Hot Stock under Review: Ecolab Inc. (NYSE: ECL)

St. PAUL, Minn., January 20, 2019 – Shares of Ecolab Inc. (NYSE: ECL) inclined 1.34% to $195.58. The stock grabbed the investor’s attention and traded 1.138M shares as compared to its average daily volume of 1.09M shares. The stock’s institutional ownership stands at 88.40%.

Ecolab Inc. (NYSE: ECL) posted revenues of $3.82B for the quarter ended September 2019, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 1.77%. This compares to year-ago revenues of $3.75B. The company has not been able to beat consensus revenue estimates over the last four quarters.


Corporate expense includes amortization expense of $39.0M in the third quarter of 2019 and $42.0M in the third quarter of 2018 related to the Nalco merger intangible assets.

Corporate expense also includes net special charges of $72.0M ($54.0M after tax) primarily related to the previously announced efficiency initiative and the planned separation of the Upstream Energy business.

Special gains and charges for the third quarter of 2018 were a net charge of $79.0M ($60.0M after tax) primarily related to the previously announced efficiency initiative.

ECL has a market value of $56.71B while its EPS was booked as $5.43 in the last 12 months. The stock has 289.94M shares outstanding. In the profitability analysis, the company has gross profit margin of 41.50% while net profit margin was 10.30%. Beta value of the company was 0.81; beta is used to measure riskiness of the security. Analyst recommendation for this stock stands at 2.50.

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