Investors in PetMed Express (PETS -1.35%) are off to a great start for the week. Shares of the pet pharmacy company jumped 23% as of 10:45 a.m. EDT on Monday in response to an upbeat earnings report.
Here are the headline numbers from the company's third quarter:
- Revenue jumped 9.7% to $66.7 million. That sailed past the $63.4 million in revenue that Wall Street had expected.
- Margin improvements caused net income to skyrocket 79% to $8.8 million, or $0.43 diluted per share. That easily surpassed the $0.30 in EPS that analysts had modeled.
- Management credited the huge net income growth to increased sales in high-margin categories like next-generation flea, tick, and heartworm drugs.
Traders bid up shares on the better-than-expected results.
Today's jump should offer some relief to investors who have held throughout the recent short attack. Last month a notable short-seller accused PetMed of distributing opioids to people through animal prescriptions. The company immediately responded to the accusation by stating that less than 1% of revenue is derived from the sale of opioids and that all sales were accompanied by a valid prescription from a veterinarian. The company affirmed that its recent profit growth was caused by increased sales of next-generation products to control flea, tick, and heartworm infestation. Today's report lends credence to the company's defense and should go a long way toward silencing the critics.