Head-To-Head Survey: Unilever (UN) and Nu Skin Enterprises (NUS)

Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE: NUS) and Unilever (NYSE:UN) are both mid-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, profitability, risk, earnings and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

Nu Skin Enterprises has a beta of 1.57, meaning that its stock price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Unilever has a beta of 0.91, meaning that its stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

77.5% of Nu Skin Enterprises shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.7% of Unilever shares are held by institutional investors. 5.2% of Nu Skin Enterprises shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Nu Skin Enterprises pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Unilever pays an annual dividend of $1.69 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Nu Skin Enterprises pays out 52.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Nu Skin Enterprises has raised its dividend for 16 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Nu Skin Enterprises and Unilever’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nu Skin Enterprises 6.97% 22.38% 10.29%
Unilever N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Nu Skin Enterprises and Unilever, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nu Skin Enterprises 2 2 2 0 2.00
Unilever 1 2 3 0 2.33

Nu Skin Enterprises presently has a consensus target price of $60.67, suggesting a potential downside of 8.88%. Given Nu Skin Enterprises’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Nu Skin Enterprises is more favorable than Unilever.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Nu Skin Enterprises and Unilever’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nu Skin Enterprises $2.21 billion 1.59 $143.08 million $2.73 24.39
Unilever $58.34 billion 1.68 $5.74 billion N/A N/A

Unilever has higher revenue and earnings than Nu Skin Enterprises.

Summary

Nu Skin Enterprises beats Unilever on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Nu Skin Enterprises

Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. is a direct selling company that develops and distributes personal care products and nutritional supplements, and a range of other products and services. The Company offers anti-aging personal care products and nutritional supplements under its Nu Skin and Pharmanex brands. The Nu Skin brand offers a range of products, including ageLOC Me customized skin care system, ageLOC Spa systems and ageLOC Transformation anti-aging skin care system. The Pharmanex product line includes ageLOC Youth nutritional supplement, ageLOC TR90 weight management and body shaping system, and LifePak nutritional supplements. The Company has operations in various geographic regions, including Greater China, North Asia, Americas, South Asia/Pacific, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). It is focused on offering ageLOC Youth nutritional supplement and ageLOC Me personalized skin care system. The Company also offers household products and technology services.

About Unilever

Unilever N.V. 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.

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