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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 9/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt No Debt
UL's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
99% of the 1494 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 0.48 vs. UL: No Debt )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
UL' s Cash to Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.11  Med: 0.25 Max: No Debt
Current: No Debt
Equity to Asset 0.30
UL's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
80% of the 1460 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 0.52 vs. UL: 0.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
UL' s Equity to Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.14  Med: 0.28 Max: 0.47
Current: 0.3
0.14
0.47
Interest Coverage 14.57
UL's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
53% of the 1032 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 17.01 vs. UL: 14.57 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
UL' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 7.36  Med: 12.41 Max: 9999.99
Current: 14.57
7.36
9999.99
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 3.45
WACC vs ROIC
8.54%
31.17%
WACC
ROIC
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 7/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 14.11
UL's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 1488 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 4.78 vs. UL: 14.11 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
UL' s Operating margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 12.61  Med: 13.64 Max: 16.48
Current: 14.11
12.61
16.48
Net-margin (%) 9.21
UL's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 1492 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 3.06 vs. UL: 9.21 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
UL' s Net-margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 8.46  Med: 9.67 Max: 11.97
Current: 9.21
8.46
11.97
ROE (%) 32.32
UL's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
92% of the 1464 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 6.51 vs. UL: 32.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
UL' s ROE (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 29.47  Med: 34.04 Max: 55.86
Current: 32.32
29.47
55.86
ROA (%) 9.32
UL's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 1523 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 3.17 vs. UL: 9.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
UL' s ROA (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.38  Med: 10.72 Max: 18.21
Current: 9.32
9.38
18.21
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 104.89
UL's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 1510 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 11.56 vs. UL: 104.89 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
UL' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 77.71  Med: 84.45 Max: 163.15
Current: 104.89
77.71
163.15
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -0.60
UL's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
65% of the 1293 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 3.20 vs. UL: -0.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
UL' s Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 2.40 Max: 11.6
Current: -0.6
0
11.6
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -1.20
UL's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
59% of the 1096 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 2.90 vs. UL: -1.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
UL' s EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 2.20 Max: 26
Current: -1.2
0
26
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 4.60
UL's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
52% of the 1001 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 3.40 vs. UL: 4.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
UL' s EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 5.85 Max: 42.2
Current: 4.6
0
42.2
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Guru Trades

Q1 2015

UL Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Tom Gayner 1,461,000 sh (+3.84%)
Jeremy Grantham 302,016 sh (unchged)
Bill Nygren 5,613,000 sh (unchged)
Charles Brandes Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
Tweedy Browne 284,937 sh (-0.36%)
Joel Greenblatt 110,933 sh (-0.37%)
Mario Gabelli 161,715 sh (-1.97%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 8,269,562 sh (-7.18%)
Dodge & Cox 403,058 sh (-12.57%)
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Q2 2015

UL Guru Trades in Q2 2015

Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 10,881,284 sh (+31.58%)
Tom Gayner 1,472,000 sh (+0.75%)
Bill Nygren 5,613,000 sh (unchged)
Jeremy Grantham 302,016 sh (unchged)
Tweedy Browne 284,937 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt 105,957 sh (-4.49%)
Mario Gabelli 151,015 sh (-6.62%)
Dodge & Cox 200,291 sh (-50.31%)
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Q3 2015

UL Guru Trades in Q3 2015

Jim Simons 334,080 sh (New)
Tom Gayner 1,497,000 sh (+1.70%)
Bill Nygren 5,613,000 sh (unchged)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 10,881,284 sh (unchged)
Tweedy Browne 284,532 sh (-0.14%)
Mario Gabelli 145,315 sh (-3.77%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 9,461,269 sh (-13.05%)
Dodge & Cox 142,406 sh (-28.90%)
Joel Greenblatt 66,399 sh (-37.33%)
Jeremy Grantham 52,588 sh (-82.59%)
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Q4 2015

UL Guru Trades in Q4 2015

Mario Gabelli 144,715 sh (-0.41%)
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Guru Investment Theses on Unilever PLC

Brandes Investment Trust Comments on Unilever - Jan 06, 2016

One of the world’s largest consumer product companies, Unilever (NYSE:UL) maintains a leadership position in many food, household and personal care categories. We initially purchased the shares when many questioned the company’s ability to sustain revenue growth. Despite market concerns, we saw a solid business in Unilever that generated strong free cash flow while trading at a discount to our estimate of its intrinsic value. Recently, the market started to show some appreciation for Unilever’s strengths and potential for operating-margin improvement, driving its shares to trade at high multiples of earnings compared to levels seen over the past decade. We exited our position when the shares rose toward our estimate of their true worth,.



From the Brandes Global Equity Income Fund letter for the year ended Sept. 30, 2015.



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One of the world’s largest consumer product companies, Unilever (NYSE:UL) maintains a leadership position in many food, household and personal care categories. We initially purchased the shares when many questioned the company’s ability to sustain revenue growth. Despite market concerns, we saw a solid business in Unilever that generated strong free cash flow while trading at a discount to our estimate of its intrinsic value. Recently, the market started to show some appreciation for Unilever’s strengths and potential for operating-margin improvement, driving its shares to trade at high multiples of earnings compared to levels seen over the past decade. We exited our position when the shares rose toward our estimate of their true worth,. Read more...
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Ratios

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industry
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P/E(ttm) 21.42
UL's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
51% of the 1682 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 21.32 vs. UL: 21.42 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
UL' s P/E(ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 12.47  Med: 17.16 Max: 23.49
Current: 21.42
12.47
23.49
Forward P/E 18.52
UL's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
98% of the 763 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 16.56 vs. UL: 18.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 21.42
UL's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
50% of the 1264 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 21.20 vs. UL: 21.42 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
UL' s PE(NRI) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 13.31  Med: 18.27 Max: 23.49
Current: 21.42
13.31
23.49
P/B 7.62
UL's P/B is ranked lower than
97% of the 1935 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 1.76 vs. UL: 7.62 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
UL' s P/B Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.1  Med: 5.87 Max: 8.67
Current: 7.62
4.1
8.67
P/S 2.28
UL's P/S is ranked higher than
86% of the 1935 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 0.88 vs. UL: 2.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
UL' s P/S Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.26  Med: 1.64 Max: 2.42
Current: 2.28
1.26
2.42
POCF 19.89
UL's POCF is ranked lower than
67% of the 1475 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 13.93 vs. UL: 19.89 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
UL' s POCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.44  Med: 14.07 Max: 20.39
Current: 19.89
9.44
20.39
EV-to-EBIT 14.14
UL's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
60% of the 1797 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 16.13 vs. UL: 14.14 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
UL' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 10.4  Med: 13.00 Max: 16
Current: 14.14
10.4
16
EV-to-EBITDA 14.14
UL's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
55% of the 1864 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 12.62 vs. UL: 14.14 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
UL' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 8.9  Med: 11.00 Max: 15.7
Current: 14.14
8.9
15.7
PEG 10.95
UL's PEG is ranked lower than
86% of the 519 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 2.35 vs. UL: 10.95 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
UL' s PEG Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.31  Med: 8.88 Max: 36.45
Current: 10.95
0.31
36.45
Shiller P/E 24.47
UL's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
53% of the 330 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 25.73 vs. UL: 24.47 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
UL' s Shiller P/E Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 18.36  Med: 23.11 Max: 28.61
Current: 24.47
18.36
28.61
Current Ratio 0.68
UL's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
91% of the 1477 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 1.59 vs. UL: 0.68 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
UL' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.62  Med: 0.79 Max: 2.04
Current: 0.68
0.62
2.04
Quick Ratio 0.47
UL's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
86% of the 1476 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 1.04 vs. UL: 0.47 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
UL' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.41  Med: 0.54 Max: 1.51
Current: 0.47
0.41
1.51
Days Sales Outstanding 34.66
UL's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
56% of the 1084 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 39.44 vs. UL: 34.66 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
UL' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 20.95  Med: 31.43 Max: 37.9
Current: 34.66
20.95
37.9

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 3.05
UL's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
70% of the 1756 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 2.04 vs. UL: 3.05 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
UL' s Dividend Yield Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.7  Med: 3.56 Max: 8.59
Current: 3.05
2.7
8.59
Dividend Payout 0.68
UL's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
96% of the 1012 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 0.40 vs. UL: 0.68 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
UL' s Dividend Payout Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.09  Med: 0.71 Max: 14.24
Current: 0.68
0.09
14.24
Dividend Growth (3y) 3.10
UL's Dividend Growth (3y) is ranked higher than
51% of the 642 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 2.80 vs. UL: 3.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Growth (3y) only.
UL' s Dividend Growth (3y) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 8.25 Max: 243.7
Current: 3.1
0
243.7
Forward Dividend Yield 3.04
UL's Forward Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
69% of the 1511 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 2.11 vs. UL: 3.04 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Dividend Yield only.
N/A
Yield on cost (5-Year) 4.31
UL's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
74% of the 1768 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 2.47 vs. UL: 4.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
UL' s Yield on cost (5-Year) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.84  Med: 5.06 Max: 12.22
Current: 4.31
3.84
12.22
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio 0.30
UL's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
81% of the 762 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: -1.20 vs. UL: 0.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
UL' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -0.3  Med: 0.55 Max: 4.1
Current: 0.3
-0.3
4.1

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Projected FCF 1.94
UL's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
63% of the 1069 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 1.67 vs. UL: 1.94 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
UL' s Price/Projected FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.83  Med: 1.75 Max: 4.63
Current: 1.94
0.83
4.63
Price/Median PS Value 1.32
UL's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
64% of the 1889 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 1.06 vs. UL: 1.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
UL' s Price/Median PS Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.35  Med: 0.91 Max: 1.35
Current: 1.32
0.35
1.35
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 7.08
UL's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
64% of the 1483 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 4.90 vs. UL: 7.08 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
UL' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 6.2  Med: 7.70 Max: 9.6
Current: 7.08
6.2
9.6
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 5.23
UL's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
55% of the 692 Companies
in the Global Household & Personal Products industry.

( Industry Median: 3.78 vs. UL: 5.23 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
UL' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -2.1  Med: 3.10 Max: 50.8
Current: 5.23
-2.1
50.8

More Statistics

Revenue(Mil) $57904
EPS $ 1.95
Beta0.85
Short Percentage of Float0.15%
52-Week Range $38.60 - 46.19
Shares Outstanding(Mil)3024.88

Analyst Estimate

Dec15 Dec16 Dec17 Dec18
Revenue(Mil) 57,866 59,491 62,728 66,013
EPS($) 2.01 2.13 2.28 2.47
EPS without NRI($) 2.01 2.13 2.28 2.47

Business Description

Industry: Consumer Packaged Goods » Household & Personal Products
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Traded in other countries:UN.Argentina, UNVB.Germany, ULN.Mexico, ULVR.UK, UNLYF.USA,
Unilever PLC was incorporated in the United Kingdom on 21st June, 1894. The Company is a supplier of fast moving consumer goods. Its four principal areas of operations are: Personal Care, Home Care, Foods and Refreshment. Personal Care including sales of skin care and hair care products, deodorants and oral care products. Home Care including sales of home care products, such as laundry tablets, powders and liquids, soap bars and a wide range of cleaning products. Foods including sales of soups, bouillons, sauces, snacks, mayonnaise, salad dressings, margarines and spreads, and cooking products such as liquid margarines. Refreshment including sales of ice cream, tea-based beverages, weight-management products, and nutritionally enhanced staples sold in developing markets. Its top brands are Dove, Knorr, Lipton, Rexona, Pureit and Comfort One Rinse. It has operations in Asia, Africa, The Americas, Central & Eastern Europe, and Western Europe.
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