Hindustan Unilever Limited Fundamentals

    Hindustan Unilever Limited, a consumer goods company, manufactures and markets home and personal care, food and beverage products in India and overseas. The company operates in the segments of household goods, beauty and personal care products, food and beverages, and more. This segment includes detergents and powders, cleaning fluids, detergents, water business, cleaner and much more. service, etc. The food and beverage segment offers basic food products such as pea oil, salt, bread, etc .; and culinary products such as tomato products, fruit products, soups, etc., as well as tea, coffee, diet drinks, ice cream and frozen desserts; Other segments provide childcare and export products. participate in beauty salons, handymen, lenders, real estate business. Delivery of food and drinks by subscriptions Boost, Cornetto, HELLMANN'S, Horlicks, Knorr, Lipton, Magnum, BRU, Annapurna, Brooke Bond 3 Roses, Brooke Brands Bond Red Label, Brooke Bond Taaza, Brooke Bond Taj Mahal, Kissan and Kwality Wall; and home care products under the brands Cif, Comfort, Active Wheel, Domex, Rin, Surf excel, Vim, love and care, natural protection and Sunlight.The company offers its beauty and personal care products under the brands Ax, Dove, Lifebuoy, LOVE beauty AND Planet, Lux, Pepsodent, Pond's, Sunsilk, Sure, TRESemmé, Vaseline, aviance, Breeze, Citra, Clear, Close-up, Fair and Lovely ... , Lakmé, Pears, TIGI, TONI and GUY, Brylcreem, Clinic Plus, ELLE 18, Glow and Handsome, Hamam, ayush, Indulekha, Liril, Pure Derm, VWASH Plus and Rexona brands; and a Pureit brand water purifier. The company was founded in 1888 and is headquartered in Mumbai, India. Hindustan Unilever Limited operates as a subsidiary of Unilever Plc.

    Business area of the Company

    Hindustan Unilever Ltd. a consumer products company based in India. The consumer products business includes home and personal care products, food and beverage products. Its segments are home care products including detergents, powder detergents, liquid detergents, detergents and water business; Beauty and personal care, including oral, skin, hair, deodorants, make-up and salon services; Food and drink, including staple foods, culinary products, tea and coffee, and frozen desserts. The company also offers health food drinks such as Horlicks and Boost.

    Brands & Products

    Foods & Refreshment

    • Boost
    • Cornetto
    • Hellmann’s
    • Horlicks
    • Horlicks Cardia+
    • Horlicks Growth+
    • Horlicks Lite
    • Horlicks Protein+
    • Junior Horlicks
    • Knorr
    • Lipton
    • Magnum
    • Mother''s Horlicks
    • Women''s Horlicks 
    • Bru
    • Annapurna
    • Brooke Bond 3 Roses
    • Brooke Bond Red Label
    • Brooke Bond Taaza
    • Brooke Bond Taj Mahal
    • Kissan
    • Kwality Wall’s

    Home Care

    • Cif
    • Comfort
    • Active Wheel
    • Domex
    • Rin
    • Surf excel
    • Vim
    • Love & Care
    • Sunlight

    Beauty & Personal Care

    • Axe
    • Dove
    • Lifebuoy
    • Love Beauty and Planet
    • Lux
    • Pepsodent
    • Pond’s
    • Rexona Deodorant
    • Sunsilk
    • TRESemme
    • Vaseline
    • Aviance
    • Breeze (soap)
    • Citra
    • Clear
    • Close Up
    • Glow & Lovely
    • Lakme
    • Pears
    • TIGI
    • TONI&GUY
    • Brylcreem
    • Clinic Plus
    • Elle 18
    • Glow & Handsome
    • Hamam
    • Indulekha
    • Lever ayush
    • Liril
    • Pure Derm
    • Rexona

    Life Essentials

    • Pureit

    Achievements/ Recognition

    • Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) has emerged as the No. 1 Employer of Choice across all sectors for the 2014 graduating batch of B-School students.
    • Awarded top Indian company in the ''FMCG'' sector for the third consecutive year at Dun & Bradstreet-Rolta Corporate Awards, 2009.
    • HUL ranked fourth in the ‘Top Companies for Leaders, 2009'' (Asia Pacific region) and 10th place in the global rankings in a survey carried out by Hewitt Associates.
    • Awarded Customer and Brand Loyalty Award by Business India & Business Standard in 2009.
    • Awarded for Best Corporate Social Responsibility Practice at the Social & Corporate Governance Awards 08-09 by BSE, Nasscom Foundation and Times Foundation.
    • Awarded in the Category ''FMCG Manufacturing Supply Chain Excellence'' at the Third Express, Logistics & Supply Chain Awards by APL Logistics, Indiatimes, Mindscape, Business India Group in 2009.
    • The company’s Orai unit received the Gold Excellence award and the Khalilabad unit received the Silver Excellence award in the environment category by Greentech Foundation in 2009.
    • HUL''s Goa factory won a Gold Trophy at the Greentech Awards in 2009 the manufacturing sector category for their outstanding work in Safety Management.
    • Project Shakti won the Silver Trophy at the EMPI-Indian Express Indian Innovation Awards, 2009.
    • Kwality Wall''s Swirl''s awarded ''The Franchisor of the year'' for the Ice-cream parlour category by Franchise India in 2009.
    • HUL was felicitated for receiving the highest number of patents in the year 2009 at Annual Intellectual Property Awards 2010. The award was instituted by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIIP) and Intellectual Property India (IPI) in New Delhi.HUL brands have topped Brand Equity''s ‘India’s Most Trusted Brands Survey’ rankings for 2010. Six HUL brands (Lux, Lifebuoy, Clinic Plus, Pond''s, Fair & Lovely and Pepsodent) featured in the top 10 and eight in the top 20. All together there are 17 HUL brands among the ‘100 most trusted brands’ in the 2010 survey. Additionally, five HUL brands (Fair & Lovely, Lifebuoy, Lux, Pepsodent and Pond’s) featured in the list of ten Hall of Fame brands. This recognition was accorded to brands which consistently ranked high in the survey over the last 10 years since its inception. In 2009, three HUL brands featured in the top ten, and seven in the top twenty.
    • Received CNBC AWAAZ Consumer Awards in six categories for 2010 - Green company of the year, Value for money brand of the year, Ad effectiveness award, Marketer of the year award across all categories, Most preferred personal care company in FMCG category (for the third consecutive year), Most Preferred home care company in FMCG category (for the third consecutive year).
    • HUL received the Award for Excellence in HR in 2010 from Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). This is a rigorous fact-based assessment which is conducted by a team of external assessors. HUL has won this award for the third consecutive year.
    • Five of HUL''s leading brands - Lux, Dove, Pears, Clinic Plus and Sunsilk - won the Reader''s Digest Trusted Brand 2008 Awards.
    • Four HUL brands featured in the top 10 list of the Economic Times Brand Equity''s Most Trusted Brands 2008 survey
    • HUL was awarded the Bombay Chamber Civic Award 2007 in the category of Sustainable Environmental Initiatives.
    • HUL was selected as the top Indian company in the FMCG sector for the Dun & Bradstreet - American Express Corporate Awards 2007.
    • HUL is also one of the country''s largest exporters; it has been recognised as a Golden Super Star Trading House by the Government of India.
    • HUL factory in Khamgaon awarded the CII Sustainability Award 2016.
    • HUL recognised at the Cold Chain Industry Awards 2016.
    • HUL digital campaigns win big at 2016 CMO Asia Awards.


    • 1933 -Application made for setting up soap factory next to the Vanaspati factory at Sewri; Lever Brothers India Limited incorporated on October 17.
    • 1934 -Soap manufacture begins at Sewri factory in October; North West Soap Company''s Garden Reach Factory, Kolkata rented and expanded to produce Lever brands.
    • 1935 - United Traders incorporated on May 11 to market Personal Products.
    • 1937 - Mr. Prakash Tandon, one of the first Indian covenanted managers, joins HVM.
    • 1939 - Garden Reach Factory purchased outright; concentration on building up Dalda Vanaspati as a brand.
    • 1941 - Agencies in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Karachi taken over; company acquires own sales force.
    • 1942 - Unilever takes firm decision to ''train Indians to take over junior and senior management positions instead of Europeans''.
    • 1943 - Personal Products manufacture begins in India at Garden Reach Factory. 1944 - Reorganisation of the three companies with common management but separate marketing operations.
    • 1947 - Pond''s Cold Cream launched.
    • 1951 - Mr. Prakash Tandon becomes first Indian Director. Shamnagar, Tiruchy, and Ghaziabad Vanaspati factories bought.
    • 1955 - 65% of managers are Indians.
    • 1956 - Three companies merge to form Hindustan Unilever Limited, with 10% Indian equity participation.
    • 1957 - Unilever Special Committee approves research activity by Hindustan Unilever.
    • 1958 - Research Unit starts functioning at Mumbai Factory.
    • 1959 - Surf launched.
    • 1961 - Mr. Prakash Tandon takes over as the first Indian Chairman; 191 of the 205 managers are Indians.
    • 1962 - Formal Exports Department starts.
    • 1963 Head Office building at Backbay Reclamation, Mumbai, opened.
    • 1964 - Etah dairy set up, Anik ghee launched; Animal feeds plant at Ghaziabad; Sunsilk shampoo launched.
    • 1965 - Signal toothpaste launched; Indian shareholding increases to 14%.
    • 1966 - Lever''s baby food, more new foods introduced; Nickel catalyst production begins; Indian shareholding increases to 15%. Statutory price control on Vanaspati; Taj Mahal tea launched.
    • 1967 - Hindustan Unilever Research Centre, opens in Mumbai.
    • 1968 - Mr. V. G. Rajadhyaksha takes over as Chairman from Mr. Prakash Tandon; Fine Chemicals Unit commissioned at Andheri; informal price control on soap begins.
    • 1969 - Rin bar launched; Fine Chemicals Unit starts production; Bru coffee launched
    • 1971 - Mr. V. G. Rajadhyaksha presents plan for diversification into chemicals to Unilever Special Committee - plan approved; Clinic shampoo launched.
    • 1973 - Mr. T. Thomas takes over as Chairman from Mr. V. G. Rajadhyaksha.
    • 1974 - Pilot plant for industrial chemicals at Taloja; informal price control on soaps withdrawn; Liril marketed.
    • 1975 - Ten-year modernisation plan for soaps and detergent plants; Jammu project work begins; statutory price control on Vanaspati and baby foods withdrawn; Close-up toothpaste launched.
    • 1976 - Construction work of Haldia chemicals complex begins; Taloja chemicals unit begins functioning.
    • 1977 - Jammu synthetic Detergents plant inaugurated; Indian shareholding increases to 18.57%.
    • 1978 - Indian shareholding increases to 34%; Fair & Lovely skin cream launched.
    • 1979 - Sodium Tripolyphospate plant at Haldia commissioned.
    • 1980 - Dr. A. S. Ganguly takes over as Chairman from Mr. T. Thomas; Unilever shareholding in the company comes down to 51%.
    • 1982 - Government allows 51% Unilever shareholding.
    • 1984 - Foods, Animal Feeds businesses transferred to Lipton.
    • 1986 - Agri-products unit at Hyderabad starts functioning - first range of hybrid seeds comes out; Khamgaon Soaps unit and Yavatmal Personal Products unit start production.
    • 1988 - Launch of Lipton Taaza tea.
    • 1990 - Mr. S. M. Datta takes over as Chairman from Dr. A. S. Ganguly.
    • 1991 - Surf Ultra detergent launched.
    • 1992 - HUL recognised by Government of India as Star Trading House in Exports.
    • 1993 - HUL''s largest competitor, Tata Oil Mills Company (TOMCO), merges with the company with effect from April 1, 1993, the biggest such in Indian industry till that time. Merger ultimately accomplished in December 1994; Launch of Vim bar; Kissan acquired from the UB Group.
    • 1994 - HUL forms Unilever Nepal Limited, HUL and US-based Kimberley-Clark Corporation form 50:50 joint venture - Kimberley-Clark Lever Ltd. - to market Huggies diapers and Kotex feminine care products. Factory set up at Pune in 1995; HUL acquires Kwality and Milkfood 100% brandnames and distribution assets. HUL introduces Wall''s.
    • 1995 - HUL and Indian cosmetics major, Lakme Ltd., form 50:50 joint venture - Lakme Lever Ltd.; HUL enters branded staples business with salt; HUL recognised as Super Star Trading House.
    • 1996 - Mr. K. B. Dadiseth takes over as Chairman from Mr. S. M. Datta; Merger of Group company, Brooke Bond Lipton India Limited, with HUL, with effect from January 1; HUL introduces branded atta; Surf Excel launched.
    • 1997 - Unilever sets up International Research Laboratory in Bangalore; new Regional Innovation Centres also come up.
    • 1998 - Group company, Pond''s India Ltd., merges with HUL with effect from January 1, 1998. HUL acquires Lakme brand, factories and Lakme Ltd.''s 50% equity in Lakme Lever Ltd.
    • 2000 - Mr. M. S. Banga takes over as Chairman from Mr. K. B. Dadiseth, who joins the Unilever Board; HUL acquires 74% stake in Modern Food Industries Ltd., the first public sector company to be disinvested by the Government of India.
    • 2002 - HUL enters Ayurvedic health & beauty centre category with the Ayush range and Ayush Therapy Centres.
    • 2003 - Launch of Hindustan Lever Network; acquisition of the Amalgam Group.
    • 2005 - Launch of ''Pureit'' water purifiers.
    • 2006 - Brookefields food operations moved to Mumbai.
    • 2007 - Company name formally changed to Hindustan Unilever Limited after receiving the approval of share holders during the 74th AGM on 18 May 2007 Sales of Brooke Bond and Surf Excel each cross the Rs 1,000 crore mark.
    • 2008 - HUL completes 75 years on 17th October 2008.
    • 2009 - HUL decided to license ''Lakme'' and ''Lever Ayush'', brands to its subsidiary, Lakme Lever Private Limited, for the Beauty and Wellness services business.
    • 2010 - The company launched Pureit Marvella against Aquaguard for domination in the fast-growing water purifier market in the premium category.
    • 2011 - HUL’s corporate campus in Andheri, Mumbai, received certification of LEED India Gold in ‘New Construction’ category, by Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), Hyderabad, under license from the USGBC (United States Green Building Council).
    • 2011 - HUL and Star Bazaar, of Trent Hypermarket Limited, the retail arm of Tata Group, launched a unique consumer initiative titled ‘India’s Favorites’ to promote the cause of education of underprivileged children.
    • 2011 - The shareholders of the company on July 28, 2011, approved the scheme of arrangement for transfer of certain assets, liabilities and properties of FMCG Exports Business Division of Hindustan Unilever Limited to Unilever India Exports Limited.
    • 2011 - HUL and Bharti Retail’s ‘easyday Market’ and ‘easyday’ stores, launched a joint initiative to promote plastic recycling among consumers in NCR.
    • 2012 - In March, 2012 HUL’s state of the art Learning Centre was inaugurated at the Hindustan Unilever campus at Andheri, Mumbai.
    • 2012 - In April, 2012, the Customer Insight & Innovation Centre (CiiC) was inaugurated at the Hindustan Unilever campus at Andheri, Mumbai.
    • 2013 - HUL completes 80 years of corporate existence in India on October 17th, 2013.
    • 2013 - Unilever announces €50 million investment for Khamgaon plant.
    • 2013 - HUL announces launch of Domex Toilet Academy.
    • 2013 - Unilever launches project sunlight.
    • 2014 - Unilever announced a partnership with Internet.org, a Facebook-led alliance of partners, to understand better how internet access can be increased to reach millions more people across rural India.
    • 2014 - HUL launches Prabhat initiative for community development in villages around its factories.
    • 2014 - HUL enters into partnership with MTV to endorse its brands.
    • 2015 - Hindustan Unilever launched The Unilever Foundry.
    • 2015 - HUL signs an agreement with Mosons Group for acquisition of its flagship ''Indulekha'' brand.
    • 2015 - HUL was recognized as the most innovative marketer on mobile, at the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA).
    • 2015 - HUL revives Ayush with e-launch.
    • 2015 - HUL was awarded and honoured ‘Client of the Year’.
    • 2015 - HUL won five awards - one Gold, one Silver, and three Bronze awards.
    • 2015 - HUL launches ‘Swachh Aadat, Swachh Bharat’ programme in India.
    • 2016 - HUL signs agreement with LT Foods for the sale of its Rice.
    • 2016 - HUL retains ‘Client of the Year’ at Effies 2016.
    • 2016 - HUL recognized among Top 10 Best Companies 2016 for Women.
    • 2017 - HUL awarded for Excellence in Water Management.
    • 2017 - HUL wins big at the first-ever Marquee Awards 2017.
    • 2020 - Hindustan Unilever’s Boost, one of India''s leading nourishing beverage, has expanded in chocolate flavour, into the Western, Northern and Eastern regions of the country.
    • 2020 - Hindustan Unilever has rebranded skin care brand -- Fair and Lovely as Glow and Lovely.
    • 2020 - Hindustan Unilever has completed the acquisition of intimate hygiene brand Vwash from Glenmark Pharmaceuticals.
    • 2020 - Hindustan Unilever has donated 74,328 RT-PCR COVID-19 testing kits worth Rs 13 crore to help ramp up testing of patients in the country. 
    • 2020 - Hindustan Unilever has collaborated with the United Nations Children''s Fund for a mass communication campaign to inform and empower the general public against the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • 2020 - Hindustan Unilever has completed merger of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare with itself.

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    PE ratio: - Price to Earnings' ratio, which indicates for every rupee of earnings how much an investor is willing to pay for a share. A general rule of thumb is that shares trading at a low P/E are undervalued (it depends on other factors too). Hindustan Unilever has a PE ratio of 75.66 which is high and comparatively overvalued .

    Return on Assets (ROA): - Return on Assets measures how effectively a company can earn a return on its investment in assets. In other words, ROA shows how efficiently a company can convert the money used to purchase assets into net income or profits. Hindustan Unilever has ROA of 18.19 % which is a good sign for future performance. (higher values are always desirable)

    Current ratio: - The current ratio measures a company's ability to pay its short-term liabilities with its short-term assets. A higher current ratio is desirable so that the company could be stable to unexpected bumps in business and economy. Hindustan Unilever has a Current ratio of 1.26 .

    Return on equity: - ROE measures the ability of a firm to generate profits from its shareholders investments in the company. In other words, the return on equity ratio shows how much profit each rupee of common stockholders’ equity generates. Hindustan Unilever has a ROE of 28.69 % .(higher is better)

    Debt to equity ratio: - It is a good metric to check out the capital structure along with its performance. Hindustan Unilever has a D/E ratio of 0 which means that the company has low proportion of debt in its capital.

    Inventory turnover ratio: - Inventory Turnover ratio is an activity ratio and is a tool to evaluate the liquidity of a company's inventory. It measures how many times a company has sold and replaced its inventory during a certain period of time. Hindustan Unilever has an Inventory turnover ratio of 17.14 which shows that the management is efficient in relation to its Inventory and working capital management.

    Sales growth: - Hindustan Unilever has reported revenue growth of 18.59 % which is fair in relation to its growth and performance.

    Operating Margin: - This will tell you about the operational efficiency of the company. The operating margin of Hindustan Unilever for the current financial year is 24.62 %.

    Dividend Yield: - It tells us how much dividend we will receive in relation to the price of the stock. The current year dividend for Hindustan Unilever is Rs 40.50 and the yield is 1.55 %.

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