Unilever PLC (ULVR) is a leading household & personal products business based in the UK. It opened the day at 4393p after a previous close of 4395p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 4375p to a high of 4438p. The latest price was 4420p (25 minute delay). Unilever is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 149,867 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Unilever's share price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was 4866p, which is 5.61% up on its pre-crash value of 4593p and 35.79% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as 3583.5p.
If you had bought £1,000 worth of Unilever shares at the start of February 2020, those shares 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 £1,062.25.
|52-week range||3495.5166p - 4903.2155p|
|50-day moving average||4460.5884p|
|200-day moving average||4554.6763p|
|Wall St. target price||45.13p|
|Dividend yield||1.5p (3.48%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||252.7p|
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|1 month (2020-12-23)||2.53%|
|3 months (2020-10-23)||-5.84%|
|6 months (2020-07-23)||-5.37%|
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 17x. In other words, Unilever shares trade at around 17x 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.
However, Unilever's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the household & personal products industry or those of similar companies.
Unilever's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.7692. 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.
However, it's sensible to consider Unilever's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.
|Gross profit TTM||£22.9 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||9.22%|
|Return on equity TTM||40.22%|
|Market capitalisation||£112.8 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
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.
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.).
To gain some more context, you can compare Unilever's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.
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.
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.
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.
Controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, 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.
Wondering how that compares? Below are the controversy scores of similar companies.
|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|
Dividend payout ratio: 72.21% of net profits
Recently Unilever has paid out, on average, around 72.21% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.48% 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 3.48% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Unilever's case, that would currently equate to about 1.5p 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 29 October 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Unilever's dividend payout ratio is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.
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.
Over the last 12 months, Unilever's shares have ranged in value from as little as 3495.5166p up to 4903.2155p. 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 0.1003. This would suggest that Unilever's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
To put Unilever's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.
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 was incorporated in 1894 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.
In this guide, we've focused on Unilever's London Stock Exchange (LSE) listing. However, Unilever shares can be traded on multiple exchanges.
|Indonesia||Jakarta Exchange||JK: UNVR|
|India||Bombay Exchange||BSE: 500696|
|UK||London Exchange||LSE: ULVR|
|US||US Stocks||US: UN|
|US||US Stocks||US: UL|
|Mexico||Mexican Exchange||MX: ULN|
|Germany||XETRA Exchange||XETRA: UNI2|
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