Unilever NV (NYSE: UN) and DS Healthcare Group (NASDAQ:DSKX) are both personal products – nec companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and risk.

Dividends

Unilever NV pays an annual dividend of $1.69 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. DS Healthcare Group does not pay a dividend. Unilever NV pays out 71.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Unilever NV and DS Healthcare Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

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

Volatility & Risk

Unilever NV has a beta of 0.92, suggesting that its share price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DS Healthcare Group has a beta of 2.03, suggesting that its share price is 103% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

9.0% of Unilever NV shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.5% of DS Healthcare Group shares are held by institutional investors. 19.4% of DS Healthcare Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Unilever NV N/A N/A N/A
DS Healthcare Group -104.81% N/A -196.55%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Unilever NV and DS Healthcare Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Unilever NV $58.34 billion 1.68 $5.74 billion $2.36 24.27
DS Healthcare Group N/A N/A N/A ($0.27) -0.09

Unilever NV has higher revenue and earnings than DS Healthcare Group. DS Healthcare Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Unilever NV, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Unilever NV beats DS Healthcare Group on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Unilever NV Company Profile

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.

DS Healthcare Group Company Profile

DS Healthcare Group, Inc., doing business as DS Laboratories, is a personal care, product development and marketing company. The Company develops and markets branded personal care products that address thinning hair conditions, skin care and other personal care needs. It develops technologies and products for hair care and personal care needs. Its technologies include Liposome Technology, which acts as a carrier agent, and is designed to enhance the act ion of the active ingredients in its products, and Nanosome Technology, which acts as a delivery vehicle, and is designed to infuse active compounds into targeted cells. The Company products are primarily sold under its DS Laboratories brand. It also sells certain products under its Polaris Labs and Sigma Skin brands. It markets and sells these products through salons, spas, department stores, specialty retailers and distributors. The Company offers products under three product categories: Hair Care, Skin Care and Personal Care.

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