Energizer (NYSE:ENR) Beats Q4 Sales Targets

Jabin Bastian /
2023/11/14 7:05 am EST

Battery and lighting company Energizer (NYSE:ENR) reported Q4 FY2023 results beating Wall Street analysts' expectations, with revenue up 2.6% year on year to $811.1 million. Turning to EPS, Energizer made a GAAP profit of $0.27 per share, down from its profit of $0.82 per share in the same quarter last year.

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Energizer (ENR) Q4 FY2023 Highlights:

  • Revenue: $811.1 million vs analyst estimates of $794.6 million (2.1% beat)
  • EPS (non-GAAP) Guidance for Q1 2024 is $0.55 at the midpoint, below analyst estimates of $0.85
  • EPS (non-GAAP) Guidance for fiscal year 2024 is $3.20 at the midpoint, below analyst estimates of $3.35
  • Free Cash Flow of $77.5 million, up 11.7% from the previous quarter
  • Gross Margin (GAAP): 37.9%, up from 35.5% in the same quarter last year
  • Organic Revenue was up 2% year on year

"The fourth fiscal quarter provided a strong finish to fiscal year 2023," said Mark LaVigne, Chief Executive Officer.

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Sales Growth

Energizer is larger than most consumer staples companies and benefits from economies of scale, giving it an edge over its smaller competitors.

As you can see below, the company's annualized revenue growth rate of 2.5% over the last three years was mediocre for a consumer staples business.

Energizer Total Revenue

This quarter, Energizer reported decent year-on-year revenue growth of 2.6%, and its $811.1 million in revenue topped Wall Street's estimates by 2.1%. Looking ahead, analysts expect revenue to remain flat over the next 12 months.

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Organic Revenue Growth

When analyzing revenue growth, we care most about organic revenue growth. This metric captures a business's performance excluding the impacts of foreign currency fluctuations and one-time events such as mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.

The demand for Energizer's products has been stable over the last eight quarters but fallen behind the broader sector. On average, the company has posted feeble year-on-year organic revenue growth of 1.1%.

Energizer Year-On-Year Organic Revenue Growth

In the latest quarter, Energizer's organic sales rose 2% year on year. By the company's standards, this growth was a meaningful deceleration from the 7.4% year-on-year increase it posted 12 months ago. We'll be watching Energizer closely to see if it can reaccelerate growth.

Key Takeaways from Energizer's Q4 Results

With a market capitalization of $2.40 billion, Energizer is among smaller companies, but its $223.3 million cash balance and positive free cash flow over the last 12 months give us confidence that it has the resources needed to pursue a high-growth business strategy.

It was good to see Energizer beat analysts' revenue expectations this quarter. That stood out as a positive in these results. On the other hand, guidance for Q1'24 and full year 2024 adjusted EPS missed expectations. Overall, the results could have been better. The company is down 2% on the results and currently trades at $33 per share.

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