transportation and disposal of non-hazardous and hazardous waste at customer sites; and excavation, high-pressure cleaning, tank cleaning, decontamination, remediation, transportation, spill cleanup and emergency response, and other services. It serves oil refineries, chemical production plants, steel mills, real estate developers, waste brokers/aggregators serving small manufacturers, and other industrial customers. The company was formerly known as American Ecology Corporation and changed its name to US Ecology, Inc. in February 2010. US Ecology, Inc. was founded in 1952 and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho.

Alanco Technologies Company Profile

Alanco Technologies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the treatment and disposal of produced water generated as a byproduct from oil and natural gas producers in Western Colorado. It is also involved in oil reclamation activities. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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