Oil-Dri Co. Of America (ODC) and Brady (BRC) Head to Head Comparison

Oil-Dri Co. Of America (NYSE: ODC) and Brady (NYSE:BRC) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

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54.0% of Oil-Dri Co. Of America shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.2% of Brady shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.9% of Oil-Dri Co. Of America shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.6% of Brady shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Oil-Dri Co. Of America and Brady’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Oil-Dri Co. Of America $262.31 million 1.14 $10.79 million N/A N/A
Brady $1.11 billion 1.76 $95.64 million $1.75 21.66

Brady has higher revenue and earnings than Oil-Dri Co. Of America.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Oil-Dri Co. Of America and Brady, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Oil-Dri Co. Of America 0 0 0 0 N/A
Brady 0 2 1 0 2.33

Brady has a consensus price target of $39.00, indicating a potential upside of 2.90%. Given Brady’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Brady is more favorable than Oil-Dri Co. Of America.

Risk and Volatility

Oil-Dri Co. Of America has a beta of 0.98, suggesting that its stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Brady has a beta of 1.13, suggesting that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Oil-Dri Co. Of America pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Brady pays an annual dividend of $0.83 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Brady pays out 47.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Oil-Dri Co. Of America has increased its dividend for 15 consecutive years and Brady has increased its dividend for 32 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Oil-Dri Co. Of America and Brady’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Oil-Dri Co. Of America 2.44% 9.20% 5.53%
Brady 6.82% 14.10% 9.53%

Summary

Brady beats Oil-Dri Co. Of America on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Oil-Dri Co. Of America

Oil-Dri Corporation of America develops, manufactures, and markets sorbent products in the United States and internationally. It provides agricultural and horticultural products, including functional granules and powders for crop protection chemical carriers, drying agents, and growing media under the Agsorb, Verge, Flo-Fre, and Terra-Green brand names. The company also offers animal health and nutrition products, such as animal feed pellet binders for the livestock and aquaculture industries under the Amlan, Calibrin, ConditionAde, Pel-Unite, and Pel-Unite Plus brand names; and sports products for use on baseball, softball, football, and soccer fields under the Pro's Choice brand name. In addition, it provides bleaching clay and purification aid products for bleaching, purification, and filtration applications under the Pure-Flo, Perform, Select, and Ultra-Clear brand names; cat litter products, including scoopable and non-clumping litters under the Cat's Pride and Jonny Cat brand names; and industrial and automotive sorbent products from clay, polypropylene, and recycled cotton materials to absorb oil, grease, water, and other types of spills under the Oil-Dri brand name. The company's 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 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.

About Brady

Brady Corporation is a manufacturer and supplier of identification solutions and workplace safety products that identify and protect premises, products and people. The Company has two segments: Identification Solutions (IDS) and Workplace Safety (WPS). The IDS segment includes identification and healthcare products, and the WPS segment includes workplace safety and compliance products. The IDS segment offers products that are manufactured under various brands, including the Brady brand, and are primarily sold through distribution to a range of maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) and original equipment manufacturing (OEM) customers, and through other channels. The WPS segment offers a range of product categories, such as safety and compliance signs, tags, and labels; informational and architectural signage; industrial warehouse and office equipment, and labor law compliance posters. Its brands include Electromark, Identicard, PromoVision, Scafftag, Seton and Emedco.

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