Revlon (NYSE: REV) and Unilever NV (NYSE:UN) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and dividends.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Revlon $2.65 billion 0.33 $293.10 million ($2.20) -7.64
Unilever NV $63.43 billion 2.69 $11.34 billion N/A N/A

Unilever NV has higher revenue and earnings than Revlon.

Risk & Volatility

Revlon has a beta of 0.64, meaning that its stock price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Unilever NV has a beta of 0.9, meaning that its stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Unilever NV pays an annual dividend of $1.41 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Revlon does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Revlon and Unilever NV, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Revlon 0 0 0 0 N/A
Unilever NV 1 2 3 0 2.33

Insider and Institutional Ownership

14.0% of Revlon shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.0% of Unilever NV shares are held by institutional investors. 78.0% of Revlon shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Revlon -4.35% -3.09% 0.63%
Unilever NV 11.96% 38.11% 11.56%


Unilever NV beats Revlon on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Revlon

Revlon, Inc. manufactures, markets and sells around the world a range of beauty and personal care products, including color cosmetics, hair color, hair care and hair treatments, as well as beauty tools, men’s grooming products, anti-perspirant deodorants, fragrances, skincare and other beauty care products. The Company operates through four segments: Consumer, which includes cosmetics, hair color and hair care, beauty tools, anti-perspirant deodorants, fragrances and skincare products; Professional, which includes a line of products sold to hair and nail salons, and professional salon distributors, including hair color, shampoos, conditioners, styling products, nail polishes and nail enhancements; Elizabeth Arden, which include Elizabeth Arden, which produces skin care, color cosmetics and fragrances under the Elizabeth Arden brand and Other, which includes the distribution of prestige, designer and celebrity fragrances, cosmetics and skincare 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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