Unilever (NYSE: UN) is one of 32 publicly-traded companies in the “Personal Products” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Unilever to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Unilever and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Unilever N/A N/A N/A
Unilever Competitors -23.34% 73.78% 1.23%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Unilever and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Unilever $58.34 billion $5.74 billion 23.73
Unilever Competitors $16.34 billion $2.21 billion 406.63

Unilever has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Unilever is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

8.7% of Unilever shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.5% of shares of all “Personal Products” companies are held by institutional investors. 15.3% of shares of all “Personal Products” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Unilever and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Unilever 1 2 3 0 2.33
Unilever Competitors 361 1262 1526 24 2.38

As a group, “Personal Products” companies have a potential upside of 15.92%. Given Unilever’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Unilever has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Risk and Volatility

Unilever has a beta of 0.92, meaning that its share price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Unilever’s competitors have a beta of 1.24, meaning that their average share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Unilever pays an annual dividend of $1.69 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Unilever pays out 70.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Personal Products” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.2% and pay out 54.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Unilever competitors beat Unilever on 9 of the 14 factors compared.

Unilever 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.

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