US Ecology Inc Declares Quarterly Dividend of $0.18 (NASDAQ:ECOL)

US Ecology Inc (NASDAQ:ECOL) declared a quarterly dividend on Tuesday, January 2nd, NASDAQ reports. Shareholders of record on Friday, January 19th will be given a dividend of 0.18 per share by the business services provider on Friday, January 26th. This represents a $0.72 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.36%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, January 18th.

US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) opened at $52.80 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $1,142.71, a P/E ratio of 44.00 and a beta of 0.71. US Ecology has a fifty-two week low of $44.50 and a fifty-two week high of $55.75. The company has a quick ratio of 2.00, a current ratio of 2.00 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.94.

US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The business services provider reported $0.37 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.60 by ($0.23). The company had revenue of $135.05 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $135.29 million. US Ecology had a net margin of 5.39% and a return on equity of 10.35%. US Ecology’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.47 earnings per share. research analysts anticipate that US Ecology will post 1.61 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, CEO Jeffrey R. Feeler sold 3,000 shares of US Ecology stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.56, for a total transaction of $151,680.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 54,925 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,777,008. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. 1.30% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

ECOL has been the subject of several recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research cut US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price objective on shares of US Ecology in a research note on Friday, October 6th. Canaccord Genuity reissued a “buy” rating and set a $57.00 price objective (down previously from $60.00) on shares of US Ecology in a research note on Monday, October 30th. BMO Capital Markets dropped their price objective on US Ecology from $54.00 to $47.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a research note on Monday, October 30th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $52.80.

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US Ecology Company Profile

US Ecology, Inc is a provider of environmental services to commercial and government entities. The Company offers treatment, disposal and recycling of hazardous, non-hazardous and radioactive waste, as well as a range of field and industrial services. The Company operates in two business segments: Environmental Services, and Field & Industrial Services.

Dividend History for US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL)

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