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Wed, Aug. 10, 1:26 PM
- Target (TGT +0.6%) began to offer Harry's shaving products online today in a new partnership that marks the first entry by the subscription-focused Harry's into the broad retail market.
- Target will sell Harry's items at its stores beginning on August 21.
- Harry's recently acquired a German factory to help it boost production.
- The Target-Harry's shaving initiative follows the sale of upstart Dollar Shaving Club to Unilever (UL -0.3%) for a cool $1B. It also arrives amid a rocky relationship between Target and Gillette owner Procter & Gamble (PG +0.2%).
Fri, Aug. 5, 5:42 PM
Thu, Jul. 21, 6:42 AM
Thu, Jul. 21, 4:18 AM
- Helped by cost-control measures, Unilever (NYSE:UL) posted a profit rise and said it's ready for challenges ahead.
- Swatch (OTCPK:SWGAY) expects a recovery in the second half after net profit plunged 52% in H1.
- Roche (OTCQX:RHHBY) confirmed its outlook for 2016 and reported results that exceeded expectations.
- Driven by price and mix realization, SABMiller's (OTCPK:SBMRY) group net producer revenue grew 2% in Q1.
- Lufthansa (OTCQX:DLAKY) cut its full-year profit target, saying "terrorist attacks in Europe" weighed on its bookings.
- The fears also hit Easyjet (OTCQX:ESYJY), with shares under pressure after weak Q3 revenues.
Wed, Jul. 20, 8:48 AM
- Unilever (UL, UN) confirms it acquired Dollar Shave Club. The company didn't disclose the transaction price, but earlier reports pegged it at $1B which would make the deal the third largest buyout in the e-commerce space ever after Zulilly and Wayfair. The transaction is also an exclamation point on the disruption that Dollar Shave Club achieved in a consumer products category once considered nearly impenetrable.
- The innovative shaving club sends razors directly to members for as little as $1 per month. Dollar Shave Club is on track to top $200M in turnover this year and has 3.2M members.
- Earlier this week, news broke that Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) is increasing its testing of online subscriptions. It's a trend to watch for Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL), Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB), and Edgewell Personal Care (NYSE:EPC).
- Previously: Fortune: Unilever buys Dollar Shave Club for $1B (July 20)
Wed, Jul. 20, 2:25 AM
- Dollar Shave Club, the start-up that upended the men's razor blade industry with its online-only subscription service, has been acquired by Unilever (NYSE:UL).
- No financial terms were disclosed, but multiple sources told Fortune that Unilever paid $1B in cash for the business.
- Mike Dubin, Dollar Shave Club's founder and chief executive, will retain the top job at the company.
Wed, Jul. 13, 11:35 AM
- It's steady as she goes again for the group of well-known consumer staples stocks that investors continue to find appealing amid global volatility and low interest rates.
- Procter & Gamble (PG +0.2%), Colgate-Palmolive (CL +0.4%), Clorox (CLX +0.6%), Kimbery-Clark (KMB +0.3%), Coca-Cola (KO +0.2%), PepsiCo (PEP +0.7%), Altria Group (MO +0.5%), Philip Morris International (PM +0.1%), Church & Dwight (CHD +0.3%), and Unilever (UN, UL) have all outperformed the S&P 500 Index this year with returns ranging from 7% to 18%. Kraft Heinz (KHC +1%), Energizer (ENR -0.6%), Hershey (HSY +0.4%), Campbell Soup (CPB +0.3%), and J.M. Smucker (SJM +0.4%) are all up at least 20% YTD.
- Goldman Sachs has an explanation on why a generous valuation is warranted for the staples favorites.
- "We raise our average Staples target multiples to 20-22X P/E, up from the 19-20X range prior, to reflect the recent decline in 10-year yield as well as some likelihood of a slower rise in yield over the next 12 months and broader market volatility," wrote the MNST)+(NYSE:STZ)+(NYSE:PF)/11822884.html" target="_blank">analyst team covering the sector in a note to investors.
- Top consumer staples picks from GS include Monster Beverage (MNST +0.4%), Constellation Brands (STZ +0.2%), Pinnacle Foods (PF +1.2%), and Post Holdings (POST +0.5%).
- Consumer staples ETFs: XLP, VDC, FXG, RHS, FSTA, PSL, PSCC.
Mon, Jul. 11, 2:12 PM
- A bill requiring food companies to label GMO ingredients was approved by the U.S. Senate by a 63 to 30 vote and now heads to the House of Representatives.
- The negotiated bill requires food companies to label genetically modified food by a phrase, symbol on the package, or a bar code that can be scanned by smartphones.
- The Department of agriculture still has two years to write the precise labeling rules if the House approves the bill.
- The passage of the bill is seen as a positive for the food sector as the alternative of having to adhere to state-by-state rules could create operational chaos for national sellers.
- Food stocks: SENEA, SENEB, THS, OTCPK:NCRA, CPB, MDLZ, GIS, OTCPK:NSRGY, FLO, CAG, DF, SJM,DF, ANFI, JJSF, WWAV, UL, OTCQX:DANOY, OTCPK:PLATF, POST, K, PEP, DMND, PF, HAIN, KO, BETR, KHC, WILC, PPC, PF, LWAY, HRL, TSN, DTEA, SAFM, BRID.
Sun, Jul. 3, 2:50 PM
- via Barclays:
- "Although stocks in the U.S. and Europe have partially bounced back from the sharp selloff sparked by the U.K. referendum result, risks remain prevalent. [Analyst] Keith Parker foresees further equity downside alongside a prolonged market bottoming process, during which positioning is likely to turn much more defensive at active managers.
- "With this in mind, our stock screen this week highlights Overweight-rated stocks that screen defensively based on sector and equity beta but are also expected to generate superior ROE and free cash flows in FY1.
- "Our screen considers the following factors: i) Large-cap (US $5 billion+) stock in the consumer staples, utilities, telecom or healthcare sectors. ii) Adjusted beta less than 1.0. iii) Rated Overweight by Barclays equity research. iv) 15%+ ROE and 4.5%+ FCF yield expected in FY1, based on Barclays estimates."
- The stocks: Aetna (NYSE:AET), BT Group plc (NYSE:BT), Cardinal Health (NYSE:CAH), Coloplast (OTC:CLPBF, OTCPK:CLPBY), CVS (NYSE:CVS), Estee Lauder (NYSE:EL), Express Scripts (NASDAQ:ESRX), Glanbia (OTC:GLAPF, OTCPK:GLAPY), Grifols (NASDAQ:GRFS), Imperial Brands (OTCQX:IMBBY, OTCQX:ITYBF), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Ahold (OTCQX:AHONY, OTCQX:AHODF, OTCQX:AHOND), LabCorp (NYSE:LH), Perrigo (NYSE:PRGO), Telus (NYSE:TU), Unilever (UL, UN), UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH)
- See full table here.
Thu, Jun. 23, 2:48 AM
- San Francisco will have a second chance to vote on whether to tax sugar-sweetened beverages after city officials added the measure to a November ballot that could expand the hotly-debated levy deeper into the Bay Area.
- The penny-per-ounce tax proposal follows the city's legal victory last month against the soda industry, which tried to halt its effort to introduce warnings on advertisements for drinks with added sugar.
- Related stocks: KO, PEP, DPS, MNST, FIZZ, SBUX, UL, PG
Thu, Jun. 16, 3:16 AM
- Philadelphia is set to become the first major American city with a soda tax despite a multimillion-dollar campaign by the beverage industry to block it.
- The City Council is expected to give final approval today to a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on diet and regular soda, iced tea, energy drinks, juice drinks with less than 50% juice, and other sugary beverages.
- That would add $1.01 to the cost of a 2-liter soda, $0.21 to a 13.7-ounce Starbucks Frappuccino bottle and $2.16 to a 12-pack of soda.
- Related stocks: KO, PEP, DPS, MNST, FIZZ, SBUX, UL
Fri, Jun. 3, 9:56 AM
- Susquehanna sizes up the Ready-to-Drink tea market after Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) partners up with Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD) to grow the Teavana and Tazo brands.
- On a broad scale, the U.S. RTD market was $5.1B last year and showed 3% growth.
- The main players are Unilever (UN, UL) via Lipton, Arizona Beverage (private), Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) via Gold Peak, and Dr. Pepper Snapple (NYSE:DPS) via Snapple which as a group account for 70% of sales. Teavana and Tazo have almost no market share with most sales currently coming from Starbucks stores.
- The SBUX-BUD partnership will see Anheuser-Busch InBev produce the tea products at its U.S. breweries and distribute them to about 300K convenience stores and grocery chains in the U.S.
- Analyst Pablo Zuanic provided Seeking Alpha the data.
- Previously: Starbucks finds a tea partner in Anheuser-Busch InBev (June 2)
Mon, May 23, 5:57 PM
- Unilever (NYSE:UL), L'Oreal (OTCPK:LRLCF), Henkel (OTCPK:HENKY) and other companies have submitted first-round bids in an auction for hair care products maker Vogue International, which could value Vogue at $2.5B-$3B, Reuters reports.
- The bids come three years after a lawsuit hurt Vogue's effort to sell itself; buyout firm Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) acquired a 49% stake in the company last year.
- Florida-based Vogue produces OGX shampoo, which has enjoyed strong growth propelled by its colorful packaging which stands out in drugstore aisles.
Sat, May 21, 12:49 PM
- Laslzo Birinyi still sees underlying strength in the stock market, despite the myriad of economic, technical, and political fears holding back investor enthusiasm.
- In particular, the well-known investor has his eyes on AutoZone (NYSE:AZO) and builder NVR (NYSE:NVR) as "special situations" stocks.
- Kraft Heinz (NASDAQ:KHC) also makes the list due to its lack of volatility amid a volatile market which could indicate upside down the road. On that point, a quick screen of other consumer goods stocks like Kraft that have weathered the uneven read on U.S. consumer spending and global demand over the last month may tip off some other value picks.
- Here's ten consumer good stocks with a low recent volatility measurement, below average forward P/E ratio, and +2% dividend yield: DEO, UN, UL, CAJ, RMCF, KO, PEP, BUD, PM, PG, TM.
- Related ETFs: IYK, UGE, SZK.
Mon, Apr. 25, 2:21 PM
- Unilever (UN, UL) sold €1.5B ($1.7B) in bonds at rock-bottom coupon rates.
- €500M in 8-year bonds were sold with a 0.7% coupon, while €700M of 12-year bonds were priced at 1.21%. The remaining €300M in four-year notes were almost at a zero-percent rate with only a token 0.08% coupon attached.
- The ECB recently opened up its stimulus program to corporate bond buying.
- Unilever is using the funds for general corporate purposes.
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Unilever Plc is a multinational consumer goods company that provides fast moving consumer goods. Its product categories include savoury, dressings and spread; ice cream and beverages; personal care, and home care. The company's brands include Axe/Lynx, Blue Band, Dove, Becel/Flora, Heartbrand... More
Sector: Consumer Goods
Industry: Food - Major Diversified
Country: United Kingdom