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 4297p – an increase of 1.84% over the previous week. Unilever employs 148,949 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around £50.8 billion.
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Is it a good time to buy Unilever stock?
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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
How has Coronavirus impacted Unilever's stock price?
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Unilever's stock price has had significant negative movement.
Its last market close was 3990p, which is 13.13% down on its pre-crash value of 4593p and 11.34% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as 3583.5p.
If you had bought £1,000 worth of Unilever stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth £858.46 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth £871.02.
Unilever stock priceUse our graph to track the performance of ULVR stocks over time.
Unilever stocks at a glance
|Latest market close||3990p|
|52-week range||3720.3444p - 4942.2371p|
|50-day moving average||4059.9216p|
|200-day moving average||4148.586p|
|Wall St. target price||45.13p|
|Dividend yield||1.695p (4.3%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||175.7p|
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Unilever price performance over time
|1 week (2021-09-17)||1.84%|
|1 month (2021-08-25)||-1.24%|
|3 months (2021-06-25)||-6.32%|
|6 months (2021-03-25)||-1.72%|
|1 year (2020-09-25)||-16.23%|
|2 years (2019-09-25)||-17.93%|
|3 years (2018-09-25)||-4.55%|
|5 years (2016-09-23)||9.87%|
Is Unilever under- or over-valued?
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 22x. In other words, Unilever stocks trade at around 22x recent earnings.
That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the FTSE 250 at the end of September 2019 (19.71). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the stocks or simply that they're over-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 2.2814. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the stocks offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the stocks 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 stock prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Unilever's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £10.3 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Unilever's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£50.8 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||17.98%|
|Gross profit TTM||£22 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||8.1%|
|Return on equity TTM||31.46%|
|Market capitalisation||£101.4 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.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||30|
|Total ESG percentile||40.25|
|Environmental score percentile||9|
|Social score percentile||9|
|Governance score percentile||9|
|Level of controversy||3|
Unilever stock dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 81.97% of net profits
Recently Unilever has paid out, on average, around 81.97% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.77% 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 3.77% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Unilever's case, that would currently equate to about 1.695p 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.
The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their stocks by 5 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Unilever stocks ever split?
Unilever stocks 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 stocks – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 122.2% higher stock price could have impacted the market appetite for Unilever stocks which in turn could have impacted Unilever's stock price.
Unilever stock price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Unilever's stocks have ranged in value from as little as 3720.3444p up to 4942.2371p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a stocks volatility in relation to the market. The market (LSE average) beta is 1, while Unilever's is 0.1956. This would suggest that Unilever's stocks are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Unilever PLC operates as a fast-moving consumer goods company in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Americas, and Europe. It operates through Beauty & Personal Care, Foods & Refreshment, and Home Care segments. The Beauty & Personal Care segment provides 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 ice cream, soups, bouillons, seasonings, mayonnaise, ketchups, and tea categories under the Ben & Jerry's, Breyers, Brooke Bond, Heart (Wall's), Hellmann's, Knorr, Lipton, Magnum, The Vegetarian Butcher, and Unilever Food Solutions brands. The Home Care segment provides fabric solutions, and home care and hygiene products under the Cif, Omo, Persil, Domestos, Seventh Generation, and Sunlight brands. Unilever PLC was incorporated in 1894 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.
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