Unilever PLC is one of the largest consumer goods firms in the world. The company sells primarily food, personal care, and home care products. The foods segmen provides soups, snacks, mayonnaise, and margarine. Home care segment offers laundry liquids and capsules, soap, and a multitude of cleaning products. The global firm was founded in 1885 and is headquartered in London. It trades as an ADR on the New York Stock Exchange.
Unilever has maintained a three-year growth rate of dividends of 2.5 percent. Unilever currently ranks 2nd in dividend yield within the large cap consumer good, food major diversified category. The quarterly dividend for the June payment will be $0.3828 versus the prior year rate of $0.3439 per share. Unilever is not a member of our Top 100 Dividend Stocks. (see below).
The dividend will be paid at the new higher rate on June 7, 2017, to shareholders of record at close of business on May 5, 2017. Unilever PLC is currently priced at $54.55. Listed in the table below are the quarterly dividend payments since 2010.
|Date||Quarterly Dividend British Pound||Quarterly Dividend U.S. Dollar|
Analysis of Unilever is based upon our five key criteria for the Top 100 list, which include;
|Dividend Growth (3-7 year avg)||4||443|
|S&P Financial Rating||A+||203|
|% Yield||3 Year Div. Growth Rate||7 Year Div. Growth Rate||SPS 2017||P/S Ratio||10 yr P/S Low||10 yr P/S High||5 yr low Yield %||5 yr max Yield %|
- Unilever maintains an investment grade rating of A+.
- Unilever has paid out a dividend consecutively for the past 13 years.
- Unilever’s dividend yield is above that of the S&P 500 Index.
- Unilever maintains a beta of 0.95, lower than the average company.
- Unilever’s current dividend yield (2.93%) is below its five-year average historical dividend yield.
- Unilever is trading at the top of its ten-year average price/sales (P/S) ratio.
- Unilever is trading at a price/earnings ratio over 20.
|Earnings per Share||1.92||1.88||2.17||2.18||2.04|
|Earnings per Share 2017 (projected)||2.05|
Based on the firm’s below average dividend yield and elevated price/sales ratio, Unilever PLC does not qualify as one of our Top 100 Dividend Stocks.
Chart Explanation: Dividend growth stocks may be viewed undervalued when the current yield is above historical readings for the past 5 years.