|Bid||0.00 x 1000|
|Ask||0.00 x 900|
|Day's Range||61.55 - 62.05|
|52 Week Range||44.06 - 63.89|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||0.32|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||24.36|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.88 (3.05%)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||Aug 06, 2020|
|1y Target Est||68.00|
Increased demand for antibacterial soaps and home hygiene products helped Lifebuoy and Cif owner (ULVR) post strong third-quarter sales ahead of analyst expectations. Like all consumer goods companies relying on sales, in part, from customers visiting stores and malls, Unilever has been hit hard by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The food and beauty multinational behind Magnum Ice-cream and Axe deodorant posted underlying sales growth of 4.4% ahead of the 1.3% analysts’ consensus supplied by Unilever.
Unilever PLC (NYSE: UL) reported a 4.4% underlying sales growth in the third quarter of 2020 on Wednesday. Sales grew 5.3% year-over-year in the emerging markets and 3.1% YoY in developed markets.The FMCG company also announced a €0.4104 quarterly dividend to shareholders, payable in November.Key Highlights for Q3 2020: Unilever reported €12.9 billion in quarterly revenue, 2.4% lower YoY. The cumulative revenues for the first three quarters of 2020 decreased by 1.8% YoY to €38.6 billion.Online sales surged 76% during the quarter. Food for home consumption and hygiene products recorded heightened growth levels. Other segments like food services, skincare, and deodorants recorded an overall YoY decline but improved sequentially.Home Care segment's underlying sales volume grew 8.5% but had a negative pricing impact of -1.6%.During the quarter, the company launched two new products in China, Domestos and Comfort fragrance boosters.The fabric solution product, Omo laundry liquid was a key sales driver in the Latin American markets.View more earnings on ULUnderlying sales from Food and Refreshments products gained 3.7% with equal growth of 1.8% in volume and price. Due to lockdown restrictions, many of the food services channels remained closed, leading to a 20% drop in sales.Beauty Care and Personal Care products volume grew by 3.5% and price showed a marginal growth of 0.4%. Analyst estimates: Based on data collected between Sept 21 and Oct 2, analysts estimate Q4 turnover of approximately €12.1 billion at a 2.2% underlying sales growth. Full-year 2020 and 2021 sales forecast is pegged close to €50.57 billion and €51.5 billion respectively.Analysts anticipate the full year 2020 operating margin of 19.1% and 2021 operating margin of 19.3%.Underlying EPS estimates of €2.49 for 2020, and €2.59 for 2021.Price Action: UL shares closed 0.02% lower to $61.58 Wednesday.Photo Courtesy: WikimediaSee more from Benzinga * Options Trades For This Crazy Market: Get Benzinga Options to Follow High-Conviction Trade Ideas * Facebook, Twitter, YouTube Make Peace With Advertisers Over Harmful Content: FT(C) 2020 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.
Unilever could sell some small beauty and personal care brands as it looks to pivot its portfolio toward faster-growth areas, its chief financial officer said on Thursday. The Anglo-Dutch consumer goods group has completed about 36 acquisitions and a dozen disposals since 2015, CFO Graeme Pitkethly told analysts, with many of the disposals on the food side of the business. Looking forward, however, the balance could shift towards disposals, including in its beauty and personal care business, Pitkethly said after the company reported a stronger than expected return to sales growth in the third quarter.