Hindustan Unilever Ltd.


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Market cap:
Market cap(USD):
Shares: 2,164.34M

Currency in INR

Company profile

Market(Ticker): BOM(500696)
Consumer Non-Durables
Household/Personal Care
Full time employees: 7,429

Business summary

Hindustan Unilever Ltd. engages in the manufacture of consumer goods. It operates through the following segments: Home Care, Personal Care, Foods, and Refreshments. The Personal Care segment includes fabric wash, household care, and waer. The personal Care segment comprises of personal wash, skin care, hair care, oral care, deodorants, and colors. The Foods segment consists of packaged foods and popular foods. The Refreshments segment offers tea, coffee, ice cream, and frozen desserts. The company was founded in November 1956 and is headquartered in Mumbai, India.

Company background

Hindustan Unilever, a unit of British-Dutch company Unilever, is India's largest marketer of consumer products. The company sells more than 30 brands of soap, detergent, food and other products and employs more than 15,000 workers, including those at its local manufacturing plants.

While it was founded in 1931, the predecessor to Hindustan Unilever had ties with Unilever the date back to the 1880s when Lever Brothers, the forerunner of Unilever, was selling imported soap in India.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Unilever took over Brooke Bond, Lipton and other companies and their subsidiaries in India were consolidated into the Indian unit of Unilever. Hindustan Unilever bought a number of Indian companies, including some that were under major conglomerate Tata Group's umbrella, in the 1990s.

Hindustan Unilever is known for its Shakti project, which encourages the employment of young residents in India's rural areas as sales staff. These employees sell small batches of low-priced soap and other products in their areas. Products under the company's brands sell well in both urban and rural areas.

In 2013, Unilever raised its stake in Hindustan Unilever from a little more than 50% to just under 70%.

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Financial highlights

Mar 2016

  • Local currency
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Revenue 329,723.6M
Gross profit 142,724.4M
Operating income 53,913.8M
Income before tax 59,465.6M
Net income 40,824.2M
EBITDA 57,486.6M
Diluted EPS 18.86
Dividends per share 16
Total assets 154,496.5M
Total liabilities 114,528.9M
Total equity 39,655.1M
Operating cash flow 44,024.4M

Currency in INR

Revenue 5,036.19M
Gross profit 2,179.96M
Operating income 823.47M
Income before tax 908.27M
Net income 623.54M
EBITDA 878.04M
Diluted EPS 0.28
Dividends per share 0.24
Total assets 2,332.99M
Total liabilities 1,729.45M
Total equity 598.81M
Operating cash flow 672.42M

Currency in USD

Valuation measures

Mar 2016

PER 46.07
ROA 27.07%
ROE 102.30%
Operating margin 16.35%
Profit margin 12.38%

Key executive

  • Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director & MD: Sanjiv Soshil Mehta
  • CFO, Director & Executive Director-Finance: P. B. Balaji
  • Director & Secretary: Dev Bajpai
  • Director & Executive Director-Supply Chain: Pradeep Banerjee
  • Executive Director-Sales & Customer Development: Srinandan Sundaram

Share holders

  • Unilever Plc(67.2%)
  • Life Insurance Corp. of India(1.5%)
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc.(1.0%)
  • Aberdeen Asset Managers Ltd.(0.9%)
  • BlackRock Fund Advisors(0.8%)
  • The New India Assurance Co. Ltd. (Investment Portfolio)(0.7%)
  • Aberdeen Asset Management (Asia) Ltd.(0.6%)
  • ICICI Prudential Asset Management Co. Ltd.(0.6%)
  • GIC Pte Ltd. (Investment Management)(0.6%)
  • Vontobel Asset Management, Inc.(0.5%)


  • Website:
  • Address: Unilever House, B. D. Sawant Marg, Mumbai, 400099, India
  • Phone: +91.22.39832285

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