US Ecology (Nasdaq: ECOL ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 14. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:
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Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict US Ecology's revenues will decrease -2.1% and EPS will drop -8.8%.
The average estimate for revenue is $40.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.31.
Last quarter, US Ecology tallied revenue of $45.7 million. GAAP reported sales were 15% higher than the prior-year quarter's $39.7 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Last quarter, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.44. GAAP EPS of $0.47 for Q3 were 135% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.20 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 40.6%, 210 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 27.4%, 330 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 18.9%, 950 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $159.3 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.34.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 495 members out of 508 rating the stock outperform, and 13 members rating it underperform. Among 146 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 145 give US Ecology a green thumbs-up, and one give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on US Ecology is outperform, with an average price target of $21.80.
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