US Ecology (Nasdaq: ECOL ) reported earnings on Feb. 14. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), US Ecology beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew significantly and GAAP earnings per share contracted.
Margins shrank across the board.
US Ecology reported revenue of $50.4 million. The one analyst polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted a top line of $43.7 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 21% higher than the prior-year quarter's $41.6 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at $0.36. The two earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.31 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.33 for Q4 were 11% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.37 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 36.3%, 230 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 21.5%, 350 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 12.1%, 400 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $38.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.27.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $176.9 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.46.
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 148 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 147 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 buy, with an average price target of $23.80.
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