Raven Industries(NASDAQ:RAVN)announced fiscal first-quarter 2018 results on Monday after the market closed, including strong growth across all segments, led by a nearly 50% increase from engineered films. Let’s take a closer look both at what drove business at the mini-industrial conglomerate as it kicked off the new fiscal year, and at what investors can expect going forward.
Raven Industries’ fish hatchery liners. Image source: Raven Industries.
Raven Industries results: The raw numbers
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