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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

9.0% of Unilever NV shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.6% of shares of all “Personal Products” companies are owned by institutional investors. 15.3% of shares of all “Personal Products” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Unilever NV and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Unilever NV $58.34 billion $5.74 billion 23.52
Unilever NV Competitors $16.34 billion $2.21 billion 461.34

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

Profitability

This table compares Unilever NV and its peers’ 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
Unilever NV Competitors -23.32% 73.79% 1.23%

Dividends

Unilever NV pays an annual dividend of $1.69 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Unilever NV pays out 70.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Personal Products” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.3% and pay out 60.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Unilever NV has a beta of 0.92, suggesting that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Unilever NV’s peers have a beta of 1.25, suggesting that their average stock price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Unilever NV and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Unilever NV 1 2 3 0 2.33
Unilever NV Competitors 360 1257 1518 23 2.38

As a group, “Personal Products” companies have a potential upside of 14.78%. Given Unilever NV’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Unilever NV has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Unilever NV peers beat Unilever NV on 9 of the 14 factors compared.

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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