Unilever PLC

Unilever PLC

Unilever PLC

Overview
Date Founded

1894

Headquarters

Unilever House,100 Victoria Embankment,London, Greater London EC4Y 0DY

Type of Company

Public

Employees (Worldwide)

155K

Industries

Food
Industrial Machinery & Manufacturing
Wholesale: Consumer Non-Durables/Sundries
Personal Products
Private Equity & Venture Capital
Chemicals

Company Description

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 ice creams, Hellmann's, Knorr, Lipton, Lux, Omo, Rexona and Sunsilk. It operates in three regions: Asia, Africa and Central and Eastern Europe, the Americas and Western Europe. The company's product areas are Personal Care, Foods, Refreshment and Home Care. Its Personal Care products include skin care and hair care products, deodorants and oral care products. The company Food products include soups, bouillons, sauces, snacks, mayonnaise, salad dressings, margarines and spreads, and cooking products such as liquid margarines. Its Refreshment products include ice cream, tea-based beverages, weight-management products, and nutritionally enhanced staples sold in developing markets. The company Home Care products include laundry tablets, powders and liquids, soap bars and a range of cleaning products. Unilever was founded by Antonius Johannes Jurgens, Samuel van den Bergh and William Hulme Lever on January 1, 1930 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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Executives & Employees

Chief Executive Officer

Executive Director

Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director

Chief Operating Officer

Chief Legal Officer & Group Secretary

Chief Research & Development Officer

Chief Human Resources Officer

President, Unilever, South Asia & Chair & Managing Director, Hindustan Unilever

President, North America

President, Foods, Refreshment

Board of Directors

Chief Executive Officer at Koninklijke DSM NV

President & Chief Executive Officer at Grameen America, Inc.

Former Executive Director at Securities & Futures Commission

Co-Founder at Higher Life Foundation

Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director at Unilever PLC

Chief Executive Officer at Unilever PLC

Former Chief Financial Officer at British Airways Plc

Special Advisor at General Atlantic Service Co. LP

Former Group Chief Executive Officer at A.P. Møller-Maersk A/S

Healthcare & Consumer Industry Advisor at Star Mountain Capital LLC

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LT is an active, risk-averse, value-oriented manager which targets absolute returns. They specializes in the discretionary management of UK, Global and Japanese equity mandates offered both through segregated accounts and pooled funds. The firm believes that durable, cash generative franchises are rare and undervalued by most investors for most of the time. LT find the majority of our candidate investments in a select group of broad industry categories. These are Consumer Branded Goods, Internet/Media/Software, Pharmaceuticals and Financials. Once the firm commits to a company, they are extremely reluctant to sell it, except on a significant breach of our valuation target or when the firm realizes that the premise for the investment is no longer valid. LT construct portfolios with a high degree of concentration (20-35 holdings) and unusually low turnover (generally less than 5%p.a.).

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SSGAL is an active, quantitative manager which performs in-house research and has a focus on indexing. They engages numerous methods of analysis across a wide array of investment strategies when formulating investment advice or managing assets. SSGAL does not rely on one type of analysis over another and does recommend one particular type of security. The firm seeks to utilize the most prudent methods of analysis based on the particular characteristics of the investment strategy and the current market conditions, as applicable. Their investment strategies are: Active, Enhanced and Passive Equity; Active and Passive Fixed Income; Cash Management; and Multi Asset Class Solutions (Asset Allocation). The Active, Enhanced and Passive Equity strategies offered cover capitalization and style segments of the market including large-cap core, large-cap growth, large-cap value, mid-cap, small-cap, small-cap value, all-cap and long-short equity, using country, regional and global indices. SSGAL's fixed income strategies seek to meet its clients' investment objectives by controlling risk, while diversifying sources of excess return where appropriate. They offers a broad range of investment styles from passive to active, short to long duration, sovereign to high yield, and single country to global. The Cash Management strategy seeks to generate current income while preserving capital and liquidity by investing in diversified portfolios of short-term securities. The Multi-Asset Class Solutions strategies employ an asset allocation model as a method of diversification that aims to position assets among major investment categories.

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Threadneedle AM is an active, client-focused and performance driven manager which follows a variety of strategies not limited to any particular investment approach, style or focus. They invest in equity, debt, cash instruments, real estate and other alternative asset classes. They believe that outperformance is created by the quality of their thinking about economics, markets and securities. The firm is responsive to market conditions and believes in conviction-based decision making. Threadneedle AM's investment process is structured to facilitate the generation, assessment and implementation of investment ideas. They invest in equity worldwide, including in emerging markets, and across market-caps. Investment decisions are based on in-house fundamental research underpinned by rigorous reviews of individual stocks based on thematic research, sector knowledge and a sharing of ideas within and across teams. Threadneedle AM invests in fixed-income across the market spectrum, with portfolios focused on emerging markets, high yield, governments, investment grade, money markets and ABS. Investment decisions are based on team views and are supported by quantitative analysis.

Recent Transactions
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Dr. Oetker France SAS purchases Unilever Plc /Alsa Baking & Dessert Business from Unilever PLC

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Unilever PLC purchases Nature Delivered Ltd. from Octopus Ventures Ltd., JamJar Investments LLP, The Carlyle Group LP (Corporate Private Equity), Draper Esprit (Private Equity), Slingshot Management BV

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Unilever PLC purchases The Laundress, Inc.

Transaction Advisors
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Advised onUnilever PLC purchases Seventh Generation, Inc. from Schooner Capital LLC, Catamount Ventures Management LLC, NB Alternatives Advisers LLC, Generation Investment Management (Private Equity), Renewal Funds Management Company Ltd.

Advisors & Consultants
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Partner at Arnold & Porter LLP

Advisor

Former Chief Marketing Officer at Girl Scouts of the USA

Advisor

Former Group President, Europe at Procter & Gamble Co.

Clients

Amazon.com, Inc. engages in the provision of online retail shopping services. It operates through the following business segments: North America, International, and Amazon Web Services (AWS). The North America segment includes retail sales of consumer products and subscriptions through North America-focused websites such as www.amazon.com and www.amazon.ca. The International segment offers retail sales of consumer products and subscriptions through internationally-focused websites. The Amazon Web Services segment involves in the global sales of compute, storage, database, and AWS service offerings for start-ups, enterprises, government agencies, and academic institutions. The company was founded by Jeffrey P. Bezos in July 1994 and is headquartered in Seattle, WA.

Ulta Beauty, Inc. is a beauty retailer of cosmetics, fragrance, skin care products, hair care products, and salon services. It provides unmatched product breadth, value and convenience in a distinctive specialty retail environment. The company was founded in January 9, 1990 and is headquartered in Bolingbrook, IL.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. engages in providing online and mobile marketplaces in retail and wholesale trade. It operates through the following business segments: Core Commerce; Cloud Computing; Digital Media and Entertainment; and Innovation Initiatives and Others. The Core Commerce segment comprises of platforms operating in retail and wholesale. The Cloud Computing segment consists of Alibaba Cloud, which offers elastic computing, database, storage and content delivery network, large scale computing, security, management and application, big data analytics, a machine learning platform, and other services provide for enterprises of different sizes across various industries. The Digital Media and Entertainment segment relates to the Youko Tudou and UC Browser business. The Innovation Initiatives and Others segment includes businesses such as AutoNavi, DingTalk, Tmall Genie, and others. The company was founded by Chung Tsai and Yun Ma on June 28, 1999 and is headquartered in Hangzhou, China.

Key Stats and Financials As of 2018
Market Capitalization
$121B
Total Enterprise Value
$130B
Earnings Per Share
$3.1
Revenue
$45.1B
Net Profit
$8.31B
Total Debt
$21.8B
Total Equity
$11B
Enterprise Value Sales
2.87x
TEVNet Income
15.59x
Debt TEV
0.17x
EBITDA
$9.64B
EBITDAMargin
21.38%
Enterprise Value EBITDAOperating
13.43x
Three Year Compounded Annual Growth Rate Of Revenue
-1.45%
Five Year Compounded Annual Growth Rate Of Revenue
0.47%
Non-Profit Donations & Grants
$1,000 - $10K
2012
$25K - $50K
2011
$1,000 - $10K
2011
Investments
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Airboxlab SA develops and supplies environmental protection device. The company was founded by Olivier Vonet, Inouk Bourgon and Touillon Jacques on July 17, 2013 and is headquartered in Belvaux, Luxembourg.

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The Lorry Online Sdn. Bhd. offers on-demand cargo transportation services. The company was founded by Nadhir Ashafiq and Goh Chee Hau in 2014 and is headquartered in Selangor, Malaysia.

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TerraVia Holdings, Inc. engages in the production of food, nutrition, and specialty ingredients from algae. It produces oils, specialty fats, and powdered ingredients using its microalgae-based technology platform. The company was founded by Jonathan S. Wolfson and Harrison F. Dillon on March 31, 2003 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

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Co-Founder at Robert W. Baird Group Ltd. (United Kingdom)

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Life Peer at United Kingdom House of Lords

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Life Peer at United Kingdom House of Lords

Suppliers
AptarGroup, Inc. Paper Products | Crystal Lake, IL

AptarGroup, Inc. develops, manufactures and sales of consumer product dispensing systems. It operates through the following business segments : Beauty & Home, Pharma, and Food & Beverage. The Beauty & Home segment primarily sells pumps, aerosol valves and accessories to the personal care and household markets and pumps and decorative components to the fragrance/cosmetic market. The Pharma segment supplies pumps and metered dose inhaler valves to the pharmaceutical market worldwide. The Food & Beverage segment sell dispensing and non-dispensing closures and, to a lesser degree, spray pumps and aerosol valves to the food and beverage markets. The company was founded in 1940 and is headquartered in Crystal Lake, IL.

Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. Computer Software | New York, New York

Interpublic Group of Cos., Inc. engages in the provision of advertising and marketing services. The company specializes in consumer advertising, digital marketing, communications planning and media buying, public relations, and specialized communications disciplines. It operates through the following segments: Integrated Agency Network (IAN), Constituency Management Group (CMG), and Corporate and Other. The IAN segment includes advertising and media services, as well as a comprehensive array of global communications and marketing services. The CMG segment offers events and public relations services as well as sports and entertainment marketing, corporate and brand identity, and strategic marketing consulting. The Corporate and Other segment refers to the Acxiom activities. The company was founded on September 18, 1930 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Cass Information Systems, Inc. IT Consulting & Services | ST. LOUIS, MO

Cass Information Systems, Inc. engages in the provision of payment and information processing services to large manufacturing, distribution and retail enterprises. It operates through the following segments: Information Services and Banking Services. The Information Services segment provides transportation, energy, telecommunication, and environmental invoice processing and payment services to large corporations. The Banking Services segment provides banking services primarily to privately held businesses and faith-based ministries. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in St. Louis, MO.

Competitors
Colgate-Palmolive Co. Personal Products - New York, New York

Colgate-Palmolive Co. is engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of consumer products. It operates through Oral, Personal and Home Care; and Pet Nutrition segments. The Oral, Personal and Home Care segment represents North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Africa or Eurasia, all of which sell to a variety of retail and wholesale customers and distributors. The Pet Nutrition segment offers pet nutrition products for dogs and cats. The company was founded by William Colgate in 1806 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. Personal Products - New York, NY

The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. engages in the manufacturing of skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. It sells products under the following brand names: Estée Lauder, Clinique, Origins, MžAžC, Bobbi Brown, La Mer, Jo Malone London, Aveda, and Too Faced. Its channels primarily consist of department stores, specialty multi-brand retailers, upscale perfumeries and pharmacies, and prestige salons and spas. The company was founded by Estée Lauder and Joseph Lauder in 1946 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Kimberly-Clark Corp. Personal Products - Irving, TX

Kimberly-Clark Corp. engages in the manufacture and marketing of products made from natural or synthetic fibers. It operates through the following segments: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, and K-C Professional. The Personal Care segment offers disposable diapers, training and youth pants, swim pants, baby wipes, feminine and incontinence care products, and other related products. The Consumer Tissue segment produces and sells facial and bathroom tissue, paper towels, napkins, and related products for household use. The K-C Professional segment supplies workplace supporting products such as wipers, tissue, towels, apparel, soaps, and sanitizers. The company was founded by John A. Kimberly, Havilah Babcock, Charles B. Clark, and Frank C. Shattuck in 1872 and is headquartered in Irving, TX.

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