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Ecolab Inc is a specialty chemicals business based in the US. Ecolab shares (ECL) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Ecolab employs 45,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$14.5 billion.

How to buy shares in Ecolab

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Ecolab. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: ECL. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Ecolab reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$201.79, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Ecolab, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Ecolab. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

How has coronavirus impacted Ecolab's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Ecolab's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was USD$201.79, which is 2.75% down on its pre-crash value of USD$207.5 and 61.95% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$124.6.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Ecolab shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$621.09 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$1,000.88.

Ecolab share price

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Ecolab shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market close USD$201.79
52-week range USD$132.0301 - USD$231.36
50-day moving average USD$201.2454
200-day moving average USD$197.8129
Wall St. target price USD$199
PE ratio 42.4084
Dividend yield USD$1.88 (0.93%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$5.29

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Is it a good time to buy Ecolab stock?

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Ecolab price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $201.79 from 2020-10-19

1 week (2020-11-19) -4.33%
1 month (2020-10-29) 7.94%
3 months (2020-08-28) 0.64%
6 months (2020-05-29) -5.08%
1 year (2019-11-29) 8.10%
2 years (2018-11-29) 27.40%
3 years (2017-11-29) 49.47%
5 years (2015-11-27) 69.70%

Is Ecolab under- or over-valued?

Valuing Ecolab stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Ecolab's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Ecolab's P/E ratio

Ecolab's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 42x. In other words, Ecolab shares trade at around 42x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Ecolab's PEG ratio

Ecolab's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 4.9025. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Ecolab's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Ecolab's EBITDA

Ecolab's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$3.2 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Ecolab's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Ecolab financials

Revenue TTM USD$14.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 14.96%
Gross profit TTM USD$6.2 billion
Return on assets TTM 6.98%
Return on equity TTM 19.83%
Profit margin -5.91%
Book value $20.517
Market capitalisation USD$58 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Ecolab shares

There are currently 3.4 million Ecolab shares held short by investors – that's known as Ecolab's "short interest". This figure is 2.7% down from 3.5 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Ecolab shares can be evaluated.

Ecolab's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Ecolab's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Ecolab shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Ecolab shares traded daily (recently around 1.2 million). Ecolab's SIR currently stands at 2.78. In other words for every 100,000 Ecolab shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2780 shares are currently held short.

However Ecolab's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Ecolab shares, or, against the total number of tradable Ecolab shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Ecolab's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Ecolab shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0137% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Ecolab shares, roughly 14 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Ecolab.

Find out more about how you can short Ecolab stock.

Ecolab's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Ecolab.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Ecolab's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 25.82

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Ecolab's overall score of 25.82 (as at 10/01/2020) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 42nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Ecolab is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Ecolab's environmental score

Environmental score: 7.58/100

Ecolab's environmental score of 7.58 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Ecolab is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Ecolab's social score

Social score: 7.64/100

Ecolab's social score of 7.64 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Ecolab is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Ecolab's governance score

Governance score: 3.09/100

Ecolab's governance score puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Ecolab is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Ecolab's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Ecolab scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Ecolab has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Ecolab Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2020-10-01.

Total ESG score 25.82
Total ESG percentile 41.75
Environmental score 7.58
Environmental score percentile 1
Social score 7.64
Social score percentile 1
Governance score 3.09
Governance score percentile 1
Level of controversy 2

Ecolab share dividends

37%

Dividend payout ratio: 36.5% of net profits

Recently Ecolab has paid out, on average, around 36.5% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.93% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Ecolab shareholders could enjoy a 0.93% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Ecolab's case, that would currently equate to about $1.88 per share.

While Ecolab's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Ecolab may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Ecolab's most recent dividend payout was on 15 October 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 14 September 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Ecolab's shares ever split?

Ecolab's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 9 June 2003. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Ecolab shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Ecolab shares which in turn could have impacted Ecolab's share price.

Ecolab share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Ecolab's shares have ranged in value from as little as $132.0301 up to $231.36. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ECL.US volatility(beta: 0.93)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Ecolab's is 0.9311. This would suggest that Ecolab's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Ecolab overview

Ecolab Inc. provides water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services worldwide. The company operates through Global Industrial, Global Institutional, Global Energy, and Other segments. Its Global Industrial segment offers water treatment and process applications, and cleaning and sanitizing solutions primarily to industrial customers within the manufacturing, food and beverage processing, chemical, mining and primary metals, power generation, pulp and paper, and commercial laundry industries. The company's Global Institutional segment provides specialized cleaning and sanitizing products to the foodservice, hospitality, lodging, healthcare, government, education, and retail industries. Its Global Energy segment offers the process chemicals and water treatment needs of the petroleum and petrochemical industries in upstream and downstream applications. This segment also provides additives for drilling and well stimulation, corrosion inhibitors, oil and water separation, scale control, paraffin and asphaltene control, biocides, hydrate control, hydrogen sulfide removal, oil dispersants, foamers and anti-foamers, flow improvers, anti-foulants, crude desalting, monomer inhibitors, anti-oxidants, fuel and lubricant additives, and water treatment. The company's Other segment offers pest elimination services to detect, eliminate, and prevent pests, such as rodents and insects in restaurants, food and beverage processors, educational and healthcare facilities, hotels, quick service restaurant and grocery operations, and other institutional and commercial customers. This segment also produces and sells colloidal silica for binding and polishing applications in semiconductor, catalyst, and aerospace component manufacturing, as well as chemical industries. Ecolab Inc. sells its products through field sales and corporate account personnel, distributors, and dealers. The company was founded in 1923 and is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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