Ecolab (NYSE: ECL ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 26. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:
The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Ecolab's revenues will grow 64.6% and EPS will grow 27.1%.
The average estimate for revenue is $3.04 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.89.
Last quarter, Ecolab tallied revenue of $3.02 billion. GAAP reported sales were 74% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.74 billion.
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 $0.87. GAAP EPS of $0.80 for Q3 were 23% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.65 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 46.6%, 310 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 14.3%, 110 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.9%, 100 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $11.85 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.98.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 271 members out of 285 rating the stock outperform, and 14 members rating it underperform. Among 98 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 97 give Ecolab 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 Ecolab is outperform, with an average price target of $71.33.
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