SOURCE: US Ecology, Inc.

US Ecology, Inc.

May 30, 2013 17:15 ET

US Ecology Affirms Dividend Policy

BOISE, ID--(Marketwired - May 30, 2013) - US Ecology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECOL) ("the Company") today announced that its Board of Directors has reaffirmed the Company's dividend policy and intends to continue to pay an $0.18 per share quarterly dividend over the next year. The Board of Directors conducted its annual dividend policy review following the Company's annual meeting of stockholders in Denver, Colorado on May 30, 2013.

"Management and the Board of Directors believe the current dividend level achieves a balanced use of our free cash flow, rewarding our stockholders while expanding our state-of-the art waste treatment and disposal capacity, supporting organic growth investments and allowing us to pursue complementary acquisitions in the coming years," commented Jeff Feeler, President and Chief Executive Officer. "With our industry leading return on invested capital of over 15%, we are committed to reinvesting in the business to generate attractive returns for our shareholders."

The Company reported 18.4 million common shares outstanding and $4.5 million in cash on hand at March 31, 2013. Management estimates that approximately $3.3 million in cash will be paid out for each declared quarterly dividend. The next quarterly dividend is scheduled to be declared on July 1, 2013 and paid on July 25, 2013 to stockholders of record on July 17, 2013. Dividend declarations and payments will continue to be subject to quarterly financial review and compliance with applicable bank covenants.

About US Ecology, Inc.
US Ecology, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides radioactive, hazardous, PCB and non-hazardous industrial waste management and recycling services to commercial and government entities, such as refineries and chemical production facilities, manufacturers, electric utilities, steel mills, medical and academic institutions and waste brokers. Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, the Company is one of the oldest radioactive and hazardous waste services companies in the North America.

This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are based on our current expectations, beliefs and assumptions about the industry and markets in which US Ecology, Inc. and its subsidiaries operate. Because such statements include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from what is expressed herein and no assurance can be given that the Company will achieve its 2013 earnings estimates, successfully execute its growth strategy, increase market share, maintain historical returns on invested capital or declare or pay future dividends. For information on other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations, please refer to US Ecology, Inc.'s December 31, 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Many of the factors that will determine the Company's future results are beyond the ability of management to control or predict. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect management's views only as of the date such statements are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Important assumptions and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking information include a loss of a major customer or contract, compliance with and changes to applicable laws, rules, or regulations, access to cost effective transportation services, access to insurance, surety bonds and other financial assurances, loss of key personnel, lawsuits, labor disputes, adverse economic conditions, government funding or competitive pressures, incidents or adverse weather conditions that could limit or suspend specific operations, implementation of new technologies, market conditions, average selling prices for recycled materials, our ability to replace business from recently completed large projects, our ability to perform under required contracts, our ability to permit and contract for timely construction of new or expanded disposal cells, our willingness or ability to pay dividends and our ability to effectively close and integrate future acquisitions.

Investors should also be aware that while we do, from time to time, communicate with securities analysts, it is against our policy to disclose to them any material non-public information or other confidential commercial information. Accordingly, stockholders should not assume that we agree with any statement or report issued by any analyst irrespective of the content of the statement or report. Furthermore, we have a policy against issuing or confirming financial forecasts or projections issued by others. Thus, to the extent that reports issued by securities analysts contain any projections, forecasts or opinions, such reports are not the responsibility of US Ecology, Inc.

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