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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
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history
Cash to Debt 0.03
ECL's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
67% of the 1021 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.62 vs. ECL: 0.03 )
ECL' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.03   Max: 0.68
Current: 0.03

0.03
0.68
Equity to Asset 0.38
ECL's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
53% of the 1017 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.52 vs. ECL: 0.38 )
ECL' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.31   Max: 0.48
Current: 0.38

0.31
0.48
Interest Coverage 5.72
ECL's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
53% of the 669 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 23.21 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: 6
Z-Score: 3.02
M-Score: -2.54
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 (%) 11.78
ECL's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 1010 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.85 vs. ECL: 11.78 )
ECL' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 10.89   Max: 14.24
Current: 11.78

10.89
14.24
Net-margin (%) 7.30
ECL's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 1011 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.81 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
88% of the 1005 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 6.72 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 1015 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.41 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 1010 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 11.13 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
91% of the 882 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.30 vs. ECL: 19.10 )
ECL' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 4.5   Max: 21
Current: 19.1

4.5
21
EBITDA Growth (%) 11.70
ECL's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
84% of the 802 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.90 vs. ECL: 11.70 )
ECL' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: 4.1   Max: 20.6
Current: 11.7

4.1
20.6
EPS Growth (%) 12.30
ECL's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 722 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. ECL: 12.30 )
ECL' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: 2   Max: 16.5
Current: 12.3

2
16.5
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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

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%)
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Q4 2013

ECL Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Jim Simons 264,922 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 4,299 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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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 $ 114.657%88000
Tom Gayner 2014-03-31 Add 24.11%0.04%$98.03 - $111.24 $ 114.6510%70000
John Burbank 2013-09-30 Sold Out 0.24%$85.83 - $99.12 $ 114.6523%0
John Burbank 2013-06-30 New Buy0.24%$79.34 - $89.14 $ 114.6536%84482
John Burbank 2012-12-31 Sold Out 1.4%$63.63 - $72.72 $ 114.6565%0
John Burbank 2012-09-30 Add 14.42%0.18%$63.47 - $68.96 $ 114.6574%468200
John Burbank 2012-06-30 Add 91.3%0.45%$60.49 - $67.7 $ 114.6579%409200
Tom Gayner 2011-12-31 Add 83.33%0.07%$48.07 - $57.81 $ 114.65112%48400
Ron Baron 2011-12-31 Add 30.5%0.02%$48.07 - $57.81 $ 114.65112%269736
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.01%$48.07 - $57.81 $ 114.65112%0
Ron Baron 2011-09-30 Reduce -62.86%0.11%$44.53 - $56.64 $ 114.65124%206692
Tom Gayner 2011-09-30 New Buy0.08%$44.53 - $56.64 $ 114.65124%26400
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2011-09-30 New Buy0.01%$44.53 - $56.64 $ 114.65124%50000
Ray Dalio 2011-09-30 Sold Out 0.0043%$44.53 - $56.64 $ 114.65126%0
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 32.00
ECL's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
61% of the 1050 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 24.10 vs. ECL: 32.00 )
ECL' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 17.16   Max: 38.48
Current: 32

17.16
38.48
P/B 4.70
ECL's P/B is ranked lower than
66% of the 1050 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.86 vs. ECL: 4.70 )
ECL' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 2.82   Max: 6.92
Current: 4.7

2.82
6.92
P/S 2.50
ECL's P/S is ranked lower than
60% of the 1050 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.02 vs. ECL: 2.50 )
ECL' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.22   Max: 2.57
Current: 2.5

1.22
2.57
PFCF 35.70
ECL's PFCF is ranked higher than
74% of the 1050 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ECL: 35.70 )
ECL' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 17.24   Max: 122.38
Current: 35.7

17.24
122.38
EV-to-EBIT 22.89
ECL's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
66% of the 1050 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 18.25 vs. ECL: 22.89 )
ECL' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 12.3   Max: 32.9
Current: 22.89

12.3
32.9
PEG 2.68
ECL's PEG is ranked higher than
85% of the 1050 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ECL: 2.68 )
ECL' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 1.94   Max: 6.03
Current: 2.68

1.94
6.03
Shiller P/E 46.80
ECL's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
64% of the 1050 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 58.64 vs. ECL: 46.80 )
ECL' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 20.62   Max: 48.26
Current: 46.8

20.62
48.26
Current Ratio 1.20
ECL's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
53% of the 864 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.72 vs. ECL: 1.20 )
ECL' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.02   Max: 1.71
Current: 1.2

1.02
1.71
Quick Ratio 0.85
ECL's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
52% of the 864 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. ECL: 0.85 )
ECL' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.73   Max: 1.37
Current: 0.85

0.73
1.37

Dividend & Buy Back

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history
Dividend Yield 0.90
ECL's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
74% of the 817 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.58 vs. ECL: 0.90 )
ECL' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.85   Max: 1.81
Current: 0.9

0.85
1.81
Dividend Payout 0.29
ECL's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
75% of the 1050 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.54 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 529 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.30 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
52% of the 828 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.99 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 613 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: -0.80 vs. ECL: -8.80 )
ECL' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 2.3   Max: -8.8
Current: -8.8

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/DCF (Projected) 2.48
ECL's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
75% of the 1050 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.08 vs. ECL: 2.48 )
ECL' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 1.44   Max: 3.72
Current: 2.48

1.44
3.72
Price/Median PS Value 1.28
ECL's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
55% of the 1050 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.13 vs. ECL: 1.28 )
ECL' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.44   Max: 1.48
Current: 1.28

0.44
1.48
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 2.63
ECL's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
86% of the 1050 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ECL: 2.63 )
ECL' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 1.39   Max: 6.03
Current: 2.63

1.39
6.03
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 4.40
ECL's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
57% of the 919 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 6.40 vs. ECL: 4.40 )
ECL' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 3   Max: 8.1
Current: 4.4

3
8.1
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 13.67
ECL's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
82% of the 775 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 6.73 vs. ECL: 13.67 )
ECL' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 8.7   Max: 16.5
Current: 13.67

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 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.
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