Head-To-Head Survey: Unilever PLC (UL) & Its Rivals

Unilever PLC (NYSE: UL) is one of 31 public companies in the “Personal Products” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Unilever PLC to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Volatility & 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 1.25, indicating that their average share price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

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 -24.54% 75.98% 0.88%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

7.3% of Unilever PLC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.6% of shares of all “Personal Products” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Unilever PLC shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 15.3% of shares of all “Personal Products” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Unilever PLC and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Unilever PLC 3 5 3 0 2.00
Unilever PLC Competitors 360 1257 1516 23 2.38

Unilever PLC presently has a consensus target price of $26.00, suggesting a potential downside of 52.73%. As a group, “Personal Products” companies have a potential upside of 14.09%. 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.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Unilever PLC and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Unilever PLC $58.34 billion $5.74 billion 23.01
Unilever PLC Competitors $16.34 billion $2.21 billion 420.30

Unilever PLC has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Unilever PLC is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Unilever PLC pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Unilever PLC pays out 68.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Personal Products” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.3% and pay out 60.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Unilever PLC competitors beat Unilever PLC on 10 of the 14 factors compared.

About Unilever PLC

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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