Ecolab Inc. (ECL) Earnings Surprise by 0.00% in 9/29/2019: What Dose This Mean?

Ecolab Inc. (ECL) is owned by a number of high-value investors. Its largest direct holder is Douglas M. Baker Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer with 554,578 shares. The second-largest direct holder is Daniel J. Schmechel Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, with 158,860 shares of the company’s stock. In third place with 54,530 shares of ECL is Michael Mccormick Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary.

Now turning to institutional ownership of Ecolab Inc. (ECL), Cascade Investment LLC is the top holder with 30.69 million shares. The next largest fund holder of this company’s stock is The Vanguard Group, Inc. with 22.01 million shares. In the third-place spot with 13.23 million shares is BlackRock Fund Advisors.

This company’s stock price was $185.34 at the previous market close, with its latest volume reaching 1110636. Compare that to its average daily volume of 1.06M. Given the fact that this stock has 288.68M shares outstanding, its current market value is sitting at $53.50B. This publicly-traded stock’s 60-month Beta is 0.80. Its Price to Sales ratio is 3.60, its Price to Cash Flow ratio is 257.73, and its Price to Book ratio is 6.23.

ECL stock has achieved a 5-day range of $183.05 to $187.85, with a total performance of -0.48% during that period. Meanwhile, in the past month of trading, this stock has traded in the range of $181.43 to $193.89, generating a -2.95% change during the period. In the past three months, this stock’s price has changed by -9.36%, trading in the range of $181.43 to $208.75.

In the past 5 days, shares of ECL have made a new high 1 time. In the last month, it has made a new high 3 times, and in the past 3 months, it has made a new high 2 times.

Now let’s turn to this public company’s earnings. For the quarter ending 9/29/2019, the earnings per share (EPS) was reported at 1.71. This is a 0 difference compared to the consensus estimate of 1.71, amounting to an earnings surprise of 0.00%. In the previous quarter, which ended in 9/29/2019, the consensus estimate was 1.41, making for an earnings surprise of 0.70%. For the quarter ending 3/30/2019, EPS was reported at 1.03, generating a 1.00% earnings surprise.

The Net Income for the most recent full fiscal year, which ended in 12-2018, was $1.44 billion. This is compared to the prior year, where Net Income was $1.52 billion. Meanwhile, this company’s Operating Cash Flow was $2.28 billion for the year, compared to $2.09 billion in 2017. Capital Expenditures for the year were reportedly -$847.1 million, compared to -$868.6 million, and Free Cash flow was $1.43 billion compared to the prior year’s $1.22 billion.

Ecolab Inc. (ECL) stock currently has a Financial Strength score of 5/10. This is due to a combination of factors, including a Cash to Debt ratio of 0.02, an Equity to Asset ratio of 0.41, a Debt to Equity ratio of 0.85 and a Debt to EBITDA of 2.36. The Interest Coverage of this stock is 9.92, its Piotroski F-Score is 6, its Altman Z-Score is 4.38 and its Beneish M-Score is -2.63.

This publicly-traded company’s Profitability and Growth score is 8/10, thanks to a combination of things: an Operating Margin of 14.81, a Net Margin of 10.27, a ROE of 18.61, and a ROC of 36.95.

Shifting focus now to Valuation and Return for ECL, this company’s Price to Median PS Value is 1.53. Price to Peter Lynch Fair Value for ECL is now 0.00. Meanwhile, its Forward Rate of Return (Yactman) is 6.6.

Certain ratios provide helpful insights into how a stock is performing. The Quick Ratio for ECL is sitting at 0.84, while its Current Ratio is 1.24 and its PEG Ratio is 7.1. This stock’s PB Ratio is 6.24, its PS Ratio is 3.66, its Forward PE Ratio is 28.17, and its PE Ratio without NRI is 35.58. Similarly, its Shiller PE Ratio is 48.95, its Price to Owner Earnings is 32.03, its Price to Free Cash Flow is 32.55 and its Price to Operating Cash Flow is 22.33.