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US Ecology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL): Are Analysts Bullish?

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The latest earnings announcement US Ecology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL) released in December 2018 suggested that the business gained from a small tailwind, leading to a single-digit earnings growth of 0.5%. Below, I've laid out key numbers on how market analysts predict US Ecology's earnings growth trajectory over the next couple of years and whether the future looks even brighter than the past. I will be looking at earnings excluding extraordinary items to exclude one-off activities to get a better understanding of the underlying drivers of earnings.

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Analysts' expectations for next year seems rather subdued, with earnings rising by a single digit 0.2%. The growth outlook in the following year seems much more optimistic with rates arriving at double digit 16% compared to today’s earnings, and finally hitting US$69m by 2022.

NasdaqGS:ECOL Past and Future Earnings, April 1st 2019

Although it is informative understanding the growth year by year relative to today’s value, it may be more insightful to determine the rate at which the business is rising or falling every year, on average. The pro of this approach is that we can get a bigger picture of the direction of US Ecology's earnings trajectory over the long run, irrespective of near term fluctuations, which may be more relevant for long term investors. To compute this rate, I put a line of best fit through analyst consensus of forecasted earnings. The slope of this line is the rate of earnings growth, which in this case is 9.5%. This means that, we can anticipate US Ecology will grow its earnings by 9.5% every year for the next couple of years.

Next Steps:

For US Ecology, there are three important aspects you should look at:

  1. Financial Health: Does it have a healthy balance sheet? Take a look at our free balance sheet analysis with six simple checks on key factors like leverage and risk.
  2. Valuation: What is ECOL worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether ECOL is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other High-Growth Alternatives: Are there other high-growth stocks you could be holding instead of ECOL? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large growth potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

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