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How to buy Unilever (ULVR) stocks
Learn how to easily invest in Unilever stocks.
Unilever is a household & personal products business based in the UK. Unilever stocks (ULVR.LSE) are listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and all prices are listed in pence sterling. Its last market close was 4056.5p – a decrease of 2.7% over the previous week. Unilever employs 126,988 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around £60.1 billion.
How to buy Unilever stock
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- Search for the stock name – ULVR. Search for the stock by name or ticker symbol.
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- Can I buy shares in Unilever?
- Has coronavirus impacted Unilever shares?
- Unilever shares summary
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- Is Unilever stock a buy or sell?
- Unilever performance over time
- Is Unilever suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Unilever shares over-valued?
- Unilever's financials
- How volatile are Unilever shares?
- Does Unilever pay a dividend?
- Have Unilever shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Unilever stock price (London Stock Exchange (LSE):ULVR)Use our graph to track the performance of ULVR stocks over time.
Unilever shares at a glance
|Latest market close||4,056.50p|
|52-week range||3,406.39p - 4,443.99p|
|50-day moving average||4,278.61p|
|200-day moving average||4,123.35p|
|Wall St. target price||51.50p|
|Dividend yield||1.664p (3.72%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||2.59p|
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Is it a good time to buy Unilever stock?
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Unilever price performance over time
Historical closes compared with the close of 4056.5p from 2023-06-02
|1 week (2023-05-26)||-2.70%|
|1 month (2023-05-05)||-7.79%|
|3 months (2023-03-01)||-1.96%|
|6 months (2022-12-05)||-2.93%|
|1 year (2022-06-01)||9.49%|
|2 years (2021-06-04)||-5.07%|
|3 years (2020-06-05)||4409|
|5 years (2018-06-05)||4166|
Is Unilever stock undervalued or overvalued?
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 P/E ratio
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 16x. In other words, Unilever shares trade at around 16x recent earnings.
That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the FTSE 250 at the end of September 2019 (19.71). 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 PEG ratio
Unilever's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.5659. 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.
Unilever's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £11 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Unilever's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£60.1 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||16.19%|
|Gross profit TTM||£24.2 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||7.95%|
|Return on equity TTM||39.9%|
|Market capitalisation||£102.1 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Unilever's environmental, social and governance track record
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Unilever.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Unilever's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 30
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Unilever's overall score of 30 (as at 01/01/2019) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 40th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Unilever is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
Unilever's environmental score
Environmental score: 12.28/100
Unilever's environmental score of 12.28 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Unilever is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Unilever's social score
Social score: 14.46/100
Unilever's social score of 14.46 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Unilever is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Unilever's governance score
Governance score: 13.76/100
Unilever's governance score puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Unilever is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Unilever's controversy score
Controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Unilever scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Unilever hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.
Unilever share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 41.76% of net profits
Recently Unilever has paid out, on average, around 41.76% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.72% 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 3.72% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Unilever's case, that would currently equate to about 1.664p per share.
While Unilever's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Unilever may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 18 May 2023 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Unilever's shares ever split?
Unilever's shares were split on a 9:20 basis on 22 May 2006. So if you had owned 20 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 122.2% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Unilever shares which in turn could have impacted Unilever's share price.
Unilever share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Unilever's shares have ranged in value from as little as 3406.3891p up to 4443.9945p. 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 (LSE average) beta is 1, while Unilever's is 0.1373. This would suggest that Unilever's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Unilever PLC operates as a fast-moving consumer goods company. It operates through Beauty & Wellbeing, Personal Care, Home Care, Nutrition, and Ice Cream segments. The Beauty & Wellbeing segment engages in the sale of hair care products, such as shampoo, conditioner, and styling; skin care products including face, hand, and body moisturizer; and prestige beauty and health & wellbeing products, which includes the vitamins, minerals, and supplements. Personal Care segment offers skin cleansing products comprising soap and shower, deodorant and oral care products, such as toothpaste, toothbrush, and mouthwash products. Home Care segment engages in the sale of fabric care including washing powders and liquids, and rinse conditioners; and home and hygiene, fabric enhancers, water and air wellness products. Nutrition segment provides the sale of scratch cooking aids, which includes soups, bouillons, and seasonings; dressings products, such as mayonnaise and ketchup; and beverages and functional nutrition products including Horlicks and Boost, as well as tea products. Ice Cream segment offers ice cream products including in-home and out-of-home ice creams.
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