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Ecolab Inc. Q4 adjusted earnings Inline With Estimates

Ecolab Inc. (ECL) released earnings for fourth quarter that decreased from the same period last year.

The company's bottom line came in at $395.1 million, or $1.35 per share. This compares with $562.6 million, or $1.92 per share, in last year's fourth quarter.

Excluding items, Ecolab Inc. reported adjusted earnings of $449.1 M or $1.54 per share for the period.

Analysts had expected the company to earn $1.54 per share, according to figures compiled by Thomson Reuters. Analysts' estimates typically exclude special items.

The company's revenue for the quarter rose 3.0% to $3.76 billion from $3.65 billion last year.

Ecolab Inc. earnings at a glance:

-Earnings (Q4): $449.1 M. vs. $405.4 Mln. last year.
-EPS (Q4): $1.54 vs. $1.38 last year.
-Analysts Estimate: $1.54
-Revenue (Q4): $3.76 Bln vs. $3.65 Bln last year.

-Guidance:
Next quarter EPS guidance: $0.98 to $1.06

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