Analysis – Unilever PLC Increases Dividend by 11%

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Unilever PLC announced a regular quarterly dividend of $0.3648, an 11 percent increase from the prior rate of $0.3296 per share. The dividend will be paid at the new higher rate in June 2016, to shareholders of record at close of business on April 29, 2016. Unilever PLC is a member of the Top 100 dividend growth candidates.

Date Quarterly Dividend
5/9/2016 0.3648
2/3/2016 0.33
10/28/2015 0.344
8/5/2015 0.328
4/22/2015 0.319
2/4/2015 0.325
11/5/2014 0.364
8/6/2014 0.384
5/7/2014 0.394
2/5/2014 0.365
11/6/2013 0.368
8/7/2013 0.354
5/8/2013 0.349
2/6/2013 0.324
11/7/2012 0.316
8/8/2012 0.294
5/9/2012 0.32
2/15/2012 0.297
11/8/2011 0.307
8/10/2011 0.319
5/11/2011 0.329
2/9/2011 0.286
11/9/2010 0.292
8/11/2010 0.275
5/12/2010 0.279
2/10/2010 0.272

Analysis of Valuation of Unilever PLC (Symbol UL).

Unilever is trading above its average price/sale (P/S) range.  Unilever is trading below its average historical dividend yield. 

Price 4/20/16 % Yield 5 Year Div. Growth Rate  SPS    2016 P/S Ratio 10 yr P/S  Low 10 yr P/S  High 5 yr max Yield % 5 yr lowest Yield %
$45.99 3.17% 3.5% 21.3 2.16 0.83 2.22 3.98% 2.90%

Unilever PLC Dividend Yield Chart (Click to enlarge)

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Explanation:  Dividend growth stocks may be valued upon historical relative price/sales and current yield analysis. Dividend stocks trading at a low historical price/sales (P/S) ratio should be viewed more highly to investors due to their depressed valuation versus other higher P/S ratio stocks.  Max P/S price target is based upon company reaching its highest historical P/S ratio.  Dividend stocks should also be viewed favorably when the current yield is above historical readings for the past 10 years.  Further information on evaluating dividend growth candidates can be found at http://seekingalpha.com/author/timothy-mcintosh/articles

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