Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, consumer-staples giant Unilever
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Unilever's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||London (1885)|
|Market Cap||$91.2 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$65.55 billion|
|Management||CEO Paul Polman (since 2008)
CFO Jean-Marc Huet (since 2010)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||36.9%|
|Cash/Debt||$4.24 billion / $14.12 billion|
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Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Less than two months ago, XTMFJordan tapped Unilever as an attractive income opportunity:
Solid dividend with solid growth in earnings and dividends. Strong exposure to emerging markets. Proven skill in accessing the "fortune at the bottom of the pyramid". Looks good.
Currently, Unilever even trades at a cheapish forward P/E of 12.9. That represents a slight discount to listed rivals like Kraft (13.6), PepsiCo (14.1), and Procter & Gamble (15.1).
CAPS member sctg3761 elaborates on the bull case:
Unilever has a good dividend yield, a reasonable P/E ratio, a diversified and popular stable of products, and global sales distribution. In the era of 0% interest rates, any yield above 2% on a solid, respected corporation is good to me. ... Add dividends to a multinational consumer product corporation in an improving economy, then I see little risk. Especially when the product range includes things like soap and beauty products and food -- things people will buy in bad times, but also things (like ice cream) that might sell better in good times.
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