Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) and SYMRISE AG/ADR (OTCMKTS:SYIEY) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Ecolab and SYMRISE AG/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ecolab 10.99% 19.13% 7.47%
SYMRISE AG/ADR N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Ecolab and SYMRISE AG/ADR, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ecolab 0 9 7 0 2.44
SYMRISE AG/ADR 0 0 0 0 N/A

Ecolab currently has a consensus price target of $152.93, suggesting a potential downside of 2.93%. Given Ecolab’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Ecolab is more favorable than SYMRISE AG/ADR.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

75.9% of Ecolab shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of Ecolab shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Ecolab pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. SYMRISE AG/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.17 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Ecolab pays out 35.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ecolab has increased its dividend for 32 consecutive years. Ecolab is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ecolab and SYMRISE AG/ADR’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ecolab $13.84 billion 3.29 $1.51 billion $4.69 33.59
SYMRISE AG/ADR $3.38 billion N/A $305.48 million N/A N/A

Ecolab has higher revenue and earnings than SYMRISE AG/ADR.

Summary

Ecolab beats SYMRISE AG/ADR on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ecolab Company Profile

Ecolab Inc. provides water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services for customers worldwide. The company operates through Global Industrial, Global Institutional, and Global Energy segments. The Global Industrial segment provides water treatment and process applications, and cleaning and sanitizing solutions primarily to large industrial customers within the manufacturing, food and beverage processing, chemical, mining and primary metals, power generation, pulp and paper, and commercial laundry industries. The Global Institutional segment offers specialized cleaning and sanitizing products to the foodservice, hospitality, lodging, healthcare, government and education, and retail industries. The Global Energy segment provides the process chemicals and water treatment needs of the petroleum and petrochemical industries in upstream and downstream applications. The company also 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; and equipment repair, maintenance, and preventive maintenance services for the commercial food service industry. Ecolab Inc. sells its products through field sales personnel, corporate account personnel, distributors, and dealers. Ecolab Inc. was founded in 1923 and is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota.

SYMRISE AG/ADR Company Profile

Symrise AG develops, produces, and sells fragrances, flavorings, and cosmetic ingredients. It operates through three segments: Scent & Care, Flavor, and Nutrition. The Scent & Care segment develops, produces, and sells fragrance ingredients and compositions, cosmetic ingredients, and mint flours, as well as specific application processes for such substances. This segment's products are used by manufacturer of perfumes, personal care and cosmetic products, cleaning products, detergents, air fresheners, and oral care products. The Flavor segment develops, produces, and sells flavors and functional ingredients used in the production of foods, beverages, and health products. The Nutrition segments develops, produces, and sells functional ingredients and other solutions for use in foods, beverages, pet foods, aquacultures, and cosmetics. It operates in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North America, the Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Symrise AG was founded in 1874 and is headquartered in Holzminden, Germany.

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