Switch to:

GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 7/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.05
ECL's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
67% of the 989 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.68 vs. ECL: 0.05 )
ECL' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.05   Max: 0.67
Current: 0.05

0.05
0.67
Equity to Asset 0.37
ECL's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
56% of the 989 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.56 vs. ECL: 0.37 )
ECL' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.31   Max: 0.48
Current: 0.37

0.31
0.48
Interest Coverage 5.72
ECL's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
52% of the 655 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 16.51 vs. ECL: 5.72 )
ECL' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 4.51   Max: 17.34
Current: 5.72

4.51
17.34
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 2.83
M-Score: -2.44
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 9/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 11.78
ECL's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 969 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.76 vs. ECL: 11.78 )
ECL' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 10.89   Max: 13.94
Current: 11.78

10.89
13.94
Net-margin (%) 7.30
ECL's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 969 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.76 vs. ECL: 7.30 )
ECL' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 5.94   Max: 10.19
Current: 7.3

5.94
10.19
ROE (%) 13.18
ECL's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 961 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 6.54 vs. ECL: 13.18 )
ECL' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 8.16   Max: 28.51
Current: 13.18

8.16
28.51
ROA (%) 4.93
ECL's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
76% of the 974 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.39 vs. ECL: 4.93 )
ECL' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 2.54   Max: 13.09
Current: 4.93

2.54
13.09
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 33.83
ECL's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
94% of the 970 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 10.99 vs. ECL: 33.83 )
ECL' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 20.35   Max: 49.19
Current: 33.83

20.35
49.19
Revenue Growth (%) 19.10
ECL's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 788 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.10 vs. ECL: 19.10 )
ECL' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -11.8   Max: 21.4
Current: 19.1

-11.8
21.4
EBITDA Growth (%) 13.10
ECL's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 685 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.00 vs. ECL: 13.10 )
ECL' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -8   Max: 20.6
Current: 13.1

-8
20.6
EPS Growth (%) 12.30
ECL's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
79% of the 635 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.20 vs. ECL: 12.30 )
ECL' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -7.4   Max: 18.2
Current: 12.3

-7.4
18.2
» ECL's 10-Y Financials

Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

» Details

Guru Trades

Q1 2013

ECL Guru Trades in Q1 2013

Steven Cohen 7,542 sh (+21.66%)
Ron Baron 266,710 sh (+3.99%)
Meryl Witmer 9,567,556 sh (+2.26%)
Bill Frels 2,054,405 sh (+0.03%)
Bill Gates 4,366,425 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 48,400 sh (unchged)
Caxton Associates Sold Out
Pioneer Investments 1,962,318 sh (-2.67%)
Mario Gabelli 839,205 sh (-2.92%)
Chris Davis 4,994,640 sh (-3.68%)
RS Investment Management 82,170 sh (-5.39%)
Jeremy Grantham 238,381 sh (-14.49%)
Jim Simons 32,922 sh (-90.2%)
» More
Q2 2013

ECL Guru Trades in Q2 2013

John Burbank 84,482 sh (New)
Pioneer Investments 2,307,694 sh (+17.6%)
Meryl Witmer 10,010,879 sh (+4.63%)
Chris Davis 5,020,018 sh (+0.51%)
Ron Baron 267,794 sh (+0.41%)
Tom Gayner 48,400 sh (unchged)
Bill Gates 4,366,425 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Bill Frels 2,038,845 sh (-0.76%)
Mario Gabelli 794,615 sh (-5.31%)
Jeremy Grantham 221,781 sh (-6.96%)
RS Investment Management 75,907 sh (-7.62%)
» More
Q3 2013

ECL Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Steven Cohen 1,529 sh (New)
Chris Davis 5,164,161 sh (+2.87%)
Tom Gayner 48,400 sh (unchged)
Bill Gates 4,366,425 sh (unchged)
John Burbank Sold Out
RS Investment Management 75,507 sh (-0.53%)
Bill Frels 2,023,189 sh (-0.77%)
Pioneer Investments 2,276,778 sh (-1.34%)
Ron Baron 258,631 sh (-3.42%)
Mario Gabelli 759,250 sh (-4.45%)
Jeremy Grantham 198,481 sh (-10.51%)
» More
Q4 2013

ECL Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 4,299 sh (New)
Jim Simons 264,922 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 39,661 sh (+2493.92%)
Tom Gayner 56,400 sh (+16.53%)
Bill Gates 4,366,425 sh (unchged)
Bill Frels 2,018,711 sh (-0.22%)
Chris Davis 5,120,907 sh (-0.84%)
Ron Baron 242,138 sh (-6.38%)
Pioneer Investments 2,125,719 sh (-6.63%)
Mario Gabelli 703,678 sh (-7.32%)
RS Investment Management 58,202 sh (-22.92%)
Jeremy Grantham 104,099 sh (-47.55%)
» More
» Details

Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with ECL

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
John Burbank 2013-09-30 Sold Out 0.24%$85.83 - $99.12 $ 106.8915%0
John Burbank 2013-06-30 New Buy0.24%$79.34 - $89.14 $ 106.8927%84482
John Burbank 2012-12-31 Sold Out 1.4%$63.63 - $72.72 $ 106.8954%0
John Burbank 2012-09-30 Add 14.42%0.18%$63.47 - $68.96 $ 106.8962%468200
John Burbank 2012-06-30 Add 91.3%0.45%$60.49 - $67.7 $ 106.8967%409200
Tom Gayner 2011-12-31 Add 83.33%0.07%$48.07 - $57.81 $ 106.8997%48400
Ron Baron 2011-12-31 Add 30.5%0.02%$48.07 - $57.81 $ 106.8997%269736
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.01%$48.07 - $57.81 $ 106.8997%0
Ron Baron 2011-09-30 Reduce -62.86%0.11%$44.53 - $56.64 $ 106.89109%206692
Tom Gayner 2011-09-30 New Buy0.08%$44.53 - $56.64 $ 106.89109%26400
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2011-09-30 New Buy0.01%$44.53 - $56.64 $ 106.89109%50000
Ray Dalio 2011-09-30 Sold Out 0.0043%$44.53 - $56.64 $ 106.89110%0
Ron Baron 2011-03-31 Reduce -56%0.19%$47.12 - $50.62 $ 106.89117%533822
Dodge & Cox 2011-03-31 Sold Out $47.12 - $50.62 $ 106.89117%0
Premium More recent guru trades are included for Premium Members only!!
» Interactive Charts

Peter Lynch Chart ( What is Peter Lynch Charts )

Ratios

vs
industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 33.90
ECL's P/E(ttm) is ranked lower than
58% of the 808 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 18.40 vs. ECL: 33.90 )
ECL' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 17.16   Max: 38.48
Current: 33.9

17.16
38.48
P/B 4.38
ECL's P/B is ranked lower than
72% of the 960 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.59 vs. ECL: 4.38 )
ECL' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 2.82   Max: 6.92
Current: 4.38

2.82
6.92
P/S 2.47
ECL's P/S is ranked lower than
71% of the 1003 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.96 vs. ECL: 2.47 )
ECL' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.22   Max: 2.57
Current: 2.47

1.22
2.57
PFCF 36.48
ECL's PFCF is ranked lower than
57% of the 493 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 19.52 vs. ECL: 36.48 )
ECL' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 17.24   Max: 122.38
Current: 36.48

17.24
122.38
EV-to-EBIT 24.88
ECL's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
59% of the 844 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 14.90 vs. ECL: 24.88 )
ECL' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 12.3   Max: 32.8
Current: 24.88

12.3
32.8
PEG 2.73
ECL's PEG is ranked higher than
50% of the 501 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.60 vs. ECL: 2.73 )
ECL' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 1.78   Max: 7.27
Current: 2.73

1.78
7.27
Shiller P/E 46.57
ECL's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
67% of the 441 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 22.21 vs. ECL: 46.57 )
ECL' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 20.2   Max: 48.47
Current: 46.57

20.2
48.47

Dividend & Buy Back

vs
industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 0.94
ECL's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
75% of the 759 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.76 vs. ECL: 0.94 )
ECL' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.85   Max: 1.81
Current: 0.94

0.85
1.81
Dividend Payout 0.31
ECL's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
60% of the 625 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.31 vs. ECL: 0.31 )
ECL' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.18   Max: 0.38
Current: 0.31

0.18
0.38
Dividend growth (3y) 14.70
ECL's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
79% of the 431 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 10.70 vs. ECL: 14.70 )
ECL' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 6.7   Max: 14.8
Current: 14.7

6.7
14.8
Yield on cost (5-Year) 1.72
ECL's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
53% of the 775 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.00 vs. ECL: 1.72 )
ECL' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.62   Max: 3.45
Current: 1.72

1.62
3.45
Share Buyback Rate -8.80
ECL's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
51% of the 570 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: -1.10 vs. ECL: -8.80 )
ECL' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 2.3   Max: -25.6
Current: -8.8

Valuation & Return

vs
industry
vs
history
Price/DCF (Projected) 2.38
ECL's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked lower than
54% of the 426 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. ECL: 2.38 )
ECL' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 1.44   Max: 2.84
Current: 2.38

1.44
2.84
Price/Median PS Value 1.25
ECL's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
53% of the 915 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. ECL: 1.25 )
ECL' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.44   Max: 1.29
Current: 1.25

0.44
1.29
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 3.07
ECL's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked lower than
63% of the 241 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.19 vs. ECL: 3.07 )
ECL' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 1.82   Max: 4.99
Current: 3.07

1.82
4.99
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 4.00
ECL's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked lower than
53% of the 886 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 6.60 vs. ECL: 4.00 )
ECL' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 3   Max: 8.1
Current: 4

3
8.1
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 12.49
ECL's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
83% of the 596 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 6.16 vs. ECL: 12.49 )
ECL' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 7.8   Max: 16.2
Current: 12.49

7.8
16.2

Business Description

Industry: Chemicals » Specialty Chemicals
Compare:NEU, SCL, VAL, POL, CYT » details
Traded in other countries:ECJ.Germany
Ecolab, Inc was incorporated in the State of Delaware in 1924. The Company develops and markets premium programs, products and services for the hospitality, foodservice, healthcare, industrial and energy markets. Its six reportable segments are U.S. Cleaning & Sanitizing; U.S. Other Services; International Cleaning, Sanitizing & Other Services; Global Water; Global Paper; and Global Energy. The Company's U.S. Cleaning & Sanitizing segment is comprised of five operating units which provide cleaning and sanitizing products and programs to United States markets. Its U.S. Other Services segment is comprised of two operating units: Pest Elimination and Equipment Care. The International Cleaning, Sanitizing & Other Services segment directly operates in approximately 75 countries outside of the United States through wholly-owned subsidiaries or, in the case of Venezuela, through a joint venture with a local partner. The Global Water segment serves customers across industrial and institutional markets, with the exception of the pulp and paper industry which is serviced by its Global Paper business and the energy industries which are served by its Global Energy business. Its Global Paper segment provides water and process applications for the pulp and paper industries. The Global Energy segment provides on-site, technology-driven solutions to the global drilling, oil and gas production, refining, and petrochemical industries. The Company's businesses in its U.S. Cleaning & Sanitizing, U.S. Other Services and International Cleaning, Sanitizing & Other Services segments have two significant classes of competitors. First, each business unit competes with a small number of large companies selling directly or through distributors on a national or international scale. Second, all of these business units have numerous smaller regional or local competitors which focus on more limited geographies, product lines and/or end-use customer segments. Products, systems and services are primarily marketed in domestic and international markets by Company-trained field sales personnel who also advise and assist its customers in the proper and efficient use of the products and systems in order to meet a full range of cleaning and sanitation, water treatment and process chemistry needs. Independent, third-party distributors are utilized in several markets. Raw materials purchased for use in manufacturing its products are inorganic chemicals, including alkalis, acids, biocides, phosphonates, phosphorous materials, silicates and salts; and organic chemicals, including acids, amines, fatty acids, surfactants, solvents, monomers and polymers. The Company's business is subject to various legislative enactments and regulations relating to the protection of the environment and public health.

Personalized Checklist








Within your circle of competence?
Macro economic environment favorable?
High quality business?
Enough margin of safety with stocks?
Gurus are buying?
Insiders are buying?
Management capable and shareholder friendly?
Catalyst for stock price to appreciate?
Your level of confidence with the research?

Add Notes, Comments or Ask Questions

User Comments

No comment yet

Get WordPress Plugins for easy affiliate links on Stock Tickers and Guru Names | Earn affiliate commissions by embedding GuruFocus Charts
GuruFocus Affiliate Program: Earn up to $400 per referral. ( Learn More)
Free 7-day Trial
FEEDBACK
Hide