US Ecology's Upcoming Earnings: What You Need to Know

US Ecology (Nasdaq: ECOL) is expected to report Q2 earnings on July 31. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:

The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict US Ecology's revenue will shrink 4.0% and EPS will wither 16.0%.

The average estimate for revenue is $38.0 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.21.

Revenue details
Last quarter, US Ecology recorded revenue of $33.0 million. GAAP reported sales were 3.3% lower than the prior-year quarter's $34.1 million.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
Last quarter, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.21. GAAP EPS of $0.25 for Q1 were 39% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.18 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Recent performance
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 36.6%, 890 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 19.6%, 600 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 13.7%, 420 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $153.2 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.96.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 488 members out of 501 rating the stock outperform, and 13 members rating it underperform. Among 125 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 123 give US Ecology a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on US Ecology is outperform, with an average price target of $21.00.

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