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Unilever PLC is a household & personal products business based in the US. Unilever shares (UL) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Unilever employs 149,867 staff and has a market cap (total outstanding shares value) of USD$156.5 billion.
|Latest market close||USD$59.52|
|52-week range||USD$42.9868 - USD$63.45|
|50-day moving average||USD$59.2909|
|200-day moving average||USD$59.7345|
|Wall St. target price||USD$70|
|Dividend yield||USD$1.94 (3.26%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||USD$2.527|
|1 week (2021-01-08)||N/A|
|1 month (2020-12-15)||N/A|
|3 months (2020-10-15)||N/A|
|6 months (2020-07-15)||N/A|
|1 year (2020-01-15)||N/A|
|2 years (2019-01-15)||N/A|
|3 years (2018-01-15)||N/A|
|5 years (2016-01-15)||N/A|
Valuing Unilever stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Unilever's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Unilever's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 23x. In other words, Unilever shares trade at around 23x recent earnings.
That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.
Unilever's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.848. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Unilever's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
|Gross profit TTM||USD$22.9 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||9.22%|
|Return on equity TTM||40.22%|
|Market capitalisation||USD$156.5 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 1.4 million Unilever shares held short by investors – that's known as Unilever's "short interest". This figure is 35.1% down from 2.1 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Unilever shares can be evaluated.
Unilever's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Unilever shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Unilever shares traded daily (recently around 2.3 million). Unilever's SIR currently stands at 0.6. In other words for every 100,000 Unilever shares traded daily on the market, roughly 600 shares are currently held short.
However Unilever's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Unilever shares, or, against the total number of tradable Unilever shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Unilever's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Unilever shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Unilever shares, roughly 0 shares are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Unilever.
Find out more about how you can short Unilever stock.
Dividend payout ratio: 133% of net profits
Recently Unilever has paid out, on average, around 133% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.26% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Unilever shareholders could enjoy a 3.26% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Unilever's case, that would currently equate to about $1.94 per share.
Unilever's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.
Unilever's most recent dividend payout was on 20 November 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 29 October 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Unilever's shares were split on a 9:5 basis on 25 May 2006. So if you had owned 5 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 9 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Unilever shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 44.4% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Unilever shares which in turn could have impacted Unilever's share price.
Over the last 12 months, Unilever's shares have ranged in value from as little as $42.9868 up to $63.45. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Unilever's is 0.0858. This would suggest that Unilever's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Unilever PLC, together with its subsidiaries, operates in the fast-moving consumer goods industry worldwide. It operates through three segments: Beauty & Personal Care, Foods & Refreshment, and Home Care. The Beauty & Personal Care segment offers skin care and hair care products, deodorants, and skin cleansing products under the Axe, Clear, Dove, Lifebuoy, Lux, Pond's, Rexona, Signal, Suave, Sunsilk, TRESemmé, and Vaseline brands. The Foods & Refreshment segment offers soups, bouillons, seasonings, sauces, mayonnaise, ketchup, ice cream, and tea categories. This segment offers its products under the Ben & Jerry's, Breyers, Brooke Bond, Heart (Wall's), Hellmann's, Knorr, Lipton, Magnum, Pukka, Sir Kensington's, and Unilever Food Solutions brands. The Home Care segment offers fabric solutions, home care products, and hygiene products under the Cif, Dirt is Good, Omo, Persil, Domestos, Seventh Generation, and Sunlight brands. The company has a strategic partnership with Dada Group. Unilever PLC was incorporated in 1894 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.
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