|Bid||54.05 x 1100|
|Ask||0.00 x 2200|
|Day's Range||57.46 - 58.04|
|52 Week Range||52.08 - 58.72|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.45|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||22.74|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.77 (3.03%)|
|1y Target Est||50.00|
Some of Unilever's biggest investors in the UK are planning to put renewed pressure on the consumer goods giant to abandon the idea of ditching its dual headquarters in favour of the Netherlands. The maker of products such as Dove soap and Ben & Jerry's ice cream backed down in the face of a rebellion by UK investors in October, but said in January it was still considering ditching its Anglo-Dutch structure. Many UK shareholders oppose the move that would see them forced to sell the shares.
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I didn't think it could get much worse for Kraft Heinz (NASDAQ:KHC), but it did. Standard and Poor's put the company on CreditWatch negative for failing to file its annual report with the SEC. Down went Kraft Heinz stock hitting a 52-week and all-time low. Source: Mike Mozart via FlickrInvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIf there was any doubt that KHC was in the fight of its life, yesterday's dressing down by the credit rating agency is a glaring illustration of how far it has fallen in the past 12-24 months. So, why then did I recently pen 7 Reasons Kraft Heinz Stock Is a Contrarian Buy?Because despite everything, I do believe that Kraft Heinz can be turned around -- but only if these three things are done by the end of 2019. Restore the Balance SheetCompanies that get put on CreditWatch negative are often downgraded (50% chance) within 90 days of going in the credit rating doghouse. While the optics of a $39 billion market cap getting downgraded stings, the financial implications are much worse. In the case of Kraft Heinz, it has way too much debt. As I stated in my February article about Kraft Heinz stock being a contrarian buy, the company has long-term debt of $30.9 billion and just $1.1 billion in cash. With almost no free cash flow, it's going to have to sell some of its brands to pay down debt. * 7 Financial Stocks to Invest In Today Consider this, while Kraft Heinz's long-term debt is 79% of its market cap, General Mills (NYSE:GIS) has $12.2 billion in long-term debt or 43% of its market cap. Despite making a game-changing acquisition of Blue Buffalo last year for an eye-popping $8 billion, its balance sheet is still much stronger than Kraft Heinz's. Get that down below 50% and investors will warm to Kraft Heinz stock. Fire the CEOI read a great article recently by Forbes contributor Rober Wolcott that talks about Kraft Heinz's controlling owners, 3G Capital, needing to step up to the plate and lead with courage. Walcott wrote March 15:"It's not too late for Kraft Heinz. I personally know some talented executives still with the company. Their iconic brands haven't vanished, but even icons need to continually earn relevance.…To return to growth, Kraft Heinz must turn their cost obsession into prudence and recognize that long-term prosperity requires long-term investment."Easier said than done. Once a cost cutter, always a cost cutter. However, if it doesn't want to lose investors completely, it's got to reverse course immediately. The best way to do that is to fire existing CEO Bernardo Hees, a 3G lieutenant, and replace him with someone who's got a long history of product innovation and rarely if ever worked for a cost cutter.As former Unilever (NYSE:UN) CEO Paul Polman said in 2017:"Any CEO can decide to think long term. I think it is courageous leadership that is missing."Wolcott's right. Kraft Heinz is missing courageous leadership. It needs that now more than ever. Focus on Power BrandsProcter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) did it. Diageo (NYSE:DEO) did. Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) has always done it. So, there's no doubt that Kraft Heinz can do it. With a little leadership, of course. First, I would identify the top brands by revenues and operating profits. There's no point putting money and effort into a brand that's only got $200 million in sales and is barely profitable. On the other hand, a brand with the same amount of revenue, but good growth prospects and higher operating profits, is worth keeping.Secondly, I wouldn't hesitate to sell both the Kraft and Heinz brands if the writing is on the wall. That said, I doubt either brand is ready for the trash bin. But don't be afraid to make the big decisions even if it means giving up part of your history. Third, I would pour more money into Springboard, Kraft Heinz's platform for growth. 3G Capital are private equity investors. They, more than most, should understand the idea of making an acquisition that becomes the foundational piece of a new growth platform. Little investments can grow into big ones over time. Think 10-20 years down the road and innovation becomes an everyday thought. The Bottom Line on Kraft Heinz StockWarren Buffett, who I respect immensely, has fallen down on the job when it comes to Kraft Heinz. Not so much because of the losses his company's taken as a result of Kraft Heinz's deteriorating business, but because he's failed to push for change when change is so obviously needed. * Top 7 Service Sector Stocks That Will Pay You to Own Them He's a loyal person so that might be tough but if Kraft Heinz doesn't do all of the above -- and soon -- it's long-term health is very much in question. At the time of this writing Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Financial Stocks to Invest In Today * 7 Single-Digit P/E Stocks With Massive Upside * 5 Chip Stocks on the Rise Compare Brokers The post Kraft Heinz Needs to Do These 3 Things Right Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Colgate (CL) increases quarterly dividend from 42 cents per share to 43 cents. The company is also progressing well with the Global Growth and Efficiency Program.
Procter & Gamble (PG) gains from its solid focus on product improvement, packaging and marketing initiatives, and productivity and cost-savings plan.
For years, Procter & Gamble Co. has been adding more blades to its Gillette razors. The small firm’s shaving products are designed for men with coarse or curly hair, like many people of color. It is a market that P&G and other consumer-products conglomerates are pursuing by acquiring black-owned brands, many of which have loyal followings for their niche products.
Unilever N.V. and Unilever PLC announced that each filed today, March 11, 2019, its Annual Report on Form 20-F, for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
U.S. stocks were mixed amid conflicting economic data, weak guidance from some major corporations and escalating geopolitical concerns.
Formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, CDP took a double-barreled approach in ranking the 16 largest consumer companies on measures including exposure to emissions, use of water and climate governance. It assumed that businesses will need to adjust to the effects of a warming world for the sake of the bottom line and to make a compelling case to increasingly concerned consumers.
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LONDON (Reuters) - Unilever has acquired British snack brand Graze for an undisclosed price, boosting the group's presence in food, it said on Tuesday. The deal price was not disclosed. (Reporting by Martinne ...
While the Facebook (FB) earnings are getting most of the attention today on Wall Street, it would be a lot easier to live without your friends' data feed on the social media giant than it would be to go without washing your hair, cleaning your home or even having dessert. Warning! GuruFocus has detected 1 Warning Sign with FB. Unilever's new CEO, Alan Jope, said that he expects market conditions "to remain challenging" in the coming year, and that sales will grow at the lower end of the target range.
Unilever is stockpiling ice creams in Britain and deodorants in continental Europe to guard against potential supply disruptions in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The Anglo-Dutch consumer giant, which is the world's largest ice cream seller, makes British favorites like Magnum bars in Italy and Germany and is building up a few weeks of extra inventory in Britain in case of any border delays.
Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer sits down with Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit and co-founder & managing partner of Initialized Capital. In a wide-ranging interview, Ohanian discusses the role of race in his marriage with tennis great Serena Williams and raising a mixed-raced daughter in America. He expressed his concern about tech regulation and shared his thoughts on the state of cryptocurrencies and what's next for the volatile crypto market. Ohanian talked about his partnership with Dove Men+Care as well as his support for paternity leave in the U.S. Ohanian also weighed in on the 2020 presidential race, sharing his thoughts on a possibility overlooked candidate, Tulsi Gabbard.