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Ecolab Inc
NYSE: ECL - USD
SPECIALTY CHEMICALS
$221.49
+ $3.58 ( + 1.64%)

Ecolab is a specialty chemicals business based in the US. Ecolab stocks (ECL.US) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $226.92 – a decrease of 2.64% over the previous week. Ecolab employs 44,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $12.1 billion.

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Is it a good time to buy Ecolab stock?

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How has Coronavirus impacted Ecolab's stock price?

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

Its last market close was $217.91, which is 4.78% up on its pre-crash value of $207.5 and 74.89% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $124.6.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Ecolab stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $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 $1,080.83.

Ecolab stock price

Use our graph to track the performance of ECL stocks over time.

Ecolab stocks at a glance

Information last updated 2021-09-18.
Latest market close$217.91
52-week range$179.666 - $230.7586
50-day moving average $222.59
200-day moving average $217.2232
Wall St. target price$234.69
PE ratio 59.9341
Dividend yield $1.91 (0.85%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $3.643

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Ecolab price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $217.91

1 week (2021-09-15) -2.64%
1 month (2021-08-20) -1.87%
3 months (2021-06-22) 3.71%
6 months (2021-03-22) 4.73%
1 year (2020-09-22) 9.41%
2 years (2019-09-20) 11.14%
3 years (2018-09-21) 36.71%
5 years (2016-09-22) 82.90%

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 60x. In other words, Ecolab stocks trade at around 60x 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 stocks 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 2.282. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the stocks offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the stocks 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 stock prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Ecolab's EBITDA

Ecolab's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$2.6 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$12.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 14.81%
Gross profit TTM USD$4.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 6.13%
Return on equity TTM 16.86%
Profit margin 8.66%
Book value $23.451
Market capitalisation USD$62.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Ecolab stocks

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  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 2.4 million Ecolab stocks held short by investors – that's known as Ecolab's "short interest". This figure is 1% down from 2.5 million last month.

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

Ecolab's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Ecolab's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Ecolab stocks currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Ecolab stocks traded daily (recently around 681749.30362117). Ecolab's SIR currently stands at 3.59. In other words for every 100,000 Ecolab stocks traded daily on the market, roughly 3590 stocks are currently held short.

However Ecolab's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Ecolab stocks, or, against the total number of tradable Ecolab stocks (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 stocks (for every 100,000 Ecolab stocks in existence, roughly 10 stocks are currently held short) or 0.0096% of the tradable stocks (for every 100,000 tradable Ecolab stocks, roughly 10 stocks are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the stock 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 01/01/2019) 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: 2019-01-01.

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 stock dividends

44%

Dividend payout ratio: 43.54% of net profits

Recently Ecolab has paid out, on average, around 43.54% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.88% 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 0.88% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Ecolab's case, that would currently equate to about $1.91 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 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their stocks by 13 September 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Ecolab stocks ever split?

Ecolab stocks 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 stocks – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower stock price could have impacted the market appetite for Ecolab stocks which in turn could have impacted Ecolab's stock price.

Ecolab stock price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Ecolab's stocks have ranged in value from as little as $179.666 up to $230.7586. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ECL.US volatility(beta: 1.01)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a stocks volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Ecolab's is 1.0066. This would suggest that Ecolab's stocks are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Ecolab overview

Ecolab Inc. provides water, hygiene, and infection prevention solutions and services worldwide. Its Global Industrial segment offers water treatment and process applications, and cleaning and sanitizing solutions to manufacturing, food and beverage processing, transportation, chemical, metals and mining, power generation, pulp and paper, commercial laundry, petroleum, and petrochemical industries. The company's Global Institutional & Specialty segment provides specialized cleaning and sanitizing products to the foodservice, hospitality, lodging, government and education, and retail industries. Its Global Healthcare & Life Sciences segment offers specialized cleaning and sanitizing products to the healthcare, personal care, and pharmaceutical industries, such as infection prevention and surgical solutions, and end-to-end cleaning and contamination control solutions under the Ecolab, Microtek, and Anios brand names. 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 provides colloidal silica for binding and polishing applications in semiconductor, catalyst, and aerospace component manufacturing, as well as chemical industries; and products and services that manage wash process through custom designed programs, premium products, dispensing equipment, water and energy management, and reduction, as well as real time data management. It 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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