Ecolab, Inc. Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Ecolab, Inc. (NYSE:ECL) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. Ecolab develops and markets cleaning and sanitizing products and programs, pest elimination, maintenance, and repair services for the hospitality, foodservice, healthcare and industrial markets.

Ecolab, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 75 cents per share, a rise of 11.9% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $2.55 per share, a rise of 14.3% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company fell in line with estimates last quarter after topping forecasts the quarter before. After coming in above the mean estimate by one cent in the first quarter, the company fell in line with expecations by reporting profit of 64 cents per share last quarter.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 11.5% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.74 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 12 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and two rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit fell 2.6% to $125.9 million (53 cents a share) from $129.3 million (54 cents a share) the year earlier, meeting analyst expectations. Revenue rose 11.7% to $1.7 billion from $1.52 billion.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 6% in the first quarter from the year earlier, climbed 0.7% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 1% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year.

The company has seen net income fall in each of the last two quarters. Net income dropped 2% in the first quarter.

Competitors to Watch: Ocean Bio-Chem, Inc. (NASDAQ:OBCI), Zep, Inc. (NYSE:ZEP), PURE Bioscience (NASDAQ:PURE), Rollins, Inc. (NYSE:ROL), Proctor & Gamble (NYSE:PG), The Clorox Company (NYSE:CLX) and Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD).

Stock Price Performance: During August 23, 2011 to October 19, 2011, the stock price had risen $4.29 (8.8%) from $48.89 to $53.18. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 19, 2011 and August 31, 2011 when shares rose for nine-straight days, rising 20.4% (+$9.04) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for nine-straight days, falling 8.8% (-$4.65) over that span. Shares are up $3.27 (+6.6%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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