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Oil-Dri Corp of America Doubles Net Income in Q1 Fiscal 2024

  • Oil-Dri Corp of America (NYSE:ODC) reports a 105% increase in net income for Q1 FY2024.

  • Consolidated net sales rose by 13% to $111.4 million compared to the previous year.

  • Gross margin expanded by 520 basis points year-over-year.

  • Business to Business and Retail and Wholesale segments both report significant operating income growth.

Oil-Dri Corp of America (NYSE:ODC) released its 8-K filing on December 11, 2023, announcing a robust start to the fiscal year 2024 with record results for the first quarter. The company, known for its sorbent mineral products, has achieved a significant milestone by doubling its net income and continuing a streak of record net sales and gross profit.

Financial Performance Overview

ODC reported consolidated net sales of $111.4 million for the quarter ended October 31, 2023, marking a 13% increase from the $98.5 million reported in the same period last year. This growth was primarily fueled by higher sales of cat litter and fluids purification products. The company's net income attributable to ODC saw an impressive 105% surge to $10.7 million, up from $5.2 million in the prior year, while diluted earnings per share (EPS) jumped by 92% to $1.50.

Segment Highlights

The Business to Business (B2B) segment's net sales climbed by 16% to $39.2 million, with segment operating income soaring by 53% to $11.1 million. The Retail and Wholesale (R&W) segment also performed well, with net sales increasing by 11% to $72.3 million and segment operating income growing by 50% to $11.3 million.

Income Statement Insights

ODC's gross profit for the first quarter reached a record $31.0 million, a 39% increase over the previous year, with gross margin expanding to 27.8%. Selling, general, and administrative (SG&A) expenses rose by 13% to $17.8 million, reflecting higher advertising spending and compensation-related expenses. Despite these increases, the company managed to double its consolidated operating income to $13.2 million.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

Cash and cash equivalents stood at $29.6 million, a notable increase from the $10.5 million reported in the previous year. This improvement was attributed to higher earnings, with significant cash uses including capital investments for manufacturing infrastructure improvements and dividends.

Management Commentary

I am very proud of our teams efforts to successfully grow our top and bottom lines in the first quarter of fiscal 2024 compared to last year. These favorable results reflect our sixth consecutive quarter of record net sales and our eighth consecutive quarter of record gross profit. We also doubled our net income which reached an all-time high for the first quarter," said Daniel S. Jaffee, President and CEO of ODC.

Future Outlook

Looking ahead, ODC aims to maintain its trajectory of success through further gross margin improvement and expanded distribution of innovative products. The company will continue to invest in its manufacturing facilities to support increased demand and replace aging assets.

For more detailed information on ODC's financial performance and future plans, investors are encouraged to join the virtual earnings discussion and annual meeting of stockholders on December 13, 2023.

Oil-Dri Corp of America's commitment to creating value from sorbent minerals is evident in its strong start to fiscal year 2024. With a focus on innovation and strategic investments, ODC is well-positioned to continue its growth and deliver value to its shareholders.

Explore the complete 8-K earnings release (here) from Oil-Dri Corp of America for further details.

This article first appeared on GuruFocus.