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How to buy Unilever (ULVR) stocks

Learn how to easily invest in Unilever stocks.

Unilever PLC
LSE: ULVR - GBX
p3,759.50
+ p38.50 ( + 1.03%)
HOUSEHOLD & PERSONAL PRODUCTS

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 3721p – a decrease of 0.43% over the previous week. Unilever employs 148,012 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around £52.4 billion.

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Unilever stock price (London Stock Exchange (LSE):ULVR)

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Unilever shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-06-25.
Latest market close3,721.00p
52-week range3,267.18p - 4,386.36p
50-day moving average 3,599.50p
200-day moving average 3,753.91p
Wall St. target price47.61p
PE ratio 1877.8894
Dividend yield 1.739p (3.99%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 1.99p

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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 3721p from 2022-06-30

1 week (2022-06-24) -0.43%
1 month (2022-06-01) 0.43%
3 months (2022-03-31) 7.70%
6 months (2021-12-31) -5.69%
1 year (2021-07-01) -12.67%
2 years (2020-07-01) -14.22%
3 years (2019-07-01) 4908.5
5 years (2017-06-30) -10.45%

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 1878x. In other words, Unilever shares trade at around 1878x 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 shares 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 2.5844. 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

Unilever's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £10.7 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Unilever's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Unilever financials

Revenue TTM £52.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 18.38%
Gross profit TTM £22.2 billion
Return on assets TTM 8.44%
Return on equity TTM 35.4%
Profit margin 11.53%
Book value 6.68p
Market capitalisation £95.3 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

59%

Dividend payout ratio: 59.36% of net profits

Recently Unilever has paid out, on average, around 59.36% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.99% 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 3.99% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Unilever's case, that would currently equate to about 1.739p 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 shares by 4 August 2022 (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 3267.1765p up to 4386.3615p. 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 0.0961. This would suggest that Unilever's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Unilever overview

Unilever PLC operates as a fast-moving consumer goods company. 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. The Foods & Refreshment segment offers ice cream, soups, bouillons, seasonings, mayonnaise, ketchups, and tea categories. The Home Care segment provides fabric solutions and various cleaning products. The company offers its products under the Domestos, OMO, Seventh Generation, Ben & Jerry's, Knorr, Magnum, Wall's, Bango, the Vegetarian Butcher, Axe, Cif, Comfort, Dove, Lifebuoy, Lux, Rexona, Sunsilk, Equilibra, OLLY, Liquid I. V.

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