Unilever NV (NYSE: UN) and Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE:NUS) are both mid-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Unilever NV and Nu Skin Enterprises, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Unilever NV 1 2 3 0 2.33
Nu Skin Enterprises 2 2 2 0 2.00

Nu Skin Enterprises has a consensus target price of $60.67, suggesting a potential downside of 8.36%. Given Nu Skin Enterprises’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Nu Skin Enterprises is more favorable than Unilever NV.

Profitability

This table compares Unilever NV and Nu Skin Enterprises’ 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
Nu Skin Enterprises 7.39% 23.59% 10.94%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Unilever NV and Nu Skin Enterprises’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Unilever NV $58.34 billion 1.70 $5.74 billion N/A N/A
Nu Skin Enterprises $2.21 billion 1.58 $143.08 million $2.73 24.25

Unilever NV has higher revenue and earnings than Nu Skin Enterprises.

Dividends

Unilever NV pays an annual dividend of $1.69 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Nu Skin Enterprises pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Nu Skin Enterprises pays out 52.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Nu Skin Enterprises has increased its dividend for 16 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

8.9% of Unilever NV shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.3% of Nu Skin Enterprises shares are held by institutional investors. 5.2% of Nu Skin Enterprises shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Unilever NV has a beta of 0.92, indicating that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nu Skin Enterprises has a beta of 1.56, indicating that its stock price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Nu Skin Enterprises beats Unilever NV on 8 of the 15 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.

Nu Skin Enterprises Company Profile

Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. is a direct selling company that develops and distributes personal care products and nutritional supplements, and a range of other products and services. The Company offers anti-aging personal care products and nutritional supplements under its Nu Skin and Pharmanex brands. The Nu Skin brand offers a range of products, including ageLOC Me customized skin care system, ageLOC Spa systems and ageLOC Transformation anti-aging skin care system. The Pharmanex product line includes ageLOC Youth nutritional supplement, ageLOC TR90 weight management and body shaping system, and LifePak nutritional supplements. The Company has operations in various geographic regions, including Greater China, North Asia, Americas, South Asia/Pacific, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). It is focused on offering ageLOC Youth nutritional supplement and ageLOC Me personalized skin care system. The Company also offers household products and technology services.

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