Energizer Holdings (NYSE: EPC) and Unilever NV (NYSE:UN) are both mid-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, profitabiliy and earnings.

Dividends

Unilever NV pays an annual dividend of $1.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Energizer Holdings does not pay a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Energizer Holdings and Unilever NV’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Energizer Holdings 8.00% 11.44% 4.51%
Unilever NV N/A N/A N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

91.8% of Energizer Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.2% of Unilever NV shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Energizer Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Energizer Holdings and Unilever NV, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Energizer Holdings 0 4 4 0 2.50
Unilever NV 0 3 5 0 2.63

Energizer Holdings presently has a consensus target price of $86.14, suggesting a potential upside of 19.01%. Given Energizer Holdings’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Energizer Holdings is more favorable than Unilever NV.

Risk & Volatility

Energizer Holdings has a beta of 0.97, indicating that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Unilever NV has a beta of 0.9, indicating that its stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Energizer Holdings and Unilever NV’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Energizer Holdings $2.35 billion 1.77 $431.40 million $3.21 22.55
Unilever NV $60.30 billion 2.68 $10.16 billion N/A N/A

Unilever NV has higher revenue and earnings than Energizer Holdings.

Summary

Energizer Holdings beats Unilever NV on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Energizer Holdings

Edgewell Personal Care Company is a manufacturer and marketer of personal care products in the wet shave, sun and skin care, feminine care and infant care categories. As of September 30, 2016, the Company had a portfolio of over 25 brands. It manages its business in four segments: Wet Shave, Sun and Skin Care, Feminine Care and All Other. Its Wet shave products are sold under the Schick, Wilkinson Sword, Edge, Skintimate, Shave Guard and Personna brand names. Its Sun and Skin Care products are sold under the Banana Boat, Hawaiian Tropic, Wet Ones and Playtex brand names and offers Wet Ones, portable hand wipes category, and Playtex household gloves, the branded household glove in the United States. Its Feminine Care segment markets its products under the Playtex, Stayfree, Carefree and o.b. brands and markets pads and liners. Its All Other segment includes infant care, pet care and miscellaneous other products.

About Unilever NV

Unilever N.V. is a fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company. The Company’s segments include Personal Care, which primarily includes sales of skin care and hair care products, deodorants and oral care products; Foods, which primarily includes sales of soups, bouillons, sauces, snacks, mayonnaise, salad dressings, margarines and spreads; Home Care, which primarily includes sales of home care products, such as powders, liquids and capsules, soap bars and a range of cleaning products, and Refreshment, which primarily includes sales of ice cream and tea-based beverages. The Company’s geographical segments include Asia/AMET/RUB, The Americas and Europe. Its brands include Axe, Dirt is Good (Omo), Dove, Family Goodness (Rama), Heartbrand (Wall’s), Hellmann’s, Knorr, Lipton, Lux, Magnum, Rexona, Sunsilk and Surf. The Company operates in more than 100 countries, selling its products in more than 190 countries. The Company operates approximately 310 factories in over 70 countries.

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