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Ecolab Inc. Q4 adjusted earnings Miss Estimates

Ecolab Inc. (ECL) reported a profit for its fourth quarter that rose from the same period last year.

The company's bottom line totaled $429.6 million, or $1.47 per share. This compares with $395.1 million, or $1.35 per share, in last year's fourth quarter.

Excluding items, Ecolab Inc. reported adjusted earnings of $485.9 million or $1.66 per share for the period.

Analysts had expected the company to earn $1.69 per share, according to figures compiled by Thomson Reuters. Analysts' estimates typically exclude special items.

The company's revenue for the quarter rose 1.6% to $3.82 billion from $3.76 billion last year.

Ecolab Inc. earnings at a glance:

-Earnings (Q4): $485.9 Mln. vs. $449.1 Mln. last year.
-EPS (Q4): $1.66 vs. $1.54 last year.
-Analysts Estimate: $1.69
-Revenue (Q4): $3.82 Bln vs. $3.76 Bln last year.

-Guidance:
Next quarter EPS guidance: $1.05 to $1.13

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