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Are You Expecting This from US Ecology?

By Seth Jayson - Updated Apr 10, 2017 at 1:44PM

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Checking expectations

US Ecology (Nasdaq: ECOL) is expected to report Q1 earnings on April 25. 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 US Ecology's revenues will increase 20.4% and EPS will grow 19.0%.

The average estimate for revenue is $39.8 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.25.

Revenue details
Last quarter, US Ecology logged revenue of $50.4 million. 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 details
Last quarter, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.36. 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.

Recent performance
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 36.3%, 230 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 21.6%, 340 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 12.1%, 400 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $194.4 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.51.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 502 members out of 515 rating the stock outperform, and 13 members rating it underperform. Among 136 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 134 give US Ecology a green thumbs-up, and two 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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