US Ecology (NASDAQ: ECOL) is one of 20 publicly-traded companies in the “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare US Ecology to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.
Risk and Volatility
US Ecology has a beta of 0.7, meaning that its share price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, US Ecology’s peers have a beta of 0.62, meaning that their average share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for US Ecology and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|US Ecology Competitors||46||278||586||14||2.61|
US Ecology currently has a consensus target price of $51.25, suggesting a potential upside of 0.49%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 9.00%. Given US Ecology’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe US Ecology has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
92.6% of US Ecology shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.0% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of US Ecology shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held 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.
US Ecology pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. 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 1.8% and pay out 98.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.
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||-280.96%||-68.14%||-14.45%|
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares US Ecology and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|US Ecology||$477.67 million||$34.25 million||42.50|
|US Ecology Competitors||$850.65 million||$28.19 million||153.27|
US Ecology’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than US Ecology. US Ecology is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.
US Ecology peers beat US Ecology 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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