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Earnings Highlights and Summary

For the three months ended September 30, 2017, Ecolab's net revenue increased 5% to $3.56 billion from $3.39 billion in Q3 FY16. The net revenue figures surpassed analysts' expectations of $3.55 billion.

During Q3 FY17, Ecolab's gross profit increased 18.7% to $1.67 billion from $1.65 billion in the same period of last year. During Q3 FY17, the Company's gross margin decreased 180 basis points to 46.9% of revenue from 48.7% of revenue in Q3 FY16.

During Q3 FY17, Ecolab's operating income increased 1% to $579.8 million from $574.1 million in the comparable period of last year. During Q3 FY17, the Company's operating margin decreased 70 basis points to 16.3% of revenue from 17% of revenue in Q3 FY16. During Q3 FY17, Ecolab's adjusted operating income increased 1.1% to $573.6 million from $567.4 million in Q3 FY16. During Q3 FY17, the Company's adjusted operating margin decreased 60 basis points to 16.4% of revenue from 17% of revenue in Q3 FY16.

For the reported quarter, Ecolab's net income increased 5% to $392.4 million on a y-o-y basis from $374.1 million in Q3 FY16. During Q3 FY17, the Company's diluted earnings per share (EPS) increased 6% to $1.34 on a y-o-y basis from $1.27 in the corresponding period of last year. For the reported quarter, the Company's adjusted net income increased 6.6% to $403.1 million on a y-o-y basis from $378.0 million in Q3 FY16. During Q3 FY17, the Company's adjusted diluted EPS increased 7% to $1.37 on a y-o-y basis from $1.28 in Q3 FY16. The adjusted diluted EPS surpassed analysts' expectations of $1.36.

Segment Details

Global Industrial - During Q3 FY17, Ecolab's Global Industrial segment's revenue increased 4% to $1.25 billion from $1.20 billion in the same period of last year, due to major gains in Paper, with modest increases in Food & Beverage and Water. For the reported quarter, the segment's operating income increased 2% to $207.4 million from $204.1 million in Q3 FY16.

Global Institutional - During Q3 FY17, Ecolab's Global Institutional segment's revenue increased 7% to $1.23 billion from $1.15 billion in the comparable period of last year, due to a strong growth in the Specialty and Healthcare business lines. For the reported quarter, the segment's operating income increased 5% to $274.2 million from $262.1 million in Q3 FY16.

Global Energy - During Q3 FY17, Ecolab's Global Energy segment's revenue increased 3% to $796.7 million from $771.2 million in the corresponding period of last year, due to a strong growth in the well stimulation business and modest gains in the downstream business. For the reported quarter, the segment's operating income decreased 13% to $89.7 million from $102.6 million in Q3 FY16.

Balance Sheet

As on September 30, 2017, Ecolab's cash and short-term investments increased 15.8% to $209.1 million from $180.6 million as on September 30, 2016. For the reported quarter, the Company's long-term debt increased 5.5% to $6.48 billion from $5.09 billion in Q3 FY16.

For the reported quarter, the Company's net accounts receivable increased 8.2% to $2.53 billion from $2.35 billion in Q3 FY16. During Q3 FY17, the Company's accounts payable increased 13.5% to $1.12 billion from $1.02 billion in the same period of last year.

Outlook

For FY17, the Company estimates adjusted diluted EPS to be in the range of $4.65 - $4.75.

Stock Performance Snapshot

December 04, 2017 - At Monday's closing bell, Ecolab's stock rose 1.76%, ending the trading session at $137.26.

Volume traded for the day: 1.51 million shares, which was above the 3-month average volume of 1.02 million shares.

Stock performance in the last month – up 4.59%; previous three-month period – up 3.02%; past twelve-month period – up 17.43%; and year-to-date – up 17.10%

After yesterday's close, Ecolab's market cap was at $39.67 billion.

Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio was at 30.88.

The stock has a dividend yield of 1.08%.

The stock is part of the Consumer Goods sector, categorized under the Cleaning Products industry. This sector was up 0.4% at the end of the session.

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