DS Healthcare Group (NASDAQ: DSKX) and Unilever NV (NYSE:UN) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends and earnings.

Volatility & Risk

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

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.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DS Healthcare Group N/A N/A N/A ($0.27) -0.07
Unilever NV $58.34 billion 1.68 $5.74 billion $2.36 24.18

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.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

8.5% of DS Healthcare Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.0% of Unilever NV shares are held by institutional investors. 19.4% of DS Healthcare Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

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

Analyst Ratings

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

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

Summary

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

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.

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.

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