Unilever NV (UN) - NYSE
  • 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)
    | Fri, Jun. 3, 9:56 AM | 9 Comments
  • 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.
    | Sat, May 21, 12:49 PM | 26 Comments
  • 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.
    • Now read Unilever: Just Keep Doing What You're Doing After Strong Q1 2016 Results 
    | Mon, Apr. 25, 2:21 PM
  • Thu, Mar. 10, 7:58 AM
    • Unilever (UN, UL) will compensate workers impacted by a mercury poisoning at a facility in Southern India over ten years ago. The settlement covers 591 workers.
    • The workers will drop a lawsuit against the company as part of the settlement.
    • Though the high-profile case has been going on for years, a recent song by an Indian rapper brought it back to the forefront with the general public.
    | Thu, Mar. 10, 7:58 AM | 1 Comment
  • Tue, Jan. 19, 12:32 PM
    • Unilever (UN, UL) should consider unloading its spreads business due to lagging performance, observes Bloomberg.
    • The company's Flora and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter brands have had a hard time keeping up with other Unilever properties given an innovation boost.
    • The top spreads executive at Unilever stepped down last month after just a year on the job, according to The Wall Street Journal.
    • Previously: Unilever posts revenue rise, warns of 'tougher' 2016 (Jan. 19 2016)
    | Tue, Jan. 19, 12:32 PM
  • Oct. 2, 2015, 11:19 AM
    • Unilever (UL, UN) announces it acquired gelato player Grom for an undisclosed amount.
    • The premium gelato seller will be run as a standalone business within Unilever.
    | Oct. 2, 2015, 11:19 AM
  • Oct. 2, 2015, 9:26 AM
    • Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) will be the number two player in non-food consumables by 2018, according to a new report from Cowen & Company.
    • The company is leveraging its powerful Prime platform to gain market share in the highly-competitive field by highlighting to consumers its advantages on pricing and delivery.
    • Amazon's gains could come at the expense of store traffic for Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), Target (NYSE:TGT), and Walgreens (NASDAQ:WBA), notes Cowen.
    • The Amazon Effect could also impact pricing in the personal care, household, pet, and baby products sectors - a wide swath of the consumer goods industry that impacts companies such as Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG), Avon Products (NYSE:AVP), Revlon (NYSE:REV), Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB), Carter's (NYSE:CRI), Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL), Ulta Salon (NASDAQ:ULTA), Unilever (UN, UL), and Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) as they negotiate deals.
    • Related ETFs: IYK, UGE, SZK
    | Oct. 2, 2015, 9:26 AM | 33 Comments
  • Jul. 23, 2015, 2:31 AM
    • Unilever (NYSE:UL): 1H15 EPS of €0.91 up 16% due to underlying sales growth, 8% positive currency impact, improved core operating margin, and impact from purchasing the estate shares.
    • Revenue up 12% to €27B driven by 10% positive currency impact, volume up by 1.1% and price up by 1.7%.
    | Jul. 23, 2015, 2:31 AM | 3 Comments
  • Jul. 20, 2015, 3:05 AM
    • Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Unilever (NYSE:UL) to help reach more Chinese shoppers, after the latter's sales in the country fell 20% in the final three months of 2014.
    • The partnership will allow Unilever to widen its distribution channels to reach rural consumers in China and use data from Alibaba's online marketing unit, Alimama, and its cloud business to advance its digital advertising strategy.
    | Jul. 20, 2015, 3:05 AM | 3 Comments
  • Jul. 13, 2015, 8:59 AM
    • Unilever (UN, UL) is searching for a new chairman, according to Sky News.
    • An announcement on a successor to Michael Treschow is expected to be made by the end of the year.
    | Jul. 13, 2015, 8:59 AM
  • Jul. 10, 2015, 9:12 AM
    | Jul. 10, 2015, 9:12 AM | 7 Comments
  • Jul. 10, 2015, 7:43 AM
    • Unilever (UN, UL) is upgraded by Jefferies to a Hold rating after being slotted previously at Underperform.
    • The bear call on Unilever didn't work out as planned for Jefferies as the consumer products company outperformed P&G and Kimberly Clark this year.
    • UL +4.32% premarket to $44.87, while the Netherlands-listed UN +5.68% to $44.10.
    | Jul. 10, 2015, 7:43 AM | 2 Comments
  • Apr. 16, 2015, 8:21 AM
    • Unilever (UN, UL) trades higher in early trading after a strong U.S. dollar helped lift Q1 results.
    • F/X swings increased Unilever's sales by 10.6% during the quarter.
    • Volume was up 0.9% and pricing improved 1.9% on broad strength across regions and products.
    • Unilever earnings release (.pdf)
    • UL +4.2% premarket.
    | Apr. 16, 2015, 8:21 AM
  • Jan. 20, 2015, 3:59 AM
    • Unilever (NYSE:UL) posted a rise in full-year profit today despite struggling in recent quarters due to a sales slump in emerging markets.
    • Full-year profit climbed 6.8% to €5.2B ($6B) despite a 2.7% fall in revenue to €48.4B, dragged down by a 20% sales decline in China in Q4.
    • "We do not plan on a significant improvement in market conditions in 2015," Chief Executive Officer Paul Polman said in the statement.
    | Jan. 20, 2015, 3:59 AM
  • Sep. 21, 2014, 4:17 AM
    • Just months before its recent C-suite shuffle, Clorox (NYSE:CLX) reportedly rebuffed a takeover offer from a rival.
    • The spurned suitor valued Clorox at a 20% premium to its trading price.
    • Logical suitors include Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD), Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG), Jarden (NYSE:JAH) and Unilever (UL, UN)
    • In 2011 activist investor Carl Icahn offered $78/share for the company. Many believe the move was designed to tease out a strategic buyer. Shares closed Friday at $90.57.
    | Sep. 21, 2014, 4:17 AM | 12 Comments
  • Jul. 11, 2014, 2:44 AM
    • After suffering a decline in sales and popularity over the past decade, Unilever (UL) has sold its Slim-Fast brand to private-equity firm Kainos Capital. The company acquired Slim-Fast for $2.3B in 2000.
    • The financial terms for the sale weren't disclosed, however Unilever will still retain a minority stake in the business.
    • The conglomerate is slowly stepping away from its core foods portfolio, and has also sold its Ragu and Bertolli pasta-sauce business for $2.2B last month.
    | Jul. 11, 2014, 2:44 AM | 2 Comments
Company Description
Unilever NV engages in the production and marketing of consumer goods in the nutrition, hygiene, and personal care categories. It operates through the following segments: Personal Care, Foods, Refreshment and Home Care. The Personal Care segment covers the sales of skin and hair care products,... More
Industry: Personal Products
Country: Netherlands