e.l.f. Beauty (ELF) versus Unilever (UL) Financial Review

e.l.f. Beauty (NYSE: ELF) and Unilever (NYSE:UL) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, valuation and risk.

Dividends

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Unilever pays an annual dividend of $1.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. e.l.f. Beauty does not pay a dividend. e.l.f. Beauty has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

87.7% of e.l.f. Beauty shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 6.7% of Unilever shares are held by institutional investors. 16.5% of e.l.f. Beauty shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Unilever shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares e.l.f. Beauty and Unilever’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
e.l.f. Beauty $269.89 million 3.26 $33.47 million $0.68 27.68
Unilever $60.68 billion 1.07 $6.84 billion N/A N/A

Unilever has higher revenue and earnings than e.l.f. Beauty.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for e.l.f. Beauty and Unilever, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
e.l.f. Beauty 1 4 4 0 2.33
Unilever 2 4 0 0 1.67

e.l.f. Beauty currently has a consensus target price of $22.20, indicating a potential upside of 17.96%. Unilever has a consensus target price of $26.00, indicating a potential downside of 50.55%. Given e.l.f. Beauty’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe e.l.f. Beauty is more favorable than Unilever.

Risk and Volatility

e.l.f. Beauty has a beta of 1.68, indicating that its stock price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Unilever has a beta of 0.9, indicating that its stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares e.l.f. Beauty and Unilever’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
e.l.f. Beauty 12.40% 13.88% 5.73%
Unilever N/A N/A N/A

Summary

e.l.f. Beauty beats Unilever on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About e.l.f. Beauty

e.l.f. Beauty, Inc., formerly J.A. Cosmetics Holdings, Inc., is a cosmetic company. The Company conducts its business under the name e.l.f. Cosmetics, and offers products for eyes, lips and face to consumers through its retail customers, e.l.f. stores and e-commerce channels. The Company offers a range of products for eyes, such as eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara and eyelashes, eyebrows, concealer and primer, brushes and tools, and sets and palettes. The Company offers lipstick, lip gloss, lipliner, and lip care and brushes. The Company launches its products on elfcosmetics.com, and distribution is generally only broadened to its retail customers after it receives consumer validation online. The Company sells its products in national and international retailers (with international primarily serviced by distributors) and direct-to-consumer channels. It sells its products in retail stores in the United States across mass, drug store, food and specialty retail channels.

About Unilever

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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