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Ecolab Inc (ECL) Files 10-K for the Fiscal Year Ended on December 31, 2018

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Ecolab Inc (ECL) files its latest 10-K with SEC for the fiscal year ended on December 31, 2018. Ecolab Inc produces and markets cleaning and sanitation products for the hospitality, healthcare, and industrial markets. It offers a variety of products and services, which include dish and laundry washing systems, pest control, and repair services. Ecolab Inc has a market cap of $48.79 billion; its shares were traded at around $168.91 with a P/E ratio of 34.68 and P/S ratio of 3.40. The dividend yield of Ecolab Inc stocks is 1.00%. Ecolab Inc had annual average EBITDA growth of 11.20% over the past ten years. GuruFocus rated Ecolab Inc the business predictability rank of 3-star.


For the last quarter Ecolab Inc reported a revenue of $3.8 billion, compared with the revenue of $3.7 billion during the same period a year ago. For the latest fiscal year the company reported a revenue of $14.7 billion, an increase of 6% from last year. For the last five years Ecolab Inc had an average revenue growth rate of 1.1% a year.

The reported diluted earnings per share was $4.88 for the year, a decline of 4.9% from the previous year. Over the last five years Ecolab Inc had an EPS growth rate of 9.6% a year. The Ecolab Inc had a decent operating margin of 14.14%, compared with the operating margin of 14.57% a year before. The 10-year historical median operating margin of Ecolab Inc is 13.22%. The profitability rank of the company is 8 (out of 10).

At the end of the fiscal year, Ecolab Inc has the cash and cash equivalents of $114.7 million, compared with $211.4 million in the previous year. The long term debt was $6.3 billion, compared with $6.8 billion in the previous year. The interest coverage to the debt is at a comfortable level of 80.2. Ecolab Inc has a financial strength rank of 6 (out of 10).

At the current stock price of $168.91, Ecolab Inc is traded at 50.9% premium to its historical median P/S valuation band of $111.97. The P/S ratio of the stock is 3.40, while the historical median P/S ratio is 2.26. The intrinsic value of the stock is $81.84 a share, according to GuruFocus DCF Calculator. The stock gained 30.78% during the past 12 months.

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