Contrasting Oil-Dri Co. of America (ODC) and The Competition

Oil-Dri Co. of America (NYSE:ODCGet Rating) is one of 31 publicly-traded companies in the “Miscellaneous manufacturing industries” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Oil-Dri Co. of America to related companies based on the strength of its risk, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Oil-Dri Co. of America and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Oil-Dri Co. of America 0 0 0 0 N/A
Oil-Dri Co. of America Competitors 49 160 380 6 2.58

As a group, “Miscellaneous manufacturing industries” companies have a potential upside of 34.66%. Given Oil-Dri Co. of America’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Oil-Dri Co. of America has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Oil-Dri Co. of America and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Oil-Dri Co. of America 0.32% 4.38% 2.86%
Oil-Dri Co. of America Competitors -119.14% -15.19% -10.49%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

45.4% of Oil-Dri Co. of America shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.3% of shares of all “Miscellaneous manufacturing industries” companies are held by institutional investors. 10.3% of Oil-Dri Co. of America shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of shares of all “Miscellaneous manufacturing industries” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Oil-Dri Co. of America and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Oil-Dri Co. of America $304.98 million $11.11 million 225.58
Oil-Dri Co. of America Competitors $1.60 billion $104.56 million 22.21

Oil-Dri Co. of America’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Oil-Dri Co. of America. Oil-Dri Co. of America is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

Oil-Dri Co. of America has a beta of 0.33, meaning that its share price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Oil-Dri Co. of America’s competitors have a beta of -0.53, meaning that their average share price is 153% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Oil-Dri Co. of America pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.1%. Oil-Dri Co. of America pays out 933.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Miscellaneous manufacturing industries” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.7% and pay out 52.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Oil-Dri Co. of America has raised its dividend for 9 consecutive years.

Summary

Oil-Dri Co. of America beats its competitors on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Oil-Dri Co. of America

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Oil-Dri Corporation of America, together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets sorbent products in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Retail and Wholesale Products Group; and Business to Business Products Group. The company provides agricultural and horticultural products, including mineral-based absorbent products that serve as chemical carriers, drying agents, and growing media under the Agsorb, Verge, and Flo-Fre brand names. It also offers animal health and nutrition products for the livestock industry under the Amlan, Calibrin, Varium, Neoprime, MD-09, and Pel-Unite and Pel-Unite Plus brand names; and bleaching clay and purification aid products for bleaching, purification, and filtration applications under the Pure-Flo, Perform, Select, and Ultra-Clear brand names. In addition, the company provides cat litter products, such as scoopable and non-clumping litters under the Cat's Pride and Jonny Cat brand names; industrial and automotive sorbent products from clay, polypropylene, and recycled materials that absorb oil, acid, paint, ink, water, and other liquids under the Oil-Dri brand name; and sports products for use on baseball, softball, football, and soccer fields under the Pro's Choice brand name. Its customers include mass merchandisers, wholesale clubs, drugstore chains, pet specialty retail outlets, dollar stores, retail grocery stores, distributors of industrial cleanup and automotive products, environmental service companies, and sports field product and sports turf material users; processors and refiners of edible oils, petroleum-based oils, and biodiesel fuel; manufacturers of animal feed and agricultural chemicals; distributors of animal health and nutrition products; and marketers of consumer products. Oil-Dri Corporation of America was founded in 1941 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.

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