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|Bid||53.30 x 3100|
|Ask||58.73 x 800|
|Day's Range||58.63 - 59.19|
|52 Week Range||52.08 - 59.33|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.43|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||23.25|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.77 (3.03%)|
|1y Target Est||60.00|
Unilever announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire OLLY Nutrition, a premium U.S.-based wellbeing business in the vitamins, minerals, and supplements (VMS) category. Based in San Francisco, California (U.S.), OLLY Nutrition was co-founded in 2014 by Eric Ryan, who also previously co-founded home and personal care products company method®. Established as a B Corp, OLLY Nutrition’s mission is to make nutrition delightfully easy as it believes good health is the foundation of happiness.
Europe’s biggest consumer goods companies have reported a better than expected start to the year, with Nestlé setting the pace for sales growth ahead of Unilever and Danone. Nestlé’s pet food and baby formula businesses have picked up steam, while Unilever is benefiting from better sales of its household and personal care brands such as Dove soaps. Unilever’s shares rose as much as 3.3 per cent on Thursday, amid a slight fall for the FTSE 100, while Nestlé was up about 1 per cent at midday.
Nestle SA and Unilever both have the same problem. Nestle has an activist investor lurking in the background, while Unilever is at risk of becoming a target for one. Thursday’s financial statements suggest that Nestle SA is on a firmer footing than Unilever.
Consumer goods group Unilever is on track to meet its performance goals this year after strong sales in emerging markets led to a better-than-expected start to 2019. The maker of Dove soap and Ben & Jerry's ice cream said on Thursday it still expects underlying sales growth in the lower half of a 3 to 5 percent range this year. Emerging markets, where Unilever generates 58 percent of its sales, grew 5 percent in the quarter, offsetting a mere 0.3 percent gain in developed markets, which were hurt by economic uncertainty and intense price competition in Europe, particularly in Germany and France.
In a trading world where investors seek the latest technology or the newest trend, personal products stocks tend to receive less attention. As an older industry which mostly produces commoditized products, investment interest in this sector tends to revolve around preserving existing wealth or generating dividend income. * 7 Stocks to Buy for Spring Season Growth Despite the perception, these firms may receive more attention as they innovate on product development or marketing. Also, a growing presence in emerging markets has also bolstered these consumer staples stocks. Although many personal products stocks could bring opportunity, these three appear especially well-positioned to profit investors:InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Herbalife (HLF)Source: Aybek Erkinov via FlickrOne can argue that Herbalife (NYSE:HLF) has become better-known for hedge fund interest than what the firm produces. However, with Carl Icahn finally winning on his long bet against short-seller Bill Ackman, traders can evaluate HLF stock on sales and profit growth.The Cayman Islands-based nutrition company makes products for nutrition, energy, sports and fitness. However, its weight management segment drives more than 50% of its revenue. Though weight management encompasses multiple products, the division centers on its original product, protein shake. This Formula 1 shake is a soy-based product marketed as a "meal replacement." The company sells its product directly to the public via multi-level marketing.Unlike most personal products stocks, HLF acts as more of a growth equity. While it does not pay a dividend, it has begun to post improving growth numbers. After stagnating in the middle of the decade, revenues again started to increase in 2018. Revenue growth seems to have returned as Wall Street predicts a 6.1% increase for this year and 6.6% growth in 2020.As a result, profit increases have returned to double-digit levels, with earnings rising by 10.1% this year. This takes the forward P/E ratio to just under 14.4.HLF stock can rise, the question is how much? Herbalife currently trades at almost $53 per share. The one point of concern is it appears to have become stuck in a range. Since last August, it has twice pulled back from the low $60s per share level. I think the improving profit outlook can at least take it back to that level. However, it will need to break out of this range to sustain a longer-term upward trend. Nu Skin Enterprises (NUS)Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE:NUS) is a multilevel marketing company who produces and sells both dietary supplements and personal care products. They market under the Nu Skin and Pharmanex brand names.The Provo, Utah-based firm operates in about 50 markets worldwide. According to the company's 10-K, they derive about 88% of their revenue from outside the U.S. Its largest market, mainland China, accounts for around 33% of that revenue.Like most personal products stocks, NUS stock pays a dividend. The current annual payout of $1.48 per share has increased every year since 2001. For new shareholders, it also yields around 2.9%, well above S&P 500 averages.A falling stock price may explain the relatively high yield. Over the last six months, the equity has lost over 40% of its value. This decline stems from its significant presence in China and investigations. Chinese authorities allege firms such as Nu Skin engaged in the unlawful promotion of health and wellness products. In early January, China instituted a 100-day ban on business meetings.The uncertainty surrounding this probe has hammered NUS stock. Consequently, investors may have a buying opportunity. NUS stock now trades at a forward P/E ratio of 11.6. Equities forecasted to increase profits by an average of 11.35% per year over the next five years rarely trade at such a low multiple. * 10 S&P 500 Stocks to Weather the Earnings Storm The tenuous situation in China adds to the risk of NUS stock. For this reason, it might make sense to wait or to buy only for the dividend. However, I think once the current crackdown ends, investors will hold a low-priced, high-growth stock with a generous payout. Unilever (UL, UN)Investors often confuse the stocks of London-based Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL) and Unilever N.V. (NYSE:UN) based in the Netherlands. Despite the legal separation, both are Unilever. It maintains this dual headquarters arrangement and two tickers for a variety of reasons. Still, while UN faces higher dividend taxes, UL and UN remain almost identical for purposes of U.S. traders.Unilever owns a wide variety of consumer brands including Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Lipton Tea, Dove soap, and Axe skin products. In 2018, it derived about 60% of its revenue from personal products. The remainder came from packaged food-type products. It has undergone cost-cutting initiatives over the last few years and has aggressively moved into emerging markets.Over the long-term, UL and UN stock have generally risen, though it has stagnated over the last year. As of this writing, UN trades at about $57.50 per share, near its 52-week high. Still, both tickers support a forward P/E of about 20. Also, analysts expect an average 9.3% per year increase in profits over the next five years.For this reason, most of the benefit of owning UL and UN stock comes from the dividend. Since the company pays in pounds and euro, payouts may fluctuate. However, the stocks currently yield about 3.05%. Dividends also rise annually, at least when measured in the currency of their respective countries.Unilever may trade at a somewhat higher multiple compared to other personal products stocks. However, with its growing presence in emerging markets, both UN and UL stock can become a profitable growth and income play.As of this writing, Will Healy did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned stocks. You can follow Will on Twitter at @HealyWriting. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks to Buy for Spring Season Growth * This Is How You Beat Back a Bear Market * 7 Dental Stocks to Buy That Will Make You Smile Compare Brokers The post 3 Personal Products Stocks to Revitalize Your Portfolio appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Bill Nygren (Trades, Portfolio), portfolio manager of the Oakmark Fund, started two positions and exited five in the first quarter, he said ahead of Securities and Exchange Commission deadlines for portfolio disclosure. Warning! GuruFocus has detected 3 Warning Sign with STZ. In a first-quarter letter released last week, Nygren discussed purchases of Constellation Brands (STZ) and S&P Global Inc. (SPGI).
Unilever is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of Ben & Jerry’s Coconut Seven Layer Bar bulk and Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey pints, which may inadvertently contain tree nuts including almonds, Brazil nuts, and hazelnuts that are not declared in the ingredient list or allergy information list. Persons who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to these undeclared tree nuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the recalled products. The affected Ben & Jerry’s Coconut Seven Layer Bar bulk product is sold in a tub containing 2.4 gallons with a Consumer UPC of 076840104246 and best by date of SEP1520BJ4.
Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever PLC will be taking its first step in the U.S. hemp market in September, when its subsidiary brand Schmidt’s Naturals launches a line of hemp-oil deodorants that will be available at certain retailers.
Estee Lauder (EL) is at a 52-week high, but can investors hope for more gains in the future? We take a look at the company's fundamentals for clues.
Unilever said on Friday it had agreed to buy Procter & Gamble's Fluocaril and Parogencyl toothpaste brands for an undisclosed price, expanding its presence in oral care. The brands are sold primarily in ...
At the Walmart Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting today, Unilever North America President Amanda Sourry announced plans to accelerate and expand the company’s plastics commitments in North America. The three-part plan provides better choices for plastic packaging, adds clear recycling instructions on pack, and launches a shopper education program in partnership with Walmart. “We know that the response from the consumer goods industry is critical in determining the speed that positive change takes place around plastic packaging, and using less, better, or no plastics is a priority at Unilever,” said Sourry.
Unilever PLC will be taking its first step in the U.S. hemp market in September, when its subsidiary brand Schmidt's Naturals launches a line of hemp-oil deodorants that will be available at certain retailers. That line will be followed later in the fall by a range of CBD products, according to Schmidt's Naturals CEO, Michael Cammarata. CBD, a non-intoxicating ingredient in the cannabis and hemp plant, has come under the purview of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, who do not allow it to be added to food, beverages or cosmetics, for now. The FDA has promised to hold talks this month on regulation of CBD, which it views as a drug because it's included in the only cannabis-based drug that has won FDA approval as a treatment for severe forms of childhood epilepsy. "We are working with our supply chain to ensure that we comply with FDA and state rules," Cammarata told MarketWatch. Schmidt's Naturals has been working on a CBD line for a year and a half, he said and is looking to ensure a consistent, high-quality supply of the ingredient. U.S.-listed shares of Unilever were down 0.5% Tuesday, but have gained about 8% in 2019, while the S&P 500 has gained 15%.
Esports content and tournament provider ELEAGUE has teamed up with AXE men's grooming brand, betting that young men sweating through video game competitions could be a natural audience for marketing that suggests AXE products boost men's desirability. The Unilever NV brand will become the Official Personal Care Partner of ELEAGUE, a partnership between the global sports and entertainment talent agency IMG and Turner Sports, a division of AT&T's WarnerMedia. ELEAGUE will work with AXE on marketing initiatives across television, digital and social media as well as on-site during gaming competitions.
Unilever N.V. (UN) is looking like an interesting pick from a technical perspective, as the company is seeing favorable trends on the moving average crossover front.
P&G (PG) gains from initiatives to improve product, packaging & marketing efforts, and productivity & cost-saving plans. However, strained margins and currency headwinds remain concerns.
Church & Dwight (CHD) flaunts an impressive sales trend, owing to the strong Consumer International unit, focus on acquisitions and brand enhancement initiatives. However, margin woes remain.
Unilever, one of the world's biggest advertisers, will pick a network of "trusted publishers" with which to spend most of its marketing budget, in its latest attempt to improve the effectiveness of its digital advertising. The company declined to say which digital publishers would be included. "We're first of all going out with our approach and then we'll engage with publishers," Keith Weed, Unilever's soon-to-retire chief marketing officer told Reuters in an interview.
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.