Two FTSE 100 Stocks In Focus: Unilever PLC and Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC

Two FTSE 100 Stocks In Focus: Unilever PLC and Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC

Unilever PLC

Unilever Plc (ULVR) is a global company selling fast-moving consumer goods, with two home countries: the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The company produces and markets range products such as Personal Care, Drug, and Grocery and related products. The company employs more than 160,000 personnel. The Netherlands and the United Kingdom are two home countries to the company.

ULVR-Trading statement for Q3 FY19

The company’s growth remained sluggish in European and North American markets. However, the company did well in South East Asian markets. The growth remained low in India and China. Driven by sales growth, the company’s turnover surged by 5.8 per cent. The company’s sales growth (underlying) stood at 2.9 per cent. The company recorded a sound growth of 5.1 per cent in the emerging markets with a solid performance in South East Asia. The Indian market was stable and on a slower side for the company. In Europe, the company had a strong Ice cream season. The company will be paying a quarterly dividend in December 2019 of €0.4104 per share.

ULVR-Financial highlights for H1 FY19

The company’s turnover was recorded at €26,126 million in H1 FY19 as against €26,352 million in H1 FY18. The company’s net profit stood at €3,209 million in the first half of the fiscal year 2019 as against €3,229 million in the first half of the fiscal year 2018. The company’s operating profit was recorded at €4,589 million in H1 FY19 as against €4,529 million in H1 FY18. The company’s cash flow from continuing operations was recorded at €3,701 million in H1 FY19 as against €3,771 million in H1 FY18. The company’s cash and cash equivalents were recorded at €3,911 million in H1 FY19 as against €3,991 million in H1 FY18. The company paid a quarterly dividend in September 2019 amounting to €0.4104 per share.

ULVR-Share price performance

At the time of writing (at 11:07 AM GMT, as on 17 October 2019,) Unilever Plc shares clocked a price level of GBX 4,663.50 per share; which was up by 1.19 per cent in comparison to the last day trade closing price. Market Capitalisation of the company stood at £121.02 billion at the time of writing.

ULVR shares have touched a peak on 04 September 2019 of GBX 5,333.00 and a trough on 31 January 2019 of GBX 3,904.94 in the past year.

Before the market close, at the time of writing, the stock’s volume was around 941,110. Stock's mean daily traded volume for 5 days stood at 2,617,838.20; 30 days- 2,342,788.20 and 90 days – 2,004,874.77. The company’s stock beta (5Y monthly), which is a measure of the volatility of the stock, stood at 0.75, which means that the company’s stock is less volatile in comparison to the benchmark index.

The company’s 5 days average traded volume was up by 11.74 per cent as against average traded volume for 30 days. At the time of writing, the shares of the company traded below the simple moving average of 30-days and 200-days.

ULVR shares have delivered a negative return of 4.97 per cent in the past one month. Also, from January to till date, the stock was up by approximately 12.17 per cent and was down by 9.48 per cent in the last quarter.

30-days, 14-days and 9-days RSI (Relative Strength Index) of the stock were recorded at 39.26, 31.67 and 27.69 respectively. Also, RSI of the stock for 3-days was recorded at 29.32.

 

Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC

Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC (RB) is a Slough, the United Kingdom-headquartered leading consumer health, hygiene and homegroup that manufactures and markets household, toiletry and health care products under several famous brands like Dettol, Harpic, Air Wick, and many others. The products of the company can be found globally in nearly 200 countries across four continents and include air fresheners, laundry products, dishwashing detergents, disinfectant sprays, water softeners, household cleaners, and personal care products. The operations of the group are differentiated in two operating segments, namely Health and Hygiene and Home.

RB-Recent News

The company on 2 September 2019 announced that Rakesh Kapoor has retired from the Board with immediate effect and he will support the new Chief Executive Officer Laxman Narasimhan with the transition until the end of the year, after which he will retire from the Company.

RB-Financial Highlights for H1 FY19

In the first half of the financial year 2019, the company’s net revenue stood at £6,240 million as against £6,138 million recorded in a year-ago period. The revenue increased by 2% based on AER (actual exchange rate) due to strong growth in Hygiene Home segment from different geographical markets. In H1 2019, the company’s gross profit was £3,757 million versus £3,710 million in the H1 2018. The company’s adjusted operating profit increased by 2% (AER) to £1,475 million for the period. The reported operating profit surged by 9% (AER) to £1,406 million in H1 2019 from £1,291 million in H1 2018. The company’s PBT (Profit before tax) stood at £1,262 million in H1 2019 versus £1,111 million in H1 2018. The net income (continuing operations) was £991 million in H1 2019 as against £879 million in H1 2018. The company’s net income (continuing & discontinued operations) was £124 million in H1 2019 as against £872 million in H1 2018. The basic earnings per share (continuing operations) was 138.3 pence in H1 2019 versus 123 pence in H1 2018. The diluted earnings per share (continuing operations) was 137.9 pence in H1 2019 as against 122.2 pence in H1 2018.

While the expectations for adjusted operating margins remained unchanged, the company revised its 2019 net revenue target to 2-3% LFL growth (previously 3-4%), as the turnaround in Health not completed and the results in the first half were below expectations. However, the group has a reliable platform for growth in emerging countries like Brazil and India, which is complemented by digital and e-commerce. Moreover, RB 2.0 is helping to build solid top-line momentum and is the right platform which would help in driving future growth and outperformance. The Hygiene Home business is well positioned and is deriving solid performance from multiple geographical locations and numerous brands.

RB-Share price performance

At the time of writing (at 11:14 AM GMT, as on 17 October 2019,) Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC shares clocked a price level of GBX 6,053 per share; which was up by 1 per cent in comparison to the last day trade closing price. Market Capitalisation of the company stood at £42.37 billion at the time of writing.

RB shares have touched a peak on 22 October 2018 of GBX 6,862.00 and a trough on 24 January 2019 of GBX 5,559.00 in the past year.

Before the market close, at the time of writing, the stock’s volume was around 332,607. Stock's mean daily traded volume for 5 days stood at 1,176,503.40; 30 days- 1,058,034.13 and 90 days – 1,158,280.79. The company’s stock beta (5Y monthly), which is a measure of the volatility of the stock, stood at 0.87, which means that the company’s stock is less volatile in comparison to the benchmark index.

The company’s 5 days average traded volume was up by 11.20 per cent as against average traded volume for 30 days. At the time of writing, the shares of the company traded below the simple moving average of 30-days and 200-days.

RB shares have delivered a negative return of 3.65 per cent in the past one month. Also, from January to till date, the stock was down by approximately 0.33 per cent and was down by 9.73 per cent in the last quarter.

30-days, 14-days and 9-days RSI (Relative Strength Index) of the stock were recorded at 42.87, 37.89 and 34.39 respectively. Also, RSI of the stock for 3-days was recorded at 30.68.

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