How to buy Unilever shares | 4420p

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a spike in demand for cleaning and personal care products sold by companies like Unilever. So should you buy or sell Unilever shares? Share price changes are updated daily.

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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.

How to buy shares in Unilever

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: ULVR in this case.
  5. Research Unilever shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Unilever shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has Coronavirus impacted Unilever's share price?

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.

Unilever share price

Use our graph to track the performance of ULVR stocks over time.

Unilever shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-11.
Open4393p
High4438p
Low4375p
Close4420p
Previous close4395p
Change 25p
Change % 0.569%
Volume 3,582,644
Information last updated 2020-12-27.
52-week range3495.5166p - 4903.2155p
50-day moving average 4460.5884p
200-day moving average 4554.6763p
Wall St. target price45.13p
PE ratio 17.0558
Dividend yield 1.5p (3.48%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 252.7p
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Name Product Price per trade Frequent trader rate Platform fees Brand description
Fineco
£2.95
£2.95
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Fineco Bank is good for share traders and investors looking for a complete platform and wide offer. Capital at risk.
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IG
0% commission on US shares, and £3 on UK shares
From £5
£0 - £24 per quarter
IG is good for experienced traders, and offers learning resources for beginners, all with wide access to shares, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
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£11.95
£5.95
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Degiro Share Dealing
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
Portfolio transfer fees (in & out)
Degiro is widely seen as one of the best low-cost share brokers, for people who are looking to trade regularly. Capital at risk.
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No transfer fees or exit fees. £9.99 a month on the Investor Service Plan
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Interactive Investor stocks and shares ISA
Any lump sum or £25 a month
£119.88
£7.99
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
£1500
0.75%
£0
Moneyfarm helps you meet your investment goals with fully-managed portfolios designed around you. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.45%
£11.95
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got everything you'll need, from beginners to experienced investors. Capital at risk.
Nutmeg stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.75%
£0
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Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
No minimum deposit requirement
0.12%
£8.00
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AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
£500
0.25%
£9.95
AJ Bell is a good all-rounder for people who to choose between shares, funds, ISAs and pensions. Capital at risk.
Fidelity stocks and shares ISA
£1000 or a regular savings plan from £50
0.35%
£10.00
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Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
£100 or £20 a month
0.61%
N/A
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Interactive Investor Pension
Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
£10/month
interactive investor is a flat-fee platform, which makes it cost effective for larger portfolios. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm Pension
£1,500 (initial investment)
7 funds
0.35%-0.75%
Moneyfarm has pensions that are matched against your risk appetite, goals and planned retirement date. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Pension
£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
0.05-0.25%
AJ Bell has two different pension options, a self managed pension and one that is managed for you. Capital at risk.
PensionBee Pension
No minimum
7 funds
0.5% - 0.95%
Pension Bee is a newbie in the pension market. It helps consolidate your pension plans into one place. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Pension
£100 or £25 a month
2,500 funds
0-0.45%
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Saxo Markets Pension
Saxo Markets Pension
£10
Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
Saxo Markets gives flexibility and control over your investment strategy. Capital at risk.
Penfold
Penfold
No minimum
4 portfolios
0.75-0.88%
Moneybox Pension
£1
3 funds
0.15% - 0.45% charged monthly
Manage your money with an easy-to-use Moneybox app. Capital at risk.
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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 last close of 4420p

1 month (2020-12-23) 2.53%
3 months (2020-10-23) -5.84%
6 months (2020-07-23) -5.37%

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 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 PEG ratio

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.

Unilever financials

Gross profit TTM £22.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 9.22%
Return on equity TTM 40.22%
Profit margin 11.45%
Book value 5.025p
Market capitalisation £112.8 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.).

To gain some more context, you can compare Unilever's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.

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. 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.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Unilever PLC was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 30
Total ESG percentile 40.25
Environmental score 12.28
Environmental score percentile 9
Social score 14.46
Social score percentile 9
Governance score 13.76
Governance score percentile 9
Level of controversy 3

Unilever share dividends

72%

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.

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 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.

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Unilever overview

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.

What stock exchanges is Unilever listed on?

In this guide, we've focused on Unilever's London Stock Exchange (LSE) listing. However, Unilever shares can be traded on multiple exchanges.

Country Exchange Stock Code
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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