US Ecology (NASDAQ: ECOL) is one of 22 publicly-traded companies in the “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare US Ecology to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation and risk.
This table compares US Ecology and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|US Ecology Competitors||-309.97%||-66.03%||-11.30%|
Insider and Institutional Ownership
85.1% of US Ecology shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.1% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of US Ecology shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of current recommendations for US Ecology and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|US Ecology Competitors||44||277||585||14||2.62|
US Ecology presently has a consensus target price of $51.25, suggesting a potential upside of 11.41%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 8.73%. Given US Ecology’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe US Ecology is more favorable than its peers.
US Ecology pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. 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 114.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares US Ecology and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||NetIncome||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|US Ecology||$477.67 million||$34.25 million||38.33|
|US Ecology Competitors||$866.17 million||$36.04 million||-401.32|
US Ecology’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than US Ecology. US Ecology is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
Volatility & Risk
US Ecology has a beta of 0.7, indicating that its share price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, US Ecology’s peers have a beta of 0.65, indicating that their average share price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.
US Ecology beats its peers on 8 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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