Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) saw a downside of -0.02% to close Tuesday at $212.13 after subtracting -$0.04 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 852,280 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $220.12 in the past week. An average of 1,024,745 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 853,480.
ECL’s 1-month performance is -5.49% or -$13.71 on its low of $208.57 reached on 09/30/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $181.25 and high of $231.25, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 09/09/21. YTD, ECL has lost -1.96% or -$4.23. However, the current price is down -8.27%% from the 52-week high price.
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On Sep 14, 29 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for Ecolab Inc. (ECL). BAKER DOUGLAS M JR (EXEC CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD) most recently sold 173,036 shares at $223.54 per share on Sep 14. This transaction cost the insider $38,680,048. Director, REICH VICTORIA, sold 4,500 shares at a price of $229.00 on Sep 08. Then, on Aug 31, EVP – CORP STRAT & BUS DEV Busch Angela M sold 2,500 shares at a price of $225.00 per share. This transaction amounted to $562,500.
The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 63.01 and a low of 23.51. ECL stock has a beta of 1.01. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 5.04 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 9.04, with the price to cash flow ratio at 71.72.
Ecolab Inc. pays an annual dividend of $1.92 per share. Its dividend yield is 0.91% and the payout ratio is 51.70%. ECL paid $0.48 a share compared with prior rate of $0.48, down 0.0% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 36 consecutive years with the latest dividend increase of $0.01 reported on Thursday December 3 2020. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by 24.34% yearly.
It is projected that Ecolab Inc.’s next ex-dividend date will be on 16-Dec. ECL is expected to distribute $0.48 as its next dividend.
Ecolab Inc.’s quick ratio for the period ended June 29 was 1.40, with the current ratio over the same period at 1.90 meaning that ECL stock is able to fulfill its debt obligations. As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 1.00, while the total debt to equity was 1.00. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 41.60%. The trailing 12-month EBITDA margin is 21.39% while for the period ending June 29; Ecolab Inc.’s operating margin was 12.40%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $4.88 billion against revenue of $11.79 billion.
For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Net income and sales went up compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Net income grew 15.08% to $3.16 billion, while revenue of $2.88 billion was 8.78% off the previous quarter. Analysts expected ECL to announce $1.21 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $1.22, representing a 0.80% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $653.2 million. ECL stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that total liabilities totaled 11.8 billion, with total debt at $7.12 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $286.09 million
Let’s look briefly at Ecolab Inc. (ECL) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 12 October was 37.93% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 19.81%.
The stock’s 5-day moving average is $214.49, reflecting a -1.05% or -$2.25 change from its current price. ECL is currently trading -5.11% above its 20-day SMA, -1.04% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by -2.72% and -1.85% respectively.
Stochastic %K and %D was 26.62% and 35.16% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 3.79. The RSI (14) points at 39.75%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 20.83% with the period’s ATR at 3.76. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at -0.38 and -2.09 on the 14-day charts.
In the most recent analyst report for Ecolab Inc. (NYSE: ECL), Vertical Research launched coverage with a Hold rating. Analysts offering their rating for ECL stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Hold. Currently, 1 brokerage advisors rate ECL as a “sell,”, while 17 advise that investors “Hold.” 0 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 0 rates the stock as overweight while 6 have offered a “buy” rating.
What is ECL’s price target for the next 12 months?
Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $189.00 and a high of $260.00, with their median price target at $229.50. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for Ecolab Inc. (ECL) stock is $230.83.