USANA Health Sciences (USNA) and Unilever PLC (UL) Head to Head Review

Unilever PLC (NYSE: UL) and USANA Health Sciences (NYSE:USNA) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, earnings and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Unilever PLC and USANA Health Sciences, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Unilever PLC 2 3 5 0 2.30
USANA Health Sciences 0 0 1 0 3.00

Unilever PLC currently has a consensus target price of $26.00, suggesting a potential downside of 54.56%. USANA Health Sciences has a consensus target price of $70.00, suggesting a potential upside of 21.74%. Given USANA Health Sciences’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe USANA Health Sciences is more favorable than Unilever PLC.

Profitability

This table compares Unilever PLC and USANA Health Sciences’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Unilever PLC N/A N/A N/A
USANA Health Sciences 9.47% 30.12% 21.45%

Risk and Volatility

Unilever PLC has a beta of 0.88, meaning that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, USANA Health Sciences has a beta of 1.1, meaning that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Unilever PLC pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. USANA Health Sciences does not pay a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

8.4% of Unilever PLC shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.9% of USANA Health Sciences shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Unilever PLC shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 53.2% of USANA Health Sciences shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Unilever PLC and USANA Health Sciences’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Unilever PLC $62.97 billion 2.56 $11.26 billion N/A N/A
USANA Health Sciences $1.02 billion 1.41 $146.58 million $3.86 14.90

Unilever PLC has higher revenue and earnings than USANA Health Sciences.

Summary

USANA Health Sciences beats Unilever PLC on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Unilever PLC Company Profile

Unilever PLC is a fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company. The Company’s segments include Personal Care, which primarily includes sales of skin care and hair care products, deodorants and oral care products; Foods, which primarily includes sales of soups, bouillons, sauces, snacks, mayonnaise, salad dressings, margarines and spreads; Home Care, which primarily includes sales of home care products, such as powders, liquids and capsules, soap bars and a range of cleaning products, and Refreshment, which primarily includes sales of ice cream and tea-based beverages. The Company’s geographical segments include Asia/AMET/RUB, The Americas and Europe. Its brands include Axe, Dirt is Good (Omo), Dove, Family Goodness (Rama), Heartbrand (Wall’s), Hellmann’s, Knorr, Lipton, Lux, Magnum, Rexona, Sunsilk and Surf. The Company operates in more than 100 countries, selling its products in more than 190 countries. The Company operates approximately 310 factories in over 70 countries.

USANA Health Sciences Company Profile

USANA Health Sciences, Inc. develops and manufactures science-based nutritional and personal care products. The Company operates as a direct selling company in two geographic regions: Americas and Europe, and Asia Pacific, which includes three sub-regions: Southeast Asia Pacific, Greater China and North Asia. Its product lines include USANA Nutritionals Essentials, Optimizers, Foods, Sense-beautiful science and All Other. Its USANA Nutritionals Essentials product line includes vitamin and mineral supplements that provide a foundation of total body nutrition for every age group beginning with children of approximately one year. Its Optimizers product line consists of targeted supplements designed to meet individual health and nutritional needs. Its Sense-beautiful science product line includes science-based, personal care products that support skin and hair by providing topical nourishment, moisturization and protection.

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