Analyzing Unilever PLC (UL) & Its Peers

Unilever PLC (NYSE: UL) is one of 34 public companies in the “Personal Products” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Unilever PLC to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and earnings.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Unilever PLC and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Unilever PLC $58.34 billion $5.74 billion N/A
Unilever PLC Competitors $17.59 billion $2.40 billion 447.55

Unilever PLC has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Unilever PLC and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Unilever PLC N/A N/A N/A
Unilever PLC Competitors -47.19% 122.67% 4.88%

Volatility and Risk

Unilever PLC has a beta of 0.89, indicating that its share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Unilever PLC’s competitors have a beta of 1.27, indicating that their average share price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Unilever PLC pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. As a group, “Personal Products” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 50.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Unilever PLC and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Unilever PLC 3 4 3 0 2.00
Unilever PLC Competitors 359 1256 1515 23 2.38

Unilever PLC currently has a consensus target price of $26.00, indicating a potential downside of 53.62%. As a group, “Personal Products” companies have a potential upside of 12.90%. Given Unilever PLC’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Unilever PLC has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

7.4% of Unilever PLC shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.4% of shares of all “Personal Products” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Unilever PLC shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 15.3% of shares of all “Personal Products” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Unilever PLC competitors beat Unilever PLC on 9 of the 14 factors compared.

Unilever PLC Company Profile

Unilever PLC is a fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company. The Company’s segments include Personal Care, which primarily includes sales of skin care and hair care products, deodorants and oral care products; Foods, which primarily includes sales of soups, bouillons, sauces, snacks, mayonnaise, salad dressings, margarines and spreads; Home Care, which primarily includes sales of home care products, such as powders, liquids and capsules, soap bars and a range of cleaning products, and Refreshment, which primarily includes sales of ice cream and tea-based beverages. The Company’s geographical segments include Asia/AMET/RUB, The Americas and Europe. Its brands include Axe, Dirt is Good (Omo), Dove, Family Goodness (Rama), Heartbrand (Wall’s), Hellmann’s, Knorr, Lipton, Lux, Magnum, Rexona, Sunsilk and Surf. The Company operates in more than 100 countries, selling its products in more than 190 countries. The Company operates approximately 310 factories in over 70 countries.

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