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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

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.03
ECL's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
64% of the 1109 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.38 vs. ECL: 0.03 )
ECL' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.03   Max: 0.67
Current: 0.03

0.03
0.67
Equity to Asset 0.39
ECL's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
52% of the 1104 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.51 vs. ECL: 0.39 )
ECL' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.31   Max: 0.48
Current: 0.39

0.31
0.48
Interest Coverage 5.72
ECL's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
51% of the 729 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 21.02 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: 3.16
M-Score: -2.55
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 : 8/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 13.45
ECL's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 1120 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.87 vs. ECL: 13.45 )
ECL' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 10.89   Max: 14.24
Current: 13.45

10.89
14.24
Net-margin (%) 8.15
ECL's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 1120 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.95 vs. ECL: 8.15 )
ECL' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 5.94   Max: 10.19
Current: 8.15

5.94
10.19
ROE (%) 15.84
ECL's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
92% of the 1100 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 7.11 vs. ECL: 15.84 )
ECL' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 11.87   Max: 30.99
Current: 15.84

11.87
30.99
ROA (%) 5.88
ECL's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.86 vs. ECL: 5.88 )
ECL' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 3.93   Max: 13.33
Current: 5.88

3.93
13.33
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 38.92
ECL's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 1120 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 10.19 vs. ECL: 38.92 )
ECL' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 28.21   Max: 84
Current: 38.92

28.21
84
Revenue Growth (%) 19.10
ECL's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
92% of the 953 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.60 vs. ECL: 19.10 )
ECL' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -11.8   Max: 21
Current: 19.1

-11.8
21
EBITDA Growth (%) 11.70
ECL's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 881 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.70 vs. ECL: 11.70 )
ECL' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -8   Max: 20.6
Current: 11.7

-8
20.6
EPS Growth (%) 12.30
ECL's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 798 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. ECL: 12.30 )
ECL' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -7.4   Max: 16.5
Current: 12.3

-7.4
16.5
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Financials


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Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

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%)
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Q1 2014

ECL Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Jim Simons 505,418 sh (+90.78%)
Tom Gayner 70,000 sh (+24.11%)
Pioneer Investments 2,139,855 sh (+0.66%)
Bill Frels 2,022,934 sh (+0.21%)
Bill Gates 4,366,425 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Ron Baron 237,556 sh (-1.89%)
Mario Gabelli 674,723 sh (-4.11%)
Chris Davis 4,585,043 sh (-10.46%)
Steven Cohen 27,262 sh (-31.26%)
RS Investment Management 36,637 sh (-37.05%)
Jeremy Grantham 27,499 sh (-73.58%)
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Q2 2014

ECL Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 4,524 sh (New)
Louis Moore Bacon 4,750 sh (New)
Tom Gayner 88,000 sh (+25.71%)
Bill Frels 2,245,013 sh (+10.98%)
Jim Simons 525,222 sh (+3.92%)
Bill Gates 4,366,425 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments 2,092,376 sh (-2.22%)
Ron Baron 231,951 sh (-2.36%)
Mario Gabelli 655,741 sh (-2.81%)
Chris Davis 4,264,985 sh (-6.98%)
RS Investment Management 33,667 sh (-8.11%)
Jeremy Grantham 13,923 sh (-49.37%)
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Q3 2014

ECL Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Caxton Associates 35,000 sh (New)
Louis Moore Bacon 9,700 sh (+104.21%)
Tom Gayner 101,000 sh (+14.77%)
Bill Frels 2,253,374 sh (+0.37%)
Pioneer Investments 2,096,425 sh (+0.19%)
Bill Gates 4,366,425 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
Chris Davis 4,262,109 sh (-0.07%)
Mario Gabelli 631,001 sh (-3.77%)
Ron Baron 218,869 sh (-5.64%)
RS Investment Management 30,037 sh (-10.78%)
Jim Simons 188,522 sh (-64.11%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with ECL

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Tom Gayner 2014-06-30 Add 25.71%0.06%$103.7 - $110.34 $ 114.57%88000
Chris Davis 2014-03-31 Reduce -10.46%0.14%$98.03 - $111.24 $ 114.59%4585043
Tom Gayner 2014-03-31 Add 24.11%0.04%$98.03 - $111.24 $ 114.59%70000
John Burbank 2013-09-30 Sold Out 0.24%$85.83 - $99.12 $ 114.523%0
John Burbank 2013-06-30 New Buy0.24%$79.34 - $89.14 $ 114.536%84482
John Burbank 2012-12-31 Sold Out 1.4%$63.63 - $72.72 $ 114.564%0
Chris Davis 2012-09-30 Add 38.58%0.23%$63.47 - $68.96 $ 114.574%5471798
John Burbank 2012-09-30 Add 14.42%0.18%$63.47 - $68.96 $ 114.574%468200
John Burbank 2012-06-30 Add 91.3%0.45%$60.49 - $67.7 $ 114.579%409200
Tom Gayner 2011-12-31 Add 83.33%0.07%$48.07 - $57.81 $ 114.5111%48400
Ron Baron 2011-12-31 Add 30.5%0.02%$48.07 - $57.81 $ 114.5111%269736
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.01%$48.07 - $57.81 $ 114.5111%0
Chris Davis 2011-09-30 New Buy0.43%$44.53 - $56.64 $ 114.5124%3917578
Ron Baron 2011-09-30 Reduce -62.86%0.11%$44.53 - $56.64 $ 114.5124%206692
Tom Gayner 2011-09-30 New Buy0.08%$44.53 - $56.64 $ 114.5124%26400
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2011-09-30 New Buy0.01%$44.53 - $56.64 $ 114.5124%50000
Ray Dalio 2011-09-30 Sold Out 0.0043%$44.53 - $56.64 $ 114.5125%0
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 30.40
ECL's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
67% of the 1165 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 25.20 vs. ECL: 30.40 )
ECL' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 17.16   Max: 38.48
Current: 30.4

17.16
38.48
P/B 4.46
ECL's P/B is ranked lower than
52% of the 1165 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.82 vs. ECL: 4.46 )
ECL' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 2.82   Max: 6.92
Current: 4.46

2.82
6.92
P/S 2.48
ECL's P/S is ranked higher than
53% of the 1165 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. ECL: 2.48 )
ECL' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.22   Max: 2.57
Current: 2.48

1.22
2.57
PFCF 33.58
ECL's PFCF is ranked higher than
78% of the 1165 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 139.29 vs. ECL: 33.58 )
ECL' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 17.24   Max: 122.38
Current: 33.58

17.24
122.38
EV-to-EBIT 21.51
ECL's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
69% of the 1165 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 19.10 vs. ECL: 21.51 )
ECL' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 12.3   Max: 32.9
Current: 21.51

12.3
32.9
PEG 2.54
ECL's PEG is ranked higher than
86% of the 1165 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ECL: 2.54 )
ECL' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 1.94   Max: 6.03
Current: 2.54

1.94
6.03
Shiller P/E 45.02
ECL's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
73% of the 1165 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 54.15 vs. ECL: 45.02 )
ECL' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 20.48   Max: 48.47
Current: 45.02

20.48
48.47
Current Ratio 1.09
ECL's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
51% of the 1116 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.75 vs. ECL: 1.09 )
ECL' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.02   Max: 1.71
Current: 1.09

1.02
1.71
Quick Ratio 0.76
ECL's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
51% of the 1116 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. ECL: 0.76 )
ECL' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.73   Max: 1.37
Current: 0.76

0.73
1.37

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 0.96
ECL's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
72% of the 879 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.63 vs. ECL: 0.96 )
ECL' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.85   Max: 1.81
Current: 0.96

0.85
1.81
Dividend Payout 0.29
ECL's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
77% of the 1165 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.53 vs. ECL: 0.29 )
ECL' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.08   Max: 1.18
Current: 0.29

0.08
1.18
Dividend growth (3y) 14.70
ECL's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
87% of the 569 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.20 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) 1.91
ECL's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
50% of the 892 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.04 vs. ECL: 1.91 )
ECL' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.62   Max: 3.45
Current: 1.91

1.62
3.45
Share Buyback Rate -8.80
ECL's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
52% of the 708 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: -0.90 vs. ECL: -8.80 )
ECL' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 2.3   Max: -25.6
Current: -8.8

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/DCF (Projected) 2.30
ECL's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
76% of the 1165 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.28 vs. ECL: 2.30 )
ECL' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 1.44   Max: 3.72
Current: 2.3

1.44
3.72
Price/Median PS Value 1.25
ECL's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
62% of the 1165 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.16 vs. ECL: 1.25 )
ECL' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.44   Max: 1.47
Current: 1.25

0.44
1.47
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 2.38
ECL's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
88% of the 1165 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ECL: 2.38 )
ECL' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 1.39   Max: 6.03
Current: 2.38

1.39
6.03
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 4.60
ECL's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
68% of the 1104 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.70 vs. ECL: 4.60 )
ECL' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 3   Max: 8.1
Current: 4.6

3
8.1
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 14.33
ECL's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
89% of the 877 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.06 vs. ECL: 14.33 )
ECL' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 8.7   Max: 16.5
Current: 14.33

8.7
16.5

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 provides water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people. The Company delivers comprehensive programs and services to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, energy, healthcare, industrial and hospitality markets in more than 170 countries. Its cleaning and sanitizing programs and products, pest elimination services, and equipment maintenance and repair services support customers in the foodservice, food and beverage processing, hospitality, healthcare, government and education, retail, textile care and commercial facilities management sectors. Its chemicals and technologies are also used in water treatment, pollution control, oil production and refining, steelmaking, papermaking and mining. The Company aggregates its 10 operating units into the four reportable segments: Global Industrial; Global Institutional; Global Energy; and Other. Global Industrial segment consists of the Global Water, Global Food & Beverage, Global Paper and Global Textile Care operating units. It provides water treatment and process applications, and cleaning and sanitizing solutions primarily to large industrial customers within the manufacturing, food and beverage processing, chemical, mining and primary metals, power generation, pulp and paper, and commercial laundry industries. Global Institutional consists of the Global Institutional, Global Specialty and Global Healthcare operating units. Global Energy consists of the Global Energy operating unit. Other consists of the Global Pest Elimination and Equipment Care operating units. Within Global Water, the Company provides products and programs for water treatment and process applications. Global Food & Beverage provides detergents, cleaners, sanitizers, lubricants and animal health products, as well as cleaning systems, electronic dispensers and chemical injectors for the application of chemical products, mainly to dairy plants, dairy farms, breweries, soft-drink bottling plants, and meat, poultry and other food processors. Its Global Paper business provides water and process applications for the pulp and paper industries. It offers a comprehensive portfolio of programs that are used in all main steps of the papermaking process and various grades of paper, including graphic grades, board and packaging, and tissue and towel. Its Global Textile Care business provides products and services that manage the wash process through custom designed programs, premium products, dispensing equipment, water and energy management, and real time data management for large scale, complex commercial operations including uniform rental, hospitality, linen rental and healthcare laundries. Within Global Institutional business it sells specialized cleaners and sanitizers for washing dishes, glassware, flatware, foodservice ut

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