Oil-Dri Corporation Of America (NYSE: ODC) and Zep (NYSE:ZEP) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Oil-Dri Corporation Of America and Zep’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Oil-Dri Corporation Of America||$261.45 million||1.17||$28.61 million||$2.02||20.71|
Oil-Dri Corporation Of America has higher revenue and earnings than Zep.
This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Oil-Dri Corporation Of America and Zep, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Oil-Dri Corporation Of America||0||0||0||0||N/A|
Oil-Dri Corporation Of America pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Zep does not pay a dividend. Oil-Dri Corporation Of America pays out 45.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Oil-Dri Corporation Of America has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years and Zep has raised its dividend for 14 consecutive years.
This table compares Oil-Dri Corporation Of America and Zep’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Oil-Dri Corporation Of America||5.63%||12.39%||7.15%|
Institutional & Insider Ownership
54.0% of Oil-Dri Corporation Of America shares are held by institutional investors. 13.9% of Oil-Dri Corporation Of America shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Oil-Dri Corporation Of America beats Zep on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.
Oil-Dri Corporation Of America Company Profile
Oil-Dri Corporation of America is engaged in developing, manufacturing and/or marketing sorbent products. The Company operates through two segments: Retail and Wholesale Products Group, and Business to Business Products Group. The Retail and Wholesale Products Group’s customers include mass merchandisers, wholesale clubs, drugstore chains, dollar stores, distributors of industrial cleanup and automotive products, environmental service companies and sports field product users. The Business to Business Products Group’s customers include 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. Its products include agricultural and horticultural products, animal health and nutrition products, bleaching clay and purification aid products, cat litter products, industrial and automotive products, and sports products.
Zep Company Profile
Zep Inc. is a consumable chemical packaged goods company, providing a variety of chemicals and related products and services that help professionals maintain, clean and protect their assets. The Company markets its products and services under brand names, including Zep, Zep Professional, Zep Commercial, Zep Automotive and other Zep Inc. brands. Its product portfolio, which is produced using more than 4,000 formulations, includes anti-bacterial and industrial hand care products, cleaners, degreasers, deodorizers, disinfectants, floor finishes, sanitizers, pest- and weed-control products, air-care products and delivery systems and a variety of automotive maintenance chemicals. The Company manufactures its products at nine facilities located in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Italy, and United Kingdom.
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