Nu Skin Enterprises (NUS) versus Unilever PLC (UL) Critical Survey
Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE: NUS) and Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL) are both mid-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.
Nu Skin Enterprises pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Unilever PLC pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Nu Skin Enterprises pays out 48.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Nu Skin Enterprises has raised its dividend for 16 consecutive years.
Risk & Volatility
Nu Skin Enterprises has a beta of 1.31, meaning that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Unilever PLC has a beta of 0.88, meaning that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Nu Skin Enterprises and Unilever PLC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Nu Skin Enterprises||7.53%||24.14%||11.26%|
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Nu Skin Enterprises and Unilever PLC’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Nu Skin Enterprises||$2.18 billion||1.47||$358.52 million||$2.95||20.54|
|Unilever PLC||$62.97 billion||2.54||$11.26 billion||N/A||N/A|
Unilever PLC has higher revenue and earnings than Nu Skin Enterprises.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
85.3% of Nu Skin Enterprises shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.4% of Unilever PLC shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.2% of Nu Skin Enterprises shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Unilever PLC shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of current ratings for Nu Skin Enterprises and Unilever PLC, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Nu Skin Enterprises||2||2||3||0||2.14|
Nu Skin Enterprises currently has a consensus target price of $61.86, indicating a potential upside of 2.09%. Unilever PLC has a consensus target price of $26.00, indicating a potential downside of 54.29%. Given Nu Skin Enterprises’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Nu Skin Enterprises is more favorable than Unilever PLC.
Nu Skin Enterprises beats Unilever PLC on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Nu Skin Enterprises
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.
About Unilever PLC
Unilever PLC 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.
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