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Ecolab Inc.


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Charts data: {"Earnings":[{"time":"2014-12-30","value":1202800000},{"time":"2015-12-30","value":1002100000},{"time":"2016-12-30","value":1229600000},{"time":"2017-12-30","value":1508400000},{"time":"2018-12-30","value":1429100000},{"time":"2019-12-30","value":1558900000},{"time":"2020-12-30","value":-1205100000},{"time":"2021-12-30","value":1129900000},{"time":"2022-12-30","value":1091700000},{"time":"2023-12-30","value":1372300000}],"Sales":[{"time":"2014-12-30","value":14280500000},{"time":"2015-12-30","value":13545100000},{"time":"2016-12-30","value":13152800000},{"time":"2017-12-30","value":13838300000},{"time":"2018-12-30","value":14668200000},{"time":"2019-12-30","value":14906300000},{"time":"2020-12-30","value":11790200000},{"time":"2021-12-30","value":12733100000},{"time":"2022-12-30","value":14187800000},{"time":"2023-12-30","value":15320200000}],"Net Margins":[{"time":"2014-12-30","value":0.08422674276110781},{"time":"2015-12-30","value":0.07398247336675255},{"time":"2016-12-30","value":0.09348579770086977},{"time":"2017-12-30","value":0.1090018282592515},{"time":"2018-12-30","value":0.09742845066197625},{"time":"2019-12-30","value":0.10457994270878757},{"time":"2020-12-30","value":-0.10221200658173737},{"time":"2021-12-30","value":0.08873722816910258},{"time":"2022-12-30","value":0.07694639056090444},{"time":"2023-12-30","value":0.08957454863513531}],"Assets":[{"time":"2014-12-30","value":19466700000},{"time":"2015-12-30","value":18641700000},{"time":"2016-12-30","value":18330200000},{"time":"2017-12-30","value":19962400000},{"time":"2018-12-30","value":20074500000},{"time":"2019-12-30","value":20869100000},{"time":"2020-12-30","value":18126000000},{"time":"2021-12-30","value":21206400000},{"time":"2022-12-30","value":21464300000},{"time":"2023-12-30","value":21846600000}],"Stockholders Equity":[{"time":"2014-12-30","value":7382100000},{"time":"2015-12-30","value":6980400000},{"time":"2016-12-30","value":6970900000},{"time":"2017-12-30","value":7688700000},{"time":"2018-12-30","value":8053600000},{"time":"2019-12-30","value":8725800000},{"time":"2020-12-30","value":6201500000},{"time":"2021-12-30","value":7253100000},{"time":"2022-12-30","value":7258600000},{"time":"2023-12-30","value":8072200000}],"ROE":[{"time":"2014-12-30","value":0.1629346662873708},{"time":"2015-12-30","value":0.1435591083605524},{"time":"2016-12-30","value":0.17639042304437016},{"time":"2017-12-30","value":0.1961840103008311},{"time":"2018-12-30","value":0.1774485944174034},{"time":"2019-12-30","value":0.1786541062137569},{"time":"2020-12-30","value":-0.19432395388212528},{"time":"2021-12-30","value":0.15578166577049812},{"time":"2022-12-30","value":0.15040090375554516},{"time":"2023-12-30","value":0.17000322093109685}],"ROA":[{"time":"2014-12-30","value":0.10101352566177113},{"time":"2015-12-30","value":0.08429488726886497},{"time":"2016-12-30","value":0.10560714012940393},{"time":"2017-12-30","value":0.10216206468160141},{"time":"2018-12-30","value":0.10171112605544347},{"time":"2019-12-30","value":0.10130767498358817},{"time":"2020-12-30","value":0.08088933024384862},{"time":"2021-12-30","value":0.07538290327448317},{"time":"2022-12-30","value":0.0727952926487237},{"time":"2023-12-30","value":0.09119496855345911}]}

Ecolab Inc. provides water, hygiene, and infection prevention solutions and services in the United States and internationally. The company operates through Global Industrial, Global Institutional & Specialty, and Global Healthcare & Life Sciences segments. The Global Industrial segment offers water treatment and process applications, and cleaning and sanitizing solutions to manufacturing, food and beverage processing, transportation, chemical, metals and mining, power generation, pulp and paper, commercial laundry, petroleum, refining, and petrochemical industries. The Global Institutional & Specialty segment provides specialized cleaning and sanitizing products to the foodservice, hospitality, lodging, government and education, and retail industries. Its Global Healthcare & Life Sciences segment offers specialized cleaning and sanitizing products to the healthcare, personal care, and pharmaceutical industries, such as infection prevention and surgical solutions, and end-to-end cleaning and contamination control solutions under the Ecolab, Microtek, and Anios brand names. The company's Other segment offers pest elimination services to detect, eliminate, and prevent pests, such as rodents and insects in restaurants, food and beverage processors, educational and healthcare facilities, hotels, quick service restaurant and grocery operations, and other institutional and commercial customers. This segment also provides colloidal silica for binding and polishing applications in semiconductor, catalyst, and aerospace component manufacturing, as well as chemical industries; and products and services that manage wash process through custom designed programs, premium products, dispensing equipment, water and energy management, and reduction, as well as real time data management. It sells its products through field sales and corporate account personnel, distributors, and dealers. Ecolab Inc. was founded in 1923 and is headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota.


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Earnings Growth 0.32%
Earnings Stability -7.7%

Competitiveness and MOAT

High margins render the company resilient under dire circumstances, hence able to drive competitors out or acquire them. ROE and ROA measure the average flow generated by each invested dollar. Their marginal value is a forecast of future growth, and it is considered by Buffett and Munger the most important single indicator.

Net Margin7.4%9.3%11%9.7%10%-10%8.9%7.7%9%10%

What is the average Net Margin?

The average Net Margin over the past 5 years is +5.92%.

What is the trend of Net Margin?

The trend of Net Margin over the past 5 years is +0.2%.

What is the average Return on Assets (ROA)?

The average ROA over the past 5 years is +8.72%.

What is the trend of Return on Assets (ROA)?

The trend of ROA over the past 5 years is -0.41%.

What is the average Return on Equity (ROE)?

The average ROE over the past 5 years is +10.63%.

What is the trend of Return on Equity (ROE)?

The trend of ROE over the past 5 years is +0.65%.

Safety & Stabiliy

Being debt the number one cause of investment losses and company death, the ratio Debt/FCF is of utmost importance to guarantee safety. On the other hand the Graham’s stability measures the drawdown of earnings, hence indicating the reliability of the flow generated by the company.

Debt FCF5.265.435.634.923.924.886.177.985.003.66
Debt Equity0.930.960.950.870.731.
Graham Stability--100%100%100%-80%100%100%100%-80%

What is the Debt/FCF?

The Debt/FCF trailing twelve month is 3.66.

What is the trend of Debt/FCF?

The trend of Debt/FCF over the past 5 years is 0.40.

What is the Graham’s Stability?

Graham’s Stability measure stands at -0.80.


Growth can be dangerous when forecasting, simply projecting the current growth is in general wrong. A company passes through multiple phases, from being young and unprofitable, to the first periods of profitability and high growth, until it arrives at a period of regime with limited growth. Identifying in which phase the company is in may help forecasting.

Net Income1.6%-0.81%-26%1.4%
Stockholders Equity2.1%0.046%9.2%11%0.78%

What is the 5 year Revenue CAGR?

The Revenue CAGR over the past 5 years is +0.87%.

What is the trend of Revenue growth?

The trend of Revenue growth rate over the past 5 years is +1.24%.

What is the 5 year Earnings CAGR?

The Earnings CAGR over the past 5 years is -0.81%.

What is the trend of Earnings growth?

The trend of Earnings growth rate over the past 5 years is +1.39%.

What is the 5 year Equity CAGR?

The Equity CAGR over the past 5 years is +0.05%.

What is the trend of Equity growth?

The trend of Equity growth rate over the past 5 years is +0.78%.

What is the 5 year FCF CAGR?

The FCF CAGR over the past 5 years is +2.73%.

What is the trend of FCF growth?

The trend of FCF growth rate over the past 5 years is +0.75%.